Stage 15: LYON>GRAND COLOMBIER
Three massive climbs to end stage 15 before the second and final rest day of the Tour de France.
The day started with a crash caused by Bob Jungels that forced Sergio Higuita to abandon a few miles later. A small, less intensive crash happened just 10km later.
Eight riders manged to break away from the pack and taking the first 8 places at the intermediate sprint. Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan raced for the best of the rest. Sagan backed off when he realized he was not going to win against Bennett.
The first climb of the day, a category 1 climb with a maximum gradient of 22% right before the top. The eight man breakaway split into groups as they ascended. Jesus Herrada crossed first, follwed closely by Pierre Rolland, Simon Geschke, and Michael Gogl. A short descent led directly into the second climb of the day, another category 1. This one was taken by Rolland who had a two minute advantage to the peloton at the top.
Gogl and Rolland remained at the front as they reached the final climb to the finish line. A beyond classification, 17.5km climb with a maximum gradient of 18.7%. With 15km to go, Rolland was on his own, finally getting caught by the yellow jersey group with just under 13km left. The already small group of riders would shed members until 15 remained. Adam Yates attacked off the front with 7km but is caught. 500m remain for the final configuration of Riche Porte, Primoz Roglic, and Tadej Pogacar. Porte goes first but can’t sustain the pace. Pogacar claims the victory