Tour de France 2018

Stage 15 Overview

Millau to Carcassonne

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Stage Summary

Stage 15 offered 181.5 km between Milliau and Carcassonne peppered with climbs and minimal rest. Crosswinds were a big factor in today’s race, along with obviously tired riders. While the day was full of quick breakaways, including by green jersey leader Peter Sagan and Daniel Martin (UAE), there was a sense of consistency and restraint within the peloton as a whole, resulting in no changes in the GC standings. 

Astana’s Magnus Cort won the stage after an impressive attack in the final sprint, followed by Ion Izagirre (Bahrain) and Bauke Mollema (Trek). Team Sky led the peloton across the line and into a much-needed rest day.  




Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

With a typical prevailing cross/tailwind, stage 15 sets up nicely for a potential break away win. Even with a gap of two to three minutes cresting the final C1 climb up Pic de Nore, a small group working together could hold off a peloton over the remaining 41 km. If the prevailing winds hold up, a chase group would need to average about 25 percent more power over a small lead group after the climb to reel in a three minute lead. With the rest day coming up and tired legs, a few riders might want to go for a long distance solo win and some good TV coverage.

Click on the predictive race plan below to see how key factors might affect the results from this stage.

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