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2014 Tour de France
101st edition: July 5- July 27, 2014

Stage 15 results and photos

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Sunday, July 20: Stage 15, Tallard - Nîmes, 222 km

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Alexander Kristoff wins stage 15

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 15. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 15 has no categorized ascents

The Race: This stage was a heartbreaker if you want hard-working breakaway riders to win races. Three minutes into today's stage Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) and Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) left the peloton and soon had a sizeable gap. At one point the duo were almost nine minutes up the road.

Halfway through the stage light drizzle started to fall. That became a torrential rainstorm. Still, Elmiger and Bauer pressed on. The sprinters' teams nailed the gap back, but with 30 kilometers to go the pair still had two minutes.

It was a nail-biter. With three kilometers to go, Elmiger and Bauer were still a half-minute ahead. Near the finish Bauer had a gap on Elmiger as the peloton was flying up to them. Bauer was passed by a flying Alexander Kristoff with about 30 meters to go to win the stage. That makes two stage victories for Kristoff this Tour.

Vincenzo Nibali stayed close to the front most of the stage and finished safely to remain the overall leader.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 44.9 km/hr

1 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA 4hr 56min 43sec
2 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING
3 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE
4 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL
5 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
6 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR
7 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP
8 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
9 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE
10 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP
11 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
12 Bernhard Eisel TEAM SKY
13 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE
14 José Joaquin Rojas  MOVISTAR TEAM
15 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
16 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING
17 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL
18 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA
19 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
20 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM
21 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY
22 Alejandro Valverde MOVISTAR TEAM
23 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING
24 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE
25 Rui Alberto Costa  LAMPRE - MERIDA
26 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR
27 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
28 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM
29 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR
30 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
31 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM
32 Michael Schär BMC RACING TEAM
33 Michael Morkov TINKOFF-SAXO
34 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM
35 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE
36 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM
37 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM
38 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
39 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
40 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR
41 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING
42 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM
43 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM
44 Yukiya Arashiro TEAM EUROPCAR
45 Reto Hollenstein IAM CYCLING
46 Matthieu Ladagnous FDJ.FR
47 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING
48 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING
49 Marcel Wyss IAM CYCLING
50 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR
51 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING
52 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING
53 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE
54 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING
55 Luis Angel Mate  COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
56 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR
57 Markel Irizar Arranburu TREK FACTORY RACING
58 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL
59 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA
60 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
61 Johan Van Summeren GARMIN - SHARP
62 Matteo Montaguti AG2R LA MONDIALE
63 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
64 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
65 Maxim Iglinskiy ASTANA PRO TEAM
66 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP
67 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE
68 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING
69 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE
70 Richie Porte TEAM SKY @ 16 seconds
71 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING + 00' 18''
72 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
73 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA
74 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
75 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
76 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR
77 José Pimenta Costa Mendes TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
78 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
79 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM
80 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE
81 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM
82 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
83 Roy Curvers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
84 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO
85 Sébastien Minard AG2R LA MONDIALE
86 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM
87 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL + 00' 24''
88 Marcel Sieberg LOTTO-BELISOL + 00' 24''
89 Maarten Wynants BELKIN PRO CYCLING
90 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING
91 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM + 00' 28''
92 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 00' 28''
93 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
94 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING + 00' 34''
95 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL + 00' 37''
96 Yohann Gene TEAM EUROPCAR + 00' 39''
97 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 00' 49''
98 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE
99 William Bonnet FDJ.FR + 01' 03''
100 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 01' 14''
101 Roger Kluge IAM CYCLING + 01' 21''
102 Gatis Smukulis TEAM KATUSHA + 01' 26''
103 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE + 01' 34''
104 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 01' 55''
105 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL
106 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
107 Ruben Plaza Molina MOVISTAR TEAM
108 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
109 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE
110 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE + 02' 05''
111 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE
112 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM
113 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING
114 Vasili Kiryienka TEAM SKY
115 Matteo Tosatto TINKOFF-SAXO
116 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP
117 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
118 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM
119 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY
120 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR
121 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM
122 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE
123 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE
124 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA
125 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
126 Svein Tuft ORICA GREENEDGE
127 Luca Paolini TEAM KATUSHA + 02' 15''
128 Danny Pate TEAM SKY + 02' 19''
129 Christopher Horner LAMPRE - MERIDA
130 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ.FR + 02' 25''
131 Cedric Pineau FDJ.FR
132 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 02' 31''
133 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM
134 Florian Vachon BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
135 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO
136 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP + 02' 33''
137 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO
138 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE + 02' 45''
139 Marcus Burghardt BMC RACING TEAM + 03' 35''
140 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO + 03' 37''
141 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 03' 39''
142 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM + 04' 26''
143 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM + 04' 26''
144 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
145 Andreas Schillinger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
146 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
147 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 04' 50''
148 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR + 05' 19''
149 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 05' 22''
150 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE
151 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE
152 Jean Marc Marino  CANNONDALE
153 Florian Guillou BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT
154 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE
155 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 12' 20''
156 Vladimir Isaichev TEAM KATUSHA
157 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
158 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR
159 Sergio Paulinho   TINKOFF-SAXO
160 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA
161 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR
162 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING
163 Benat Intxausti MOVISTAR TEAM
164 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
165 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
166 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA
167 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA
168 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY
169 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE
170 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP
171 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO

