Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13

Greg Van Avermaet bests Sagan for the Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 win

Cover: Greg Van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) powered through the streets of Rodez in 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit) temperatures to claim victory in an uphill finish at stage 13. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), still looking for a stage victory, came in second with the same time as Van Avermaet and Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) was third three seconds back.

It was really close. I went really early because in Le Havre (on Stage 6), everyone was waiting. So I tried to go from the bottom. It was really long the last 100 meters and I saw there was somebody in my wheel, so I just kept on sprinting. I was just hoping that he didn’t come over me.
I saw a wheel, but I didn’t know who was there. I just kept on going to the line. I knew it would be hard. Once you are there, you just have to keep on going. It was a good finish for me.
Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team

Race leader, Chris Froome (Team Sky), finished sixth on the day easily keeping the yellow jersey safely on his shoulders.

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

What started out as a relatively easy day turned out to be quite heated in the final. At one point it didn’t look as though we’d bring the breakaway back, so the peloton panicked and everyone was going flat out to catch them.

There are some tired bodies out there. It was really hot, but I much prefer those conditions to how it was yesterday with the rain and cold. I’m happy with how things went. I didn’t lose time to anyone and got through it without any major issues, and we’re another day closer to Paris.”
Chris Froome, Team Sky

Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13
Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

An obviously frustrated Sagan voiced his disappointment in once again missing the stage win:

It was my mistake because I was waiting for too long and when we came near the top I was in the wheel of Van Avermaet but I should have continued to push out of the saddle. I could have won but I should have continued past him when I came to his wheel. I want to thank all my teammates for the effort they put today for me.

It was a very hard finish and I waited too long as I started a bit down but then I came to the wheel of Greg and I stayed there. I should have continued and in the final meters, I didn’t have the power. I took points for the green jersey but I really want to win a stage for the team, my teammates and myself”.
Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

In the continuing battle for the points jersey between Lotto Soudal’s André Greipel & Peter Sagan, Sagan remained in green another day with 285 points to Greipel’s 261.

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Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Top 10

  1. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 04h 43′ 42”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 04h 43′ 42” same time
  3. Jan Bakelants (BEL) #13
    AG2R LA MONDIALE 04h 43′ 45” + :03
  4. John Degenkolb (GER) #81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  5. Paul Martens (GER) #135
    TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  6. Christopher Froome (GBR) # 31
    TEAM SKY 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  7. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
    ASTANA PRO TEAM 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  9. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    MOVISTAR TEAM 04h 43′ 49” + :07
  10. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 04h 43′ 49” + :07
Jean-Christophe Peraud, AG2R La Mondiiale, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13
Jean-Christophe Peraud, AG2R La Mondiale, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

I planned to be part of this morning breakaway because it could make it to the end. Unfortunately I missed it which is quite frustrating. When we caught them I tried to play my card. The heat did not bother me today and I could rely on a classy Romain Bardet. He is not only a leader but also reliable teammate. I am quite satisfied of my third place.”
Jan Bakelants, AG2R La Mondiale

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Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 13

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 51h 34′ 21”
  2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 51h 37′ 13” + 2:52
  3. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    MOVISTAR TEAM 51h 37′ 30” +3:09
  4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    MOVISTAR TEAM 51h 38′ 19” + 3:58
  5. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 51h 38′ 24” + 4:03
  6. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 51h 38′ 25” + 4:04
  7. Robert Gesink (NED) #131
    TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 51h 39′ 53” + 5:32
  8. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 51h 41′ 53” + 7:34
  9. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
    ASTANA PRO TEAM 51h 42′ 08” + 7:47
  10. Bauke Moellema (NED) #141
    TREK FACTORY RACING 51h 42′ 23” +8:02
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John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 13

Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13
Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Green (Points): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff Saxo
Polka-dot (KOM): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Worn by: Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha
White (Best Young Rider): Nairo Quintana, Movistar

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Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
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Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Stage 13
Date: 17 July, 2015
Start:  Muret
Finish: Rodez
Distance: 200 km

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Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha, Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 route map

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 climbs

131km – Côte de Saint-Cirgue3.8 km de montée à 5.8% – category 3
156km – Côte de la Pomparie2.8 km de montée à 5% – category 4
167km – Côte de la Selve3.9 km de montée à 3.7% – category 4

Tour de France 2015 Stage 13 last km

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Joaquim Rodriguez, Tour de France 2015 Stage 12

Joaquim Rodriguez wins Tour de France 2015 Stage 12

Cover: Joaquim Rodriguez, Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 © Tim De Waele / Team Katusha
Article by Todd Hofert


Stage 12 could only be described as a beast. It was on the long side. It graduated steadily in difficulty over a cat 2 climb, followed by two cat 1 climbs before culminating on the vaunted slopes of Plateau de Beille, the hors categorie climb of the day at 15.8 kilometres in length with an average gradient of 7.9%. And it came on the third and final day in the Pyrenees. The recipe for an exciting day of racing.

