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Tour de France 2019: Stage 15

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 15 of the Tour de France, another mountain stage from Limoux to Foix – Prat d'Albis.

 

Today's stage starts in just under half an hour, when the riders will begin the neutralised section in Limoux.

There are four more mountains on the menu today – three first-category climbs and one second cat. It's another summit finish too.

Foix has hosted a Tour stage finish on three occasions before, though all coming in the town with a flat finish, rather than up the Prat d'Albis. The climb makes its Tour debut today.

Here's Ineos DS Nicolas Portal on yesterday's stage and the team's prospects for today.

And here's Geraint Thomas on how he's feeling ahead of another mountain stage.

The peloton will roll out in a few minutes.

There's a good chance that the break is free to contest the victory today.

185km remaining from 185km

A number of riders are on the attack straight away. De Gendt is leading the charge.

Mohorič, Wellens are up there too. Nothing has gone yet.

Dylan Teuns, Simon Geschke, Mads Würtz Schmidt and Oliver Naesen are at the front too.

Basically there's a revolving cast of riders at the front of the peloton making an effort and then looking around to see they haven't gotten away.

Herrada now puts in a bigger effort. 

180km remaining from 185km

Now CCC's Michael Schär has a go with Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana).

Wellens, Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) are among the riders with Schär and Cort as Peter Sagan makes the move across.

172km remaining from 185km

Now four men have a small advantage. They are Daniel Oss, Nicolas Roche, Lukasz Wisniowski and Benoît Cosnefroy.

Marco Haller is on the move now.

168km remaining from 185km

There's 15 seconds between the peloton and the current lead group.

Katusha are really having a go here. Haller, Würtz Schmidt and now Politt have tried to break away. The under-threat team really need something, anything, from this Tour de France.

165km remaining from 185km

163km remaining from 185km

And they're caught.

CCC are trying again, this time with Van Avermaet, along with Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha.

160km remaining from 185km

Michael Woods (EF) has a go.

Marc Soler (Movistar) is also getting involved up front.

158km remaining from 185km

Dylan Teuns works his way across to Lutsenko.

157km remaining from 185km

Now CCC send another man up the road.

155km remaining from 185km

The peloton are still 30km from the top of the first climb of the day, the Col de Monséguir.

Simon Yates, Vincenzo Nibali and Jesús Herrada try to get away. That's more like it.

152km remaining from 185km

De Gendt is back on the front now.

Peter Sagan is in third wheel as the peloton descend through a village.

Riders are already dropping off the back of the peloton. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) is back there.

147km remaining from 185km

Among the riders in the group are...

146km remaining from 185km

And they're brought back...

Oss and De Gendt try again.

More riders chase.

143km remaining from 185km

We're around 10km from the base of the day's first climb.

140km remaining from 185km

Pauwels tries again.

137km remaining from 185km

135km remaining from 185km

The riders are almost on the first climb of the day.

Damiano Caruso is on the attack.

Magnus Cort, Amund Jansen and Lennard Kämna join Caruso.

The peloton catch the group as the climb starts...

130km remaining from 185km

Simon Yates and Lutsenko lead another move.

Zakarin, Ciccone, Bardet, Konrad are also there.

It looks like this might finally be the break of the day.

Around 20-25 men are away.

More riders are trying to get across though.

Reichenbach, Tratnik, Nibali are also in the move.

Kreuziger, Fraile, a few guys from Movistar are also there. Maybe Quintana...

Quintana has Soler and Amador with him in the group. Gallopin, Molard, Woods, Geschke, Jansen, Herrada, Dan Martin, Kämna are also up there.

This looks like the makeup of the break right now.

The break are two minutes up on the peloton now.

124km remaining from 185km

Jansen was in the chase group but is dropping back now.

Deceuninck-QuickStep work on the front of the peloton.

Richeze leads the peloton over the top. They're three minutes down.

The chasers are closing in on the lead break now.

113km remaining from 185km

It looks like Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Team Ineos are the only teams with no riders in the move.

Asgreen, Mørkøv, Richeze and Viviani are all at the head of the peloton. There's just over a kilometre to go until the bunch sprint in– ah, wait a minute...

105km remaining from 185km

Bahrain-Merida DS Tristan Hoffman on getting Nibali into the break today...

The riders are in the valley for around another 25km now which is good for QuickStep, who barely have any riders to work on the climbs.

100km remaining from 185km

Four trains on the front of the peloton. The entire QuickStep team lead Ineos, who lead Jumbo, while Movistar are lined out behind.

