Rafał Majka wins mountainous stage 15 at the Vuelta a España 2021

Steven Kruijswijk chased in earnest but couldn't claw back the UAE Team Emirates rider

Rafal Majka
(Image credit: Getty)

Rafał Majka kept Steven Kruijswijk at bay as he stormed to the stage 15 victory at the 2021 Vuelta a España, taming the mountainous route as he took his first win since stage 14 of the 2017 Spanish Grand Tour.

No matter how hard he tried, Kruijswijk couldn't put a dent into Majka's lead over the final 50km, persevering until the end despite knowing second place was likely all he could muster for his efforts.

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