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TDF 2014 - Stage 15 Report and Results
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/20/2014
TDF 2014 - Stage 15 Report and Results
 
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Tour de France 2014 - 5-27 July

21 July, 2014

Stage 15 : Tallard - Nîmes, 222km

Kristoff crushes Bauer's dream.

Kiwi Jack Bauer who with Swiss Martin Elmiger spent 220km out in front saw glory cruelly snatched from him with less than 50m to go thanks to Alexander Kristoff and a charging peloton.

Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) and Elmiger (IAM Cycling) had a lead of 14 seconds as they passed under the kilometre kite. In theory enough to hold on but in teh closing metres despite Bauer going all out the power of the sprint trains proved too much and with near perfect but cruel timing Bauer was overhauled within spitting distance of the finish line paint work. It was no wonder then that the Kiwi was overcome with emotion .

Speaking to the cameras after the race Bauer said, "It's a childhood fantasy to win a stage of the Tour for any cyclist, and especially for a Kiwi cyclist," Bauer said after calming down and getting cleaned up. "Not many of us get the chance to start the Tour de France. I really gave it absolutely everything, and as you can see from my meltdown at the finish line, I was pretty disappointed to come away empty handed.

"We really came together as a team and decided this morning that one of us would be in the move no matter what it took. I hadn't planned on it being a two-man move. Me and Martin managed it pretty well between ourselves. I think we both had decent legs in the finale, I felt I had the upper hand in the last 20km. I just waited to pounce. Maybe I waited a little too late."

Elmiger and Bauer, a long day in the wind

Martin Elmiger was the first attacker of the day, right after the flag with Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) quickly bridging over. The duo were given a long rope on a day that was effectively a transition stage and pulled out a maximum advantage of 8.50 at km 26. Three teams took control of the peloton: Giant-Shimano, Lotto-Belisol and Katusha, representing sprint winners Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Alexander Kristoff respectively. The pair upfront maintained a lead of around six minutes until the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team put the hammer down with 70km to go, thunderstorms threatening and eventually arriving with the race in sight of Cavaillon.                           

No luck for echelon makers

Successively, AG2R-La Mondiale and BMC also tried to create echelons. None of them succeeded. At the intermediate sprint of La Galina, with 46.5km to go, the deficit of the peloton was reduced to 1.30. Rain and wind led the GC contenders to ride safely and avoid potential hiccups. Despite the pouring rain, sprinters’ teams were back in action with 30km to go after passing the Rhône river between Tarascon and Beaucaire when the gap was back over two minutes.

Kristoff surges in extremis

The question as to whther the peloton would catch Bauer and Elminger remianed moot even as the pair entered the final kilometre. The chase was scrappy allowing Michal Kwiatkowski, Tony Martin and Jan Bakelants to make attacks.

Jack Bauer was a tableau of emotions - optimism, passing through hope before turning into despair, for waht might have been, even what should have been. Cycling is a cruel sport, and Bauer wil take no comfort from the fact he held off the combined might of a hundred riders for as long as he humanly could.

To make things worse officlals gave Elminger the combativity award despite the Swiss having noticably given up the fight in the last 100m.

Race Route for 2014

2014 Tour de France Race Route

2014 Tour de France Race Route

Stage List

Stage date To - From Length
Stage 1 Jul 5 Leeds - Harrogate 191 km
Stage 2 Jul 6 York - Sheffield 198 km
Stage 3 Jul 7 Cambridge - London 159 km
Stage 4 Jul 8 Le Touquet - Paris-Plage 164 km
Stage 5 Jul 9 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km
Stage 6 Jul 10 Arras - Reims 194 km
Stage 7 Jul 11 Épernay - Nancy 233 km
Stage 8 Jul 12 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Stage 9 Jul 13 Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km
Stage 10 Jul 14 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km
Rest Day 1 Jul 15 Besançon
Stage 11 Jul 16 Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km
Stage 12 Jul 17 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km
Stage 13 Jul 18 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km
Stage 14 Jul 19 Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Stage 15 Jul 20 Tallard - Nîmes 222 km
Rest Day 2 Jul 21 Carcassonne
Stage 16 Jul 22 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
Stage 17 Jul 23 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 125 km
Stage 18 Jul 24 Pau - Hautacam 145 km
Stage 19 Jul 25 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour - Bergerac 208 km
Stage 20 Jul 26 Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) 54 km
Stage 21 Jul 27 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km

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Stage Results - Top 100

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:56:43
2 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
6 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
7 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp  
8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
9 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
10 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp  
11 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
12 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
13 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
15 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
16 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
17 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
18 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida  
19 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
21 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
22 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
23 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
24 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
26 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr  
27 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
28 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
29 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
30 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
31 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
32 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
33 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
34 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
35 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
37 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
38 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
39 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
40 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
41 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
42 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
43 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
44 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
45 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
46 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
47 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
48 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
49 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
50 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
51 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
52 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing  
53 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
55 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
57 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
58 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
59 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida  
60 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
61 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
62 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
63 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
64 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
65 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
66 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
67 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
68 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
69 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
70 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:16
71 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:18
72 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura  
73 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
74 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
75 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
76 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
77 José Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
78 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
79 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
80 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
81 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
82 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
83 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
84 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
85 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
87 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:24
88 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
89 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
90 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
91 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:28
92 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
93 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:34
94 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
95 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:37
96 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:39
97 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:49
98 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
99 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:03
100 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:14

General Classification - Top 100

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 66:49:37
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:37
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:50
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:06
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:49
6 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:08
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:08:33
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:09:32
9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:10:01
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:48
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:11:02
12 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:11:10
13 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:12:57
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:14:37
15 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:16:19
16 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:19:24
17 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:19:30
18 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:20:18
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:21:00
20 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:22:30
21 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:23:09
22 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:26:18
23 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:33:13
24 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:39:12
25 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:41:28
26 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:45:33
27 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:49:03
28 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:50:17
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:52:26
30 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:52:36
31 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:53:23
32 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:54:05
33 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:06:28
34 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 1:08:30
35 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:11:34
36 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:13:58
37 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:14:27
38 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:19:04
39 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 1:19:49
40 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 1:22:37
41 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:24:26
42 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:25:51
43 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 1:27:58
44 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 1:28:11
45 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:28:23
46 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura 1:32:09
47 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:33:50
48 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:35:29
49 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 1:37:17
50 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:37:39
51 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida 1:40:44
52 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 1:41:03
53 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 1:41:56
54 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida 1:42:38
55 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 1:47:24
56 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol 1:49:47
57 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp 1:50:19
58 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:51:13
59 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling 1:52:25
60 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:53:12
61 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 1:53:26
62 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:54:12
63 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:56:49
64 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge 1:57:13
65 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 1:59:02
66 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 1:59:05
67 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 2:01:22
68 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 2:01:52
69 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 2:04:38
70 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:05:39
71 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 2:06:23
72 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 2:08:26
73 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:08:42
74 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 2:09:26
75 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 2:10:29
76 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2:10:33
77 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 2:11:30
78 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 2:12:31
79 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 2:12:51
80 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2:16:40
81 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2:16:41
82 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 2:16:58
83 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge 2:17:10
84 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 2:18:00
85 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 2:18:55
86 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr 2:20:03
87 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2:20:48
88 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:22:11
89 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 2:23:09
90 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 2:25:08
91 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling 2:27:00
92 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 2:27:28
93 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:28:01
94 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:28:26
95 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:29:42
96 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 2:29:48
97 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 2:30:08
98 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:30:31
99 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 2:30:43
100 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 2:31:17




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