Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

Posted on: July 16th, 2017

Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

 

Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

 

Nicolas Roche was in the breakaway for most of the day at the Tour de France and Dan Martin attacked his way back into the top 5 overall.

Roche sprinted in for 6th place on the stage, with five riders having taken flight from the large escape on stage 15.

And six minutes back the road; Dan Martin attacked the select group and gained precious time on his rivals.

He waited until the today’s climbs were over and with about 7km remaining Martin chose his moment to jump hard.

And once he was gone they could not get him back, despite Team Sky’s Chris Froome and Mikel Landa driving the group in pursuit.

Martin would catch a small group of riders just ahead from the day’s early escape.

And he would work very well with them to put time into all of the favourites in the group he had attacked.

Martin buried himself on the front of the four-man group he finished in. He was 6:11 down on stage winner Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo).

But Martin was 14 seconds up on the general classification group, containing all of the men ahead of him in the general standings.

 

 Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

 Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

 Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin rip it up at Tour de France

 

Yesterday Martin had ridden really well on the ramp at the finish, clawing back 14 seconds on the man just ahead of him overall, Landa.

That reduced the gap between Martin in 6th and Landa in 5th to just 9 seconds. And because Martin made a gain today of 14 seconds on Landa, it is Martin who is now in 5th place overall.

The stage was won today by Mollema in a time of 4.41.47.

Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) led in a four-man group some 23 seconds later, with Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) in 3rd and Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo) in 4th.

King of the mountains Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) was next, just losing four seconds off the back of the group at the finish.

And then another 37 seconds would elapse before Roche (BMC Racing) sprung from the small group he was in to take 6th place.

He was exactly one minute down on winner Mollema.

It was a good ride by Roche who simply found himself on the wrong end of the split in the very large escape group in the final of the stage.

A group of five riders had initially broken clear on the 189.5km stage into Le Puy-en-Velay.

And when 23 made it across to them with about 120km remaining, Roche was among them. The leaders had six minutes on the peloton at that point.

However, over the final climb the lead group would split and Roche would be caught out.

Back the road Chris Froome, who looked to be in trouble on the ascent, suffered a puncture.

It took him a long time to get back onto the group and when he did it was only with the help of Landa, who dropped back from the favourites group to pace him.

He did get back in and settled into the group once more, before Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Simon Yates (Scott-Orica) would attack.

Their moves would be closed down, but with about 7km to go Dan Martin attacked the favourites group and would not be caught.

And  because Landa was in the group Martin attacked from, Martin is now 5th with Landa 6th; a margin of five seconds between the pair.

More to follow.

 

Stage 15: Laissac-Severac ‘Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay (189.5km)

1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 4:41:47
2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:19
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:00:23
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 0:01:00
7 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:04
8 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
11 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
13 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
14 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro 0:01:12
15 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:05:04
17 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 0:05:07
18 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:14
19 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro
20 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
21 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:05:40
22 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:06:11
23 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
24 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
25 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
26 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 0:06:20
27 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:06:25
28 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
29 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
30 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
32 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
33 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
34 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
35 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky
36 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
37 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 0:06:32
38 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:10
39 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
40 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates

 

General Classification

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 64:40:21
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:23
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:29
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:12
6 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:17
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:02:02
8 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:09
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:05:37
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:06:05
11 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:06:16
12 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:06:39
13 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:08:48
14 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:41
15 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:14:52
16 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:54
17 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:19:37
18 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:22:17
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro 0:27:08
20 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty – Groupe Gobert 0:27:28
21 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:30:10
22 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:31:13
23 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:31:56
24 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:34:50
25 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:19
26 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 0:40:45
27 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:43:46
28 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 0:49:22
29 Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo – Oscaro 0:54:12
30 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:55:24
31 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:57:45
32 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:58:00
33 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 1:02:14
34 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 1:02:36
35 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert 1:03:56

 

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