News : Tour de France: Thibaut Pinot has not had enough yet


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Tour de France: Thibaut Pinot has not had enough yet


Scene of the stage: At the last climb Thibaut Pinot dared to attack. After his stage win on Tourmalet on Saturday, the Frenchman had not enough. Pinot drove away overall leader Julian Alaphilippe as well as last year's winner Geraint Thomas. One after the other he left behind and then also won the sprint for second place against Mikel Landa.

Result of the stage: Only for second place? Right, because with 33 seconds advantage of the Briton Simon Yates won on the 185.5 kilometer stage 15th from Limoux to Foix Prat d'Albis. His escape attempt from a top group was succeeded. The overall leader Alaphilippe lost a head start, on the final climb Geraint Thomas made with an attack 27 seconds on the French good. Click here for the stage report.

At the end of the forces : "I expected it to be difficult, I'm not disappointed, but just completely exhausted," Alaphilippe said at the finish line, "Thibaut Pinot drove well, and if I break up, I hope he'll hold up the French flag." Pinot has advanced to fourth place with strong performances, leaving him only 15 seconds from second place and 2:12 minutes from the yellow jersey. He is the second hope of the French.

Dozens of attacks: Many attacks determined the first hour of the race. It took about 50 kilometers to form a breakaway group. These included proven mountaineers such as Vincenzo Nibali, Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana. But with the stage victory they had nothing to do. All of them collapsed.

Please sign here: Over three mountains of the first category, the drivers had to torment on the last 80 kilometers. While some professionals are only concerned with their own suffering, Peter Sagan still had time to sign his book.

Moviestar, Moviestar: In the 14 stages so far, the top team Movistar had not been famed for fame, for example when the team at the Tourmalet made pace, but then lost to Captain Nairo Quintana. This time the tactics came up: Quintana drove in the breakaway with his helpers Marc Soler and Andrey Amador, who both dropped to also drive the second captain Mikel Landa forward. While Quintana could not compete in the final, Landa was third and moved up to seventh place in the overall standings.

Shattered dream: In 2015, Simon Geschke had already won a mountain finish at the Tour de France, on Sunday he dreamed of the Mur de Péguère of his second triumph. Alone attacked the 33-year-old in the breakaway group and won the mountain classification. But Simon Yates caught up with the Germans and together they drove the Prat d'Albis. But there Yates attacked and left Geschke. He was happy to have made at least a bit "Rambazamba" after the stage.

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"Rambazamba": Simon Geschke in front of Simon Yates

Buchmann again and again Best German was also in Foix again Emanuel Buchmann. Although he could not follow Pinot and briefly Egan Bernal. Stoisch drove the 26-year-old but his pace, even pulled Lennard Kämna and worked his way back to the rear tire of Bernal. Buchmann finished fourth and shortened the gap to third place. "It was also very good, like yesterday," he said on the ARD. "Pinot was a bit too strong for everyone else, I would say, but I'm very happy with the result."

The double hinault: Bernard Hinault is a French cycling legend. In Foix, two drivers jostled for him. Stage winner Yates is the first rider since Hinault in 1979 to win two Pyrenees stages on a tour. Already on the twelfth stage in Bagnères-de-Bigorre the Briton had triumphed. And crowd pleaser Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman since Hinault in 1985 who could wear the yellow jersey on eleven days of a tour.

What's next? First of all, raise your legs and relax. On Monday the second rest day of this year's tour awaits the still 164 riders. Then it goes on Tuesday with a 177-kilometer flat stage around Nîmes on. The sprinters will not let their last chance before Paris on a spurt finale. The riders can start quieter in the last week of the tour.


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