Bauke Mollema has waited for his seventh participation to the Tour de France to claim his first stage victory one year after stepping down from the second place overall to the eleventh in the last two days in the mountains. Lined up as a domestique for Alberto Contador after finishing seventh in the Giro d'Italia, the 30 year old Dutchman from Trek-Segafredo soloed to victory after the grueling climb to Peyra Taillade. Hampered by a mechanical in a crucial moment of the race, Chris Froome...read more
“I broke a spoke coming into the bottom of the last climb. My wheel wasn't straight anymore so I think it was a broken spoke but I'm not sure. I'm grateful I was able to come across because it was a critical moment. Thanks to my team mates who helped me, I save myself. Many people were happy to distance Nairo Quintana. We still have difficult roads ahead of us, especially in the Alps. I've had a difficult day in the Pyrenees but I feel much better now. I hope to keep the yellow jersey...read more
“I was trying to get some seconds there. The race for the win was well ahead of us. I tried to sneak away to get a few seconds. It didn't work but I gave it a go. I couldn't have gained a lot anyway. Just a few seconds. But every second is gonna count. I would have preferred to have them than not. At some stage [before the col de Peyra Taillade] I was in front there and AG2R came to the front and made a really hard pace. It was a big effort for Froome to come back [after his mechanical]....read more
“The first goal was the stage win for myself or Michael [Matthews]. There was a really good opportunity. But we missed it. It's a little bit disappointing. We can't win every day I guess but we tried again. We had three guys in the break as we planned. I hope to continue this way. One day I need to score some more point to win the polka dot jersey.”read more
“It's really amazing. I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France. I've worked for it so hard in the last few years. That was a big goal for me. I needed a chance, but a lot of teams wanted to go up the road today. I did the first climb full gas, trying to bridge to the first group. Eventually we made it with 25 guys. That was the first goal. Then I just gave it a try in the last 30km. It was a long time riding alone. It was close to the chases at the end. But I made it! This is the...read more
Chris Froome is back in the yellow jersey. It probably takes the Tour de France back to a more standard kind of racing with Team Sky controlling the peloton from Laissac-Sévérac L'Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay throughout a very scenic route in the Aubrac and a spectacular finale. But this is not a standard stage. The category 1 col de Peyra-Taillade is unprecedented on the route of the Tour de France. It's another brutal one with gradients up to 14% and a summit above 1000m of altitude with...read more
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1. Bauke Mollema
2. Diego Ulissi, 0.19
3. Tony Gallopin
4. Primoz Roglic
5. Warren Barguil, 0.23
|17:49||Mollema wins stage 15|
Solo victory for Mollema
1km to go, Mollema still ahead
|17:46||Mollema 2km to|
10 seconds lead
|17:45||Dan Martin on the move|
After Yates and Meintjes, Dan Martin has tried to go clear off the yellow jersey group
|17:44||5km to go|
Mollema with 5km to go. Ulissi is chasing hard behind him in a false flat. 11 seconds difference
|17:42||Attacks for the white jersey|
After Adam Yates, Louis Meintjes has attacked. The fight for the white jersey is on.
|17:40||Mollema the most aggressive rider of the day|
Bauke Mollema has been awarded the most aggressive rider price of the day
|17:37||Mollema with 10km to go|
Mollema fights a head wind. The chasing quartet has him in sight
4 riders are chasing Mollema down: Barguil, Roglic, Ulissi and Gallopin
|17:34||Mollema alone at St-Vidal|
Barguil and Roglic are 20 seconds behind
Roglic attacks in the côte de St-Vidal behind Mollema. Barguil accompanies him.
|17:30||15km to go|
Bauke Mollema has 40 seconds lead over the first chasers with 15km to go. He's in the last categorized climb.
|17:24||14 riders in the yellow jersey group|
14 riders form the yellow jersey group, including Aru, Bardet and Uran, but Quintana is chasing behind with the help of Betancur.
