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.
The first HC climb in Vuelta 2017 and it was supposed to be a battle for the stage by the GC boys. But Bora’s Rafal Majka had other plans, getting into a ten-man break early on and soloing to a career-defining stage win on top of La Pandera. Although the GC was shaken up, Chris Froome kept his lead, Vincenzo Nibali put more time into his rivals and Esteban Chaves fell off the podium.
It’s time to run down the A to Z of the Tour de France 2017 – and we’re going to start with a song! Let’s go back to Dusseldorf when the Tour had yet to start and everyone was, in the words of the late Dusty Springfield… wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’.