GC after stage 15: 2,753 km raced so far at an average speed of 41.196 km/hr

1 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 66hr 49min 37sec
2 Alejandro Valverde  MOVISTAR TEAM @ 4min 37sec
3 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE + 04' 50''
4 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR + 05' 06''
5 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM + 05' 49''
6 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE + 06' 08''
7 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 08' 33''
8 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 09' 32''
9 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 10' 01''
10 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR + 10' 48''
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL + 11' 02''
12 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING + 11' 10''
13 Alberto Costa Rui LAMPRE - MERIDA + 12' 57''
14 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING + 14' 37''
15 Richie Porte TEAM SKY + 16' 19''
16 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 19' 24''
17 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA + 19' 30''
18 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY + 20' 18''
19 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 21' 00''
20 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 22' 30''
21 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY + 23' 09''
22 Christopher Horner LAMPRE - MERIDA + 26' 18''
23 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM + 33' 13''
24 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM + 39' 12''
25 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE + 41' 28''
26 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM + 45' 33''
27 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 49' 03''
28 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR + 50' 17''
29 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM + 52' 26''
30 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 52' 36''
31 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO + 53' 23''
32 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL + 54' 05''
33 Luis Angel Mate  COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 01h 06' 28''
34 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 01h 08' 30''
35 Marcel Wyss IAM CYCLING + 01h 11' 34''
36 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ.FR + 01h 13' 58''
37 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 01h 14' 27''
38 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM + 01h 19' 04''
39 José Joaquin Rojas MOVISTAR TEAM + 01h 19' 49''
40 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING + 01h 22' 37''
41 Michael Schär BMC RACING TEAM + 01h 24' 26''
42 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM + 01h 25' 51''
43 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM + 01h 27' 58''
44 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 01h 28' 11''
45 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE + 01h 28' 23''
46 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 01h 32' 09''
47 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM + 01h 33' 50''
48 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO + 01h 35' 29''
49 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM + 01h 37' 17''
50 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 01h 37' 39''
51 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA + 01h 40' 44''
52 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE + 01h 41' 03''
53 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR + 01h 41' 56''
54 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA + 01h 42' 38''
55 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE + 01h 47' 24''
56 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL + 01h 49' 47''
57 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP + 01h 50' 19''
58 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO + 01h 51' 13''
59 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING + 01h 52' 25''
60 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING + 01h 53' 12''
61 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA + 01h 53' 26''
62 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 01h 54' 12''
63 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM + 01h 56' 49''
64 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE + 01h 57' 13''
65 Florian Guillou BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 01h 59' 02''
66 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP + 01h 59' 05''
67 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 01' 22''
68 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 01' 52''
69 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL + 02h 04' 38''
70 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 02h 05' 39''
71 Markel Irizar Arranburu TREK FACTORY RACING + 02h 06' 23''
72 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE + 02h 08' 26''
73 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR + 02h 08' 42''
74 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 02h 09' 26''
75 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 02h 10' 29''
76 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM + 02h 10' 33''
77 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM + 02h 11' 30''
78 Ruben Plaza Molina MOVISTAR TEAM + 02h 12' 31''
79 Yukiya Arashiro TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 12' 51''
80 Matteo Montaguti AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02h 16' 40''
81 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 02h 16' 41''
82 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 16' 58''
83 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 17' 10''
84 Johan Van Summeren GARMIN - SHARP + 02h 18' 00''
