Tour de France 2021 – Stage 15 because it occurred: Assured climb by Sepp Kuss in Andorra sees American triumph

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 15 because it occurred: Assured climb by Sepp Kuss in Andorra sees American triumph



CyclingTour de France Males | Stage 1500:00:00SEPP KUSS WINS STAGE 15 IN ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLEThe American tosses his glasses into the gang in celebration of a really well-earned, and well-raced first Tour de France victory. Alejandro Valverde finishes 2nd – not dangerous for the oldest geezer within the WorldTour – whereas Wout Poels, the brand new King of the Mountains, comes by means of to take third out of a small group. Tour de France‘Simply let the race occur’ – Wiggins questions UAE tacticsYESTERDAY AT 19:52In the yellow jersey group, Tadej Pogacar has restored his 5 minute lead as Guillaume Martin falls away from 2nd place. There are an entire lot of mountains stll to come back within the third week, to not point out a time trial, however it actually does look like everybody else is taking part in for podium locations at finest, at this level.5KM TO GO: VAN AERT FALLS BACK TO HELP VINEGAARDFor aiding one team-mate to the stage win, taking a stack of mountains factors for himself and including one thing to a different rider’s GC problem the Belgian will get man of the match at this time, certainly.”He’s coming dwelling,” says Carlton Kirby. I believe you imply “It’s coming dwelling” Carlton. Oh, he’s referring to Sepp Kuss. As you had been.9KM TO GO: SEPP KUSS ON HIS WAY TO VICTORYValverde isn’t bringing the hole down by any significant measure. Demonstrating familiarity with the roads, Kuss pedals into each nook however must be cautious. He’s bought this if he stays upright.13KM TO GO: URAN PROTECTING HIS SECOND PLACEFor what looks like the primary time in a number of Excursions de France, Rigoberto Uran makes an attempt one thing. It doesn’t come to a lot, however is noteworthy for its novelty, if nothing else. Ben O’Connor is introduced again into the fold, goes once more and is introduced again once more. As they go excessive of the climb, the yellow jersey has Uran, Mas, Carapaz, Vinegaard, Kelderman and Mas with him.15KM TO GO: O’CONNOR ATTACKS THE YELLOW JERSEY, VALVERDE GOES HUNTINGSepp Kuss is using effectively to keep up his lead as he approaches the highest of the climb, however Alejandro Valverde fancies being the second 41 year-old to win a stage of the Tour. He’s operating out of street on the uphill, nonetheless, and it’s exhausting to think about him claiming again upwards of 20 seconds on the descent into Andorra.17KM TO GO: LUTSENKO DROPPEDTadej Pogacar sticks to Carapaz’s wheel like a limpet, whereas Jonas Vinegaard is using admirably to stick with them within the white jersey and onto the digital podium. Rigoberto Uran can also be with this group and as much as 2nd place within the GC because it stands. 18KM TO GO: KUSS WITH A THIRTY SECOND GAPIt’s trying superb for the American and never a lot for a lot of others. Carapaz nonetheless has two team-mates with him within the yellow jersey group which is right down to eight riders. He’s bought to do one thing quickly, certainly?19.5KM TO GO: GAUDO GOES AND NAIRO GOES BACKWARDSThe first a part of this climb seems to be excruciatingly steep and it might be simple for riders to overcook it. Wout van Aert was clearly working for Sepp Kuss on the method to this climb, who goes clear with Alejandro Valverde. Nibali is one other rider who’s fighting these gradients.21KM: THE BREAK IS ON THE COL DE BEIXALISAnd they’re shedding riders, together with Wout van Aert.Michael Woods is aware of this climb effectively: “What offers me essentially the most worry is the run-in [to the climb]. If there’s an enormous group there it’ll be fairly hectic. Whoever’s on the entrance could have an enormous benefit.”25KM TO GO: THE GAP COMES DOWNQuintana has been reeled in and the entrance of the race now has barely 5 minutes on the diminished yellow jersey group. Not way back we had been sure this stage was destined to go to the breakaway, however