The Norwegian professional cyclist Odd Christian Eiking also defended the red jersey of the overall leader on the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain.
Radiant winner: Rafal Majka.
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Eiking reached the finish on Sunday with the group of favorites. The outsider had taken over the red jersey after the tenth stage from the two-time overall winner Primoz Roglic. The Slovenian is still third, 1:36 minutes behind, while Frenchman Guillaume Martin is 54 seconds behind Eiking.
The day’s victory went to the Pole Rafal Majka after a long solo escape after 197.5 kilometers from Navalmoral de la Mata to El Barraco. Second, 87 seconds behind, was the Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk from the Jumbo Visma team of defending champion Roglic. Four mountain ratings, including two in the first category, had to be tackled on the section.
After the rest day on Monday, the Tour of Spain 2021 will continue on Tuesday with the 16th section from Laredo to Santa Cruz de Bezana. The third major national tour of the year ends on September 5th with an individual time trial in Santiago de Compostela.
15. Etappe: Navalmoral de la Mata – El Barraco über 197.5 km
1st Rafael Majka (Poland / UAE Team Emirates) 4:51:36 hours, 2nd Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) 1:27 minutes back, 3rd Chris Hamilton (Australia / DSM) 2:19, 4th Adam Yates (Great Britain / Ineos) 2:42, 5. Giulio Ciccone (Italy / Trek-Segafredo), 6. Odd Christian Eiking (Norway / Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), 7. Felix Großschartner (Austria / Bora hansgrohe), 8. Sepp Kuss (USA / Jumbo-Visma), 9th David de la Cruz (Spain / UAE-Team Emirates), 10th Enric Mas (Spain / Movistar) all 2:57, … 51.Ben Zwiehoff (Essen / Bora -hansgrohe) 10:26, … 101. Alexander Krieger (Stuttgart / Alpecin-Fenix), … 105. Nico Denz (Waldshut-Tiengen / DSM) both 29:02, … 120. Anton Palzer (Berchtesgaden / Bora-hansgrohe) 35:47
Overall rating after 15 of 21 stages:
1. Eiking 59:57:50 hours, 2. Guillaume Martin (France / Cofidis) 0:54 minutes back, 3. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / Jumbo-Visma) 1:36, 4. Mas 2:11, 5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia / Movistar) 3:04, 6th Jack Haig (Australia / Bahrain-Victorious) 3:35, 7th Egan Bernal (Colombia / Ineos) 4:21, 8th Adam Yates (Great Britain / Ineos) 4: 34, 9th kiss 4:59, 10th Großschartner 5:31, … 63. Zwiehoff 1:41:18 hours back, … 134. Palzer 2:46:51, … 136. Warrior 2: 50:27, … 138.Denz 2:52:24