85 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 02h 18' 55''
86 Matthieu Ladagnous FDJ.FR + 02h 20' 03''
87 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 02h 20' 48''
88 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02h 22' 11''
89 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 02h 23' 09''
90 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM + 02h 25' 08''
91 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 02h 27' 00''
92 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING + 02h 27' 28''
93 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO + 02h 28' 01''
94 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 02h 28' 26''
95 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02h 29' 42''
96 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA + 02h 29' 48''
97 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 30' 08''
98 Sergio  Paulinho  TINKOFF-SAXO + 02h 30' 31''
99 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING + 02h 30' 43''
100 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 02h 31' 17''
101 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 02h 31' 43''
102 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM + 02h 31' 53''
103 Sébastien Minard AG2R LA MONDIALE + 02h 32' 04''
104 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING + 02h 32' 06''
105 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING + 02h 32' 43''
106 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE + 02h 33' 12''
107 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE + 02h 33' 51''
108 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA + 02h 34' 01''
109 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL + 02h 34' 02''
110 Reto Hollenstein IAM CYCLING + 02h 34' 24''
111 Roy Curvers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 02h 34' 50''
112 Vasili Kiryienka TEAM SKY + 02h 35' 04''
113 Maarten Wynants BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 02h 36' 36''
114 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 36' 46''
115 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 38' 16''
116 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 38' 17''
117 Gatis Smukulis TEAM KATUSHA + 02h 38' 26''
118 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 02h 38' 41''
119 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 02h 40' 20''
120 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 43' 21''
121 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 02h 43' 38''
122 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING + 02h 43' 40''
123 Cedric Pineau FDJ.FR + 02h 43' 45''
124 Florian Vachon BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 02h 46' 31''
125 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY + 02h 47' 19''
126 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 02h 47' 56''
127 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 49' 13''
128 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA + 02h 49' 26''
129 Matteo Tosatto TINKOFF-SAXO + 02h 50' 22''
130 Yohann Gene TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 55' 49''
131 Svein Tuft ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 56' 25''
132 Benat Intxausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 02h 58' 38''
133 José Pimenta Costa Mendes TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 02h 59' 35''
134 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE + 03h 00' 22''
135 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING + 03h 00' 27''
136 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP + 03h 00' 39''
137 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM + 03h 01' 56''
138 Luca Paolini TEAM KATUSHA + 03h 02' 09''
139 Maxim Iglinskiy ASTANA PRO TEAM + 03h 02' 57''
140 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP + 03h 05' 31''
141 Bernhard Eisel TEAM SKY + 03h 06' 19''
142 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 07' 08''
143 Michael Morkov TINKOFF-SAXO + 03h 07' 30''
144 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP + 03h 08' 00''
145 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 09' 33''
146 Marcel Sieberg LOTTO-BELISOL + 03h 11' 30''
147 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM + 03h 13' 04''
148 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE + 03h 13' 04''
149 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 03h 14' 52''
150 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP + 03h 16' 09''
151 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR + 03h 18' 03''
152 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 18' 39''
153 Marcus Burghardt BMC RACING TEAM + 03h 19' 47''
154 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 20' 37''
155 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 03h 20' 40''
156 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 03h 21' 58''
157 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL + 03h 22' 01''
158 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 03h 22' 39''
159 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 03h 22' 57''
160 Roger Kluge IAM CYCLING + 03h 24' 01''
161 Danny Pate TEAM SKY + 03h 25' 33''
162 Andreas Schillinger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA + 03h 26' 01''
163 Vladimir Isaichev TEAM KATUSHA + 03h 29' 10''
164 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR + 03h 30' 52''
165 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 03h 31' 01''
166 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 03h 34' 57''
167 William Bonnet FDJ.FR + 03h 35' 42''
168 Jean Marc Marino  CANNONDALE + 03h 36' 55''
169 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE + 03h 38' 51''
170 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA + 03h 48' 51''
171 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 04h 13' 17''

Points Classification:

1 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE 402 points
2 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR 226
3 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA 217
4 Marcel Kittel TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 177
5 Mark Renshaw OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 153
6 André Greipel LOTTO-BELISOL 143
7 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 134
8 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 115
9 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 87
10 Samuel Dumoulin AG2R LA MONDIALE 86
11 José Joaquin Rojas MOVISTAR TEAM 85
12 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP 82
13 Michael Albasini ORICA GREENEDGE 77
14 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 76
15 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR 74
16 Romain Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 71
17 Daniel Oss BMC RACING TEAM 70
18 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR 68
19 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING 65
20 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 63
21 Heinrich Haussler IAM CYCLING 63
22 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING 61
23 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 60
24 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 56
25 Alejandro Valverde  MOVISTAR TEAM 55
26 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 55
27 Sep Vanmarcke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 53
28 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 51
29 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 50
30 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 50
31 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO 47
32 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 44
33 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 43
34 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 43
35 Daniele Bennati TINKOFF-SAXO 42
36 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE 41
37 Alexandre Pichot TEAM EUROPCAR 40
38 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE 39
39 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR 35
40 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR 34
41 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM 32
42 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE 32
43 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 31
44 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 31
45 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 31
46 Lars Boom BELKIN PRO CYCLING 30
47 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 30
48 Luis Angel Mate  COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 30
49 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 30
50 Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING 29
51 Richie Porte TEAM SKY 29
52 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP 29
53 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 28
54 Matteo Montaguti AG2R LA MONDIALE 28
55 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR 28
56 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE 27
57 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 26
58 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING 26
59 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM 26
60 Matthew Busche TREK FACTORY RACING 26
61 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE 25
62 Alessandro Petacchi OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 25
63 Michael Rogers TINKOFF-SAXO 24
64 Arnaud Gerard BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 24
65 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 23
66 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 22
67 Fabio Sabatini CANNONDALE 22
68 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE 21
69 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 20
70 Jean-Marc Bideau BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 20
71 Florian Vachon BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 20
72 Thomas Leezer BELKIN PRO CYCLING 20
73 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 20
74 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE 20
75 Tom Veelers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 20
76 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 19
77 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 19
78 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR 18
79 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING 17
80 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 17
81 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING 16
82 Rui Alberto Costa  LAMPRE - MERIDA 16
83 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA 16
84 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING 15
85 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING 15
86 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE 15
87 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 15
88 Adam Hansen LOTTO-BELISOL 14
89 Jérémy Roy FDJ.FR 14
90 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 14
91 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre TREK FACTORY RACING 13
92 Markel Irizar Arranburu TREK FACTORY RACING 13
93 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM 12
94 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 12
95 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 12
96 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 11
97 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ.FR 11
98 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 11
99 Yohann Gene TEAM EUROPCAR 11
100 Albert Timmer TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 11
101 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 10
102 Zakkari Dempster TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 10
103 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM 9
104 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE 8
105 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE 8
106 Bernhard Eisel TEAM SKY 8
107 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 7
108 Michele Scarponi ASTANA PRO TEAM 7
109 Jurgen Roelandts LOTTO-BELISOL 7
110 Roy Curvers TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 7
111 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP 7
112 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM 5
113 Maxim Iglinskiy ASTANA PRO TEAM 5
114 Cheng Ji TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 5
115 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING 4
116 Michael Schär BMC RACING TEAM 4
117 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL 4
118  Sergio  Paulinho TINKOFF-SAXO 4
119 Reto Hollenstein IAM CYCLING 4
120 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM 3
121 Marcel Wyss IAM CYCLING 3
122 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM 3
123 Paul Voss TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 3
124 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO 3
125 Koen De Kort TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 3
126 Jean Marc Marino  CANNONDALE 3
127 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA 2
128 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR 1
129 Marcus Burghardt BMC RACING TEAM 1
130 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM -4
131 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP -5
132 Sébastien Minard AG2R LA MONDIALE -5
133 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA -13
134 Andreas Schillinger TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA -20