there is a huge class 1 climb to come back, Carapaz has three team-mates with him they usually’re pushing on. 31KM TO GO: GUILLAUME MARTIN LOSING THE WHEELSThese lengthy, vast, winding descents enable for riders to hold loads of velocity and speed up out of the bends. Martin is struggling to shut the gaps, though he has a Cofidis colleague dropping again to assist him. Sustaining second spot on the rostrum might be past him at this time.43KM TO GO: QUINTANA TAKES THE SOUVENIR HENRI DESGRANGES And most mountains factors excessive of the very best cross within the Pyrenees. He places himself royally again in competition for the polka dot jersey whereas Wout Poels, crossing the road in third, formally takes it just about off the again of Michael Woods. Arkea Samsic have by no means gained a stage of the Tour de France and Quintana, soloing down the mountain, is now in pole place to ship them their first.As we descend the mountain Ineos, the one staff with numbers within the peloton, have set issues up for a showdown on the ultimate climb.45KM TO GO: QUINTANA ON TOP2km to the highest of the climb and Michael Woods makes the primary transfer out of the breakaway. His rivals for that competitors, Wouts Van Aert and Poels, go along with him, as does Nibali. It’s Nairo who seems to be the strongest at this altitude, nonetheless, and he now leads on his personal.Ineos have instructed their breakaway riders, Dylan Van Baarle and Jonathan Catroviejo, to fall again to the peloton in assist of Richard Carapaz.50KM TO GO: THE SHARK PREPARES TO BITE“I believe issues are about to alter,” says Eurosport’s Rob Hatch, and he suspects Trek-Segafredo are lining up Vincenzo Nibali to make the transfer that we will anticipate to change the dynamic of the breakaway on the very least. We’ve simply entered Andorra and Movistar are pushing the tempo so exhausting that a number of of their riders look to be staying in France. Barely forty riders left within the peloton now, and the hole to the breakaway, has fallen to beneath seven minutes, from 10 minutes not way back.58KM TO GO: KOM AND GET ITNot fairly as many factors obtainable on the Class 2, Col de Puymorens as on the earlier and subsequent climbs, however there are 4 riders there eager to contest each one among them. Poels leads it out earlier than Van Aert comes excessive of him to take 5 factors. Michael Woods, sporting the jersey, nearly catches Poels on the road earlier than Valverde rolls throughout for the rest.That places Poels and Woods stage on the prime of that competitors, with Van Aert gaining floor. The Belgian fancies a little bit of this competitors, whereas Nairo bides his time.Again within the peloton, Richie Porte has taken over on the entrance and he’s pressured a big improve within the tempo, with Movistar serving to preserve it. Riders are going backwards, together with the inexperienced jersey, and we appear to have entered a distinct part within the race. 13km to the summit of the subsequent climb.63KM TO GO: END OF *A* ROAD FOR POGACAR?Not the massive one, clearly, however in the event you suppose the yellow jersey has had every part his personal manner, I remind you of offered to us ten days in the past by Dan Lloyd. As much as that time Tadej Pogacar had gained a stage in each week of each Grand Tour he’d ridden. That run seems to be prone to come to an finish at this time. Until he will get a wriggle on, and we wouldn’t put it previous him.70KM TO GO: GROUPAMA STILL HEAD THE BREAKEither Davide Gaudu is on a significantly robust day, or Marc Madiot has been giving them the traitement au sèche-cheveux (hairdryer therapy, most likely not a real translation) or a little bit of each. The pink, white and bleu staff haven’t taken a Tour stage since Thibaut Pinot in 2019. Presently using alongside a spectacular valley street, the Col de Puymorens quickly interrupts the lengthy climb as much as the Port d’Envalira which is definitely the place this break will begin to break up aside.80KM TO GO: EDDY BOSS NOW OFF THE BACKThe Tour’s information centre tells us that Edvald Boasson Hagen (Whole Energie) is off the again on his