Tour de France 2013 Stage 15 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2013

MONT VENTOUX, FRANCE - JULY 14: Current race leader and wearer of the Maillot Jaune, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling attacks to win the stage during stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 242.5KM road stage from Givors to Mont Ventoux, on July 14, 2013 on Mont Ventoux, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Christopher Froome survived what was arguably the toughest section of the Tour de France, finishing in first place in Stage 15.

The stage was not only the longest of the event at 242.5 kilometers, but it ended with a difficult climb up Mont Ventoux, which is known as the "Giant of Provence."

However, Froome separated himself from the peloton before making his move at the finish line. He ended with an impressive time of five hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds, which further extends his overall lead in the race.

ITV Cycling captured an image of Froome celebrating the race:

Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas also had a strong stage and finished in second place. Rounding out the podium for the uphill climb was Mikel Nieve Iturralde in third place.

Here is a look at the leaderboard for Stage 15.

 

Stage 15 Results

RANKRIDERTEAMTIMESGAP
1.Christopher FroomeSky Procycling5:48:45 
2.Nairo Alexander Quintana RojasMovistar Team5:49:14+ 00' 29"
3.Mikel Nieve IturraldeEuskaltel-Euskadi5:50:08+ 01' 23"
4.Joaquin Rodriguez OliverKatusha Team5:50:08+ 01' 23"
5.Roman KreuzigerTeam Saxo-Tinkoff5:50:25+ 01' 40"
6.Alberto ContadorTeam Saxo-Tinkoff 5:50:25+ 01' 40"
7.Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Team5:50:28+ 01' 43"
8.Bauke MollemaBelkin Pro Cycling5:50:31+ 01' 46"
9.Laurens Ten DamBelkin Pro Cycling5:50:38+ 01' 53"
10.Jean-Christophe PeraudAG2R La Mondiale5:50:53+ 02' 08"

Full list via LeTour.com

 There were a number of instances on the day where the cyclists could gain separation from the pack. Thomas De Gendt, Pierre Rolland, Julien El Fares and Jeremy Roy all earned points in the climbing competition for winning various checkpoints.

Of course, each of these leaders eventually made his way back to the pack as the sprinters took over for the sprinting competition that occurred late in the stage.

Peter Sagan, the current green-jersey holder, showed why he is the points leader with an impressive run to the checkpoint to win the sprint. Sylvain Chavanel was slightly behind him to earn second place.

TheScore.com captured Sagan embracing his inner showman with a wheelie to excite the fans:

However, the hardest part of the race was clearly ahead of them, as shown by this image from Tour de France's Twitter account:

In the climb, Quintana built up a commanding lead over the counterattack. However, it was not enough, as yellow-jersey wearer Froome made a strong move in the last few kilometers to take the lead.

Froome held on for his third stage win of the championship, as he continues to impress throughout the Tour de France. He also officially earns the polka-dot jersey after winning the final climb in this stage.

Quintana's strong showing gives him the white jersey going forward as the top young rider in the field. Meanwhile, Sagan holds on to his green jersey as the top sprinter.

The final week of competition is certain to be interesting, so make sure you follow along every day of the prestigious race.

 

General Classifications After Stage 15

RANKRIDERTEAMTIMESGAP
1.Christopher FroomeSky Procycling 61:11:43 
2.Bauke MollemaBelkin Pro Cycling61:15:47+4:14
3.Alberto ContadorTeam Saxo-Tinkoff 61:16:08+4:25
4.Roman KreuzigerTeam Saxo-Tinkoff 61:16:11+4:28
5.Laurens Ten DamBelkin Pro Cycling 61:16:37+4:54
6.Nairo Alexander Quintana RojasMovistar Team 61:17:30+5:47
7.Jakob FuglsangAstana Pro Team61:18:05+6:22
8.Joaquin Rodriguez OliverKatusha Team 61:18:54+7:11
9.Jean-Christophe PeraudAG2R La Mondiale61:19:30+7:47
10.Michal KwiatkowskiOmega Pharma-Quick Step61:19:41+7:58

Full classifications and results can be found at LeTour.com.

 

What's Next?

After such a difficult stage, the riders fortunately get an off day on Monday. However, the action picks up on Tuesday with another mountainous stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap.

The 168-kilometer Stage 16 is certain to help separate the top competitors from the rest of the pack.

 

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