The tricolore is finally flying at the Tour de France. Ag2r La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet managed to stay upright when other general classification favourites were slipping on the wet tarmac to Friday’s finish at the summit of Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, and was rewarded with an outstanding solo victory. The winning margin was sufficient for the Frenchman to move up into second place overall, with Adam Yates and Bauke Mollema both tumbling down the GC into 4th and 10th respectively. Chris Froome, one of the day’s unfortunate fallers, finished the stage on Geraint Thomas‘ bike, but maintains a healthy margin in yellow.
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Tour de France 2016: Stage 15 – IAM ecstatic as Pantano takes the stage
The race moved back into lumpy territory today, with 159km of ups and downs which smashed and splintered the race like a cheap chair – aside from the yellow jersey group, which stayed together like a sturdy Chesterfield and gave Froome a comfy ride to the finish. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) rode out of the chaos, picking up plenty of polka-points throughout the day, but had to be satisfied with the King of the Mountains jersey as IAM Jarlinson Pantano’s irresistible charge down the second descent of the Colombier to set up a two-man duel for the stage.
Tour de France 2016: Stage 9 – Through the storm, Dumoulin takes the day
Giant-Alpecin’s Tom Dumoulin rode away from a whittled down breakaway and powered his way up the Arcalis, climbing to victory through the driving rain (with added hail!) that must have left him thinking he was on a driving range. The Dutch powerhouse has now won stages in each of the three Grand Tours, and with his assured ascent of the Arcalis, proved that there’s more to his game than just time trials.