Mitchelton-SCOTT active in the break again on stage 15 of the Tour de France

Sun 22 Jul 2018

South African champion Daryl Impey joined the breakaway for the second consecutive day on stage 15 of the Tour de France, today joined by Australian Damien Howson.

Former teammate Magnus Cort (Astana Pro Team) won the stage from the move, whilst Impey and Howson finished in the group two-minutes 31seconds down after Howson suffered in a fall in the final kilometre.

Early intentions:
Adam Yates exposed Mitchelton-SCOTT’s intentions early as the first rider to attack on stage 15. Initially alone and then on second attempt with two others for company, the peloton never seemed content with Yates’ move and they chase him back down.

A large 28 rider group formed shortly after with teammates Impey and Howson ensuring Mitchelton-SCOTT was well represented up front.

Another day for break
The large group worked together for most of the day as the peloton, led by Team Sky, were content to let them contest the stage again. 

Two riders approached the final and hardest climb of the day with a 50-second advantage but it wasn’t enough as the climbers began attacking behind, Rafael Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) looking the most threatening.

Majka was caught by a chase group, before it split once again and Cort won from a three-up sprint. 

Late crash for Howson:
An unfortunate crash on a corner in the final kilometre caught Howson out as he crashed to the ground with several others. 

Post-race scans confirmed a small fracture to the pisiform bone in his right hand but he is expected to be able to take to the start line after tomorrow’s rest day. 

Damien Howson:
“We wanted to be in the break again today. It’s the only way to have a chance now that the GC is so well defined. They are going to have their own battles in the GC but Sky are happy to let the breaks go down the road, so to contend for the stages you’ve got to be in those breaks and that’s what we will continue to do. 

“The strongest climbers attacked on the final climb and we chased over the top and through the valley until about 10km to go when we knew we were not going to be able to contest the win.

“Unfortunately, there was a bit of a crash on that final corner, we weren’t racing for the win and I don’t know what happened but it took down a few guys, myself included.

“I felt there was something wrong with my hand and the scans were just as a confirmation. I don’t feel too much and I will be ready to line up again on Tuesday.”

Tour de France – Stage 15 Results:
1. Magnus Cort (Astana Pro Team) 4:25:52
2. Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida) ST
3. Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) +0:02
17. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:31

Tour de France – General Classification after stage 15:
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 62:49:47
2. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +1:39
3. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +1:50
16. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +18:51 

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