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Stage winner Dylan Teuns in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday.
Stage winner Dylan Teuns in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday. / EFE

Jakob Fuglsang retains his Vuelta a Andalucía crown

  • The Astana rider came out on top for the second year in a row following Sunday's close-fought final stage in La Cala de Mijas, won by Belgian Dylan Teuns

There were no surprises on the final day of the Vuelta a Andalucía as Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang lifted the trophy for the second consecutive year after Sunday's final stage in La Cala de Mijas.

The Astana rider was the leader from start to finish during this UCI ProSeries event. Having won the first (Alhaurín de la Torre-Grazalema) and third (Jaén–Úbeda) stages, Fuglsang came second in the 13-kilometre sprint on the Costa, albeit only eight-tenths of a second behind Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren).

This sixty-sixth edition of the race stirred greater interest than ever before with an impressive lineup confirmed after the news that the tour had been promoted to a UCI ProSeries event, with more world ranking points up for grabs as a result.

Vice-president of the Diputación Juan Carlos Maldonado congratulates Jakob Fuglsang on his victory.

Vice-president of the Diputación Juan Carlos Maldonado congratulates Jakob Fuglsang on his victory. / EFE

Proceedings got under way on Wednesday with the first stage departing from Alhaurín de la Torre, before embarking on a 173.8-kilometre route through the Serranía de Ronda and finishing in Grazalema.

This stage was won by the defending champion after a fascinating duel with another of the big-name competitors, Mikel Landa (Bahrian-McLaren) at Puerto de las Palomas.

The Dane carried his good form into the second stage which departed from the emblematic Plaza de España in the regional capital, Seville. Spain’s Gonzalo Serrano won the stage to Iznájar but Fuglsang got his revenge on Friday, winning the 175.9-kilometre stage between Jaén and Úbeda.

Granada province provided a different stage winner on Saturday. The penultimate stage between Villanueva Mesía and the city of the Alhambra was won by Australian Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott).