2013 Tour de France
100th edition: June 29 - July 21, 2013
Stage 15 results and photos
Sunday, July 14: Stage 15, Givors - Mont Ventoux, 242.5 km
- Km 20.5: Côte d'Eyzin-Pinet, 3.1 km @ 4.9% gradient, Category 4
- Km 26.5: Côte de Primarette, 2.6 km @ 4.1%, Category 4
- Km 44.5: Côte de Lens-Lestang, 2.1 km @ 3.8%, Category 4
- Km 143.0: Côte de Bourdeaux, 4.2 km @ 5.7%, Category 3
- Km 242.5: Mont Ventoux (1,912m), 20.8 km @ 7.5%, Hors Category
Weather: At Bédoin, near the base of Mt. Ventoux at 12:25 PM local time it is 28C (82F), partly cloudy and is forecast to climb to 29C (85F) and full sun with no wind. The wind is forecast to become 20 km/hr from the north. 40% humidity.
The Race: All of yesterday's 181 finishers started today. This is the Tour's 15th visit to Mt Ventoux and the 9th time as a hilltop finish since it was first included in the Tour in 1951. It is also this year's longest stage.
After 50 km of high-speed racing the peloton allowed a 10-man break with Peter Sagan, Sylvain Chavanel and Daryl Impey to go clear. After 100 km the average speed had been a brisk 49 km/hr and the break was six minutes up the road. KOM Pierre Rolland and Marcus Burghardt had come very close to bridging the gap to the break, but gave up and returned to the peloton.
With Rolland's failure to join the break, his Europcar team started driving the peloton hard and with 110 km to go the gap was down to 3min 30sec.
Movistar was leading the Yellow Jersey group as the race passed the 60 km to go point, with the break 3min 16sec ahead. The stage continued to be fast with the first four hours being ridden at 46.6 km/hr.
Sky took over the job of leading the peloton with slightly less than 30 km to go. Sky's severe increase in speed quickly brought the break's lead down to 2min 30sec. That increase in intensity caused riders to be shot out the back even though the Mt. Ventoux climb had not yet been reached. They were actually on a short climb before Bédoin, where the climb proper begins.
At the start of the ascent of Mt Ventoux, Sylvain Chavanel was 20 seconds ahead of the break and 1min 47sec in front of the Sky-led peloton.
Five kilometers later other teams went to the front while Froome still had two teammates left. Mikel Nieve jumped away from the Yellow Jersey group and at the same time Andy Schleck was dropped, looking like he had run into a solid wall.
Bam! Nairo Quintana flew away with 12.6 km left and elicited no response from the others. Sky went back to leading the Yellow Jersey group. Two kilometers later Quintana caught Nieve and they were now 35 seconds ahead of the Froome group. All of the original breakaway riders had been absorbed.
Richie Porte drove the Froome group hard and with 8 km left it was just Porte, Froome and Contador. Everyone else had been shelled with Quintana and Nieve only 15 seconds up the road.
Whap! Seven km left and Porte pulled off and Froome soared away, easily leaving Porte and Contador behind. After just 200 meters of solo riding, Froome swept by Quintana. Quintana clawed his was back to Froome. At this point Nieve and Contador were fourteen seconds behind Froom and Quintana.
Under the 4km banner Froome unsuccessfully attacked Quintana. Nieve and Contador were 44 seconds back and the rest of the contenders chased at 100 seconds.
Finally, at 1.3 km to go Froome dispatched Quintana. Froome took a brilliant solo win and solidified his lead.
- Christopher Froome (Sky) 5hr 48min 45sec. 41.7 km/hr
- Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) @ 29sec
- Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 1min 23sec
- Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) s.t.
- Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 1min 40sec
- Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
- Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) @ 1min 43sec
- Bauke Mollema (Belkin) @ 1min 46sec
- Laurens Ten Dam (Belkn) @ 1min 53sec
- Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r) @ 2min 8sec
- Bart de Clercq (Lotto-Beliosl) @ 2min 12sec
- Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 2min 26sec
- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 2min 32sec
- Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp @ 2min 36sec
- Richie Porte (Sky) @ 2min 49sec
- Daniel Moreno (KJatusha) @ 3mn 6sec
- Robert Gesink (Belkin) @ 3min 11sec
- Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 3min 14sec
- Romain Bardet (Ag2r) @ 3min 15sec
- Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack) @ 3min 31sec
- Igor Anton (Euskaltel) @ 4min 7sec
- John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 4min 56sec
- Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack) @ 5min 4sec
- Jesus Herandez (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 6min 13sec
- Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) @ 6min 38sec
- Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 6min 44sec
- Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) s.t.
- Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 8min 39sec
- Philippe Gilbert (BMC) @ 8min 46sec
- Steve Morabito (BMC) s.t.
- Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
- Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack) s.t.
- Rudy Molard (Cofidis) s.t.
- Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) s.t.
- Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) s.t.
- Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 10min 7sec
- Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) @ 10min 29sec
- Andreas Klöden (Radio Shack) @ 10min 42sec
- Andy Schleck (Radio Shack) s.t.
- Yury Trofimov (Katusha) @ 11min 16sec
- José Serpa (Lampre-Merida) @ 12min 1sec
- Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) @ 12min 2sec
- Brice Feillu (Sojasun) @ 12min 23sec
- Andrey Amador (Movistar) @ 12min 34sec
- Peter Kennaugh (Sky) @ 12mn 38sec
- Jérôme Coppel (Cofidis) @ 13min 6sec
- Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) @ 13mn 16sec
- Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Belkin) s.t.
- Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel) s.t.
- Bram Tankink (Belkin) @ 13min 28sec
General Classification: 2568 km raced so far at an average speed of 41.96 km/hr
- Christopher Froome (Sky) 61hr 11min 43sec
- Bauke Mollema (Belkin) @ 4min 14sec
- Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 4min 25sec
- Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 4min 28sec
- Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) @ 4min 54sec
- Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) @ 5min47sec
- Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) @ 6min 22sec
- Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) @ 7min 11sec
- Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r) @ 7min 47sec
- Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 7min 58sec
- Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) @ 8min 28sec
- Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 9min 54sec
- Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) @ 12min32sec
- Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack) @ 13min 47sec
- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 14min 42sec
- Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 15min 40sec
- Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 18min 12sec
- Andy Schleck (Radio Shack) @ 19min 14sec
- Daniel Moreno (Katusha) @ 21mn 42sec
- Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) @ 23min 36sec
- Igor Anton (Euskaltel) @ 23min 50sec
- Romain Bardet (Ag2r) @ 23min 50sec
- Steve Morabito (BMC) @ 28min 45sec
- Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack) @ 29min 16sec
- Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 30min 26sec
- Richie Porte (Sky) @ 32min 53sec
- José Serpa (Lampre-Merida) @ 33min 2sec
- Robert Gesink (Belkin) @ 33min 28sec
- Rui Albert Costa (Movistar) @ 33min 42sec
- Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 34min 12sec
- John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 37min 10sec
- Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) @ 40min 19sec
- Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) @ 40min 24sec
- Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 42min 55sec
- Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 44min 24sec
- Andreas Klöden (Radio Shack) @ 44min 55sec
- Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack) @ 47min 28sec
- Nicolas Roche (saxo-Tinkoff) @ 49min 54sec
- Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) @ 53min 37sec
- Davide Malacarne (Europcar) @ 54min 18sec
- Cyril Guatier (Europcar) @ 54min 20sec
- Bram Tankink (Belkin) @ 54min 52sec
- Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 55min 2sec
- Arthur Vichot (FDJ) @ 55min 5sec
- Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) @ 56min 11sec
- Andrey Amador (Movistar) @ 59min 43sec
- Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) @ 1hr 0min 2sec
- Ruben Plaza (Movistar) @ 1hr 0min 9sec
- Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) @ 1hr 1min 19sec
- Amaël Moinard (BMC) @ 1hr 2min 3sec
- Christopher Froome (Sky): 83 points
- Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar): 66
- Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel): 53
- Pierre Rolland (Europcar): 51
- Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff): 28
- Peter Sagan (Cannondale): 377 points
- Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 278
- André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol): 223
- Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano): 177
- Alexander Kristoff (Katusha): 157
- Nairo Alexander Quintana (Movistar) 61hr 17min 30sec
- Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 2min 11sec
- Andrew Talansky (Garmn-Sharp) @ 6min 45sec
- Romain Bardet (Ag2r) @ 18min 3sec
- Arthur Vichot (FDJ) @ 49min 18sec
- Saxo-Tinkoff: 183hr 1min 46sec
- Belkin @ 3min 36sec
- Ag2r @ 8min 3sec
- Radio Shack @ 16min 19sec
- Katusha @ 23min 42sec
Stage 15 map
Stage 15 profile
Where they were all headed, the top of Mt. Ventoux
The crowds were huge...
Having dropped Quintana, Froome drives hard to the finish.
Nairo Quintana finishes a half-minute after Froome
This was a surprise, Mikel Nieve beat Joaquin rodriguez in an uphill sprint.
Alberto Contador had been climbing with Mikel Nieve but when the cameras switched to the finish line, Contador wasn't with Nieve.
Alejandro Valverde couldn't stay with the best climbers today.
Pierre Rolland lost his dots today.
The top looks a long way away...
Greg LeMond and Chris Froome on the podium.
Chris Froome's grip on the Yellow Jersey only got firmer today.