Stage 12 could only be described as a beast. It is on the long side. It graduates steadily in difficulty over a cat 2 climb, followed by two cat 1 climbs before culminating on the vaunted slopes of Plateau de Beille, the hors categorie climb of the day at 15.8 kilometres in length with an average gradient of 7.9%. And it came on the third and final day in the Pyrenees. The recipe for an exciting day of racing.

Chris Froome with a comfortable lead on the General Classification spent yet another day in Yellow. Places 2 through 10, however, should be hotly contested as only a handful of minutes separate the riders in those positions. Peter Sagan was back in the Green Jersey and appeared ready to defend it on the day’s intermediate sprint just 20km into the stage. Nairo Quintana wore the White Jersey and Richie Porte would do the honor of wearing the Polka-Dot Jersey on loan from his teammate Chris Froome, the rightful owner of that tunic. No surprise that Team Sky would continue to lead the team competition.

Right out of the gate Lotto Soudal would take charge of the peloton to ensure that an early break could not form and take sprint points away from Andre Greipel. Just 7 points down on Peter Sagan his intent to get the Green Jersey back. He would win the sprint followed by John Degenkolb in second but Peter Sagan’s persistence and a third place would leave the Gorilla two points shy of reclaiming the Maillot Vert.

It wouldn’t take long for the break to form once the business of the sprint was out of the way. At 27km a 22 rider break form that included riders from 15 teams: Lieuwe Westra, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Matthieu Ladagnous, Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx), Romain Bardet, Mickaël Chérel, Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Jan Barta (Bora), Bryan Coquard, Romain Sicard (Europcar), Kristjian Durasek (Lampre), Dani Navarro (Cofidis), Sylvain Chavanel, Jérôme Coppel (IAM), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Frédéric Brun, Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché), Louis Meintjes (MTN), Georg Preidler (Giant), Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo). At 35km the break had established a 3:45 gap.

The result at the top of the first climb of the day, the Col du Portet d’Aspet (km 57.5) was Georg Preidler(Giant-Alpecin) 5 pts, Jérémy Roy(FDJ) 3 pts, Lieuwe Westra (Astana) 2 pts and Anthony Delaplace(Bretagne-Séché) 1 pt. The time gap to the peloton was 5:05.

The breakaway would start to splinter on the Col de la Core. The pack reduced to 13 then began to slowly regroup as the remainder of the riders settled into their rhythm and regained contact. Over the top of the climb maximum points would be taken by Kristjian Durasek, 10 pts followed by Georg Preidler, 8 pts Mikaël Chérel, 6 pts Matthieu Ladagnous, 4 pts Sylvain Chavanel, 2 pts and Romain Bardet, 1 pt

Preidler, Kwiatkowski and Vanmarcke would move clear on the descent of the Col de la Core, the peloton would come across the summit more than ten minutes back of the lead trio. The lead group would reduce to two as Georg Preidler was unable to hang. Kwiatkowski would set the pace up the Port de Lers, the penultimate climb of the day, with Sep Vanmarcke following. Rodriguez, Izagirre and Sicard rejoined Bardet, Fuglsang and Meintjes and the group of six continued in pursuit of the two leaders. Results at the summit of Port de Lers: Michal Kwiatkowski, 10 pts, Sep Vanmarcke, 8 pts and 53 seconds back Mikaël Chérel, 6 pts Louis Meintjes, 4 pts Romain Bardet, 2 pts and Jakob Fuglsang, 1 pt would follow. The gap to the peloton had grown to a maximum of 12:30.

The race would hit torrential rain and even hail along the valley on the way to Plateau de Beille. Kwiatkowski and Vanmarcke would extend their advantage to 1:50 over the nearest chaser at the base of the final climb. With 13km remaining, Kwiatkowski would dispatch Sep Vanmarcke and soldier on solo looking to hang on to the narrow margin to his chasers. The peloton would hit the climb with a fury led by Lotto NL-Jumbo and Movistar 10:38 behind the leader. Sky would come forward to restore order and the steady pressure would reduce the field.

