A guide to the Tour de France
17th July 2016
Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) won Stage 15 today , on a tough day in the Jura mountains, which included six categorised climbs.
Pantano and Rafal Majka were the strongest of the day's breakaway riders, and they battled it out in a two-man sprint in Culoz, for the stage win. Pantano took the win, but Majka has the consolation of moving into the lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
This video shows the end of the stage:
Earlier, thirty riders were in the day's break. The breakaway itself broke up, and the strongest two in the lead over the final climb of the Lacets du Colombier were Rafal Majka and Jarlinson Pantano.
In the GC race, Astana applied pressure at the front of the peloton before the final climb. Fabio Aru (with Alejandro Valverde) attacked on the final climb, but Wout Poels gradually brought the yellow jersey group back to him. Romain Bardet tried an attack further up, but Wout Poels was also up to the job of catching the Frenchman. Ultimately, the group of favourites came in together, with nobody dropped except Tejay van Garderen.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
This is the Stage 15 highlights video.
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 16 of the 2016 Tour is 209km from Moirans-en-Montagne in the Jura, France, to Bern, Switzerland. Although the stage is classified as flat, it's rolling terrain in the Jura, and the riders reach an altitude of 902m at the border with Switzerland. From there, the race descends the Val-de-Travers to the Lac de Neuchâtel, and passes along the north western shore of the lake. The one categorised climb of the day, the Côte de Mühleberg (Category 4), comes as the race leaves the lake behind, and heads towards Bern. In Bern, the riders pass close to the river Aare, then climb away from it in the penultimate kilometre; the final kilometre, up Papiermühlestrasse to the Stade de Suisse, is flat. Read about Stage 16, Tour de France 2016.
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