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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 15

Tour de FranceBourg-en-Bresse to Culoz

Distance: 160 kilometers.

Officially this is a mountain stage – no doubt about that. Cat 1 Col du Berthiand, Cat 2 Col du Sappel, Cat 3 Col de Pisseloup, Cat 3 Col de la Rochette, HC Grand Colombier and Cat 1 Lacets du Grand Colombier. This is not a kind stage.

The Colombian, Jarlinson Pantano, won the stage and Rafal Majka took back the polka Dots, but the leaders played it safe and moved as a pack.

It is odd that we haven’t had a French, Spanish, or Italian stage winner yet.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 68h 14′ 36″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 340 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 127 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 3 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 )
Combative: Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Bauke Mollema ( NED – TFS – 061 ) + 01′ 47″
3 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 02′ 45″
4 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 02′ 59″
5 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 03′ 17″
6 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 04″
7 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 04′ 27″
8 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 099 ) + 04′ 47″
9 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 05′ 03″
10 Fabio Aru ( ITA – AST – 021 ) + 05′ 16″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 05′ 24″
12 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 05′ 48″
13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 05′ 54″
14 Sébastien Reichenbach ( SUI – FDL – 126 ) + 08′ 40″
15 Sergio Luis Henao ( COL – SKY – 002 ) + 12′ 24″
16 Pierre Rolland ( FRA – CDT – 081 ) + 12′ 24″
17 Geraint Thomas ( GBR – SKY – 009 ) + 12′ 47″
18 Warren Barguil ( FRA – TGA – 111 ) + 19′ 05″
19 Mikel Nieve ( ESP – SKY – 005 ) + 24′ 06″
20 Alexis Vuillermoz ( FRA – ALM – 049 ) + 27′ 44″
21 Emanuel Buchmann ( GER – BOA – 131 ) + 27′ 59″
22 Haimar Zubeldia ( ESP – TFS – 069 ) + 32′ 39″
23 Damiano Caruso ( ITA – BMC – 094 ) + 34′ 26″
24 Stef Clement ( NED – IAM – 072 ) + 36′ 17″
25 Tanel Kangert ( EST – AST – 025 ) + 36′ 52″
26 Daniel Navarro ( ESP – COF – 191 ) + 37′ 06″
27 Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) + 40′ 47″
28 Frank Schleck ( LUX – TFS – 065 ) + 46′ 19″
29 Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 ) + 46′ 45″
30 Wilco Kelderman ( NED – TLJ – 051 ) + 48′ 23″

Did not start:

Jens Debusschere ( BEL – LTS – 164 )

Did not finish:

Jesús Herrada ( ESP – MOV – 015 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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