Tour Moments of Joy: Stage 15 – Attaque de Marc Soler

Stage 15 of the Tour de France saw victory for Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious), a duelling Jonas Vingegaard  v Tadej Pogacar – minus the motorbikes,  a break full of French VeloVoices favourites, Wout Van Aert Wouting big style and my absolute favourite UAE Team Emirates Marc Soler being PEAK Soler, for reasons unknown.

The break of the day contained a whole hatful of stage hunters, most notably the presence of Jumbo-Visma’s  Wout Van Aert  and  Tadej teammate Marc Soler.

What was the tactic today? Were they out front for their team leaders to bridge to or were they given a pass to go the win? No one knew, and to be honest I’m not sure the main players did either!

To my utter delight this happened with 50km to go…

Could this be a flash back to the peak Movistar Soler moment


THREE Wouts appeared at the front: Wout Poels, Wout Van Aer and Wout Soler

They dropped him once and he came back, but ultimately Wout Poels had the best legs of the day and dropped them both.

We still thought there was a plan for Wout and Marc, some more serious than others.

Only one Wout was victorious. With the GC battle kicking off  poor Wout P had limited screen time for us to appreciate his victory. It was a beautifully judged attack and perfectly paced climb.

His Magnificence Mr Wout Van Aert took second step

and Marc Soler?

Finished 20th on the day, but I don’t care. I enjoyed every single mouth agape, screaming aggression minute of it. FLY FLY SOLER

Stage results

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