On Sunday, Stage 14 saw tacks and nails derail over 30 riders, causing chaos in the pack on their way from Limoux to Foix 47.
Now that Stage 15 is underway, most riders—including last year’s winner Cadel Evans—are hoping for a smoother, less eventful ride from Samatan to Pau.
This 158.5 km ride will feature three climbs—two category 4 climbs, and one category 3 climb—but the majority of the run should be flat.
Riders have the day off on Tuesday, so you can expect all of them—especially the ones who lost time due to flat tires on Stage 14—to ride all out to make up time. Stage 15 should be an interesting combination of sprints and climbs, and here are the three riders you should watch now, because they very well may be the winners of the 2012 Tour de France.