Rafał Majka (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrafaw ˈmajka]; born 12 September 1989) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe. He is known as a strong climber, and rose to prominence at the 2013 Giro d'Italia, where he finished 7th overall, and 6th one year later. Other major achievements are three mountainous stage wins in the Tour de France as well as the Mountains classification in the 2014 and 2016 edition, two stages and the overall victory at the 2014 Tour de Pologne. He achieved his first Grand Tour podium finish at the 2015 Vuelta a España, where he finished third. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal for Poland in the road race.
Majka at the 2012 Japan Cup
|Full name||Rafał Majka|
|Born||12 September 1989|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)|
|2009||Miche–Silver Cross–Selle Italia|
In 2013, he competed in the Giro d'Italia for the first time, where he had a long battle with Carlos Betancur over the lead in the young rider classification, which eventually fell to Betancur in the penultimate stage. In the general classification, he ended up seventh, eight minutes behind winner Vincenzo Nibali.
A year later, he improved on his Giro d'Italia result from 2013 by finishing sixth overall.
Majka was a last-minute inclusion in Tinkoff–Saxo's 2014 Tour de France squad, after Roman Kreuziger was temporarily suspended from racing due to irregular biological passport values. On Stage 14, he earned his first professional victory after going solo on the final climb to Risoul. Four days later he claimed another victory on Stage 17, soloing to the mountaintop finish atop Pla d'Adet. These successes, as well as some other strong performances in mountain stages, earned Majka the polka dot jersey as winner of the mountains classification, becoming the first Polish rider to win a jersey in the Tour de France. A couple of weeks after the Tour de France he won stages five and six of the 2014 Tour de Pologne as well as the general classification. Majka was the first Polish rider to win the Tour de Pologne since it became part of the UCI World Tour.
In contrast to the previous two years, Majka did not ride the Giro d'Italia in 2015 where Alberto Contador made the first step in trying to do a Giro–Tour double but started in the Tour de France. He achieved top ten finishes at the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse in preparation for the Tour. Majka won the 11th stage of the Tour de France to Cauterets from a breakaway to take his third Tour stage victory. Majka then prepared to race his season target, the Vuelta a España, attempting to gain a top 5 or podium finish in the general classification. He performed well throughout the entire race, being able to stay at the top of the general classification with Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru. On the penultimate stage, stage 20, Majka managed to advance himself from fourth place to third place, finishing the Vuelta in third, achieving his goal of being on the podium of a Grand Tour.
At the Giro d'Italia, Majka raced as the leader of the Tinkoff team and finished fifth overall, four minutes behind winner Vincenzo Nibali, his best result in that race. Following the Giro, Majka won the Polish National Road Race Championships for the first time in his career, breaking away at the front over the last climb and holding his advantage to the finish line. During the Tour de France, team leader Contador dropped out, leaving Majka as one of his team's chances for success. Through multiple breakaways, he was able to repeat his 2014 accomplishment and win the mountains classification, albeit falling short of a stage win.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Majka finished third in the individual road race to win the Bronze medal. He was part of a late breakaway group also containing Nibali and Sergio Henao. On the final descent, both Nibali and Henao crashed, leaving Majka alone in front, unable to preserve his advantage over the chase group to the finish. He was caught by eventual winner Greg Van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang within two kilometres of the finish line and did not participate in the final sprint, settling for third. Majka's medal was the first for Poland at the Rio Olympics, and the first medal won by a Polish cyclist in an individual event since Czesław Lang's silver at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Subsequently, in August 2016 Bora–Hansgrohe announced that Majka had agreed an initial two-year deal with the team from 2017, following Tinkoff teammate Peter Sagan to the squad with a role as a team leader in Grand Tours and other stage races.
- 1st Trofeo Enzo Sacchi
- 3rd GP Città di Monsummano
- 1st Firenze–Viareggio
- 3rd Bologna–Raticosa
- 8th GP Capodarco
- 2nd GP Chianti Colline d'Elsa
- 3rd Overall Giro delle Pesche Nettarine
- 3rd Bologna–Raticosa
- 3rd Trofeo Città di Lastra a Signa
- 9th Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
- 9th Firenze–Viareggio
- 10th Overall Carpathian Couriers Race
- 1st Stage 1
- 10th Trofeo Matteotti
- 3rd Japan Cup
- 7th Overall Tour of Beijing
- 2nd Milano–Torino
- 3rd Giro di Lombardia
- 4th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 7th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Overall Tour de Pologne
- 1st Stages 5 & 6
- Tour de France
- 1st Mountains classification
- 1st Stages 14 & 17
- 4th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
- 4th Overall Critérium International
- 6th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 11 Tour de France
- 2nd Milano–Torino
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a España
- 4th Overall Tour of Oman
- 7th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 10th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st Road race, National Road Championships
- Tour de France
- 3rd Road race, Olympic Games
- 5th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 5th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 7th Overall Tour de San Luis
- 1st Overall Tour of Slovenia
- 1st Stage 14 Vuelta a España
- 2nd Overall Tour of California
- 1st Stage 2
- 2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
- 6th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
- 7th Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx
- 10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 5th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
- 5th Overall Vuelta a San Juan
- 6th Overall Tour of California
- 6th Overall Tour of Slovenia
- 7th Giro di Lombardia
- Combativity award Stage 15 Tour de France
- 6th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 6th Overall Vuelta a España
- 6th Overall Tour of the Alps
- 7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 9th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 10th Trofeo Campos, Porreres, Felanitx, Ses Salines
Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit
|Tour de France||—||—||—||44||28||27||DNF||19||—|
|Vuelta a España||DNF||32||19||—||3||—||39||13||6|
Major stage race general classification results timelineEdit
|Major stage race general classification results timeline|
|Volta a Catalunya||—||DNF||11||—||DNF||—||11||—||7|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Tour de Romandie||47||—||DNF||13||7||DNF||—||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||34||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||—||—||10||—||—||—||—|
Classics results timelineEdit
|Monuments results timeline|
|Tour of Flanders||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Giro di Lombardia||26||DNF||3||—||69||DNF||26||7||12|
|Classics results timeline|
|Dwars door Vlaanderen||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Amstel Gold Race||120||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|La Flèche Wallonne||136||—||—||—||82||—||29||90||—|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||—||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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- "With Christoph Pfingsten, BORA – hansgrohe completes its roster for 2019". Bora–Hansgrohe. Denk Pro Cycling GmbH & Co. KG. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
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- "Majka crowned Tour of Poland winner as Vandewalle wins stage 7 time trial". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "Rafal Majka ends successful Giro d'Italia campaign with top 5 GC finish in Turin, as Jay McCarthy takes 9th on stage". Tinkoff Team. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- "Tinkoff Teamwork against all odds carries Rafal Majka to Polish national championship victory". Tinkoff Team. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- O'Shea, Sadhbh (24 July 2016). "Tour de France: Sagan and Majka save Tinkoff". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- "Rio Olympics 2016, men's cycling road race: Greg Van Avermaet wins gold after crash ends Geraint Thomas and Vincenzo Nibali hopes". The Telegraph. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
- Gadzała, Paweł (8 August 2016). "Olympic Games: Majka scores another historic result for Poland". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- "Majka joins Sagan at Bora-Hansgrohe for 2017". cyclingnews.com. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
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