Tasmanian cyclist Cam Wurf's fourth Grand Tour has finished with teammate Richard Carapaz on the podium.
The Hobart-born 37-year-old Olympic rower and ironman triathlete finished the gruelling three-week Vuelta a Espana in 95th place.
The efforts of Wurf and his INEOS Grenadiers teammates saw Carapaz finish runner-up, 24 seconds behind winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), the Slovenian who had also shared the Tour de France podium with Richie Porte earlier this year.
Wurf spent considerable time controlling the pace at the front of the peleton throughout the 18 stages and also had a long day in the break away, guaranteeing plenty of television exposure for his team and its sponsors.
He finished the final stage into Madrid alongside regular training partner Chris Froome, with the four-time Tour de France champion finally acknowledged as the 2011 Vuelta winner following the disqualification of Spaniard Juan José Cobo for drug offences.
The race was Froome's final ride after 14 years with the team as he heads to Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021 and is replaced by Porte's arrival from Trek-Segafredo.
Champs lapped up
Kaine Kannan and Jessie Sawyer claimed the elite titles at the Tasmanian Criterium Championships.
Held in front of a healthy and supportive crowd at Tolosa Park in Glenorchy, the titles were made possible by the Hobart Wheelers/Dirt Devils Cycling Club and Tasmanian cycling's dedicated team of commissaires and volunteers.
Distances ranged from 15 minutes plus one lap for the youngest fields up to 45 minutes plus three laps for the seniors.
- Under-11 boys: Sid Natera
- Under-13 girls: Sybille O'Rourke
- Under-13 boys: Tom Blazely
- Under-15 women: Chloe Jordan
- Under-15 men: Lach Oliver
- Under-17 women: Eugenie O'Rourke
- Under-17 men: Tom Clayton
- Under-19 women: Grace Johnstone
- Under-19 men: Jack Schouten
- Women: Jessie Sawyer
- Men: Kaine Kannan