Bauke Mollema takes his first stage victory at the Tour de France
Jul 16 2017 06:01 pm CET

Bauke Mollema takes his first stage victory at the Tour de France
Bauke Mollema takes his first stage victory at the Tour de France
Photo of Bauke Mollema © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) has taken the victory at the 15th stage of the Tour de France. The Dutchman managed to cross the finish line on his own after attacking from the escape group.

One week before the Champs-Elysees, the Tour de France had its 15th stage between Laissa-Severac l'Eglise and Le Puy-en-Velay. The route was 189.5 kilometres long and featured two first category climbs, one of the first category and one of the fourth.

The day started with a big escape of 28 riders. The group was formed by Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), among many others.

This escape managed to create a gap of over 7 minutes with a pack led and controlled by Team Sky. In front, Martin attacked with more than 60 kilometres to go and created a gap of more than 1 minute with his former breakaway companions.

Around the 40 kilometre mark, AG2R La Mondiale accelerated in the peloton, causing a cut that was eventually closed by Sky. But soon after, Froome had a puncture and had to exchange wheels with Michal Kwiatkowski. The Briton got caught out behind the group of the favourites because of the speed set by the French team.

In front, meanwhile, the climb proved too steep for Martin, who was caught by Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data). Soon some remaining escapees rejoined in the front but Mollema then launched a new attack.

Behind, Froome could catch the favourites group with the help of Mikel Landa. There were some attacks in that group, but none strong enough to make a difference.

Mollema maintained a gap with the chasers and crossed the finish line solo, getting his first stage victory ever in the Tour de France.

Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Barguil completed the top five of the day.

The General Classification standings remain the same and are still led by Chris Froome (Team Sky), followed by Fabio Aru (Astana).




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