Team Sunweb delivered a sublime performance from kilometre zero to the finish line that saw Michael Matthews double his victory tally and move within touching distance of the maillot vert. The Australian blasted around the around the final bend, edging out a fast-finishing Edvald Boasson Hagen and a disgruntled John Degenkolb. The threat of crosswinds stalked the peloton all day and when they did hit the only GC contender caught out in the echelon action was Quick Step Floor’s Dan Martin. Chris Froome remains in yellow.
Just when you’re lulled into a ‘ho-hum, this stage isn’t much’ attitude, all hell breaks loose in this year’s Tour de France. Stage 15 was one for the break and Bauke Mollema read the script correctly and came away with his first Tour de France stage win (and Trek-Segafredo’s first in this Tour). In the GC, Chris Froome miraculously withstands an Ag2r onslaught to stay in yellow.