The American Sepp Kuss won solo the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Andorra la Vella on Sunday, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retaining the yellow jersey. Guillaume Martin lost his 2nd place overall.
And two for the Jumbo-Visma. After the demonstration of Wout Van Aert during the 11th stage, Sepp Kuss brought a second success to his team on the Grande Boucle by winning alone in Andorra la Vella this Sunday. The American climber, who lives in Andorra, left his breakaway companions behind on the last climb and resisted the return of veteran Alejandro Valverde to clinch his first stage victory in the Grande Boucle.
Alejandro Valverde finished second on the stage, ahead of Wout Poels. Party with two teammates in the breakaway of the day, which counted up to 32 elements, including Bruno Armirail, who worked for a long time for him, David Gaudu did not resist the acceleration of the strongest in the final ascent. , settling for 7th place. The riders of the peloton completed the first chapter of the Pyrenees without a hitch, and will be able to enjoy another day of rest on Monday.
Pogacar stays in yellow
The yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar had wavered in the last hectometers of Mont Ventoux in the middle of the week, in the face of repeated assaults from Jonas Vingegaard. The Jumbo-Visma rider harassed the Slovenian title holder again at the height of the slope, on the climb to the Beixalis pass. Isolated from the ascent of Port d’Envalira, Pogacar ran cleverly, controlling the tempo and changes of pace to guard against the attacks of his rivals.
Yet all of them tried to win it. Even Rigoberto Uran carried an attack. Pogacar, however, managed to respond calmly, without too much difficulty. The yellow jersey is still firmly attached to his shoulders at the start of the last week. On the other hand, the French Guillaume Martin, second overall this morning, less than five minutes from the leader (4’04) – the only one in his case -, lost big on the finish line, with a 9th place in the general classification at the end of this 15th stage.
The climber of the Cofidis training has long accompanied the best. It was only at the top of Port d’Envalira that he lost his footing, giving way to the group of favorites on the descent, and nearly four minutes on the finish line. Behind Tadej Pogacar, Rigoberto Uran (+ 05’18) is the new runner-up in the yellow jersey, ahead of the Dane Jonas Vingegaard (+ 05’32).