|17:15||Mollema alone in the lead|
Mollema is alone in the lead with 27km to go, chased down by Caruso, Ulissi, Pinot, Pauwels, Benoot, Gallopin, Barguil and Roglic.
|17:13||10 more KOM for Barguil|
Result of cat. 1 KOM at col de Peyra Taillade, km 158:
|17:10||Barguil alone at Peyra Taillade|
Barguil first atthe top. Bardet attacks!!!
|17:09||Froome is back|
Froome and Landa have made it back to the Aru-Bardet group
|17:08||Barguil at the front|
Serge Pauwels tries to catch Barguil close to the top. Helped by Landa, Froome tries to bridge the gap to the Aru-Bardet group.
|17:06||Froome drops his team-mates|
No Team Sky rider manages to accompany Chris Froome uphill. Only Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale) follows the yellow jersey. Landa waits for Froome.
|17:03||Barguil rejoins Martin|
With 3km to go to the top of Peyra Taillade, Barguil rejoins Martin and continues solo
|17:01||Quintana in difficulty|
Nairo Quintana is dropped off the Aru-Bardet group. Chris Froome is still 30 seconds behind his rivals.
|16:58||Froome 45 seconds behind Bardet and Aru|
Chris Froome is timed 35 seconds adrift
|16:56||Martin still away|
5km before the top of Peyra Taillade, Martin remains alone in the lead. BMC tries to bring him back. Matthews is dropped off. Peloton led by AG2R at 9 minutes. Chris Froome is 35 seconds behind the peloton, escorted by Nieve, Kiryienka and Henao.
|16:54||Froome 50 seconds behind|
Kiryienka and Henao try to bring Froome back to the pack still led strongly by AG2R
|16:52||Froome has a problem|
Chris Froome has had a mechanical. He's back on his bike, escorted by Sergio Henao chasing to get back on. AG2R keeps pulling the peloton
AG2R keeps putting pressure but Chris Froome has managed to bridge the gap to Bardet and Aru.
|16:47||AG2R splits the bunch|
AG2R-La Mondiale has put the hammer down in the downhill leading to the col de Peyra Taillade. The peloton is split. Chris Froome is not in the first part of the peloton
|16:46||Will Peyra Taillade shake up the overall ranking?|
In the overall ranking, this is the tightest podium ever in the history of the Tour de France after 14 stages: only 23 seconds difference between race leader Chris Froome and third placed Romain Bardet. The previous record dated 1951 with 32 seconds between Hugo Koblet, first, and Raphaël Géminiani, third. After stage 14 in 2008, Cadel Evans was leading the race with an advantage of 38 seconds over Christian Vandevelde, third. This year's situation is made even tighter with fourth placed...
|16:43||Martin in the climb to Peyra Taillade|
Tony Martin has started climbing to the col de Peyra Taillade, the novelty of the day. Chasers at 1.30 and peloton at 9.30 with 42km to go.
|16:33||Martin speeds up|
Tony Martin speeds up in a downhill with 52km to go. His 27 former breakaway companions are reunited. The peloton led by Team Sky is almost nine minutes behind.
|16:30||Breakaway group splitting up|
One minute behind Tony Martin, the group is splitting up as Alessandro De Marchi is reacting. Of course, the Italian knows that the German is able to stay away till the end! Michael Matthews is in a group behind.
|16:28||Tony Martin, remember Mulhouse...|
Three years ago, Tony Martin did something similar. In stage 9 to Mulhouse, he rode away solo with 59km remaining in the ascent to the Markstein. His last breakaway companion was Alessandro De Marchi who is again in the winning move today. In 2014, Jan Bakelants, Dani Navarro, Kristjian Durasek, Amaël Moinard and Tony Gallopin who took the yellow jersey on that day were part of the escape like today.
|16:21||Tony Martin forges on|
Time trial world champion Tony Martin keeps going with 60km to go. He's the specialist of the lone effort...
|16:14||Tony Martin speeds up|
Tony Martin speeds up and take a few metres lead over the rest of the breakaway with 66km to go.