92km remaining from 185km

Caruso tried to race ahead and take the points at the intermediate sprint in order to give some protection to teammate Sonny Colbrelli's placing. Matthews easily outsprints the Italian and Nils Politt, though,

87km remaining from 185km

The break split up after that intermediate sprint but they're all back together now.

Here's a shot of today's break.

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78km remaining from 185km

75km remaining from 185km

Matthews is dropping away early on. His job is already done, of course.

17 seconds between the two break groups now.

Yates heads off the front. Reichenbach leads that front group behind him.

Bouet, Nibali, Politt, Perez are struggling.

Mollema and Zakarin are also suffering.

Jansen, Frank, Konrad also dropping.

73km remaining from 185km

Mas seems to be dropping from the peloton already?? Meanwhile Viviani is still up front...

Quintana and Bardet have bridged from the main break to the lead group.

The peloton are 3:50 down on the leaders now.

Quintana is not doing well. Moves are going and he's not following them.

Bardet, Yates, Gallopin, Molard, Reichenbach, Roche, Kamna, Lutsenko, Dan Martin and Kreuziger are in the lead group now.

Woods and Amador too.

Ciccone and Herrada are in that lead group too.

68km remaining from 185km

Dan Martin drops from the lead group now.

He gradually works his way back though.

Astana lead that lead group. FDJ are sitting in, and surely have plans for Pinot later on.

Five minutes between the break and the peloton. Quintana's group is 15 seconds down.

Quintana has Bernard, Gallopin, Geschke, Soler with him.

66km remaining from 185km

65km remaining from 185km

Alaphilippe still have four men with him in the peloton. Viviani is still there working on the front, somehow!!

Bardet attacks at the top of the climb. He's going for polka dots after collapsing yesterday.

Richie Porte is off the back of the peloton. He's making it back easily though, so was maybe visiting the team car.

Nibali is caught by the peloton.

Matthews and Mollema are also caught.

60km remaining from 185km

Quintana is second in the virtual GC right now.

12 KOM points for Bardet so far today. Michael Woods has picked up 7.

Michael Woods seems to have a mechanical problem on the descent.

52km remaining from 185km

The leaders are almost at the bottom of the descent now. The next climb starts almost immediately.

Here's the profile for the next climb, the Mur de Péguère.

Enric Mas is reportedly five minutes down on the peloton already. He must be ill today.

As you can see, the climb is a pretty easy to start, then normalises, while the final 3.3km average brutal double-digit gradients.

46km remaining from 185km

4:15 for the break now.

Devenyns, Lampaert, Viviani and Asgreen are still with Alaphilippe in the peloton.

Geschke puts in an attack up front.

43km remaining from 185km

3:35 between the peloton and break now.

42km remaining from 185km

Two men left for Alaphilippe now. Viviani finally drops away on the 6 per cent section midway up the climb.

Bilbao, Fraile, Roche drop from the break.

41km remaining from 185km

Astana and Ineos mob the front as Alaphilippe has just one man with him. The peloton is really thinning out here.

Bernard drops from the break.

Jumbo-Visma have moved to the front of the peloton too.

Astana are pushing the pace. And Landa attacks!

Adam Yates is dropped.

This is brutal. The peloton is very small already.

Herrada is struggling in the break.

Amador drops too.

40km remaining from 185km

Kwiatkowski is gone from the peloton.

35 seconds for Geschke.

Molard drops from the break.

Jumbo-Visma work at the head of the peloton, dragging Fuglsang back.

Gaudu is dropped from the peloton now. Aru too.

All the favourites are the in the 'peloton' now. Alaphilippe, Kruijswijk, Bennett, De Plus, Porte, Thomas, Bernal, Poels, Pinot, Uran, Kangert, Barguil, Buchmann, Valverde.

Simon Yates attacked the break and it has fallen to pieces up front.

38km remaining from 185km

Landa is briefly profiting from his teammates dropping back from the break. No time gap to him at the moment.

Fuglsang and Aru are in the GC group (missed them off earlier).

Landa is with Soler over the top, 20 seconds up on the GC men.

Bardet chastises the riders he's with. He turns around to shout at them to work with him.

33km remaining from 185km

It's straight down into the valley now. And then the riders will go straight back up again from Foix. Here's the final climb of the day, which the leaders will hit in just under 20 kilometres.

It's foggy at the top of the climb and on the descent. Not ideal conditions.

Another six points for Bardet over the top of that climb. He has 18 in total today.

