Tour De France Review – Stage 15: Mende to Valence

Andre Greipel (Team Lotto-Soudal) made it three stage wins today and although it sounds like that should be easy his team got caught napping when Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx-Quick Step) attacked with just over 3km to go. He did not have the legs however and was caught with 2km to go. There was another attack at the 1km marker but it did not last and from there on it was a sprinters affair with Greipel taking top spot.

Andre Greipel

He was followed closely by John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Sagan had to be happy with fourth today but still keeps his lead in the Green Jersey clasification.

Stage Highlights:

  • If you enjoy the data visualisations on @letourdata, visit the data zone on the BETA live tracking site; launched over the weekend, the data zone contains exciting rider data comparisons and live statistics.
  • Andre Greipel (LTS) showed he is the best bunch sprinter in the Tour by taking his 3rd stage victory after beating his compatriot John Degenkolb (TGA).
  • Peter Sagan (TCS) entered the break early in the race and won the intermediate sprint which secured him the green jersey for a 7th time this year, he will also be wearing the red number tomorrow after being recognised as the most combative rider on today’s stage.
  • It was another good day for Team MTN Qhubeka with a perfect lead out by Reinardt Janse van Rensberg for teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen. Boasson Hagen did well to finish 5th in the bunch gallop; just off the podium.

Day in data:

  • The relatively flat final 30 kms leading up to today’s stage finish in Valence favoured the sprinters, it was their last time to shine before the final stage in Paris. 
  • 26 – the number of riders who had retired from this year’s Tour de France as at the start of today’s stage.
  • 183 km – the distance covered on today’s stage, this brings the total distance covered to 2453.8 km.
  • 26.3 km/h – the average speed of Pinot (FDJ) as he won Col du Bez.
  • 20.5 km/h – the average speed of Rogers (TCS) as he won the first category 4 climb on today’s stage – Col de la Croix de Bauzon.
  • 76.32 km/h – max speed recorded on the wet descend from Col de la Croix de Bauzon by Trentin (EQS).
  • 22.94 km/h – the average speed of Pinot (FDJ) as he won Col de l’Escrinet; his second win on a climb for the day.
  • 91.78 km/h – the top speed recorded on today’s stage; Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN) on the descent from Col de l’Escrinet.
  • 22.79 km/h – average speed of riders up Col de l’Escrinet; less than half the average speed of 58.31 km/h riders achieved on their descend down the same category 2 climb.
  • 12 – the number of sprints so far on this year’s route, sprinters have had very few opportunities to shine with all the uphill finishes.
  • 54.43 km/h – the average speed of today’s stage winner, Greipel (LTS), in the last kilometre.
  • 40.52 km/h – average speed of Chris Froome (SKY) on today’s stage, he has held the yellow jersey for the last 9 consecutive stages and the polka-dot jersey for the last 6 stages.
  • 45.66 km/h – average speed on the stage.
  • 15’ 41” – time between first and last rider.

Stage Winner:

GER | André Greipel | LTS
Stage time: 3h 56’ 35”
Average speed: 46.41 km/h
Speed across the finish line: 59.33 km/h

Overall Jersey Leaders:

yellowJersey_sGBR | Chris Froome – SKY | 59h 58’ 54”

GreenJerseyNew_SSVK | Peter Sagan – TCS | 360 points

whiteJersey_sCOL | Nairo Quintana – MOV | 60h 02’ 04”

PolkaDotJersey_sGBR | Chris Froome – SKY | 61 points

Tomorrow’s stage takes the riders from Bourg-de-Péage to Gap along a 201km gradual uphill with two category 2 climbs. The stage finishes in the town of gap after the riders drop down the Col de Manse (1 268 m) the 8.9 kilometre-long climb averaging 5.6%. This is a perfect opportunity for a daring move by one of the GC contendors to attack Froome, or for Froome to attack them before the Alps and with the rest day on Tuesday… expect fireworks!

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