Mountains Classification:

1 Joaquim Rodriguez TEAM KATUSHA 88 points
2 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO 88
3 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 86
4 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR 49
5 Alejandro Valverde  MOVISTAR TEAM 40
6 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 38
7 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 34
8 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 32
9 Jean-Christophe Péraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 29
10 Tony Martin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 26
11 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 24
12 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 24
13 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 18
14 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 17
15 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 16
16 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM 14
17 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM 14
18 Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING 12
19 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM 12
20 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 12
21 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 11
22 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 10
23 José Serpa LAMPRE - MERIDA 10
24 Nicolas Roche TINKOFF-SAXO 9
25 Luis Angel Mate COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 9
26 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 9
27 Cyril Lemoine COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 6
28 Sylvain Chavanel IAM CYCLING 6
29 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING 5
30 Christophe Riblon AG2R LA MONDIALE 5
31 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 4
32 Frank Schleck TREK FACTORY RACING 4
33 Steven Kruijswijk BELKIN PRO CYCLING 4
34 Jérôme Pineau IAM CYCLING 4
35 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 4
36 Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR 2
37 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP 2
38 Perrig Quemeneur TEAM EUROPCAR 2
39 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP 2
40 Simon Clarke ORICA GREENEDGE 2
41 Brice Feillu BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 2
42 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE 2
43 Niki Terpstra OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 2
44 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 1
45 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 1
46 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT 1
47 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1
48 Lars Bak LOTTO-BELISOL 1
49 Tiago Machado TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1
50 Gregory Rast TREK FACTORY RACING 1
51 Rein Taaramäe COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 1

Young Rider Classification:

1 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 66hr 54min 27sec
2 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR @ 16 seconds
3 Michal Kwiatkowski OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 14' 34''
4 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 47' 46''
5 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM + 01h 23' 21''
6 Peter Sagan CANNONDALE + 01h 36' 13''
7 Benjamin King GARMIN - SHARP + 01h 45' 29''
8 Rafal Majka TINKOFF-SAXO + 01h 46' 23''
9 Rudy Molard COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 01h 49' 22''
10 Tom Jelte Slagter  GARMIN - SHARP + 01h 54' 15''
11 Jesus Herrada Lopez MOVISTAR TEAM + 02h 06' 40''
12 Matteo Trentin OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP + 02h 11' 51''
13 Simon Yates ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 12' 20''
14 Bryan Coquard TEAM EUROPCAR + 02h 25' 18''
15 Anthony Delaplace BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 02h 26' 27''
16 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING + 02h 27' 53''
17 Nelson Oliveira LAMPRE - MERIDA + 02h 29' 11''
18 Luke Durbridge ORICA GREENEDGE + 02h 38' 31''
19 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO + 02h 43' 06''
20 Armindo Fonseca BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 04' 43''
21 Benoit Jarrier BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT + 03h 13' 49''
22 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR + 03h 26' 02''
23 Adrien Petit COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS + 03h 26' 11''
24 Elia Viviani CANNONDALE + 03h 34' 01''
25 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA + 03h 44' 01''  

Team Classification:

