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Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 15 route updates today as Wout van Aert enters the breakaway

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Wout van Aert leads the race with Nils Politt

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Follow live updates from Stage 15 of the Tour de France, on a day that should be set for sprinters after a grueling week in the Alps and two transition days for the breakaway. Michael Matthews takes his first stage victory in the Tour de France in five yesterday, beating Alberto Bettiol and Thibaut Pinot on the steep Côte de la Croix Neuve in a perfect race from the breakaway. He launched his attack 50km from the finish and almost lost the stage when Bettiol overtook him 2km from the finish. Matthews dug deep in sweltering conditions to reach the top first and slid the final 1.5 miles to take the win.

Holder of the yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard held twice by attacks from the GC candidate and reigning Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar to tactfully hold onto his lead but Geraint Thomas pulled away from the lead despite finishing third in the standings. A remarkable run by South African Louis Meintjes propelled him into the top 10 of the GC by finishing more than 10 minutes ahead of the other contenders.

Today Fabio Jakobsen, Dylan Groenewegen and Jasper Philipsen will be aiming for a stage victory here, but one man stands in their way. Wout van Aert has already won two stages of this year’s race and will want to continue dominating the green jersey competition. Can anyone beat him in Carcassonne?

Follow all the action of stage 15 of the Tour de France:

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

It should be noted that due to today’s extreme weather conditions, many rules have been relaxed to allow runners to stay hydrated and the time limit has also been extended so that wrestlers can afford to relax. . Water canisters can be taken at any time during the race, where normally they cannot be taken until at least 30 km.

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

The pace of the peloton is so high that there are already several breaks in the peloton, with a few riders already slipping at the back. One of them is Michael Morkov, the leader of QuickStep, which means that Fabio Jakobsen will have to win this stage without his bodyguard.

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

The breakaway trio moved away about 1 min 40 s from the main chasing pack.

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

Simon Clarke bids farewell to the Tour, one he will never forget:

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

185km to cover: We have a first three-man breakaway and, oddly enough, Van Aert is one of them – he does what he wants on this Tour and more often than not it happens, although I’m surprised he didn’t just sit and expected a bunch sprint later in the day. They are: Wout van Aert, Nils Politt and Mikkel Frolich Honoré.

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Tour de France 2022 – stage 15

What do we think today, then? I want a small breakaway to form early and take a lead of four to five minutes but no more, while teams like Alpecin-Deceuninck of Jasper Philipsen, Jumbo-Visma of Wout van Aert, QuickStep of Fabio Jakobsen , Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal and Dylan of BikeExchange Groenewegen did everything in his power to keep the pace of the peloton at a high pace in order to force a bunch sprint for the stage victory.

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Stage 15 is underway!

Christian Prudhomme sticks his head out of the sunroof in what remains the cheapest part of the world’s biggest cycle race… and with a snap of his arm, off you go!

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Map and profile of stage 15

A preview of today’s route – is it a day for the man in the green jersey, Wout van Aert?

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And Roglic is not the only one to withdraw …

Magnus Cort Nielsen and Simon Clarke became the latest victims of COVID-19 on the Tour de France when the two stage winners were pulled from the race by their respective teams on Sunday.

“Magnus Cort woke up this morning with a headache and fever and has since tested positive for COVID-19. He will not take the start of stage 15 of the Tour de France. His medical evaluation is ongoing,” his EF-Easy Post said in a statement.

Dane Cort Nielsen won the 10th stage in Megève.

“After a routine internal test carried out by the team, unfortunately Simon Clarke returned a positive Covid test. Therefore, Simon will not start stage 15,” Israel-Premier Tech said of its driver. Australian.

Clarke won the fifth stage of the Tour at Arenberg.

The withdrawals of Clarke and Cort Nielsen mean eight riders have now been withdrawn from the Tour due to COVID-19.

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News flash: Primoz Roglic has abandoned the Tour de France

Primoz Roglic suffered further from the heartbreak of the Tour de France when he retired from the race on Sunday to recover from injuries sustained in a crash in the first week.

“To allow my injuries to heal properly, we decided not to start today,” Roglic said before the start of Stage 15, a 202.5km race to Carcassonne.

Roglic, who suffered a dislocated shoulder and a back injury when he crashed on stage five, had sacrificed his own chances this week with repeated attacks that eventually allowed teammate Jonas Vingaard to take the lead from defending champion Tadej Pogacar.

“I am proud of my contribution to the current standings and I am confident that the team will achieve our yellow (shirt) and green (points classification shirt) ambitions,” added Roglic.

A Tour favorite for the third year in a row, Roglic has now dropped out of the last two editions after dropping out before stage six last year following a crash on stage three.

Two years ago he took a decisive lead in the final time trial, only to crack and lose top spot to Pogacar.

Roglic can now focus on his recovery to take part in the Vuelta a Espana, which starts next month, and will hope to become the first rider to win the race four times in a row.

Primoz Roglic on the road after an accident towards the end of the fifth stage

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Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 15 route updates today as Wout van Aert enters the breakaway

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