2017 Tour de France: Stage 15 live race updates, blog

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    With Chris Froome back in the yellow leader’s jersey and Aussie Michael Matthews winning his first stage, all eyes are on the Tour de France as the riders tackle a mountainous Stage 15. Join The Roar for all the live coverage, updates and results of Stage 15 from 9.30pm (AEST).

    Today’s high-altitude stage takes the riders from the commune of Laissac-Sévérac l’Église in the south of France up north to the historic Le Puy-en-Velay.

    It’s shaping up to be a fascinating 189.5 kilometres of trekking in what is a unique stage layout.

    Less than 20km in the field will be hit with the first of four category climbs throughout the day.

    The Montee de Naves d’Aubrac is a Category 1 climb over 9km that averages out to a 6.4% gradient, although it jumps as steep as 10% in some places and will be the early marker for how the day will play out.

    It’s the perfect chance for a breakaway to get the early jump over the peak and play the peloton.

    There’s little rest though as the riders hit the Aubrac Plateau, riding along the mountain tops for over 100km as they spend the bulk of the stage above 1,000 metres altitude, a factor of the day that will surely take a toll on the field.

    Just over ten kilometres from the opening Cat 1 climb is the Cote de Vieurals, a Category 3 ascent that is much shorter than the first and not quite as sharp, but an awkward length coming off the opening climb, leaving little time for the legs to rest.

    As the trail undulates all over the place, with a string of uncategorised climbs and ascents, the stage only continues to get tougher on the riders.

    The day heats up again with over 40km to go as the riders hit a steep descent down, dropping over 300 metres in just 5 kilometres of winding road.

    A short flat section is about the only reprieve the riders have all day following the drop before they head up arguably the toughest section of the day.

    Col de Peyra Taillade is the second Category 1 climb of the day and it reaches gradients of up to 14% for over 8km, a gruelling task on already tired legs 148km into the stage.

    It’s relatively downhill to the finish from the peak apart from a short and sharp Category 4 climb 12km from the finish line.

    This could be one of the most action-packed and simultaneously chaotic stages of the tour with the real chance of a leading breakaway to take the day.

    The General Classification standings have been heating up with a pair of lead changes over the last few days and that may continue.

    Froome is back in yellow and will be looking to keep it that way, but the nature of the climbing will take it’s toll on a lot of the field today and we could see some big movers in the pack.

    There have been upsets aplenty in the World Cup so far, so be sure to check out our expert tips and predictions for South Korea vs Sweden, Belgium vs Panama and England vs Tunisia and get the good oil on who to tip tonight.

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    • Roar Guru

      2:07am
      Connor Bennett said | 2:07am | ! Report

      The General Classification standings after Stage 15

    • Roar Guru

      2:06am
      Connor Bennett said | 2:06am | ! Report

    • Roar Guru

      1:56am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:56am | ! Report

      Froome is giving it his all in the final few hundred metres, sprinting ahead to save himself the seconds, finishing over 6 minutes behind.

    • Roar Guru

      1:53am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:53am | ! Report

      Froome still making his way to the line. The field were really stretched out all over the place in the final 10-15km.

    • Roar Guru

      1:53am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:53am | ! Report

      Your Stage 15 winner…

    • Roar Guru

      1:51am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:51am | ! Report

      FINAL KILOMETRE

      Bauke Mollema makes it look easy!!

      He only had 15 seconds to work with for the last 10+ kilometres but he’s somehow pulled it off.

      Through the streets he goes, not even looking back over his shoulder as he comes onto the final stretch… he’s pumping away right to the end despite the chase not being in sight.

      BAUKE MOLLEMA WINS STAGE 15!!!

      The Dutch rider crosses the line, arms raised high with no one in sight, that will be a good one for the photo album.

      The sprint is still on for second place though… and it’s a bit of a dud affair in the end. Ulissi takes second without too much trouble.

      The rest of the field dribbling across the line in sporadic time intervals. This stage was always going to shake up teh GC standings and it has done just that with plenty of different times coming in.

    • Roar Guru

      1:46am
      Connor Bennett said | 1:46am | ! Report

      2km to go

      Mollema putting the foot down!! He might have this I think. The chase failing to get organised and they’re running out of time to pull this back.

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