1 Ag2R La Mondiale 200hr 46min 47sec
2 Belkin Pro Cycling @ 12min 42sec
3 Team Sky + 38' 32''
4 Astana Pro Team + 46' 10''
5 Movistar Team + 47' 44''
6 BMC Racing Team + 51' 01''
7 Trek Factory Racing + 01h 15' 07''
8 Team Europcar + 01h 15' 51''
9 Lampre - Merida + 01h 22' 13''
10 Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 01h 31' 56''
11 Lotto-Belisol + 01h 53' 01''
12 FDJ.Fr + 01h 53' 22''
13 Cofidis, Solutions Credits + 02h 01' 36''
14 Iam Cycling + 02h 07' 53''
15 Team Netapp-Endura + 02h 09' 09''
16 Tinkoff-Saxo + 02h 11' 19''
17 Team Katusha + 02h 17' 07''
18 Bretagne - Seche Environnement + 03h 31' 38''
19 Garmin - Sharp + 03h 54' 47''
20 Orica Greenedge + 04h 07' 39''
21 Cannondale + 04h 27' 51''
22 Team Giant-Shimano + 04h 32' 35''  

Stage 15 Photos:

Fans at the finish

Lots of fans in Nîmes to watch the finish. Photo ©Sirotti

alexander Kristoff wins stage 15

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 15. Photo ©Sirotti

Jack Bauer after just being caught at the line. Photo ©Sirotti

Jack Bauer after just being caught at the line. Photo ©Sirotti

Jack Bauer and Tom Jelte Slagter

Bauer and Tom Jelte Slagter. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage winner Alexander Kristoff

Stage winner Alexander Kristoff. Photo ©Sirotti

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali seemed to have no trouble today. Photo ©Sirotti

Peter Sagan

No stage wins yet for Peter Sagan, but he has quite a lock on the points classification. Photo ©Sirotti

Romain Bardet

So far Romain Bardet has been able to hold of Thibaut Pinot in their fight for the best young rider. Photo ©Sirotti

Joaquin Rodriguez

KOM Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Martin Elmiger was given the day's combativity award

Martin Elmiger was given the day's combatitivity award. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 15 live updates:

Weather at Nîmes at 1:05 PM local time: 24C (76F), Light rain, thunder. Wind from the west-northwest at 11 km/hr (7mph). We could have locally heavy downpours (80% chance is the forecast) with lots of lightning. There could be as much as 25mm (one inch) of rain.

Km 0: Yesterday's 171 finishers were are the start line today, a long, flat stage in the south of France going from the Alps to the Rhone Valley.

Km 38: Three minutes into today' stage Martin Elmiger (IAM) and Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) blasted away from the peloton. They were allowed a lot of rope. Their lead is currently 8min 20sec.

Km 42: Ji Cheng (Giant-Shimano) and Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Belisol) are leading the peloton, controlling (barely) the breaks lead for their sprinters.

Km 53: After an hour of racing the two leaders covered 44.1 km. Their lead has been pegged back to 7min 45sec.

Km 67: Katusha, with their sprinter Alexander Kristoff to protect, has joined Giant-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol at the front. Elmiger and Bauer are now six minutes ahead of the field.

Km 79: The gap continues to come down. It's now 5min 40sec. With stormy weather forecast, there is the fear that with the wind the peloton could break up into echelons. When that happens, if a rider isn't up front, time losses can be catastrophic.

Current GC fourth place Thibaut Pinot voiced that fear before today's start, “All the FDJ.fr [riders] will stay close around me today. It would be a pity to waste all the good work in such a stage.” Earlier he had said, "The stage I fear the most is stage 15 to Nîmes because of the risk of echelons.”

Km 90: Elmiger and Bauer are sharing the work almost equally, Elmiger being at the front 53% of the time. With roughly 130 km to go, the pair have a 6min 15sec lead. There is one Giant, one Lotto and one Katusha rider at the front of the peloton followed by what looks like the entire Astana squad.

Km 104: It has started to drizzle as the two leaders head into the feed zone with a 6min 35sec lead.

