Remco Evenepoel finishes Vuelta as best climber and most combative rider
The 78th Vuelta a Espana ended on Sunday evening in Madrid. Australian Kaden Groves won the final stage in a sprint. Belgium's Remco Evenepoel ends the Vuelta as king of the mountains and most combative rider.
While Evenepoel didn't extend his title as overall winner, he can look back on a successful event, with three stage wins and winner of the best climber category. On top of that, he was elected most combative rider of the Vuelta before the last stage on Sunday.
The 23-year-old came to the Vuelta as the defending champion but an off-day on stage 13 killed his general ranking hopes. He set his sights on stage wins and chose to attack, which brought him three victories and three second places.
American Sepp Kuss took the general ranking. "Incredible; I think today I suffered the most in this entire Vuelta," he said. "I'm glad it's over!"
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