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Summary - Stage 15 - Tour de France 2017

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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...

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Simon Yates: "I'll try another day"

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Warren Barguil: "We were close to the victory"

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Bauke Mollema: "I had to give everything"

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“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...

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“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]....

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“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.”

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“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...

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Sporting stakes16.07.2017

A new climb to disturb the routine

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...

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Presentation - Stage 15 - Tour de France 2017

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17:51Top 5

1. Bauke Mollema

2. Diego Ulissi, 0.19

3. Tony Gallopin

4. Primoz Roglic

5. Warren Barguil, 0.23

17:49Mollema wins stage 15

Solo victory for Mollema

17:4713 seconds

1km to go, Mollema still ahead

17:46Mollema 2km to

10 seconds lead

17:45Dan Martin on the move

After Yates and Meintjes, Dan Martin has tried to go clear off the yellow jersey group

17:445km to go

Mollema with 5km to go. Ulissi is chasing hard behind him in a false flat. 11 seconds difference

17:42Attacks for the white jersey

After Adam Yates, Louis Meintjes has attacked. The fight for the white jersey is on.

17:40Mollema the most aggressive rider of the day

Bauke Mollema has been awarded the most aggressive rider price of the day

17:37Mollema with 10km to go

Mollema fights a head wind. The chasing quartet has him in sight

17:364 chasers

4 riders are chasing Mollema down: Barguil, Roglic, Ulissi and Gallopin

17:34Mollema alone at St-Vidal

Barguil and Roglic are 20 seconds behind

17:31Roglic attacks

Roglic attacks in the côte de St-Vidal behind Mollema. Barguil accompanies him.

17:3015km to go

Bauke Mollema has 40 seconds lead over the first chasers with 15km to go. He's in the last categorized climb.

17:2414 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.

17:15Mollema 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.

17:1310 more KOM for Barguil

Result of cat. 1 KOM at col de Peyra Taillade, km 158:

  1. Warren Barguil, 10 points

At 0.10

  1. Primoz Roglic, 8
  2. Tony Gallopin, 6
  3. Serge Pauwels, 4
  4. Damiano Caruso, 2
  5. Thibaut Pinot, 1
17:10Barguil alone at Peyra Taillade

Barguil first atthe top. Bardet attacks!!!

17:09Froome is back

Froome and Landa have made it back to the Aru-Bardet group

17:08Barguil 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.

17:06Froome 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.

17:03Barguil rejoins Martin

With 3km to go to the top of Peyra Taillade, Barguil rejoins Martin and continues solo

17:01Quintana in difficulty

Nairo Quintana is dropped off the Aru-Bardet group. Chris Froome is still 30 seconds behind his rivals.

16:58Froome 45 seconds behind Bardet and Aru

Chris Froome is timed 35 seconds adrift

16:56Martin 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.

16:54Froome 50 seconds behind

Kiryienka and Henao try to bring Froome back to the pack still led strongly by AG2R

16:52Froome 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

16:50Peloton reunited

AG2R keeps putting pressure but Chris Froome has managed to bridge the gap to Bardet and Aru.

16:47AG2R 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

16:46Will 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...

16:43Martin 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.

16:33Martin 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.

16:30Breakaway 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.

16:28Tony 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.

16:21Tony Martin forges on

Time trial world champion Tony Martin keeps going with 60km to go. He's the specialist of the lone effort...

16:14Tony Martin speeds up

Tony Martin speeds up and take a few metres lead over the rest of the breakaway with 66km to go.

16:107 minutes with 70km to go

The deficit of the peloton is 7 minutes with 70km to go

16:01New time gap: 7.15

With 76km to go, there's a new maximum time gap between the 28 leaders and the peloton: 7.15

15:57Nicolas 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.”

15:53Time gap on the up

83km to go: 6.33. It's the biggest time gap so far.

15:40Will 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.

15:38Charly 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...

15:37Peloton at 6.05

On the sprint line, the deficit of the peloton led by Team Sky is 6.05

15:35Michael 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

13....

15:245.45 with 100km to go

With 100km to go, the deficit of the peloton is 5.45.

15:23Three 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.

15:14Yvon 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...

15:0940.2km in the second hour

The leading riders have covered 40.2km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 39.5km/h.

15:075.15 at the feed zone (km 78)

Team Sky leads the peloton 5.15 behind the 28 escapees

15:00Yates, 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.

14:56Caruso 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.

14:52In 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...

14:4628 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...

14:33Matthews group at 30 seconds

The Matthews group will probably catch the five leaders. 30 seconds gap after 50km.

14:31Three 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).

14:29The Matthews group less than one minute behind

The 23-man chasing group is 55 seconds behind the leading 5.

14:2737.5km in the first hour

Barguil, Caruso, Pauwels, Grmay and Van Baarle had covered 37.5km in the first hour of racing.

14:24The 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.

14:22Two more KOM points for Barguil

Warren Barguil takes two more KOM points at côte de Vieurals and Serge Pauwels scores one.

14:21Leading 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...

14:05Warren 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.”

14:00Five 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.

13:57Matthews 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...

13:5510 more points for Barguil

Result of cat. 1 KOM at Montée de Naves d'Aubrac, km 28.5:

  1. Warren Barguil, 10 points
  2. Serge Pauwels, 8
  3. Damiano Caruso, 6
  4. Dylan Van Baarle, 4
  5. Tsgabu Grmay, 2
  6. Robert Kiserlovski, 1
13:50Tim Wellens quits

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) abandons the Tour de France. He's been suffering from allergies in the past few days.

13:49Barguil 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.

13:41Barguil 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.

13:39Five in the lead

Only four riders manage to follow Warren Barguil 5km before the top of the climb: Pauwels, Caruso, Van Baarle and Grmay.

13:35Sieberg, Martin and Burghardt off the back

Three riders have been dropped uphill, all Germans: Sieberg, Martin and Burghardt

13:25Caruso 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.

13:23Diego Ulissi counter attacks

Diego Ulissi (UAE) has attacked from the bunch but gave up quickly as nobody accompanied him

13:21The peloton gives up

After ten kilometres of chasing, the peloton gives up and gives room to the breakaway. Time difference: one minute

13:1820 seconds

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.

13:14Fortuneo-Oscaro in the chase

After 4km, the 10 leading riders only have 25 seconds. Fortuneo-Oscaro pulls the peloton after having missed the breakaway.

13:11Barguil 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

13:08The race is on

The start proper has been given at 13.07.

13:07Team 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.

13:06Simon 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.

13:05Warren 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...

13:03Marcel 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.

13:02Chris 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.

13:01Riders on the move

The peloton is leaving Laissac-Sévérac L'Eglise.

13:00Remember 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...

12:39Welcome

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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