Froome Climbs to Victory in Stage 15 of Tour de France

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07/15/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Team Sky's Chris Froome wins stage 15 of Tour de France 2013 on Mont Ventoux A.S.O.

Froome Climbs to Victory in Stage 15 of Tour de France

Chris Froome (Sky) has won on Mont Ventoux. The Sky man surged away from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with 1.2 km left to win Stage 15, a 242-km ride from Givors to Mont Ventoux, in 5:48:45. Quintana finished second at 0:29, and Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finished third at 1:29. Froome has extended his overall lead in the Tour de France.

Chris Froome (Sky) has won on Mont Ventoux. The Sky man surged away from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with 1.2 km left to win Stage 15, a 242-km ride from Givors to Mont Ventoux, in 5:48:45. Quintana finished second at 0:29, and Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finished third at 1:29. Froome has extended his overall lead in the Tour de France.

After a number of abortive sallies, 10 men escaped at 30 km. They were Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Markel Irizar (RadioShack-Leopard), Pierrick Fedrigo and Jeremy Roy (both from Francaise des Jeux), Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM), and Julien El Fares (Sojasun). Marcus Burghardt (BMC) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) attempted to bridge up to the move, as did Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Christophe Le Mevel (Cofidis). At 52 km, the break led Burghardt and Rolland by 1:08 and Astarloza and Le Mevel by 1:30, with the peloton at 4:05.

Eventually, Le Mevel and Astarloza gave up and drifted back to the bunch. The break pressed on and forged a 7:05 lead by 70 km. Europcar went to the front and began to press the pace. Ahead, Rolland got to within 0:15 of the break, but the Frenchman was unable to join the escapees. The peloton reeled in Rolland and Burghardt at 103 km, at which point the bunch trailed the break by 5:05. At 125 km, El Fares dropped out of the break, and the bunch eventually absorbed him.

At the feedzone, the bunch trailed the break by 4:35. At 149 km, Movistar took over at the front and kept the gap between 3:30 and 4:00. During the approach to Mont Ventoux, Euskaltel-Euskadi took command and upped the pace. With 29 km to go, the break led the bunch by 3:00. Sky joined the Spanish squad at the front.

With 25 km remaining, Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) attacked his companions. He led them by 0:20 and the Sky-led peloton by 1:45 with 20 km left. At the base of the climb, Rolland was dropped. With 14 km left, Nieve attacked. Quintana countered and took the lead. With 13 km to go, the yellow jersey group was on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux. It consisted of Froome, Peter Kennaugh, and Richie Porte (all from Sky); Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol); Cadel Evans and Steve Morabito (both from BMC); Maxime Monfort (Radio-Shack-Leopard); Jakob Fuglsang (Astana); Jean-Christophe Peraud and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale); Alberto Contador, Michael Rogers, Roman Kreuziger, and Jesus Hernandez (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff); Joaquin Rodriguez and Daniel Moreno (both from Katusha); Alejandro Valverde (Movistar); Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step); Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, and Laurens Ten Dam (all from Belkin); and Daniel Martin and Andrew Talansky (both from Garmin-Sharp).

Sky’s pacemaking devastated the yellow jersey group. With eight km left, only Contador accompanied Froome and Porte. Ahead, Quintana dropped Nieve with 7.5 km to go.

Froome attacked and dropped Contador. The Briton overtook Nieve and Quintana. The latter clawed his way to Froome’s wheel. With five km left, the pair led Contador and

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