In our final episode of Kilometre 0 from the Vuelta a España we hear for the last time from our three audio diarists, James Knox of Deceuninck-Quickstep, Pavel Sivakov of Ineos Grenadiers and Joan Bou of Euskaltel-Euskadi.
While Sivakov finished the Vuelta in good shape, and able, he said, to carry on for another week, for Knox and Bou the final week was about survival.
Bou crashed heavily and, having been in several breakaways in the first two weeks, he was reduced in the last stages to merely hoping to finish with the gruppetto.
With characteristic candour, Knox admits that he is struggling for motivation as the Vuelta draws to a close. He appreciates the places and the sights, and can reflect with satisfaction on his team's four stage wins, but wrestles with his own feelings of fatigue and low morale.
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