Tour de France stage 15 live - Sprinters hope for victory after a torrid race in Carcassonne

Tour de France stage 15 live – Sprinters hope for victory after a torrid race in Carcassonne

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Jonas Vingaard made sure to be in front and Tadej Pogacar was quick to join him.

The high pace divided the peloton.

The roads go up and down throughout the stage and particularly in the first 80 kilometres.

It could be a day for the sprinters, but they and their teams will have to work for it.

Trek runners are also on the move, forcing GC runners to stay alert as well.

185km to cover

One explanation for Honoré in the attack is the news that his QuickStep teammate Michael Morkov is struggling and given up.

The three forwards are Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl)

The gap increased at 1:50 a.m. as a runner from the B&B hotel Alexis Gougeard tried to cross the gap alone. It is a big task.

Indeed, the peloton has relaxed.

188km to cover

Some in the peloton try to chase but the QuickStep riders block them.

The van Aert trio have a gap of 1:00.

They lead by 20 seconds.

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Van Aert started with Honoré from QuickStep and Politt from Bora.

The intermediate sprint comes after 147 km but Wout van Aert is already active and tries to force a break.

He can’t seem to stop, even though he has a massive, almost unbeatable lead in the green points jersey competition.

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Boom!

Tim Wellens attacks hard as Lotto tries to fight back after a tough few days.

200 km to go

The riders are looking for an attack but the peloton is complete for the moment.

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Primoz Roglic quits Tour de France to allow wounds to heal

JumboVisma teams Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic pedals to the finish line of the 7th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1763 km between Tomblaine and La Super Planche des Belles Filles in France on July 8, 2022 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

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All three DNS runners are confirmed.

In addition to Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech), Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) also chose to return home and heal after crashing on the cobblestone stage.

Pierre-Luc Périchon had a puncture, which briefly delayed the start but the attacks are already happening.

Here we are!

Christian Prudhomme waves his flag and the stage is launched.

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The scene heads southwest into the Occitanie region of France, at the foot of the Pyrenees.

This is the third consecutive stage of more than 190 km.

The profile of stage 15 of the Tour de France 2022

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We expect plenty of attacks in the first few kilometers as the riders try to join the breakaway of the day and escape the control of the sprint teams.

The bearers of the leader’s jersey are Jonas Vingaard (yellow), Wout van Aert (green), Simon Geschke (polka dots) and Tadej Pogacar (white).

They are the same for the fourth consecutive day.

MENDE FRANCE JULY 16 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen of Denmark and the Jumbo Visma team celebrate winning the yellow leader's jersey during the podium ceremony after the 109th stage of the 2022 Tour de France 14 a 1925km stage from SaintEtienne to Mende 1009m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 16, 2022 in Mende France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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The riders face a neutralized sector of 4.7 km before the official start of the stage.

Here we are!

Let’s go !

Cort wore the polka dot jersey at the start of the 2022 Tour de France after attacking Stages 2 and 3, delighting huge Danish crowds. He will then not do stage 10 in Megève after leaving in the breakaway of the day.

“Magnus Cort woke up this morning with a headache and fever and has since tested positive for COVID-19. He will not take the start of stage 15 of the Tour de France. His medical evaluation is in progress”, announced EF Education-EasyPost when the team arrived in Rodez for the start of the stage.

EF EducationEasypost Teams Danish rider Magnus Cort Nielsen wearing the climbers polka dot jersey celebrates on the podium after the 4th stage of the 109th edition of the 1715km Tour de France cycling race between Dunkirk and Calais in northern France on July 5 2022 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images

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Clarke won stage 5 to Wallers through the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix. Israel-Premier Tech said he tested positive for COVID-19 in a routine test, but all other runners tested negative.

“After a routine internal test carried out by the team, unfortunately Simon Clarke returned a positive Covid test. Therefore Simon will not be starting stage 15. All other riders have returned negative tests and are ready to run today,” announced Israel-Premier Tech.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to circulate in the Tour de France peloton with stage winners Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) both testing positive ahead of stage 15.

Both left the race.

IsraelPremier Tech teams Australian rider Simon Clarke celebrates on the podium after winning the 5th stage of the 109th edition of the 1537 km Tour de France cycling race between Lille and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in northern France on July 6, 2022 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images

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3 minutes until departure.

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The riders try to stay in the shade before the start in Rodez.

For the full Cyclingnews article on the impact of the heat wave on the Tour de France, click below.

The Tour de France heads for Carcassonne despite a 40°C heat wave

MENDE FRANCE JULY 16 Thibaut Pinot of France and the Groupama FDJ team cool off to cool off in the breakaway during the 109th stage of the 2022 Tour de France 14 a 1925 km stage from SaintEtienne to Mende 1009m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 16, 2022 in Mende France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

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Here are the changes to the race rules on food:

– Refueling for the 15th stage will be authorized from KM 0 to 10km from the finish line

– The delivery of bottles to spectators will be authorized throughout the stage, respecting the safety conditions for the public and the riders.

– Elimination time has been set to 20% regardless of stage average.

While professional cycling has an extreme weather protocol and races have been cut or canceled due to extreme conditions in the past, the Tour de France peloton seems ready to accept racing during the heat wave.

The association of riders Cyclists Professionals Associates (CPA) and its representative of the Tour de France Pascal Chanteur have been in contact with their riders, the organizers of the Tour de France, the UCI judges and the team leaders to find several solutions to help the runners.

This morning the official held a special meeting and decided on a little help for the riders to try and stay hydrated.

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It is currently 32C in Rodez and 34 in Carcassonne, where the stage is due to finish in around four hours.

It should be 37C at the end of the stage.

IsraelPremier Tech Teams British rider Chris Froome cools off with water as he rides the climb of the Col de la Croix de Fer during the 12th stage of the 109th edition of the 1651km Tour de France cycling race between Briançon and LAlpedHuez in the French Alps on July 14, 2022 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

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As the Cyclingnews airship takes to the skies, the last riders are heading to Rodez.

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of stage 15 of the Tour de France.


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