STAGE 15 RESULTS – LA VUELTA A ESPANA 2021
Team UAE’s Rafal Majka won stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday with a solo break to victory from an epic 50 miles out, while Intermarche’s Odd Christian Eiking held on to the overall leader’s red jersey. British Ineos rider Adam Yates chipped 15 seconds off all the main contenders on this mountainous slog with Frenchman Guillaume Martin remaining in second overall and defending champion Primoz Roglic of Jumbo holding third with six stages remaining. It was a first stage win in four years for Poland’s Majka, who played a key role in UAE winning the Tour de France with Tadej Pogacar in July.
Norwegian overall leader Christian Eiking defied expectations by holding on to his red jersey over a mountainous weekend where the main contenders for the title largely kept their powder dry. Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez round out the top five, while Yates and his team leader Egan Bernal are still within touching distance of the 2021 title.
The result means everything will come down to the final five days. Monday is a rest day and Tuesday a flat stage where Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck can seal the green sprint points jersey. There are then three big mountain stages, a hilly one and a long individual time-trial into Santiago de Compostela next Sunday.
❤️ @Oddeiking: "It was a really long, hard day. Huge thanks to my team, without them I might not be in red now"
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) August 29, 2021
LA VUELTA STAGE 15 RESULTS
|1||MAJKA Rafał||UAE-Team Emirates||4:51:36|
|2||KRUIJSWIJK Steven||Team Jumbo-Visma||1:27|
|3||HAMILTON Chris||Team DSM||2:19|
|4||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||2:42|
|5||CICCONE Giulio||Trek – Segafredo||2:57|
|6||EIKING Odd Christian||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||2:57|
|7||GROßSCHARTNER Felix||BORA – hansgrohe||2:57|
|8||KUSS Sepp||Team Jumbo-Visma||2:57|
|9||DE LA CRUZ David||UAE-Team Emirates||2:57|
|10||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||2:57|
|1||EIKING Odd Christian||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||59:57:50|
|2||MARTIN Guillaume||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:54|
|3||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||1:36|
|4||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||2:11|
|5||LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel||Movistar Team||3:04|
|6||HAIG Jack||Bahrain – Victorious||3:35|
|7||BERNAL Egan||INEOS Grenadiers||4:21|
|8||YATES Adam||INEOS Grenadiers||4:34|
|9||KUSS Sepp||Team Jumbo-Visma||4:59|
|10||GROßSCHARTNER Felix||BORA – hansgrohe||5:31|