Rodriguez powers to stage 15 win

Joaquim Rodriguez put on a master-class on the slopes of Sostres in Spain to win stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday.

The Spaniard delighted the partisan crowds with a stunning performance in the mountains that saw him move up to second in the overall general classification.

All the big players with the exception of Tom Dumoulin were in the leading pack as the gradient increased inside the final 2km.

The Rodriguez attack would see race leader Fabio Aru, Rafael Majka and Nairo Quintana all react, but Quintana only lasted a matter of metres before he cracked.

Majka and Aru would also fall off the back with around 600m to go as the Team Katusha rider simply had too much power for the other climbers to handle.

Quintana would recover somewhat to crawl over the line in fourth, behind Daniel Morenao and Majka.

The exceptional ride sees Rodriguez move to within one second of Aru, who just holds on to the red jersey for tomorrow's 185km mountain stage.

Stage 15 results

1 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 04:33:31
2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:00:12
3 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Team Katusha 00:00:14
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 00:00:15
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:15
6 Mikel Landa (Spa) Astana Pro Team 00:00:18
7 Johan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 00:00:20
8 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 00:00:24
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:29
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:41
 
General classification

1 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 61:53:56
2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 00:00:01
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 00:01:24
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 00:01:25
5 Johan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 00:01:34
6 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Team Katusha 00:02:08
7 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 00:02:19
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:02:25
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 00:03:00
10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 00:05:07

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