BicycleVuelta a España: Majka takes solo victory on stage 15

Vuelta a España: Majka takes solo victory on stage 15


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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates celebrates winning during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Rafal Majka of UAE Team Emirates wins stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates attacks in breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Rafal Majka of UAE Team Emirates takes off on his own (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates attacks in breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates competes in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Rafal Majka of UAE Team Emirates competes in the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 A general view of Kevin Van Melsen of Belgium Odd Christian Eiking of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux red leader jersey lead the peloton during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peloton on mountain stage 15 riding 197.5km from Navalmoral de la Mata to the small Ávila municipality of El Barraco (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Steven Kruijswijk of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma competes in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Steven Kruijswijk of Team Jumbo – Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team competes during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Enric Mas of Movistar in peloton (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Kiel Reijnen of United States and Team Trek Segafredo abandons the race during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Kiel Reijnen of United States and Team Trek – Segafredo abandons the race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team BikeExchange competes in the chase group during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team BikeExchange (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 A general view of Guillaume Martin of France and Team Cofidis Giulio Ciccone of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo David De La Cruz Melgarejo of Spain and UAE Team Emirates Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Astana Premier Tech and the peloton pass through Puerto de Pedro Bernardo 1226m during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peloton on descent of Puerto de Pedro Bernardo of stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 A general view of and Odd Christian Eiking of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux red leader jersey the peloton beginning to climb the Puerto de Pedro Bernardo 1226m during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Peloton beginning to climb the Puerto de Pedro Bernardo (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates celebrates winning during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Rafal Majka of UAE Team Emirates celebrates winning stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Adam Yates of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers crosses the finishing line during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Adam Yates of Ineos Grenadiers attacked for fourth place finish (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Adam Yates of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers crosses the finishing line during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Adam Yates of Ineos Grenadiers finishes fourth on stage 15 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Louis Meintjes of South Africa and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux competes in the breakaway during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Louis Meintjes of South Africa and Team Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux competes in the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 LR Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers white best young jersey Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team Adam Yates of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers compete in the chase group during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

On final climb making catch of some of the breakaway are Primoz Roglic of Jumbo – Visma, Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers in white best young jersey, Enric Mas Nicolau of Movistar Team, Adam Yates of Ineos Grenadiers (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EL BARRACO SPAIN AUGUST 29 Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates celebrates winning the stage on the podium ceremony after the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 15 a 1975km km stage from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 29 2021 in El Barraco Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Rafal Majka of Poland and UAE Team Emirates celebrates first win in four years (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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The GC rider sprint to the line on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España

The GC rider sprint to the line on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rafa Majka (UAE Team Emirates)

Rafa Majka (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Adam Yates made a late attack on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España

Adam Yates made a late attack on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Egan Bernal in the Vuelta a España best young rider jersey

Egan Bernal in the Vuelta a España best young rider jersey (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) dedicated his Vuelta a España stage win to his late father

Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) dedicated his Vuelta a España stage win to his late father (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The first two hours of stage 15 of the Vuelta a España same a number of attacks

The first two hours of stage 15 of the Vuelta a España same a number of attacks (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The attacks came thick and fast on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España

The attacks came thick and fast on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Romain Bardet (Team DSM) in the Vuelta a España mountains jersey

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) in the Vuelta a España mountains jersey (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 15 of the Vuelta a España with a perfectly executed and emotional solo breakaway on the 197.5km road to El Barraco, near the centre of the Iberian Peninsula. 

The Polish riders went away alone on the Puerto de Pedro Bernardo and never looked back for the final 87km, holding off a chase by Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), who finished 1:27 behind, with Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) third at 2:19.



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