Michal Kwiatkowski, Tour de France Stage 12
Michal Kwiatkowski, Tour de France Stage 12 Photo: Etixx – Quick-Step/Tim De Waele

It’s a pity I couldn’t handle the power necessary to stay away on the last climb. It was really steep after a long day out front. Being caught 7.6 kilometers from the finish is too bad, but for me, it was a bit unexpected to be in that breakaway in the first place. It was many guys and a lot of strong climbers. I think Sep and I did a great move to stay away from the pure climbers. I think it was smart to be aggressive on the descent before the last climb and build the gap. We worked together well and I’m thankful to him. We played the best tactic possible for our skills. It was too bad we didn’t have enough of a gap to stay away. I couldn’t have done any better than what I did.

The rain was even nice to cool off from the heat we dealt with all day, especially with the high temperatures we’ve also been dealing with in the last stages. I tried to fight until the end. It wasn’t enough to win a stage, but I’m happy my performance is getting better and better each day. Congratulations to Rodriguez as he deserved the victory today. He was super strong and he is one of the best climbers in the peloton. I am happy I tried to go for the stage win. I have to be satisfied because you can’t win if you don’t try.”
Michal Kwiatkowski, Etixx – QuickStep

Rodriguez, Jakob Fuglsang, and Romain Bardet would provide the most exciting action of the day as they sparred their way across the gap to Kwiatkowski, Rodriguez providing the majority of animation. His persistence would finally pay off and he would ride away from Fuglsang and Bardet and catch Kwiatkowski with 7.7km remaining.

I was in hell during the last ten days, I could not follow the rhythm of the peloton. Today I found some new energy such as the AG2R a Mondiale team. However, this Tour still represents the biggest failure of my career because my main goal was to reach the top 5. At least, I gained in confidence today, which is quite good for the Alps. I am more than pleased of my Plateau de Beille climb. Honestly, my best friend Mickael Cherel did an amazing job but Rodriguez was better than us.”
Romain Bardet, AG2R La Mondiale

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Robert Gesink, Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 Photo: Lotto NL – Jumbo

Robert Gesink would suffer a puncture at a critical time as the Yellow Jersey group had been reduced to about 11 riders. He would be unable to claw his way back to the group and would give back a handful of seconds as a result of his misfortune.

Today went quite well, although it sucked that I had a puncture at the foot of the Plateau de Beille,” Gesink said. “It was a bad moment. I took another bike, I started riding to the top as if it was a time trial. Thanks to the adrenaline, I almost made it back to the yellow jersey group. I could see them all the way up, but unfortunately, I couldn’t close the gap.”
Robert Gesink, Lotto NL – Jumbo

Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas would maintain a tight grip on the rest of the Yellow Jersey group keeping the tempo high and responding to accelerations. Alejandro Valverde would launch several sorties trying to soften up the Sky armada and Richie Porte would finally succumb after successfully covering them. Contador would try his luck and Froome would bring him back himself. Nibali would try. Quintana would try. Nothing would stick. The remnants of the days breakaway were picked off one by one with only 8 of the original 22 being able to survive to the finish ahead of the Yellow Jersey group.

Nairo Quintana, Tour de France 2015 Stage 12
Nairo Quintana, Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 Photo: Movistar

It was a good work from everyone in the team. A difficult day, with really demanding climbs and, above all, serious temperature changes and rain in the finale. It took even more energy from us, but we stood it and attacked the leader several times. Sky managed to control all of them, as well ours as the ones from Alberto, Vincenzo… they dominated the situation pretty well and have shown to be strong, as well Froome as his team-mates. We’ll keep dreaming and trying; there’s still a long way to go and everything won’t be decided until the final mountain stage. I feel well at the moment, we’re as strong as in previous days; I think my level shouldn’t go down in what’s left in this Tour, and should I keep it like today, I think we can try some good things until Paris. There’s much to cover, we lost some ground already, but there’s some good condition we’ll use to keep fighting till next Sunday.”
Nairo Quintana, Movistar

Joaquim Rodriguez’s move would stick and he would ride home solo to claim his second stage win of the Tour. Jakob Fuglsang would follow 1:12 down and Romain Bardet, after suffering miserably the day before, would claim the third spot on the podium of the day. The remainder of the 8 members that survived the break of the day would come in next and the faithful lieutenant Geraint Thomas would fight his way back to finish the job of getting Chris Froome to the line unscathed.

Tejay Van Garderen would answer all of the attacks and would finish behind the late sprint to the line led by Valverde and Froome. The top ten would remain almost unchanged with Gesink jumping over Tony Gallopin from 8th to 7th despite his bad luck.

