Tour de France 2016 Stages
On the eve of the race heading to Switzerland for stage 16, Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) picked up the first Tour de France victory for Swiss team, IAM, at stage 15 in Culoz.
On the final descent, I just let myself go, and I was able to bridge back up to Majka. Then I just remained calm, even into the last kilometer. I had good legs. I was not too worried when Majka launched his sprint; I dove into his slipstream without any trouble. I was even able to lift my arms some meters from the line, and really savor this success. Even now, I am in the clouds.”
– Jarlinson Pantano
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) was second and moved into the polka-dot jersey with his stage 15 ride, now leading the climber competition by 37 points over Thomas De Gendt.
I’m happy with my performance today – it’s not easy to take the KOM jersey and win the stage. I wanted to take everything but in the end I didn’t want to take too much risk in the descent – I crashed four days ago and am still suffering a bit in my arms with the vibrations in the road. I knew Pantano would be quick at the finish, but still I’m happy with my race today.”
– Rafal Majka
Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) was third.
I am a little bit disillusioned by me result. At the top of Grand Colombier col I joined Pantano and I was clearly able to follow him on the descent. I stayed close behind Sebastien Recheibach but suddenly we lost contact with Pantano. At the end, we were only 4 seconds back the winner which is truly frustrating.
It was important to me to show my climber skills on a grueling mountainous stage like this one. I am feeling more and more confident over the weeks in July. I want to prove I am real competitor after my complicated early season. I will give all I can on third week in order to be selected for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in August.”
– Alexis Vuillermoz
The was no change at the top of the overall race, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) remaining 1 minute 47 seconds ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) and 2 minutes 45 seconds in front of Adam Yates (Orica BikeExchange).
Tour de France 2016 Stage 15 Top Ten
- Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ (COL) IAM 4:24:49
- Rafal MAJKA (POL) TNK +0
- Alexis VUILLERMOZ (FRA) ALM +:06
- Sébastien REICHENBACH (SUI) FDJ +:06
- Julian ALAPHILIPPE (FRA) EQS +:22
- Serge PAUWELS (BEL) DDD +:25
- Pierre ROLLAND (FRA) CDT +:25
- Ilnur ZAKARIN (RUS) KAT +1:30
- Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA (ESP) COF +1:30
- Tom Jelte SLAGTER (NED) CDT +2:08
Tour de France 2016 General Classification Top Ten after Stage 15
- Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY 68:14:36
- Bauke MOLLEMA Netherlands TFS +1:47
- Adam YATES Great Britain OBE +2:45
- Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS Colombia MOV +2:59
- Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +3:17
- Romain BARDET France ALM +4:04
- Richie PORTE Australia BMC 31 +4:27
- Tejay VAN GARDEREN United States BMC +4:47
- Daniel MARTIN Ireland EQS +5:03
- Fabio ARU Italy AST +5:16
Tour de France 2016 Jerseys after Stage 15
Yellow Leader’s jersey: Chris Froome
Green Sprinter’s jersey: Peter Sagan
Polka dot KOM jersey: Rafal Majka
White Best Young Rider jersey: Adam Yates
Tour de France 2016 Stage 15 route
Date: 17 July, 2016
Distance: 160 km
Tour de France 2016 Stage 15 route map
Tour de France 2016 Stage 15 profile
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