|16:10||7 minutes with 70km to go|
The deficit of the peloton is 7 minutes with 70km to go
|16:01||New time gap: 7.15|
With 76km to go, there's a new maximum time gap between the 28 leaders and the peloton: 7.15
|15:57||Nicolas Portal: "We want this breakaway to stay away"|
Questioned by FranceTelevision, Team Sky's sport director Nicolas Portal explained: “We'll have to pay attention in the finale, especially in the last big climb. We want this breakaway to stay away. It would be nice if they had seven minutes lead at the bottom of the climb. That's why we let them go for now.”
|15:53||Time gap on the up|
83km to go: 6.33. It's the biggest time gap so far.
|15:40||Will Matthews survive Peyra Taillade?|
The stage winner will most probably come from the 28-man breakaway today. Shall Michael Matthews remain in the lead after the col de Peyra Taillade, he'll become the favorite for a back to back victory and a third in a row for Sunweb.
|15:38||Charly Mottet: "Peyra Taillade is a trap"|
The col de Peyra Taillade is the main talking point of today's stage. It's unprecedented on the route of the Tour de France but it was part of stage 2 of the 1997 Critérium du Dauphiné. The race director at the time, former champion Charly Mottet, talked to letour.com to remember how it was twenty years ago when Viatcheslav Ekimov, riding for the first version of the US Postal team, won at Le Puy-en-Velay and took the yellow-blue jersey: “It's a trap”, Mottet summed it up. “The climb...
|15:37||Peloton at 6.05|
On the sprint line, the deficit of the peloton led by Team Sky is 6.05
|15:35||Michael Matthews wins the intermediate sprint|
Result of the intermediate sprint at Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole (km 96):
1. Michael Matthews, 20 pts
2. Thomas De Gendt, 17 pts
3. Jan Bakelants, 15 pts
4. Simon Geschke, 13 pts
5. Tony Gallopin, 11 pts
6. Alessandro De Marchi, 10 pts
7. Lilian Calmejane, 9 pts
8. Tiejs Benoot, 8 pts
9. Maurits Lammertink, 7 pts
10. Tony Martin, 6 pts
11. Nicolas Roche, 5 pts
12. Romain Sicard, 4 pts
|15:24||5.45 with 100km to go|
With 100km to go, the deficit of the peloton is 5.45.
|15:23||Three stage winners at Le Puy...|
It'll be the fourth stage finish of the Tour de France at Le Puy-en-Velay today. Interestingly, all three previous stage winners claimed their second and last Tour de France victory on this occasion: Dominique Forlini in 1954, Pascal Richard in 1996 and Giuseppe Guerini in 2005. Six members of today's breakaway have one Tour de France stage under their belt: Bakelants, De Gendt, Gallopin, Barguil, Geschke and Calmejane. Three riders have more than one win: Pinot, Matthews and Tony Martin.
|15:14||Yvon Ledanois: “Our priority is a stage win”|
Questioned by FranceTelevision, BMC sport director Yvon Ledanois commented the fact that his team outnumbers the others with four riders (Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche): “We have never hidden our ambitions even after we lost Richie [Porte]”, the Frenchman said. “Yesterday we did everything we could for winning but we didn't. There's nothing to reproach to Greg [Van Avermaet]. Michael Matthews was simply the strongest. Caruso could gain some time...
|15:09||40.2km in the second hour|
The leading riders have covered 40.2km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 39.5km/h.
|15:07||5.15 at the feed zone (km 78)|
Team Sky leads the peloton 5.15 behind the 28 escapees
|15:00||Yates, we can...|
The Yates twins totalize 25 white jerseys of the u26 category in two Tour de France: Adam got 15 of them last year and Simon has 10 now with 7 stages to go.
|14:56||Caruso still the highest ranked|
Damiano Caruso remains the highest ranked of all 28 leading riders: he's 14th overall 11.26 down on Chris Froome. The peloton is 5 minutes behind after 70km of racing. Team Sky slows down.