I knew Sky had a really strong team and they were going to try to neutralize any of the attacks of all the dangerous guys. So when they were jumping, I just sat behind Sky to make sure they pulled them back. Hopefully, those guys will keep doing that so they waste a few of their bullets. Then, in the third week they might pay the price.”
Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team

The peloton will be looking for a bit of restored order as they roll into the weekend tomorrow.

Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 Top 10

  1. Joachim Rodrgiuez (ESP) #91
    TEAM KATUSHA 05h 40′ 14″
  2. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) #3
    ASTANA PRO TEAM 05h 41′ 26″ + 1:12
  3. Romain Bardet (FRA) #12
    AG2R LA MONDIALE 05h 42′ 03″ + 1:49
  4. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (ESP) #57
    MOVISTAR TEAM 05h 44′ 48″ + 4:34
  5. Louis Meintjes (RSA) #217
    MTN-QHUBEKA 05h 44′ 52″ + 4:38
  6. Jan Barta (CZE) #192
    BORA-ARGON 18 05h 46′ 01″ + 5:47
  7. Romain Sicard (FRA) #127
    TEAM EUROPCAR 05h 46′ 17″ + 6:03
  8. Mikael Cherel (FRA) #14
    AG2R LA MONDIALE 05h 46′ 42” + 6:28
  9. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    MOVISTAR TEAM 05h 47′ 00″ + 6:46
  10. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 05h 47′ 01″ + 6:47

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 12

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 46h 50′ 32″
  2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 46h 53′ 24″ + 2:52
  3. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    MOVISTAR TEAM 46h 53′ 41″ + 3:09
  4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    MOVISTAR TEAM 46h 54′ 30″ + 3:58
  5. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 46h 54′ 35″ + 4:03
  6. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 46h 54′ 36″‘ + 04:04
  7. Robert Gesink (NED) #131
    TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 46h 56′ 04″ + 5:32
  8. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 46h 58′ 04″ + 7:32
  9. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
    ASTANA PRO TEAM 46h 58′ 19″ + 7:47
  10. Bauke Moellema (NED) #141
    TREK FACTORY RACING 46h 58′ 34″ + 8:02

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 12

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Green (Points): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff Saxo
Polka-dot (KOM): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Worn by: Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha
White (Best Young Rider): Nairo Quintana, Movistar

Stage 12 – Lannemezan / Plateau de Beille – 195km

Stage 12
Date: 16 July, 2015
Start:  Lannemezan
Finish: Plateau de Beille
Distance: 195 km


Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 route map

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 profile

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 12 climbs

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Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10

Chris Froome solos to victory & moves ahead by nearly 3 minutes at Tour de France 2015 Stage 10

Cover: Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Todd Hofert


 

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Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Chris Froome (Team Sky) soloed to a commanding victory on La-Pierre-Saint-Martin, crossing the finish line 59 seconds ahead of teammate, Richie Porte and 1 minute 4 seconds in front of third place, Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

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Richie Porte, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

While Froome played down his lead in post-race interviews, stating it was still a very long race, his performance increased his lead in the overall to 2 minutes 52 seconds over second place, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) and by 3 minutes 9 seconds over Quintana.

Nairo Quintana, Movistar, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10
Nairo Quintana, Movistar, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sky definitely put on quite the performance. I tried my best to stay with them. When it got too much for me, I tried to stay in my rhythm and focused on getting to the top. I don’t think today was my best day. But it wasn’t all bad. I am still keeping a good GC (general classification) position.

The first mountain day is always tricky. We have done almost two weeks without climbing any real mountains. So it can be quite a shock to the system, especially after a rest day. I feel like it should go better from here. I am definitely still happy about where we are sitting.”
Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing

Stage 10 – Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin – 167km

It was Bastille Day in France today, the French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. And a Frenchman in the break on Bastille Day is as common as fireworks on Independence Day in the US. So it would be today with Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) FRA initiating a solo break just a few kilometers into the stage. A few kilometers later Kenneth Van Bilsen (Cofidis) BEL would launch a bid to bridge to the solo attacker. He would finally make contact with Fédrigo some 30km later and the two would ride out to a maximum gap of 14:16.

Coming out of the first rest day the first 100km or so of the stage to La Pierre-Saint-Martin was well suited to allow the riders to spin the legs back life. With just rolling terrain all of the way to the base of the final climb the riders could shake off the negative effects that so often occur during a rest day. The warm-up, however, would be short-lived as the hors categorie climb to the summit finish at La Pierre-Saint-Martin was looming on the horizon and there would be no hiding from it.

