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2015 Vuelta a España – Third week stats

– Fabio Aru is the sixth Italian to win the race, following Angelo Conterno, Felice Gimondi, Giovanni Battaglin, Mauro Giovannetti and Vincenzo Nibali

– He is the youngest champion (25 years and 72 days) since Melchor Mauri (25 years and 41 days), in 1991

– Aru – the first cyclist from Sardinia to be victorious in a Grand Tour – will get 112 000 € for winning the race

– This is Italy’s 84th triumph in a Grand Tour, way ahead of France’s 51

– For Giuseppe Martinelli, Fabio Aru’s sports director, the Vuelta is his 8th Grand Tour victory

– Five riders got to don the red jersey: Peter Velits, Esteban Chaves, Tom Dumoulin, Fabio Aru and Joaquim Rodriguez

– Rafal Majka became the first Polish cyclist to finish on the podium of the race

– Tom Dumoulin is the seventh rider to take the leader’s jersey three times at a single edition of the Vuelta a España

– Ruben Plaza became the 12th Spanish cyclist to win a Tour de France and a Vuelta a España stage in the same season

– His victory in Cercedilla came after a 117 km-long solo breakaway

– Louis Meintjes is the first African rider to finish in the top 10 of a Grand Tour

– For the first time since the 2000 Tour de France, Netherlands has won four stages in a Grand Tour

– The individual time trial in Burgos was the 155th in the history of the race

– Adam Hansen is now the rider with the most completed Grand Tours in a row: 13

– AG2R’s Alexis Gougeard claimed his maiden Grand Tour win, in Avila

– Alejandro Valverde finished seventh, his worst general classification in the nine editions he has completed

– John Degenkolb became the active rider with the most stage wins in the Vuelta, 10

– A total of 12 teams have scored a victory in the three-week race: AG2R, Astana, BMC, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha, Lampre-Merida, LottoNL-Jumbo, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing

– Giant-Alpecin, Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing are the teams who leave Madrid with the most stage victories: three

– Tom Dumoulin was named the most aggressive rider of the race

– Nine cyclists have abandoned during the final week of the Vuelta

– Eight of the 19 road stages were won from a breakaway

– Caja Rural is the squad with the most combativity awards, six

– Average speed of the race during these three weeks was of 40,19 km/h

– No Pro Continental team got to land a stage victory

– The end of the Vuelta a España marked Europcar’s 1152nd day in a row without a Grand Tour win

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