16/07/17 - 1:10 PM
Laissac - Le Puy-en-Velay
Tour de France • Stage15

Laissac - Le Puy-en-Velay
Tour de France - 16 July 2017

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Tom Bennett

Thanks very much for joining us today. Tomorrow's a much-needed rest day before the riders take on Tuesday's Stage 16 from Le Puy en Velay to Romans Sur Isere. A bumpy profile will offer opportunities for another successful breakaways, but the sprinters' teams will have their sights set on a bunch sprint in a relatively flat run-in. You can watch it in full on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player, while Felix Lowe will return to provide extensive coverage right here. Catch you then.


So Martin takes 12 seconds off Froome, but the Team Sky man remains in yellow. Nairo Quintana is still out on the road after a very disappointing day for the Movistar team leader.


Froome attacks with the line in sight... but he doesn't open up a significant enough gap to take time off his rivals.


Martin is going to take some time back today, he's not going to be caught by Froome and co.


Dan Martin and a small group have pulled clear of the GC group, but none of the major contenders have gone with him. The yellow jersey is looking pretty safe for Chris Froome as things stand.


Diego Ulissi wins the sprint for second place. Should the chasing group have caught Mollema? Probably. But great credit to the Dutch rider for holding on for a terrific victory.


Bauke Mollema wins Stage 15!


They're not going to catch Mollema here. The finish is in sight and he can afford a little smile.


"Mollema does a lot of reading in his spare time... but it's the record books he's going to be writing himself into today," great stuff from Rob Hatch.


Mollema is still out on his own. He's only got about 200m on the chasers, but looks incredibly strong. Can he pull off a remarkable win?


Bauke Mollema is still out on his own at the head of the field, but he's being chased down by a four-man group containing the impressive Warren Barguil.


This time it's Dan Martin who attacks off the front of the peloton, and the remarkable Irishman opens up a proper gap this time.


Yates attacks again, but fails to stay away once more. Nobody's willing to let him go, which is a real compliment to the young Brit.


Simon Yates has a dig on the big climb and opens up a gap between the rest of the big names back in the yellow jersey group. He's gradually brought back in, but looks far fresher than some of the more experienced riders around him.


The GC contenders are all together and it's going to take some spectacular on the short, sharp climb up the Cote de Saint-Vidal or on the run-in to Le Puy-en-Velay to take time off Froome.


Bauke Mollema has launched a big solo break. Can he stay out and win it? If so then he might have the television motos to thank.


Bardet attacks, followed by Contador, but they fail to get away and the GC big guns pull them back in. This is high-octane stuff on the slopes of the Col de Peyra Taillade.


Warren Barguil crests the final big climb of the day in the lead, cementing his hold on the polka dot jersey. He's been caught by a group of riders so he'll have to go again if he's to add a stage win to his King of the Mountains haul though.


The Landa gamble has paid off. Both riders are back in the group now and if Froome's going to lose time today then it'll take another big move.


Chris Froome is isolated and Sky make a big call by dropping Mikel Landa back to help. The #FreeMikelLanda campaign will be absolutely fuming and that's a crushing blow to the idea from just minutes ago that Team Sky were putting two men in the GC race.


Back down the road and it's disaster for Nairo Quintana. His Giro exertions have well and truly come back to haunt the Colombian, who has dropped off the back of the peloton and is going to lose big time today.


Tony Martin has cracked and his dream of a stage win is well and truly over. Warren Barguil storms past him on the steepest section of the climb (which reaches 18% according to Rob Hatch on commentary) and the polka dot jersey wearer is going all out for another stage win. What a roller-coaster Tour this has been for the Frenchman!


Landa's been allowed to go up the road and is in Bardet's slipstream. If we needed it then that's confirmation that Team Sky have two horses in this GC race. They are giving the talented Spaniard license to compete.


That was a dreadful time for Froome to have a problem. This is one of the hardest climbs we've seen on the Tour so far and he's going to have to bust a gut to avoid losing his yellow jersey today.


Froome's hand shoots up. Is there something wrong with his bike? It looks like it. But the peloton doesn't ease up this time. The racing is on and the Tour leader now faces a big challenge to get back - with a new wheel in place.


"This is energy. This is panic. It's too much." Rob Hatch is concerned that Sky are using up way too much effort to calm this down.


We're on to the final climb for the breakaway, while it's all kicking off in the peloton as they approach the slope. Froome has been distanced by a dramatic rise in pace. His Sky team-mates are getting him back, but this is aggressive riding. We're going to see something special on this climb I think.


The peloton won't reel this back in today - they're happy to let the stage go and fight for time between themselves. The gap is up to 9'27 and Tony Martin leads by 1'40. There's a real chance of a solo winner here... but he still has to negotiate that 14% climb.


The sweat is pouring off Tony Martin, showing the extent of the exertion required to break away on the Tour de France.