The peloton are 3 minutes down now, and 50 seconds behind Landa. Meanwhile, Bardet's group is losing more time. They're 40 seconds down.

Riders are getting back onto the GC group on the descent, including Gaudu. The group will thin out again once the road heads uphill though.

Quintana and Bardet are almost a minute down now.

Landa has Soler and Amador with him on the descent.

23km remaining from 185km

A minute between the leaders and the chasers. Landa is 2:20 back, the peloton a further 1:10 down.

Lutsenko and Reichenbach are back with Quintana and Bardet now as they hit the valley.

Yates has led Geschke down much of the descent and is still powering the duo onwards.

Landa has nearly 1:30 on the peloton now.

The Sagan and Wellens group is 15:30 behind the front of the race, in case you were wondering. 

The Bardet-Quintana group has been hopeless. They've lost a minute on the two men out front since the top of the climb.

Maybe 20-25 riders in the GC group. Groupama-FDJ are on the front, while Ineos have regained Dylan Van Baarle.

16km remaining from 185km

The Quintana-Bardet group has been caught by the remains of the break.

Here's a look at the final climb of the day once again.

11km remaining from 185km

The Bardet-Quintana group is 1:35 down.

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Landa has a minute on the peloton. He's 2:10 down on the leaders.

Bora, Jumbo and FDJ work at the front of the peloton.

Amador pulls off the Landa train, his work done.

Soler and Landa are just 20 seconds down on Quintana's group now.

10km remaining from 185km

Jumbo-Visma pile on the pace behind.

Alaphilippe is quite far down the GC group, but looks comfortable.

9km remaining from 185km

1:30 from the Simons to the chasers. Another minute back to the GC men.

8km remaining from 185km

Landa is pulling at the front of the chase group.

Bardet, Reichenbach, Lutsenko are in his wheel.

Kämna is the only man who can follow Landa. Bardet is struggling.

1:25 between Landa and Yates. The peloton lies 1:05 further back.

7km remaining from 185km

Bennett pulls off, his work done.

Kämna is just about clinging on to Landa here. Yates still alone.

7km remaining from 185km

Landa has dropped Kämna.

6km remaining from 185km

Martin and Bardet are caught by the GC group.

6km remaining from 185km

6km remaining from 185km

Pinot flies away from the peloton onto Reichenbach's wheel.

Thomas, Fuglsang, Valverde, Kruijswijk are dropped.

Bernal, Alaphilippe and Buchmann are with Pinot.

5km remaining from 185km

Pinot goes again!

Bernal, Alaphilippe follow with Buchmann close behind.

5km remaining from 185km

Pinot, Bernal and Buchmann are away

Wow, what a climb. Pinot is flying.

Alaphilippe is trying his best. He's ten seconds down now.

Landa is making no headway into Yates' lead.

Pinot continues to push on.

Buchmann is dropped by Pinot and Bernal.

4km remaining from 185km

Pinot is crushing it.

The Thomas group is catching Alaphilippe.

Pinot is relentless, out of the saddle attacking.

3km remaining from 185km

40 seconds between Pinot and the yellow jersey.

2km remaining from 185km

A minute between Pinot and Alaphilippe/Thomas and co

Kruijswijk attacks the GC chase group.

This is a great climb.

It's raining at the top.

Kämna is with Bernal and Buchmann. What a ride from him today.

2km remaining from 185km

Pinot catches Landa now.

Poels, Kruijswijk, Porte, Thomas, Valverde, Alaphilippe are still together, 2:05 down.

1km remaining from 185km

1km remaining from 185km

Thomas, Kruijswijk, Valverde and Porte battle thorugh the rain. Poels sits on Alaphilippe.

Final kilometre for Pinot and Landa.

Yates takes the stage win comfortably.

Pinot takes second, 30 seconds down.

Landa third. Bernal and Buchmann 50 seconds down.

1:20 for Thomas, Kruijswijk and Valverde.

Alaphilippe and Poels cross the line 1:50 down.

Stage result

General classification after stage 15

Thomas after the finish.

Here's a shot of Yates crossing the line for his second win of the race.

And here's the man who made the biggest gains on the day, Thibaut Pinot.

Here's what Simon Yates had to say after the stage.

Alaphilippe after the finish.

Tour de France: Stage 15 finish line quotes

Keep checking back on Cyclingnews through the evening for more reaction and news from stage 15 of the Tour de France.

We've updated our quotes article with more from Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Urán and other key protagonists from stage 15.