Tour de France Glance
MONT VENTOUX, France -- A brief look at Sunday's 15th stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: A swelteringly hot day in the picturesque Provence region on Bastille Day -- France's national day -- saw tens of thousands of fans pack the roadsides. The race's longest stage started in Givors in the Rhone wine-making region and spanned 151 miles. It ended with a grueling 13-mile ascent of the famed Mont Ventoux, where Britain's Tom Simpson collapsed and died during the 1967 Tour.
Winner: British rider Chris Froome showed why he is the Tour favorite, making a powerful surge during the climb that proved too much for his main rival, Alberto Contador, who lagged behind in sixth place. Colombian Nairo Quintana stayed with Froome initially but finished 29 seconds behind in second place. Spaniard Mikel Nieve was third, 1:23 behind.
Yellow Jersey: Froome. He is once again in a very comfortable position with one week of racing left, leading Dutchman Bauke Mollema by 4 minutes, 14 seconds, and Contador by 4:25.
Stat of the day: 1:40. The time gap between Froome and Contador, who once again was unable to keep up with Froome when he attacked.
Quote of the day: "This is massive. Everyone wanted to win this stage today, on Bastille Day, being on top of Mont Ventoux" -- Froome, reflecting on winning the Tour's epic climb.
What's next: Monday is a much needed rest day for the exhausted riders. Tuesday's 16th stage is a 104-mile medium mountain stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap in the Alps.
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