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Stage 15: So Close, But Then–

On this transitional stretch between the Alps and the Pyrenees returned another show for the sprinters, meaning of course another chance for a certain second place to become first.

From the start of stage 15 came a two-man breakaway that kept the peloton chasing all 138 miles to the finish line.  Then, the closer the end, the shorter the gap– and what for so long looked like victory for New Zealand’s Jack Bauer, sadly for him did not materialize.  After an entire day’s work ahead of the pack– through severe wind and rain to boot– Bauer was mere yards from handing his country its first-ever Tour stage win.  He really was so close, but then– caught at the line in a bitter defeat that was especially difficult to take.  Once again, c’est Le Tour.

Stage 15's all-day breakaway No win for the man in blue.

As for that number two spot, Sagan did in fact move one place off of his seemingly “usual” second, just not in the direction he would have wanted.  But then, Le Tour n’est pas fini!

(Photos Courtesy LeTour.fr – ASO)

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in 2014 Tour de France

 

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Looking Good…

On this Bastille Day, some 300 thousand die-hard spectators lined the path of what’s considered cycling’s most difficult climb.  The fact it came at the end of Le Tour’s longest stage didn’t make the feat any easier.

Froome takes Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day.

As it happened, overall leader Chris Froome ascented to a first-for-Britain win atop the feared Mont Ventoux, not only retaining le maillot jaune which he snagged a week ago, but also earning the polka dot jersey while re-stretching his lead time to more than four minutes.  Paris is clearly looking good for him, though of course an entire week remains.  In any case, after the collective exhaustion of reaching this stage 15 summit finish, tomorrow’s second rest day must for everyone look as good as Froome did today.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in 2013 Tour de France

 

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