Sunday July 19th, 2015

Stage 15Mende / Valence

Start 13h05 (Local time)
  • André Greipel makes it three

    Germany's André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) claimed his third stage victory of the 2015 Tour de France as he outsprinted his compatriot John Degenkolb in a bunch gallop in Valence. Stage 15 was again animated by Peter Sagan who increased his lead in the points classification and Thibaut Pinot who confirmed his return to form the day after finishing second in Mende. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey for the tenth time this year.

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The stage in videos

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On-board camera

  • On-board camera
  • Landscape of the day
  • Buzz of the day
  • The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
  • La minute maillot jaune LCL
  • Summary
  • Magazine
  • [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
  • Stage Analysis by Cedric Coutouly...
  • Safety 2015
  • The towns 2015 : visit Mende
  • Monts de l'Ardèche
  • The towns 2015 : visit Valence

The stage in pictures

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2015 - 2015 - froome (christopher) - (gbr) - - - quintana (nairo) - (col) - - valverde (alejandro) - (esp) - © Presse Sports

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A sporting view

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  • Leaders
  • Caravan
  • Start town
  • Finish town
  • Feeding zone
  • Checkpoints
  • Sprint
  • Last kilometre
  • Hors catégorie climb
  • Points of interest
  • Cobblestones sectors

Tourist attractions

Mende

On his visits to the Lozère area, Alberto Contador can be proud of certainly being the most efficient rider on the final climb of Mende. While he wasn't quite in the battle for victory in 2005 for his first ever Tour de France, “El Pistolero” had come close to success in 2010, only beaten in the final metres by “Purito”. But the Spaniard also triumphed there on two occasions when Paris-Nice stopped over in Mende, in 2007 and 2010, the two editions of the Race to the Sun that he conquered.

Web sites

© Mende © B. Bade
3 times a stage town
12,000 inhabitants
Prefecture of Lozère (48)
Specialities: herb sausage, aligot, meats, honey, goat's cheese (pélardon), sheep's cheese (feta), croquants de Mende (biscuits)
Economy: agribusiness, tourism
Sport: The sportiest city in France in 1988 and 1998
Personalities: Urban V (1309-1369, the last Pope of Avignon), Jean-Antoine Chaptal (chemist, Napoleon's Minister of Interior undertook some of his studies in Mende), Théophile Roussel (doctor), Laurent Jalabert, Christophe Laurent (cyclists)
Caption
  • Leaders
  • Caravan
  • Start town
  • Finish town
  • Feeding zone
  • Checkpoints
  • Sprint
  • Last kilometre
  • Hors catégorie climb
  • Points of interest
  • Cobblestones sectors

Valence

Due to its geographical location, the Gallo-Roman city established itself through time as a major communication centre. The doorway to the South of France was however only once visited by the Tour de France in 1996. On the other hand, the pack is used to stopping there quite regularly during the Critérium du Dauphiné. Sprinters such as Jean Graczyk in 1961 or Sean Kelly in 1989 have triumphed in Valence. The place could well inspire Mark Cavendish who clinched one of his 25 stage wins on the Tour in the neighboring city of Bourg-lès-Valence in 2010.

Web sites

Mairie © P. Gardin © Valence
One previous Tour stage
66,000 inhabitants
Prefecture of the Drôme (26)
Specialities: dragées de Valence (praline sweets), Suisse (biscuit), fruit
Economy: service industries, agro alimentary industry, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, electronics, animation studios
Sport: Olympique de Valence (football, CFA), Valence sportif (rugby), Valence Handball (2nd division)
Celebrities: Louis Mandrin (bandit), Paul Ricoeur (philosopher), Anne-Sophie Pic (chef), Jacques Tardi (cartoonist), Sébastien Chabal (rugby), ), Dionysos (music), Bertrand and Guillaume Gille (hand-ball), Mathilde Cini (swimming), Charly Mottet (cycling).
Festivals: Valence Festival (free concerts), Valence fête l'amour, Valence fête  le printemps (agricultural fair), Boulevards de chine (flea market), Valence Lights and Images Festival

Jersey wearers after the stage 1

Classifications after the stage 1

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