Movistar and Sky would take up the primary responsibilities of marshaling the two-man break. Kenneth Van Bilsen would collect the points over all three of the category 4 climbs that led the way to La Pierre.

The intermediate sprint was won by Pierrick Fédrigo without being contested by Van Bilsen an agreement likely formed giving Van Bilsen the mountain points on offer thus far. The peloton would follow through the sprint point some 8 minutes later with Andre Greipel taking the third place points followed by Mark Cavendish and John Degenkolb. Peter Sagan would finish seventh and with that Greipel would reclaim the Green Jersey.

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The teams of the GC contenders would arrive at the base of the climb licking their lips for the first real opportunity to do what they do best. Movistar would come to the front to set a yeoman’s pace not hiding their cards to be played for Nairo Quintana. Sky was well represented as was Tinkoff Saxo and Astana. Surprisingly Tejay Van Garderen was isolated almost immediately. This could spell trouble for him over the long haul. Andrew Talansky could also be seen popping off the back a victim of his own team’s fervor.

Robert Gesink would launch a long range sortie with about 12km remaining. That move would be reeled in a few kilometers up the climb just prior to a searing attack by Chris Froome with 6.3km to go. No one was able to follow. Froome would continue to open the gap with only Nairo Quintana able to mount a chase. His efforts would fail as well.

Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10
Chris Froome, Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

At the line, Chris Froome would have the 2015 Tour de France by the throat. He would finish a minute ahead of teammate Richie Porte and just over a minute ahead of Nairo Quintana. Robert Gesink with an impressive ride up the final climb would grab fourth place vaulting himself up into 8th on the general classification. Alejandro Valverde would round out the top five.

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Robert Gesink, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The big losers of the day would be Tejay Van Garderen giving up 2:40 to Froome, Alberto Contador giving up 3:01 and Vincenzo Nibali virtually imploding early on giving up over four and a half minutes to the stage winner. He now sits in tenth almost 7 minutes down.

For a man who said he would ride defensively today, it will be interesting to see how he approaches the next two stages. Short of misfortune has the Tour been decided on just the first climb of the race?

I just thought instead of riding a defensive race, ‘come on guys let’s push on here. Some guys are in trouble let’s take advantage of that.’ I asked the guys to push on a bit. The legs felt good so I think it worked out just to plan.

Now we’re just going to have to take it on a daily basis. I’m in such a great position now and with such team around me. Guys like Richie Porte coming second, G just a few places back in fifth – it just shows the caliber of riders I’ve got supporting me. Hopefully, now we can just ride a defensive race. Let’s see – there’s still a very long way to go to Paris but of course, I’m ecstatic about how it went today.

When I heard on the radio it was like music to the ears, especially this early in the race. There are some really big time gaps today which I’m quite surprised about, seeing as we only had the one climb on the final. The one thing that comes to mind for me is that maybe some of the guys didn’t look after themselves quite that well through the rest day yesterday, or maybe came out of the rest day feeling quite heavy. My guys were great. It was a dream day for us.”
Chris Froome, Team Sky


Stage 10
Date: 14 July, 2015
Start:  Tarbes
Finish: La Pierre-Saint-Martin
Distance: 167 km

Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 Top 10

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    Team Sky 4h 22′ 07″
  2. Richie Porte (AUS) #35
    Team Sky + :59
  3. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    Movistar + 1:04
  4. Robert Gesink (NED) #131
    Team LottoNL-Jumbo + 1:33
  5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    Movistar + 2:01
  6. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    Team Sky + 2:01
  7. Adam Yates (GBR) #108
    Orica GreenEDGE + 2:04
  8. Pierre Rolland (FRA) #121
    Team Europcar + 2:04
  9. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    Lotto Soudal + 2:22
  10. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC Racing + 2:30

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 10

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    Team Sky 35h 56′ 09″
  2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC Racing + 2:52
  3. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    Movistar + 3:09
  4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    Movistar + 4:01
  5. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    Team Sky + 4:03
  6. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    Tinkoff-Saxo + 4:04
  7. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    Lotto Soudal + 4:33
  8. Robert Gesink (NED) #131
    Team LottoNL-Jumbo + 4:35
  9. Warren Barguil (FRA) #82
    Team Giant-Alpecin + 6:12
  10. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) #1
    Astana Pro Team + 6:57

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 10

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM):Chris Froome, Team Sky
Worn by: Richie Porte, Team Sky
White (Best Young Rider): Nairo Quintana, Movistar

Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 route map

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 profile

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 10 climbsTour-de-France-2015-Stage-climb-La-Pierre-Saint-Martin.png

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