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2012 Tour de France
July, 2012

Stage 15, Monday, July 16: Samatan - Pau, 160 km

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Stage 15, Monday, July 16: Samatan - Pau, 160 km

Rated climbs:

Stage 15 finish

The Race: Today was a big turnip. The peloton had no interest in racing today and let the day's break of six non-threatening riders get a gap of about twelve minutes. Even the sprinters' team had no interest in shutting down the break for a chance at a stage win.

The break of Pierrick Fedrigo, Christian Vande Velde, Thomas Voeckler, Nicki Sorensen, Dries Devenyns and Samuel Dumoulin worked well together until about seven kilometers to go, when the attacks started go off. No one wanted to be with Dumoulin, a good sprinter, a the finish. At just the right time Fedrigo blasted off with a quickly responding Vande Velde going after him and making the catch. The others could not get organized, although Voeckler and Sorensen gave it a good go. Fedrigo was easily the faster of the two, giving the Frenchman his second Tour stage win in Pau.

Lotto Belisol did a full-on sprint train for André Greipel, who won the field sprint.

Results: 156 classified finishers

  1. Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ-Big Mat) 3hr 40min 15sec. 43.2 km/hr
  2. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) s.t.
  3. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) @ 12sec
  4. Nicki Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  5. Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 21sec
  6. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) @ 1min 8sec
  7. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) @ 11min 50sec
  8. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Shar) s.t.
  9. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
  10. Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  11. Borut Bozic (Astana) s.t.
  12. Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r) s.t.
  13. Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  14. Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  15. Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
  16. Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  17. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  18. Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  19. Michael Schär (BMC) s.t.
  20. Janez Brajkovic (Astana) s.t.
  21. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
  22. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) s.t.
  23. Christopher Froome (Sky) s.t.
  24. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) s.t.
  25. Arthur Vichot (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  26. Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) s.t.
  27. Sébastien Minard (Ag2r) s.t.
  28. Jean Marc Marino (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
  29. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  30. Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  31. Anthony Roux (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  32. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) s.t.
  33. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) s.t.
  34. Michael morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  35. Tejay Van garderen (BMC) s.t.
  36. Michael Rogers (Sky) s.t.
  37. Andréas Klöden (Radi Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  38. Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
  39. Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) s.t.
  40. Christopher Horner (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  41. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  42. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  43. Yohann Gene (Europcar) s.t.
  44. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
  45. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
  46. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
  47. Denis Menchov (Katusha) s.t.
  48. Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  49. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  50. Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.

General Classification: 2,751.5 km raced so far at an average speed of 40.14 km/hr

  1. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) 68hr 33min 21sec
  2. Christopher Froome (Sky) @ 2min 5sec
  3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 2min 23sec
  4. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 3min 19sec
  5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) @ 4min 48sec
  6. Haimar Zubeldia (Radio shack-Nissan) @ 6min 15sec
  7. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) @ 6min 57sec
  8. Janez Brajkovic (Astana) @ 7min 30sec
  9. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 8min 31sec
  10. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 8min 51sec
  11. Andréas Klöden (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 9min 29sec
  12. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 9min 45sec
  13. Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) @ 10min 49sec
  14. Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) @ 11min 27sec
  15. Christopher Horner (Radi Shack-Nissan) @ 12min 41sec
  16. Denis Menchov (Katusha) @ 17min 21sec
  17. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 17min 41sec
  18. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) @ 18min 4sec
  19. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Movistar) @ 19min 2sec
  20. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 20min 12sec
  21. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) @ 20min 32sec
  22. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 20min 35sec
  23. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 27min 3sec
  24. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 27min 37sec
  25. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 32min 59sec
  26. Michael Rogers (Sky) @ 33min 13sec
  27. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) @ 44min 28sec
  28. Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) @ 44min 45sec
  29. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) @ 45min 13sec
  30. Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) @ 45min 35sec
  31. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 47min 17sec
  32. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) @ 47min 32sec
  33. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) @ 48min 34sec
  34. Juan José Cobo (Movistar) @ 54min 40sec
  35. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) @ 56min 19sec
  36. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) @ 57min 28sec
  37. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) @ 58min 59sec
  38. Jean-Christopher Peraud (Ag2r) @ 59min 50sec
  39. Gianpaolo Caruso (Katusha) @ 1hr 0min 39sec
  40. Pierrick Fedrigo (FSJ-Big Mat) @ 1hr 3min 43sec
  41. Gorka Izaguirre (Euskaltel) @ 1hr 4min 31sec
  42. George Hincapie (BMC) @ 1hr 4min 55sec
  43. Richie Porte (Sky) @ 1hr 5min 26sec
  44. Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil) @ 1hr 6min 40sec
  45. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) @ 1hr 9min 16sec
  46. Mikael Cherel (Ag2r) @ 1hr 9min 23sec
  47. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) @ 1hr 10min 52sec
  48. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) @ 1hr 11min 52sec
  49. Davide Malacarne (Europcar) @ 1hr 12min 30sec
  50. Michael Schär (BMC) @ 1hr 13min 24sec


  1. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana): 69 points
  2. Pierre Rolland (Europcar): 55
  3. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo): 39
  4. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar): 37
  5. Michele Scarponi (Lampre): 33


  1. Peter Sagan (Liquigas): 356 points
  2. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol): 254
  3. Matthew Harley Goss (Orica-GreenEdge): 203
  4. Mark Cavendish (Sky): 130
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky): 127

Young Rider:

  1. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC): 68hr 40min 18sec
  2. Thibaut Pinot @ 1min 54sec
  3. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) @ 40min 35sec

Team Classification:

  1. Radio Shack-Nissan: 205hr 52min 34sec
  2. Sky @ 12min 38sec
  3. BMC @ 17min 46sec
  4. Astana @ 25min 19sec
  5. FDJ-Big Mat) @ 34min 22sec

Stage 15 map and profile

Stage 15 map

Stage 15 map

Stage 15 profile

Stage 15 profile

Stage 15 photos


Monument to the Tour in the Pyrenees.

LEading duo

Coming to the finish, Fedrigo led Vande Velde

Thomas Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler and Nicki Sorensen (hidden) tried gamely to get up to the leaders.

Nicki Sorensen

Nicki Sorensen

Voeckler-sorensen sprint

Voeckler and Sorensen sprint it out.

Dries Devenyns

Dries Devenyns finished a few seconds after Voeckler and Sorensen.

Samuel Dumoulin

Samuel Dumoulin, the man who's fast finish scared his fellow breakaways.

Lotto train

André Greipel got a full Lotto train for the field sprint.

Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins

Evans, Wiggins, Nibali and Froome stayed close together.

Denis Menchov

Denis Menchov

David Millar and David Zabriskie

David Millar and David Zabriskie

Alexandre Vinokourov

Alexandre Vinokourov

Johan van Summeren

Johan van Summeren

Fredrik Kessiakoff

Will Fredrik Kessiakoff come out of the Pyrenees in dots?

Field Sprint

André Greipel takes the field sprint from Tyler Farrar and Peter Sagan.

Pierrick Fedrigo

Stage winner Pierrick Fedrigo

Radio Shack

Radio Shack-Nissan is leading the team classification

Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins easily keeps the Yellow Jersey another day.