|14:52||In the Aubrac, only once before...|
The Tour is now in the Aubrac region, a very scenic one in the centre-south of France, and it's only the second time ever! On 10 July 1975, between Albi and Super Lioran, it's been an epic 260-km long stage with many riders in trouble: Luis Ocana didn't start because of a tendinitis, Giovanni Battaglin, 7th overall, pulled out because of a broken knee, Joachim Agostinho was hit by a car but kept going, Raymond Poulidor, suffering from a bronchitis, lost 30 seconds. Belgian riders made the...
|14:46||28 riders in the lead|
The leading five riders have been caught by the Matthews group at km 60. 28 riders in the lead: Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche (BMC), Kristjian Durasek and Diego Ulissi (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Tony Martin, Robert Kiserlovski, Maurits Lammertink (Katusha), Tiejs Benoot, Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil...
|14:33||Matthews group at 30 seconds|
The Matthews group will probably catch the five leaders. 30 seconds gap after 50km.
|14:31||Three teams out of the top 30 overall|
Only three teams don't have any rider in the top 30 overall, so it's no surprise to see them on the offensive today: Cofidis (whose first placed rider is Dani Navarro, 34th), Bahrain-Merida (Brajkovic, 41st) and Katusha-Alpecin (Kiserlovski, 43rd).
|14:29||The Matthews group less than one minute behind|
The 23-man chasing group is 55 seconds behind the leading 5.
|14:27||37.5km in the first hour|
Barguil, Caruso, Pauwels, Grmay and Van Baarle had covered 37.5km in the first hour of racing.
|14:24||The Matthews group at 1.15|
Atop the côte de Vieurals, the group of Michael Matthews is 1.15 adrift. Peloton led by Team Sky at 4.30.
|14:22||Two more KOM points for Barguil|
Warren Barguil takes two more KOM points at côte de Vieurals and Serge Pauwels scores one.
|14:21||Leading 5 in the second hill|
Barguil, Grmay, Pauwels, Caruso and Van Baarle start the second climb of the day: côte de Vieurals. Chasing group at 1.15: Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche (BMC), Kristjian Durasek and Diego Ulissi (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Tony Martin, Robert Kiserlovski, Maurits Lammertink (Katusha), Tiejs Benoot, Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews and Simon Geschke (Sunweb), Luis...
|14:05||Warren Barguil: "We want a third win in a row"|
Warren Barguil who shares the winning room of Sunweb with Michael Matthews spoke to letour.com this morning: “We talked about winning back to back stages but it seemed something very difficult to achieve. But today, we want more! Shall we win three in a row, it would be exceptional. There are some fabulous stages coming and we'll try to get one more victory.”
|14:00||Five in the lead again|
Van Baarle and Grmay rejoin Barguil, Caruso and Pauwels at the front. Five riders in the lead after 32km of racing.
|13:57||Matthews in a chasing group|
The group in between the front runners and the peloton, timed with a deficit of 2 minutes, includes: Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi, Amaël Moinard and Nicolas Roche (BMC), Kristjian Durasek and Diego Ulissi (UAE), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Maurits Lammertink (Katusha), Tiejs Benoot, Thomas De Gendt and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews and Simon Geschke (Sunweb), Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lilian...
|13:55||10 more points for Barguil|
Result of cat. 1 KOM at Montée de Naves d'Aubrac, km 28.5:
|13:50||Tim Wellens quits|
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) abandons the Tour de France. He's been suffering from allergies in the past few days.
|13:49||Barguil sets the pace|
1km to the top, it's still polka dot jersey holder Tim Wellens who sets the pace with Caruso and Pauwels on his wheel. Yellow jersey group at 2.30.
|13:41||Barguil is flying|
Only Caruso and Pauwels can hold the pace of Barguil while Bauke Mollema speeds up at the head of the peloton and many riders are getting dropped off.
|13:39||Five in the lead|
Only four riders manage to follow Warren Barguil 5km before the top of the climb: Pauwels, Caruso, Van Baarle and Grmay.