personal, with a spot of virtually a minute to the peloton. This might imply curtains if he can’t claw his manner again earlier than they begin climbing once more. Philippe Gilbert has additionally been labelled (moderately cruelly in my view) a straggler, however you’d suppose the veteran Lotto Soudal rider would possibly stand a greater probability of returning to the bunch.90KM TO GO: LUNCHTIME FOR TADEJ, A HOSEDOWN FOR CAVENDISH The yellow jersey is handed a musette containing, our sources inform us, a cucumber gazpacho starter, pave of hake en papillote for his fundamental course, and a blackcurrant souffle for dessert. Or a number of rice truffles, vitality bars and a little bit can of coke. In the meantime Tim Declercq cools down the inexperienced jersey:104KM TO GO: WOUT WOUT WOODS Within the first battle for polka dots, it seems to be like Wout Poels from Michael Woods, earlier than Wout van Aert squeezes his manner between the pair of them for second place. De Gendt takes 4, and Madouas the remaining deux factors. Nairo Quintana is nowhere to be seen, however there’s loads extra on provide at this time, so possibly he’s saving himself?Present standings within the KOM competitors:1 Michael Woods 60 pts2 Wout Poels 59 pts3 Wout Van Aert 51 pts4 Nairo Quintana 50 pts5 Bauke Mollema 41 pts107KM: VINEGAARD BEING HUNG OUT TO DRY?Sir Bradley Wiggins, on the bike and within the bunch, solutions the query we raised earlier. Brad has spoken to Dutch TV and apparently Jumbo Visma haven’t any confidence within the white jersey wearer’s potential to compete for the rostrum. They’re now taking part in for levels, which explains their placing three riders within the break. “As Jonas Vinegaard is the one rider to have challenged Tadej Pogacar within the mountains…. that appears barely weird to me,” says Dan Lloyd.NACER BOUHANNI ABANDONSAs predicted, the Arkea-Samsic sprinter has known as it quits. Bouhanni hasn’t had a nasty Tour, by all accounts, with 4 prime tens in sprints, however has been having a torrid time since crashing a number of days in the past. Already ten minutes behind the peloton, he was by no means going to make the timecut. That leaves his staff with simply three riders. Taxi for Arkea?115KM TO GO: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORMWe’re 5km from the highest the primary labeled climb of the day, the not particularly difficult Montee de Mont-Louis. For causes misplaced on me, however which somebody may be sort sufficient to clarify (Twitter: @nickchr1stian) the factors are awarded 8.5km earlier than the race begins descending once more.The break, nonetheless 30 riders robust, is ticking alongside properly, however no fireworks simply but.120KM TO GO: GROUPAMA FDJ REPRESENTING AT THE FRONTYes, the French staff is definitely current at their dwelling race. Three of their remaining riders, Bruno Armirail, Valentin Madouas and Davide Gaudu are within the breakaway, with solely Stefan Kung kicking again within the bunch.124KM TO GO: MATTHEWS FROM DE GENDT AT THE INTERMEDIATE SPRINTSorry, what? Ballerini takes 15 factors in third.125KM TO GO: THE INTERMEDIATE SPRINT IS NIGHMichael Matthews is the clear favorite for optimum factors. He’s at present second within the inexperienced jersey competitors, however a reasonably insurmountable 92 factors behind Mark Cavendish. With two Deceuninck Fast Step riders, Davide Ballerini and Julian Alaphilippe additionally within the entrance group, we will anticipate not less than a little bit of a contest for it. 20 factors up for grabs.132KM TO GO: NINE STAGE WINNERS IN THE FRONT 32And if that doesn’t adequately underline the purpose about fairly how robust this group is, Vincenzo Nibali, Julian Alaphilippe, Wout Van Aert, Alejandro Valverde, Michael Matthews, Thomas De Gendt, Daniel Martin and Ion Izagirre have gained 27 levels between them.142KM TO GO: UAE IN CONTROL OF THE PELOTONAs the race strikes onto wider Pyrenean roads, Crew UAE Emirates are marshalling the bunch effectively. Time for riders to do their bottle assortment duties, cease for pure breaks, learn the paper and so forth and so forth.Nacer Bouhanni is seemingly on his personal, proper in the back of the race, already 4 minutes behind some other rider. