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by Matt de Neef
July 18, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pantano takes breakaway win on Tour’s 15th stage; Tour of Poland stage cancelled due to inclement weather; Rubiano avoids massive crash to win stage one of the Tour de Qinghai Lake; Marianne Vos takes her second stage win at Thuringen Rundfahrt; Simon Gerrans withdraws from Rio Olympics squad after TDF crash; Anti-doping officials request entire Russian delegation be barred from Rio Olympics; BMC on Tour dogfight – Anything can happen in the third week; Chris Boardman’s mother killed while cycling in Wales; Dave Brailsford’s impression of Chris Froome’s Ventoux run; Tour de France stage 14 on-board video highlights.
Jarlison Pantano (IAM Cycling) has claimed stage 15 of the Tour de France, outsprinting Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at the end of the 159km stage into Culoz.
Panatano and Majka were part of the day’s original breakaway, with the latter cresting the final climb of the day alone, with less than 15km to go. The Pole was unable to hold off the Colombian who descended at great pace to reach the head of the race where he would later win the sprint.
“This is incredible,” Pantano said after the stage. “It’s a dream come true. I came to the Tour de France for that, but I didn’t believe it could happen. I’m very happy. I’ve done it thanks to my teammates. I dedicate this victory to my wife and my team captain Mathias Frank who had to pull out because he was sick.”
The mountainous stage lacked fireworks in the battle for the overall classification with most of the GC contenders crossing the finish together more than three minutes after the winner. There was one loser on the day, American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who suffered up the final climb of the day, the Lacets du Grand Colombier. He fought all the way to the finish in the valley below, but ultimately conceded 1:28 to the other GC contenders and dropped from sixth to eighth overall.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained his 1:47 lead over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in the overall, with Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in third, 2:45 back, and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in fourth, 2:59 behind.
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