Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won his third stage of this years Tour de France beating John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) and Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) after a well timed sprint to come around Degenkolb before the finish line. The win equals Greipels 2012 Tour de France where he also won three stages and he will be looking to increase that to four wins on the Champs Elysées on Sunday. Greipel won stage 2 into Zelande and stage 5 at Amiens, only Mark Cavendish has beaten Greipel in a bunch sprint during this years race.

Peter Sagan finished fourth on the stage and won the intermediate sprint after being part of the breakaway that made it over the initial climbs ahead of the peloton. Sagan still leads the points classification by 44 points from Andre Greipel.

There was no change in the overall race for the 2015 Tour de France with the top 5 all finishing in the same bunch. Chris Froome still leads by 3:10 from Nairo Quintana who has 22 seconds over Tejay van Garderen. Alejandro Valverde is fourth at 4:02 behind Froome and Alberto Contador is a further 19 seconds back from Valverde. Stage 16 will see the race head into the Alps crossing the Col de Cabre and Col de Manse before a tricky descent into Gap, a descent made famous by Joseba Beloki’s crash in 2003 where Lance Armstrong also had to go off road through a field then rejoin the race. Contador and Froome also had trouble on the descent during the 2013 stage.

Nairo Quintana continues to lead the young rider classification while Chris Froome leads the mountains classification.

Stage 15 winner Andre Greipel
Stage 15 winner Andre Greipel © ASO/X.Bourgois
Peter Sagan won the intermediate sprint
Peter Sagan won the intermediate sprint © ASO/B.Bade
Stage 15 photo finish
Stage 15 photo finish © A.S.O.

Results

Stage 15 Mende – Valence 183km

[table]
Place,Rider Name (Country) Team,Result
1,André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal,3:56:35
2,John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin,
3,Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha,
4,Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo,
5,Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN – Qhubeka,
6,Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
7,Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis,
8,Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge,
9,Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida,
10,Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
11,Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling,
12,Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale,
13,Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18,
14,Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
15,Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar,
16,Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step,
17,Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
18,Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing,
19,Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
20,Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN – Qhubeka,
21,Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team,
22,Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18,
23,Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky,
24,Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team,
25,Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team,
26,Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida,
27,Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling,
28,Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team,
29,Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo,
30,Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team,
31,Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
32,Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
33,Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky,
34,Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka,
35,Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team,
36,Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr,
37,Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing,
38,Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin,
39,Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
40,Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team,
41,Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida,
42,Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling,
43,Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar,
44,Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling,
45,Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida,
46,Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida,
47,Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin,
48,Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr,
49,Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo,
50,Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal,
51,Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing,
52,Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team,
53,”Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
54,Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr,
55,Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18,
56,Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal,
57,Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team,
58,Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
59,Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka,
60,Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team,
61,Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team,
62,Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
63,Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
64,Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha,
65,José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18,0:00:20
66,”Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,0:00:22
67,Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar,0:00:24
68,Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin,0:00:37
69,Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge,0:00:46
70,Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team,0:00:48
71,Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal,0:00:49
72,Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida,0:01:01
73,Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
74,Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo,
75,Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar,0:01:04
76,Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal,0:01:06
77,Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha,0:01:14
78,Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step,0:01:18
79,Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin,0:01:21
80,Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha,0:01:45
81,Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team,
82,Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team,
83,Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
84,Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing,
85,Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team,
86,Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
87,Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky,
88,Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky,
89,Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo,
90,”Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
91,Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky,
92,Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar,
93,Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team,
94,Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling,0:02:14
95,Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
96,Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
97,Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling,
98,Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling,
99,Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka,
100,Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,0:02:56
101,Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge,0:02:59
102,Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin,0:03:18
103,Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar,
104,Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida,
105,Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team,0:03:41
106,Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team,
107,Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge,0:03:47
108,Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team,0:04:21
109,Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team,
110,Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha,
111,Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha,
112,Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
113,Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
114,Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team,
115,Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky,
116,”Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
117,”Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
118,Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin,
119,Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar,
120,Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18,
121,Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar,
122,Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team,
123,Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal,
124,Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
125,Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx – Quick-Step,
126,Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing,
127,Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing,
128,Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step,
129,Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo,
130,Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida,
131,José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team,
132,Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky,
133,Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal,
134,Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,0:05:26
135,Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge,
136,Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step,
137,Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo,
138,Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha,
139,Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr,
140,Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky,
141,Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
142,Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar,
143,Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN – Qhubeka,
144,Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
145,Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka,
146,Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,0:15:41
147,Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18,
148,Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka,
149,Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal,
150,Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx – Quick-Step,
151,Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx – Quick-Step,
152,Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx – Quick-Step,
153,Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory Racing,
154,Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN – Qhubeka,
155,Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
156,Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing,
157,Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
158,”Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
159,”Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits”,
160,Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr,
161,Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
162,Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr,
163,Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team,
164,Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr,
165,Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling,
166,Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,
167,Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky,
168,Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge,
169,Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling,
170,Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
171,Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
DNF,Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,
[/table]

Top 20 General Classification Tour de France after Stage 15

[table]
Place,Rider Name (Country) Team,Result
1,Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky,59:58:54
2,Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team,0:03:10
3,Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team,0:03:32
4,Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team,0:04:02
5,Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo,0:04:23
6,Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky,0:04:54
7,Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,0:06:23
8,Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team,0:08:17
9,Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal,0:08:23
10,Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing,0:08:53
11,Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin,0:11:03
12,Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:13:10
13,Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling,0:13:26
14,Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team,0:14:21
15,Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar,0:14:58
16,Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,0:22:18
17,Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr,0:30:57
18,Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling,0:34:44
19,Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team,0:35:26
20,Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:35:32
[/table]

Tomorrow the Tour de France makes its way into the Alps after starting at Bourg-de-Péage and finishing at Gap after 201km, before the finish the race climbs the Col de Manse and then has a technical descent into Gap.

Stage 16 Bourg-de-Péage  - Gap 201km
Stage 16 Bourg-de-Péage – Gap 201km

Stage report by TBL – The Bike Lane

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