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Team News | 08.09.2019

Rafał Majka again among the best climbers on Vuelta a España stage 15

After yesterday’s flat stage, the race went back into the mountains for a challenging stage 15. The peloton started from Tineo into the 154-kilometer mountain stage, which finished on the Santuario del Acebo, a category one climb. It was clear to be be another tough battle for the overall of the Vuelta a España, as the riders had to face three category one climbs before heading onto the final 7,3 km long uphill finish. Right from the start attacks were flying and high speeds marked the first hour of racing.GC contender Rafal Majka always stayed at the front of the race together with teammate Pawel Poljanski, before on the descent after the first climb of the day, a big breakaway of 17 riders distanced themselves with a small gap. Pawel Poljanski represented BORA- hansgrohe's colors in it and with 55km to go, shortly before the penultimate ascent of the day, Pawel’s breakaway group had more than three minutes advantage.When the race finally reached the last climb, both, the break and the peloton split up almost immediately. While at the front S. Kuss was the one to lead the race, A. Valverde made an early move a little further back. Only P. Roglic was able to follow the Spaniard, with Felix Großschartner taking control in the chase group. When Astana forced another split, Großschartner was dropped, but Majka looked confident following Lopez and Pogacar while N. Quintana was in difficulties. Pawel Poljanski now waited for Majka and also supported his leader in an important situation. When Kuss took the win on the Santuario de Acebo, Majka lost contact to Lopez and Pogacar on the last two kilometers. But the BORA – hansgrohe leader was able to keep a high rhythm, finishing 14thin the end. Majka is still sixth on the overall, but now just around two minutes behind Quintana. 



01 S. Kuss                            4:19:04
02 R. Guerreiro                    +0:39
03 T. Geoghegan Hart           +0:40
14 R. Majka                          +3:13


From the Finish Line

“It was really a tough day, with attacks and fast speeds right from the start. We had with Pawel one in the day’s break and in the final he and Felix rode really strong. Felix brought me into position and increased the pace to force a split among the chasers. We are in the final part of this Vuelta and have to be concentrated. We will do our best to achieve at the end a result we can be proud of.” - Rafal Majka 

“It was another tough stage, four category one climbs and the battle for the GC. I think we showed in the past days, and also today, a really good performance. Pawel and Felix were with Rafal until the final climb and helped him as long as they could. Then he crossed the line surrounded by the other favourites and secured his 6th place on the overall.” – Patxi Vila, Sports Director 

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