UAE Team Emirates’s Sunday of glory began with Rafal Majka’s winning ride under the sun in the 15th stage of the Vuelta España.
The Polish climber successfully completed a solitary escape that started 90 km from the finish line of the stage between Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco (197.5 km with two 1st category GPM, a 2nd category GPM and a 3rd category GPM).
Majka attacked and went clear in the company of Fabio Aru (Team Qhubeka NextHash), before escaping solo, managing his energy and his resistance to the heat in the best possible way to be able to keep the main chasers at a distance, with the nearest being Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo- Visma), who reached the finish line 1m27 ” min behind.
Good performance also for David De La Cruz: the Spaniard completed the race in the group of the main men of the classification, taking home 9th place of the day (+ 2’57 “from the winner) and maintaining the 15th position in the general classification (+ 7’11 “from the leader Eiking).
Majka: “To go in the break, the important thing is to have good legs but, sometimes, these are not always enough to stay away. Today I tried from the start to attack, with the fixed idea of winning the stage in mind, in order to dedicate the success to my father, my two children and UAE Team Emirates, a really great team.
I am very happy, it is nice to be able to celebrate after a bad start to the season, and to be able to dedicate it to my dad who passed away just 3 months ago”.
The Vuelta now heads into the second rest day before beginning the final week with the 16th stage, 180 km from Laredo to Santa Cruz de Bezana on a path with a choppy elevation profile.
Stage 15 Vuelta España results
1. Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) 4h51’36 “
2. Steven Kruiijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) + 1’27 ”
3. Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) + 2’19 ”
General classification after the 15th stage – Vuelta España
1. Christian Odd Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty) 59h57’50 ”
2. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +54 ”
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) + 1’36 ”
15. David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) + 7’11 “