Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) won Stage 15 of La Vuelta from the breakaway, with Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) taking second place and Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) finishing third.
Today offered up another hot day for our riders and the stage consisted of four climbs all in the last half of the 197kms.
It was another fast start, with over 50km covered in the first hour of racing. Sander Armee, Sergio Henao, Dylan Sunderland, and Bert-Jan Lindeman all put in attacks to try and make the break, but the bunch stayed together until the first category climb, Alto de la Centenera. Majka then attacked and was followed by Fabio Aru. By the time they reached the summit, they had built up an advantage of around two minutes. The positive racing from Aru was very encouraging to see.
On the next climb, Majka went solo 3km before the summit, and with that attack, would go on to win the stage. After having spent the last few days recovering from illness, Aru rejoined the peloton, with the focus now shifting to the final week.
All our other riders finished safely within the time cut and will enjoy a much-needed rest day.
Fabio Aru- Rider
“It wasn’t expected, because in the last few days I have been empty, with no power in the legs. Yes, I had the legs to be in the bunch and finish the race, but that was it. Today, on the first climb, I felt better, so I just tried. But, after 2.5 hours I was empty again. It was a good sign for the upcoming week. My body needs a few more days to be 100%…. But from Wednesday to Saturday there are some really hard stages, so I will hope to just get better and better…”