Tour de France

Stage 15) Lyon - Grand Colombier

FR France, Sunday 13 September 2020
174.5 km

Tour de France: Bennett strengthens grip on green jersey

Tour de France: Bennett strengthens grip on green jersey

As strange as it may sound, Sam Bennett extended his cushion in the points classification after Sunday’s leg-sapping stage 15, which took the peloton through the Jura mountains, where three punishing climbs awaited: Montée de la Selle de Fromentel, Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier, a lung-busting ascent which was first used in a race four decades ago, at the Tour de l’Avenir.

A flurry of attacks flew from the peloton seconds after the start in Lyon, some of these coming from riders who tried to put pressure on Sam Bennett. The Irishman responded present each time, sticking like glue to his opponents’ wheel and showing them how determined he was to fight for the green jersey. Victorious on stage 10, Sam remained calm and attentive as a breakaway tried to form, and again shut down a series of accelerations of his rivals, before things finally calmed down and a group got green light.

The bunch trailed them by three minutes as they went through the intermediate sprint in Le Bouchage, where the Sam Bennett – Michael Mørkøv duo was again on fire, the green jersey wearer grabbing seven points after another perfect lead-out of the experienced Dane and increasing his lead in the standings to 45 points. Then, as soon as the first classified ascent started, Julian Alaphilippe, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns and Mørkøv all rallied around Sam and paced him for the last 65 kilometers of the stage, thus making sure he would come across the line with plenty of minutes to spare before the time cut.

“It was another hard day and I used a lot of energy for the intermediate sprint, but overall I felt pretty good compared to other stages. Everything was under control today. I could count again on this fantastic team, to whom I am grateful, and I’m happy that I will now start the final week of the Tour clad in the green jersey”, Bennett said after the stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:34:13
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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3 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:05
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:08
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:15
6 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
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7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
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8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
0:18
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:24
43 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:46
114 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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125 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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127 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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152 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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153 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
65:37:07
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:40
3 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
1:34
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:45
5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2:03
6 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
2:13
7 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
2:16
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
3:15
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
5:08
10 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:12
40 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:37:55
43 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44:07
93 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09:26
119 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:46:55
122 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:47:49
126 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:54:53
137 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:06:45
148 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:19:45
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
269 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
224 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
189 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
166 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
7 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
112 pt
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
108 pt
9 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
97 pt
52 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
74 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
111 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
125 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
65:37:47
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:35
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
7:45
4 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:19:37
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:23:40
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
1:33:09
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:46:19
8 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
1:48:32
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
1:59:10
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:06:05
17 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:46:15
18 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:47:09
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
34 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
33 pt
4 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
5 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
31 pt
6 Pierre Rolland
26 pt
7 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
25 pt
8 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
9 Michael Gogl
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
10 Quentin Pacher
21 pt
35 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
36 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
54 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 97:04:16
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 14:50
3 EF Pro Cycling 26:15
4 Bahrain - McLaren 37:43
5 Trek - Segafredo 45:09
6 INEOS Grenadiers 53:39
7 Astana Pro Team 53:43
8 AG2R La Mondiale 1:21:41
9 Mitchelton-Scott 1:58:50
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 2:05:40

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