Vuelta a Espana 2021 : Stage 15 – Majka takes a long solo victory; Eiking stays in red

Stage 15 of Vuelta 2021. It was a long stage (197.5km). Rafal Majka (UAE) rode 87km all by himself to take his first win in four years. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo) and Chris Hamilton (DSM) came in second and third respectively. Intermarché-Wanty rode on the front of the peloton. Odd Christian Eiking stays in red. GC top 10 changes not. Rest day tomorrow.

Majka winks

This review is going to be super short because, well, I’ve said pretty much everything in the opening paragraph.

On a more serious note, he had a special reason to win today.


Fabio Aru (Qhubeka) gave it a good go today, riding with Majka until the Polish rider rode away from him on the second climb  – and I would have loved to see him win the stage in his final professional race of his career. It wasn’t to be today.

The snooze of the GC

The Wanty Train kept everything under control today and all kudos to them. They kept their leader, Odd Christian Eiking, in red for another day – well, two, as tomorrow is a rest day.

The only glimmer of … anything … in the GC group was Adam Yates (Ineos) attacking off the front near the end of the stage, gaining 15sec, as no one really had the interest in chasing him. He’s still just under 3min down from Primoz Roglic.

Third week hopes

Stage 16 is flat. It’s really down to stages 17 and 18 in the GC battles. And they look like this.

Stage 17

Stage 18

That steep HC climb up close – a 14km climb that ends at a 17% gradient. Sqwauk-a-doodle-doo 


The Last Word

All the results

Stage results 

1 Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) 4:51:36

2 Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:27

3 Christopher Hamilton (Team DSM) +2:19

4 Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) +2:42

5 Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +2:57

GC Top 10 

1 Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) 59:57:50

2 Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +0:54

3 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:36

4 Enric Mas (Movistar Team) +2:11

5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team) +3:04

6 Jack Haig (Bahrain-Victorious) +3:35

7 Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +4:21

8 Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +4:34

9 Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) +4:59

10 Felix Grossschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) +5:31

All the jerseys

Leader’s jersey : Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)

Points jersey : Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step)

King of the Mountains: Romain Bardet (Team BDSM)

Best young rider : Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers)

For full race results, go to CyclingNews

Official Vuelta website is here 

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