Tsgabu Grmay had a respectable performance and took 23rd place at Stage 15
A first Tour de France victory for Bauke Mollema (TFS).
Christopher Froome (SKY) keeps Maillot Jaune with the advantage of 18 seconds from Fabio Aru (AST) and 23 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet (AG2R).
Tour de France 2017.
LAISSAC-SÉVÉRAC L’ÉGLISE– LE PUY-EN-VELAY – 189,5 km / Stage 15
Le Puy en Velay, France, July 16th
Laissac-Sévérac L’Église hosted Tour de France for the first time in its history. Main characteristics of the fifteenth stage were two climbs, Montée de Naves d’Aubrac (1), 28,5 km, and Côte de Vieuarls (3), 43,5 km, in the first part, then an intermediate sprint at Saint Alban Sur Limagnole (96 km) and two more climbs heading the final part at Col de Peyre Taillade (1), 158 km, and Côte De Saint Vidal. The weather was sunny and clear with even a bit chilly feeling and 14,5 NE wind. Good conditions for another exciting Sunday stage at Tour de France.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team riders had a very clear strategy to go in some breakaways. Philippe Mauduit, our sports director, said in the meeting on the bus: »Guys, anyone that can run immediately into a breakaway, from the gun, might get very far.«
Tsgabu Grmay was the one that obviously understood very well those thoughts and played a big role in today’s stage. He went into a breakaway of five riders that joined a group of 24 more after the second climb. At Côte De Saint Vidal, the final climb, Bauke Mollema (TFS) decided very clearly for a solo and broke away from the group of 29 riders and took his first Tour de France victory ahead of Diego Ulissi (UAD) and Tony Gallopin (LTS).
Christopher Froome (SKY) keeps Maillot Jaune with the advantage of 18 seconds from Fabio Aru (AST) and 23 seconds from Romain Bardet (AG2R).
Tsgabu Grmay commented shortly, but with lots of satisfaction: »Oh, it was a hard day for me. I went from the zero. It was a big challenge and I did my best.« He definitely succeeded in his goal today.
Tomorrow is the second rest day for the riders and our riders are looking forward to rest, relax and get more energy for the last week of Tour de France 2017.
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