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t climb off sooner moderately than later.150KM TO GO: THIRTY TWO CLEARAfter some deliberation, we’ve concluded that, the truth is, Nairo Quintana has made it to the entrance group. As has Julian Alaphilippe. Michael Matthews is as effectively, although we will anticipate his race to complete on the intermediate dash, which comes 76.5km into the stage.160KM: THREE MINUTES FOR THE BREAKAWAYWith two teams in entrance, now separated by about ten seconds, the peloton appears content material to allow them to battle it out amongst themselves. Paret Peintre is the very best positioned on the GC in thirteenth, at 24 minutes 44 seconds behind the maillot jaune.Nairo Quintana seems to be to be the rider to have misplaced essentially the most from this choice. Presently second within the King of the Mountains competitors, with a number of of these round him up the street, the Colombian may see the jersey disappear out of sight if this stage does go to the breakaway.165KM TO GO: WHO’S LOOKING AFTER JONAS VINEGAARD?The Jumbo Visma chief, at present simply exterior the rostrum locations, appears to have been deserted by his most dear team-mates. We all know he’s an enormous boy however it appears a bit dangerous to go away him with solely Mike Teunissen for firm?170KM TO GO: SOME BIG NAMES ON THE CHASEIf you suppose the break of the day is settled, suppose once more. Yesterday it took nearly 100km for it to ascertain itself. Chasing the superb eight is a full of life group together with Wout van Aert, Alejandro Valverde, Sepp Kuss, Michael Woods, Vincenzo Nibali and Davide Gaudu.175KM TO GO: STEVEN KRUIJSWIJK AMONG EIGHT RIDERS AT THE FRONTWe haven’t seen a lot of the broad-shouldered Dutchman and at this time might be day for him. Together with Julian Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (Israel Begin-up Nations), Ruben Guerreiro (EF Schooling-Nippo), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroen), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) and Sergio Henao (Crew Qhubeka NextHash) they be a part of De Gendt on the entrance of the race.On the different finish, Nacer Bouhanni was one of many first riders to be dropped. Rob Hatch says “it sounds ominous for a number of riders at this time.”185KM TO GO: DE GENDT DE GENDTINGFirst off the entrance, and alone for a number of Ks now, the Belgian may be questioning whether or not anybody was going to affix him. 190km is lengthy strategy to go by yourself. He needn’t be too involved – an early TDG assault is at all times going to tempt others. If it does set up, with him in it, anticipate the others to lean on him a good bit. I interviewed him a number of years in the past in Good, and he informed me he does not must be too coercive along with his colleagues: “Lots of guys, as soon as I’m within the breakaway with them, they’ll come and ask me, ‘What’s the plan? what are we going to do?’ I don’t must say something. I don’t must pressure them right into a tactic.”191.3KM TO GO: THE ATTACKS BEGINChristian Prudhomme, his head and shoulders out of the automotive, provides his captive viewers a number of verses of Je t’aime… moi non plus and… drops the flag. The stage heads simply uphill sufficient to draw the same old breakaway contenders to the entrance. Thomas de Gendt is there, together with new maillot a pois, Mike Woods, and Nairo Quintana, the rider who he took it off yesterday and who will likely be trying to reclaim it at this time. There are loads of polka dots up for grabs on this stage…Who will likely be topped the Prince of Andorra?An enormous bienvenue to at this time’s Tour de France liveblog. We’ll be holding you firm from kilometre zero to 192, throughout the ascents and descents of 4 mighty mountains.Is at this time going to be the day that Mark Cavendish turns into the out and out file holder for Tour de France stage wins? Lol, no in fact it gained’t. It should, nonetheless, be an essential day for the Manxman, who will take a big step nearer