On Sunday, Alexander Kristoff of Katusha made a sprint finish to win the stage 15 of the Tour de France 2014. This is his second stage win in last four days. The 222 km race that involved 171 riders started from Tallard and ended in Nimes.
Martin Elmiger of IAM Cycling and Jack Bauer of Garmin Sharp remained on top for most part of the race which was affected by rain, and looked the hot favorites as the game proceeded towards its ending moments. However, with his team directing the chase, the Norwegian Kristoff made a timely come back and moved ahead of Bauer just 200 meters off the finishing line. In this way, he restricted a New Zealand rider to win a stage for the first time for his country. Heinrich Haussler of IAM Cycling stood second, while the green jersey wearer of Cannondale, Peter Sagan stood third.
Kristoff said, “It was close, really close. The break was strong and at the end it was difficult to bring them back. Luckily we caught them on the line and I’m really happy. This is more than I could expect int this Tour de France. The team was great. In the middle of the race, Simon worked in front to control the break, and in the final, Gatis pulled the group hard. Then Luca took over to help me get the best position.”
Earlier, on Saturday, Rafal Majka claimed his first win in a Tour in a 177 km race held in Risoul, and won the stage 14.
Today is a second rest day, and no stage will get underway. The 237.5 km stage 16 of the Tour de France will be held on Tuesday, July 22, that will start from Carcassonne and end in Bagneres-de-Luchon.