Friday, April 28, 2017

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Alexander Kristoff takes third place in Valence - Tour de France

The Sunday’s stage 15 was a final chance for the sprinters to kick in a bunch sprint before seeing the Champs Élysées next Sunday, and the fast men in cycling did not disappoint. Team Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff saw his chance to go for the win and used the team throughout the stage to control the break in order to give himself a chance at the finish line. Kristoff made the most of the situation and claimed a third place on the daily podium behind Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) who claimed his third stage win in the 2015 Tour de France.

- It was a bit of a headwind at the end. Greipel had a really good jump and I always struggle a bit when it’s like that so at the end I had good top speed but I just wasn’t fast enough. Today Greipel and Degenkolb were just stronger. I was planning to go at the same time at 250 m but Greipel was just stronger and when he started his sprint I could not answer. Really there is only one chance left for the sprinters on the Champs Élysées but if Greipel continues to sprint like this, it will be difficult to beat him. We were at the front a little early and the speed dropped just a bit and I came into the last corner in second position. I wanted to win the sprint and the team did a great job for me. It’s a pity I could not deliver. When the speeds drop off at the end and then I have to pick back up, I always have trouble with that kind of acceleration, - said team sprinter Alexander Kristoff



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2015 Tour de France: Stage 15 Preview

The 183kms from Mende to Valence of Stage 15 of the 2015 Tour de France, though full of climbs early, should be another chance for the sprinters to take victory. Will Sagan get that elusive stage win?!



Three of the climbs fall before the intermediate sprint at 108.0kms in Aubenas.  The hardest climb of the day is hat 126.5kms, meaning the riders have over 50kms to get back together if they can’t hold on the climb, lining up for a sprint. 

  • Km 9.5 - Côte de Badaroux4.6 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 3
  • Km 69.5 - Col du Bez2.6 kilometre-long climb at 4.4% - category 4
  • Km 73.5 - Col de la Croix de Bauzon1.3 kilometre-long climb at 6.2% - category 4
  • Km 126.5 - Col de l'Escrinet (787 m)7.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 2

With the Alps looming, the sprinters probably won’t have another opportunity to shine until Paris.  However, the Rhone valley can always cause chaos if the winds are high.  If it doesn’t go to the sprinters, the break could stay away depending on the make up, however with so many teams still not getting anything out of this Tour, the odds of organization are slim. 

BMC's Stage 15: Bunch Sprint Finish

Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team remained in third place overall at the Tour de France as the top of the overall standings did not change following Sunday's bunch sprint finish.

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won his third stage of this year's race while van Garderen finished 25th and in the same time. Chris Froome (Team Sky) leads van Garderen by 3:32 with one week of the race to go.


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Sagan extends green jersey lead

Peter Sagan took another step in the right direction towards securing the green jersey, as he extended his lead to 61 points after a laborious but fruitful day in the break. Meanwhile, Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador notes that he is satisfied with his sensations on the steep finishing climb in Mende, where he lost 19 seconds to the yellow jersey.


Peter Sagan, who finished fifth on the undulating stage, says that after taking maximum points in the intermediate sprint, he eyed a slight chance on the 3k finishing climb.


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