Tony Martin's launched a solo attack off the front of the breakaway. He's build up a lead of 30 seconds and has the pedigree to stay out. Can he really survive on his own up the Col de Peyra Taillade though?


It's a hot, hot day out there, so hydration is very important for the riders. But it's remarkable how many different ways there are to drink from a cycling water bottle... as our friends over at Global Cycling Network have shown in this great video.


Happy Birthday to the Gorilla! There will be no win for Andre Greipel today, but he'll still be hopeful of picking up a stage win before the race is out. Are his legs still strong enough? We'll know by this time next week.


The race has entered a bit of a lull, with the break now way out at seven minutes and plenty of time to go before that crucial climb near the end of the stage. If you need a break then now is a great time to go and check out the Wimbledon final between Marin Cilic and Roger Federer, which is LIVE right now over on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player.


There's a very real chance the breakaway is going to come good today. The lead is now out at over six minutes.


Michael Matthews leaves nothing to chance and uses a lead-out man to make sure he takes the maximum 20 points on offer in the intermediate sprint. Marcel Kittel is still the clear favourite to win the green jersey, but Matthews is hot on his tail now and should close the gap further before the race reaches Paris.


Tim Wellens has abandoned the Tour after struggling through for two weeks. The Belgian suffers from prickly heat - a sun allergy which admittedly isn't ideal for taking on a grand tour in the height of the summer.


Jonathan Harris-Bass' culinary Tour of France continues. Today's offering is a delectable Tarte Tatin.


The intermediate sprint is on the horizon and the two breakaway groups have joined back together again, meaning Michael Matthews is well placed to close the gap on Marcel Kittel's green jersey tally.


Oof, Team Sky have done "Froomey" proud with today's yellow detailing.


The break's lead is being held at around 4'20. Will the peloton chase them down and how will they do that? Well, it's funny you should ask. Here's a handy video that explains exactly how to chase a breakaway.

Video - Sports Explainer: How to chase a breakaway


It's not the high mountains or the Dordogne... but it's a pretty looking stage today. Admittedly, yes, you could say that for virtually every day of the Tour, but even the less spectacular afternoons still paint the country in a good light.


Some respite for those weary legs as the breakaway take on the lengthy downhill section towards the intermediate spring. The gap continues to grow back to the peloton, but the GC group won't be happy to give them too much more than the current 4'26.


Michael Matthews must believe he has a genuine shot at green today. The Australian is in a 23-man chasing group who are looking to haul in the leaders. He'll have the intermediate sprint in mind, with Marcel Kittel's point scoring opportunities limited in this week in the mountains.


The gap to the breakaway is out over four minutes, with Team Sky happy to give them a chance to get away. Froome is looking comfortable in his Sky train, with the British team using limited resources at the moment. It's set up for them to hit that late climb hard, and then maybe free up Froome to show off his descending skills down to the finish. It'll be an interesting day ahead.


This is a nasty day for the legs. A long, slow drag up to the second categorised climb of the day is almost over, with the sharp rise up the Cote de Vieruals on the horizon.


Could the yellow jersey change hands again today? Brian Smith thinks Fabio Aru is still a major threat to Chris Froome, despite losing the yellow jersey in a truly unpredictable Tour de France.

Video - The Coach: Aru's challenge not finished yet


Warren Barguil wants that polka dot jersey and has bagged some more points as the first rider over the top of the Montee de Naves d'Aubrac.


Back in the peloton Alberto Contador's attempt to bridge the gap is short-lived, with Team Sky (sat in their familiar role at the front of the group) reeling his attack back in with ease. Sky have been impressively dominant on these sort of climbs all Tour, controlling the group with a gruelling pace at the front, limiting opportunities for attacks.


The pace is relentless and it's taken a big toll on the break. What was a ten-man group is now down to just three, with Warren Barguil still in that select group in the polka dot jersey.


Today could be a day for the breakaway to claim a stage win... but they'll be wary of that sharp climb up the Col de Peira Taillade. It's the first time the climb has ever been used and will offer more of a test than it looks on paper. An eye-watering 14% draw midway up looks likely to be the pivotal moment of the day.


The break have hit the opening slopes of Montee de Naves d'Aubrac - the first of two particularly testing climbs today. The peloton aren't giving the break much time at the moment.


There's a 10-man breakaway that currently has close to a minute advantage on the peloton. The key protagonist here is polka dot jersey wearer Warren Barguil who no doubt fancies some more points on this early climb.


We're under way, and there'll be no leisurely start today - the category 1 Montee de Naves d'Aubrac comes after just 28.5km and the ascent will start in around 20 minutes...


Welcome to our live text coverage of stage 15 from the 2017 Tour de France! Today's route takes us 189km from Laissac to Le Puy-en-Velay - we're in the Massif Central in south central France, and the stage includes two category one climbs, a three and a four.