UAE Team Emirates’ Italian power-house Simone Consonni rounded off La Vuelta on a high, placing seventh in a fiercely contested bunch sprint in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
The well-earned position adds to his growing palmares, which now features four top ten finishes in this year’s Tour of Spain – the biggest stage race of his professional career.
Commenting on the final stage of his first Grand Tour, Consonni said: “I finished quite a positive Vuelta. I was always able to contest the sprints and finish inside the top 10, except for stage 18, where I placed 11th. Today I still had good legs and I had hoped for better, but the final run in was chaotic and I wasn’t able to launch my sprint in the best position. However, I am proud to have been able to finish my first big stage race. Now I want to recover for a few days and on Thursday I’ll be back racing in Italy”.