Vuelta a Espana - Stage 15 » Navalmoral de la Mata › El Barraco, 197.5km Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France, 251km
Sunday saw a pair of races, with the Vuelta reaching the end of its second week with another day of climbing. Yates launched a pair of late attacks and was able to go clear on the run-in, taking back 15 seconds on his rivals. Egan Bernal finished in a select GC group behind, with the duo retaining their overall positions of seventh and eighth heading into the second rest day.
The team began the day without Richard Carapaz and would also sadly see compatriot Jhonatan Narvaez abandon mid-stage. Earlier in the day Pavel Sivakov pushed extremely hard to get into the day’s breakaway, making consecutive accelerations during a rapid opening to the stage.
Julian Alaphilippe, Mikkel Honore and Benoit Cosnefroy were among the riders to burst clear on a gravel sector with 65km to go. The Grenadiers were one of the teams who tried to shut down the gap, with Andrey Amador taking up the front of the peloton.
At the finish it was Cosnefroy who out-sprinted his rivals, with Hayter launching a long sprint behind as the group finished a tantalising 13 seconds back.
1. Rafal Majka (UAE Team Emirates) 4:51:36
2. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:27"
3. Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) +2:19"
4. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +2:42"
5. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +2:57"
15. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
1. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarche-Wanty) 59:57:50
2. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +54"
1. Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2r Citroen) 5:59:56
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) s.t.
3. Mikkel Honore (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +3"
4. Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) +13"
5. Connor Swift (Team Arkea Samsic) s.t.