to 35 – just by making it to the end contained in the time minimize.On the final day of fight earlier than the Tour’s conventional Andorran séjour (somebody’s been doing their Duolingo – Ed), with nearly 5000m of climbing forward of them, there will likely be loads of riders adopting a “do or die method” to the stage and Cavendish will little question anticipate to be put beneath stress by the entrance of the race. Loyal lieutenants Ballerini, Mørkøv and Declercq will be certain that they’re by his facet from kilometre 0, nonetheless, sharing as a lot of that between them as they’ll. Let’s hope the latter has recovered from Friday’s tumble.Yesterday’s huge break yo-yo-ed one other rider up the GC rankings. Regardless of ending in the identical group as his nearest rivals, Tadej Pogacar truly noticed his lead lowered by a minute, as Guillaume Martin shot up seven locations to second spot. There’ll be loads of riders with their eyes on that individual prize, so the Cofidis man is certain to have a battle on his arms to maintain it.It’s 29 levels and sunny in Céret. The Memento Henri Desgranges is up for grabs to the primary rider over the Port d’Envalira. Allez les mecs!‘Simply let the race occur’ – Wiggins questions UAE tacticsTadej Pogacar will be the runaway yellow jersey on the Tour de France however questions proceed to swirl round UAE Crew Emirates’ ways. Particularly, what on earth are they? We’re used to seeing the Ineos blueprint at Grand Excursions – staff takes the GC lead, then ruthlessly controls the race from the entrance of the bunch. However UAE have been reluctant leaders in 2021, comfortable at hand over marshalling duties for the early breakaway earlier than coming to the fore later within the stage. It is an method that has left Pogacar, who seized yellow on the ultimate aggressive stage in 2020 from Primoz Roglic, typically remoted – even when he does appear completely content material when it occurs. “But once more UAE simply let the race occur for that first two hours,” stated Eurosport skilled Bradley Wiggins. “They didn’t actually management it, take the initiative and actually mark their presence. It allowed the race to maintain firing off, assaults on a regular basis.” Nonetheless, the 2012 Tour champion continued that no matter UAE’s ways, Pogacar may probably do all of it on his personal. “Pogacar has bought such a wholesome lead,” he continued. “I believe that when we get into the mountains that he has the legs to mark his dominance and put extra time into these guys. “It’s extra of a battle for that podium behind, I believe we’ll see extra of a battle for the second and third locations tomorrow moderately than the win.”Mollema strikes from distance to win Stage 14, Pogacar’s lead cutIn a chaotic stage by means of the foothills of the Pyrenees, an assured efficiency from Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) restored a little bit of order after a courageous and daring solo assault from the breakaway over 40km from the end.Mollema was a part of a 14-man transfer which took an eternity to come back collectively after a busy opening two hours of racing noticed the peloton cowl a monstrous 100km in south-west France. The 34-year-old attacked on a rolling plateau forward of the fifth of 5 categorised climbs that peppered the parcours, catching his fellow escapees napping en path to a second profession stage win on the Tour.Simply days after ending in third place following the historic double ascent of Mont Ventoux, Mollema had time to savour his first Tour stage win since 2017 as he entered the city Quillan after a hard-fought 183.7km stage by means of the Languedoc-Roussillon area famend for its majestic Cathar castles.Learn Felix Lowe’s full report hereStage 14 Highlights: Mollema stars, Woods into polka dots regardless of crash- – -You possibly can watch the Tour de France reside and ad-free on the Eurosport app and Eurosport.co.uk. Obtain the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now. You can too watch essentially the most complete reside & ad-free racing on GCN+. 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