GC stalemate as Richie returns to fourth

11 Jul 2021

GC stalemate as Richie returns to fourth

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Tour de France - Stage 15 » Céret › Andorra la Vella, 191.3km

Richard Carapaz climbed back into fourth overall at the Tour de France as stage 15 saw the general classification contenders finish together.
 
The Ecuadorian launched an attack on the final climb of the Col de Beixalis as the contenders went toe to toe. Carapaz was unable to go clear, with attacks from Jonas Vingegaard, Ben O’Connor and leader Tadej Pogacar all being cancelled out.
 
That ensured that an elite GC group took the descent together and finished alongside each other in Andorra. With Guillaume Martin slipping out of the top positions, Carapaz returned to fourth, remaining 5:33 back on Pogacar.
 
The Grenadiers worked hard on the day’s main climb, with Richie Porte laying down a hard tempo on the Col de Puymorens. Tao Geoghegan Hart and Michal Kwiatkowski continued the momentum, before breakaway members Jonathan Castroviejo and Dylan van Baarle re-joined the fray.
 
The duo had successfully got into the day’s 32-man break, creating a tactical card for the team. With attacks on the Port d’Envalira proving difficult due to a block headwind, the pair waited over the top to give Carapaz support on the approach to the finale. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) took the day's honours from the breakaway.
 
The race now enters its second rest day in Andorra ahead of a mountainous final week.
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Overall standings:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 62:07:18
2. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) +5:18"
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +5:32"
4. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:33"
5. Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroen) +5:58"