|13:35||Sieberg, Martin and Burghardt off the back|
Three riders have been dropped uphill, all Germans: Sieberg, Martin and Burghardt
|13:25||Caruso the highest ranked|
Damiano Caruso (BMC) is the highest ranked of the breakaway group, 14th at 11.26, followed by Warren Barguil (Sunweb), 15th at 14.50.
|13:23||Diego Ulissi counter attacks|
Diego Ulissi (UAE) has attacked from the bunch but gave up quickly as nobody accompanied him
|13:21||The peloton gives up|
After ten kilometres of chasing, the peloton gives up and gives room to the breakaway. Time difference: one minute
Warren Barguil (Sunweb), Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Robert Kiserlovski and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain-Merida), Giampaolo Caruso (BMC), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Marcus Burghardt (Boar-Hansgrohe), Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal), Angel Luis Maté (Cofidis) only have 20 seconds lead at km 9 as the peloton remains very active with several teams unhappy to have missed out. The first category 1 climb is coming soon.
|13:14||Fortuneo-Oscaro in the chase|
After 4km, the 10 leading riders only have 25 seconds. Fortuneo-Oscaro pulls the peloton after having missed the breakaway.
|13:11||Barguil on the attack again|
A group has gone clear, including Barguil, Van Baarle, Kiserlovski, Grmay, Caruso, Pauwels, Burghardt, Tony Martin, Sieberg, Maté. But Markel Irizar leads the bunch strongly at km 3. 25 seconds difference
|13:08||The race is on|
The start proper has been given at 13.07.
|13:07||Team Sky with the yellow bibs and helmets|
Team Sky leads the teams' classification. AG2R-La Mondiale is at 19.07 and Movistar is 1h2.31.
|13:06||Simon Yates in white|
Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) is the best young rider ahead of Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates) who is 3.07 adrift and Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) who is at 8.54. The Brit increased his lead again yesterday. It's the first time he's got more than three minutes to his credit.
|13:05||Warren Barguil with the polka dot jersey|
Warren Barguil (Sunweb) wears the polka dot jersey for the sixth time. He has 94 points. After his breakaway yesterday, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) has moved up to second again, with 36 points. Mikel Landa (Sky) follows with 33 points. A maximum of 23 KOM points are up for grabs today with four categorized climbs:
- Km 28.5: Montée de Naves d'Aubrac (cat. 1, 8.9km at 6.4%)
- Km 43.5: Côte de Vieurals (cat. 3, 3.3km at...
|13:03||Marcel Kittel in green|
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) leads the points classification with 373 points ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb) who has 274 and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), 187. 50 points are up for grabs today with a maximum of 20 at the intermediate sprint in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole (km 96) and 30 on the finishing line in Le Puy-en-Velay.
|13:02||Chris Froome back in yellow|
Chris Froome (Sky) is back in the yellow jersey after he gained 24 seconds on Fabio Aru (Astana) yesterday, which is more than what he lost (20 seconds) in Peyragudes on stage 12. The Italian is now second at 18 seconds. Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is third at 23 seconds – he lost 4 seconds to Froome yesterday. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) is 4th at 29 seconds. Mikel Landa (Sky) is 5th at 1.17.
|13:01||Riders on the move|
The peloton is leaving Laissac-Sévérac L'Eglise.
|13:00||Remember Brad McGee in Laissac|
Laissac hosts a Tour de France stage for the first time. The town has a population of 2000 people. It's famous for its cattle market, the second biggest in France. In cycling, that's where Bradley McGee, the Australian winner of the prologue in the centennial of Tour de France in Paris in 2003, claimed his first pro victory for FDJ: stage 4 of the 2001 GP du Midi Libre in a bunch gallop ahead of Niki Loda and Robbie Hunter. Pure sprinters always struggle to make it to the finish in this part...
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 15 in the 104th Tour de France, 189.5km from Laissac-Sévérac L'Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay. Start scheduled at 13.00.
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