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Summary

  1. GB's Chris Froome finishes in peloton to win overall title
  2. Froome beats Vincenzo Nibali by more than two minutes
  3. Matteo Trentin wins final stage but Froome beats him to green jersey
  4. Seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador to retire after race

Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

  1. Adios

    And that's that.

    Chris Froome completes the Tour-Vuelta double with panache, claiming three of the four jerseys on offer in Spain.

    Thanks for joining me, it's been a pleasure.

    Til next time - farewell.

  2. Post update

    Another plug for the report of the final stage here.

    And BBC Radio 5 live have also already released a podcast on Chris Froome's Vuelta victory, which you can listen to and download here.

  3. Post update

    Chris Froome is still on stage, now flanked by runner-up Vincenzo Nibali and third-place Ilnur Zakarin.

    The Briton kisses the plate and raises it to the crowd.

    He's then given a special award, marking his Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana double.

    Remember - he's just the third man ever to do the double in the same year and the first since the Vuelta moved to after the Tour in 1995.

  4. Post update

    Retiring Spaniard Alberto Contador, speaking to Eurosport: "They asked me if I could do the circuit again and how could I refuse?

    "It was great to be left off the front going into Madrid, it was very special.

    "My career has been a joy and I'm enjoying this today. I just want to say thanks.

    "Many riders of my generation are retiring and I won't be in the peloton but I will be helping the young riders to develop and become great."

  5. Post update

    A quick word for Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen, who has just completed his 19th consecutive Grand Tour, going back to the 2011 Vuelta.

    That's 65,098.4km. Madness.

    The Australian's streak was supposed to end but he was a late call up to this one. Roll on the 2018 Giro?

  6. Post update

    Chris Froome

    And right on cue, a beaming Chris Froome takes the stage to pull on the leader's red jersey.

  7. Post update

    Team Sky's David Lopez, speaking to Eurosport: "Chris Froome is smiling more here than when he won the Tour de France.

    "He's won four of them so for him the Vuelta was a bigger battle and more complicated for him, it was one he really wanted to win."

  8. Points classification

    1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 158 points
    2. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step Floors) 156
    3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) 128
    4. Alberto Contador (Spa/Trek-Segafredo) 105
    5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Team Sunweb) 97
    6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) 93
    7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) 90
    8. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) 70
    9. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale-Drapac) 61
    10. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) 61
  9. Post update

    Here comes Froome for the first of at least three trips to the podium.

    First up, it's the green jersey for winning the points classification after he sprinted to 11th on the final stage to deny Matteo Trentin.

  10. Post update

    Big hand to Italy's Davide Villella, who takes the stage to pull on the blue polka dot jersey for winning the king of the mountains classification.

    No small effort from the Cannondale-Drapac man, given Chris Froome seemed in the mood to grab as many jerseys as possible in this Vuelta.

    The Briton finished third in the mountains classification, with Miguel Angel Lopez second.

  11. Post update

    One last pistol celebration for Alberto 'El Pistolero' Contador and he exits the stage.

  12. Get Involved - Nickname for Froome

    #bbccycling

    Alfie Penfold: The way Froome dispatches his opponents is hugely entertaining and clinical. The King of Sting.

    Jack T: Personally I think Accountant is the perfect nickname.

    Russell Davies: The Froonami...he just never stops and swamps his rivals.

  13. Post update

    Trek-Segafredo are now on stage, with Alberto Contador duly awarded the overall most combative rider award.

    "Alberto, Alberto," chant the crowd. The Spaniard is welling up.

    Alberto Contador
  14. Post update

    The report of the final stage is building here.

    Our friends at BBC Radio 5 live have also already released a podcast on Chris Froome's Vuelta victory, which you can listen to and download here.

  15. Chicken nuggets & paddling pools

    Video content

    Video caption: Chris Froome: What does it take to achieve the Tour-Vuelta double?
  16. Post update

    Matteo Trentin takes to the stage as the light fades in Madrid.

    Astana follow - the Kazakh outfit won the team classification.

  17. Post update

    Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels, speaking to Eurosport: "It's the sixth victory for the team this Vuelta, it's been amazing.

    "It's really special because we know Matteo Trentin is leaving the team next year but we showed true friendship.

    "It's been a very special Vuelta for the "sprinter's" jersey because there have not been many sprint stages so it was surprising Matteo was up there.

    "For him it would've been the cherry on the cake but four stage victories is not bad either."

    Jungels did air quotes around the word sprinters there...

  18. 'It's a joke'

    Matteo Trentin

    Stage winner Matteo Trentin: "The whole team worked incredible the whole day and it's a really nice victory to have.

    "Chris Froome told me he wanted to defend the green jersey and he did it.

    "I won four stages so it's kind of a joke not to win the green jersey but it's like this

    "I won two bunch sprints and two hard stages as well so I can be really happy about it."

  19. Post update

    So in his celebrations Alberto Contador actually lost fourth place overall to Wilco Kelderman.

    I suspect he doesn't care in the slightest.

    Especially with his Trek team-mates currently cracking open the beers using their cleats.