Km 115, 106 km to go: Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer are 6min 1sec ahead of the pack. It is pouring buckets at the finish.

Km 125, 96 km to go: The peloton is racing on dry roads, though there is lots of rain and potential crosswinds down the road. Bauer and Elmiger still have a six minute lead. Jean-Christophe-Péraud punctured and has returned to the field. Wanting to avoid trouble, Astana has moved up to the front.

Km 138: We're 3hr 10min into the stage. The break is moving down the road quite briskly, they rode 45.1 km the last hour and have a 6min 18sec lead. They are riding down a road aimed straight into black skies.

Km 150: The side winds have hit. Skies have darkened. Things could get interesting. Lotto-Belisol is at the front, riding hard. Break's lead is down to 5min 33sec. Some riders are having trouble maintaining contact with the peloton as thing string out. The peloton is getting lined out.

Joaquin Rodriguez was at the back when things sped up and has been dropped. Richie Porte (who has gut trouble, it turns out), is riding at the back has been dropped and is trying to bridge. He's losing ground.

Km 155: With the increased speed, the break's gap is down to 4min 4sec. The race referee is hugely pissed because Porte used a photographer's motorcycle to draft back up to the peloton. Porte is back in the field.

Km 163: As predicted, when the peloton left the town of Cavaillon, speed has been ramped up, first under pressure from Ag2r and now BMC. BMC, looking to advance Tejay Van Garderen's interests is just hammering!

Attentive, Nibali sprinted up to the front. Katusha leadout man Luca Paolini has flatted. But since Katusha's sprnter Alexander Kristoff has been dropped, it is unlikely he'll be in today's sprint. The break's lead is down to 1min 32sec.

Km 168: It looks like the pack's speed has relented a bit. The computation is that the break will be caught with 19 km to go.

Km 176: Martin Elmiger led Bauer through the intermediate sprint as they ride through the rain. Bryan Coquard won the field sprint, Peter Sagan went over the line a couple of riders later. Astana leads the peloton 1min 28 sec behind the break. The break is riding 54 km/hr.

Km 191, 31 km to go: Astana is at the peloton's front and it looks like things have slowed as the race goes over wet, slippery roads. Elmiger and Bauer have pressed on and have grown their lead to 2min 9sec. The chasing group with Joaquin Rodriguez has fifteen riders. Earlier they had been clocked at three minutes behind the peloton.

Km 198, 24 km to go: Giant-Shimano has moved to the front of the rain-drenched peloton. With that increased impetus the break's gap has come down quickly, 1min 25sec.

In the rain, there are lots of flat tires. The sky is very dark. Sprinter Arnaud Démare is ill and has been dropped.

Now Michal Kwiatkowski attacks.

Km 203, 19 km to go: Kwiatkowski has a small lead, maybe 20 seconds.

Km 205: Kwiatkowski has been caught. Giant-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol pull the peloton. The break has 1min 6sec.

Km 209: Luca Paolini has fought his way back to the peloton and made to the front with Alexander Kristoff on his wheel. The break is slowly being reeled in, their lead is 54 seconds. Nicolas Roche has punctured. Jakob Fuglsang has been dropped.

9 km to go: Lotto-Belisol is still at the front of the peloton. Elmiger and Bauer still have 44 seconds. André Greipel is near the front.

6.5 km to go: The peloton is strung out, led by Lotto. Break's gap is 39 seconds.

5 km to go: Omega Pharma is now at the front, gap is 34 seconds.

4 km to go: 30 seconds.

3 km to go: Cannondale is leading the pack. Elmiger and Bauer have 27 seconds. Tony Martin is trying a flyer.

Under the red kite: Martin still has a gap. The break has 14 seconds!

The Finish: This was so close. Bauer left Elmiger and looked like he might make it, but the peloton overwhelmed the break with just a few meters to go after they had been away for 220 kilometers.

Alexander Kristoff went flying by Bauer to win the stage. Heinrich Haussler was second and Peter Sagan third.

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Stage 15 map

Stage 15 map

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