July 15, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 15: Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) solos to stage win in Le-Puy-en-Velay.
Bauke Mollema wove himself into the fabric of the Tour de France history as he won his first Tour de France stage in the lace making town. The 30 yrear old Dutchman has a 19 second margin over a chasing trio of Diego Ulissi (UAE), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).
Mollema solos to Stage 15 win in Le-Puy-en-Velay / © ASO/Alex Broadway
Behind them the race had been ripped to shreds.Dan Martin was the first GC rider home 6'11" down. Chris Froome, who had to dig deep to get back into the race after a broken spoke. The Sky rider was rescued by team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski who sacrificed a back wheel.
Mollema celebrates debut Tour win in Le-Puy-en-Velay / © ASO/Alex Broadway
The day's foirst break consisted of ten riders, Ten riders made the first breakaway: Warren Barguil (Sunweb), Dylan Van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Robert Kiserlovski and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Tsgabu Grmay (Bahrain-Merida), Giampaolo Caruso (BMC), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Marcus Burghardt (Boar-Hansgrohe), Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal) and Angel Luis Maté (Cofidis).
The group eventually swelled to 28 riders, including stage 14 winner Michael Matthews, who enjoyed a time gap of 7'15' with 75km left to race. Behind them Frroome was suffering his mechanical just ahead of the Col de Peyra Taillade. There was to be no mercy and Froome had to fight hard to regain contact with Fabio Aru and Romain Bardet.
Chris Froome preserves his yellow jersey / © ASO/Alex Broadway
Tony Martin meanwhile had attmepted an attack with 66km to go but it was too far out and he was reeled back in by Warren Barguil. The pace was proving too mich for the leaders and at 30km to go it was nine riders in a group looking for glory. At 25km to go Mollema made his move and despite a hard chase by Ulissi, Barguil, Gallopin and Roglic he managed to stay clear for his victory.
While satge honours were decided the GC leaders were jinking it out. Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) and Louis Meintjes (UAE) attacked each other for the white jersey and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) took advantage of a tird an over-stretched Froome to ride away. The effort enabled the Irishman to climb one place to fifth overall.
Froome arrived 6'25" behind Miollenain a group containing Albeto Contador, Rigoberto Uran, Aru, Mikel Landa and Romian Bardet. Notabale by his absence was Nairo Quintana who struggled in 10'19" down and dropped three places to 11th overall.
Summary - Stage 15 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en
Stage 15 Results and GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km