Søren Kragh Andersen has successfully completed this Tour de France flight for the second time. The Dane of Sunweb crossed the finish line solo in Champagnole.
The sprinters decided today not to wait for a bunch sprint, but to go on an adventure themselves. With thirty kilometres to go, Sam Bennett, Peter Sagan and Matteo Trentin (the top three of the points classification) attacked. Still, it wasnt a battle between the fast men, because Kragh Andersen outsmarted the group of sprinters.
Earlier this Tour de France, Kragh Andersen also won the fourteenth stage. The victory of the 26-year old Dane meant the third days success for Sunweb this Tour de France
Two victories in one Tour de France, Im speechless, said Kragh Andersen. I could never have dreamed of a better scenario
Michael Gogl and Jonathan Castroviejo decided not to start this morning. Along the way, Lukas Pöstlberger also squeezed the brakes, after being stung in his mouth by a bee. The Bora-rider had an allergic reaction and had to go to hospital. During the stage his team said he was doing better again
After several unsuccessful attempts, Rémi Cavagna managed to make a serious hole with the peloton. Dylan van Baarle, among others, counterattacked, but nobody managed to join the Frenchman of Deceuninck-QuickStep.
Cavagna never got a big lead. The peloton, led by Bora, gave the French time trial champion a maximum of two minutes.
With still fifty kilometres to go, just before the intermediate sprint, the peloton once again broke away. Benoît Cosnefroy, Pierre Rolland and Luke Rowe joined Cavagna a little later.
Behind the leading group Bennett won the sprint in the peloton and took the remaining eleven points in the intermediate sprint. The wearer of the green jersey thus reached 309 points in the points classification and finished a little further ahead of his closest attackers Sagan and Trentin.
After the intermediate sprint, Greg Van Avermaet and Søren Kragh Andersen, among others, decided to attempt a bunch sprint in Champagnole, but Sagans team did not agree. Thanks to Boras header, everyone was back together again 35 kilometres from the finish.
Sprinters on an adventure
However, it did not calm things down in the peloton. Bennett, Sagan and Trentin now decided to attack themselves and, together with nine others, quickly made a gap of more than two minutes.
Kragh Andersen was also in the lead again and the Dane had no intention of resigning himself to a sprint in the streets of Champagnole. He rode away from the leading group and isolated this Tour for the second time to stage win