Kuss claims Tour de France stage 15 win as Pogacar increases overall lead

Sepp Kuss
Sepp Kuss’s stage victory was his first at the Tour de France

America’s Sepp Kuss attacked on the final climb to breakaway and win stage 15 of the Tour de France, as Tadej Pogacar increased his overall lead.

Kuss went clear of the leading breakaway group on the ride up the Col de Beixalis with 19km remaining of the 191.3km stage to Andorre-La-Vieille.

It was the third of three punishing mountain passes, which saw Guillaume Martin slip from second overall.

Pogacar reacted well to attacks to strengthen his overall advantage.

More to follow.

Stage 15 results

1. Sepp Kuss (US/Jumbo Visma) 5hrs 12mins 06secs

2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +23secs

3. Wout Poels (Ned/Bahrain-Victorious) 1mins 15secs

4. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Astana) Same time

5. Ruben Guerreiro (Por/EF Education-Nippo)

6, Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic)

7. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)

8. Dan Martin (Ire/Israel Start-Up Nation) 1mins 22secs

9. Franck Bonnamour (Fra/B&B Hotels) Same time

10. Aurelien Paret-Peintre (Fra/AG2R Citroen)

General classification after stage 15:

1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 62hrs 07mins 18secs

2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education Nippo) + 5mins 18secs

3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo Visma) +5mins 32secs

4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers) +5mins 33secs

5. Ben O’Connor (Aus/AG2R Citroen) +5mins 58secs

6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Bora-Hansgrohe) +6mins 16secs

7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) +7mins 01secs

8. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +7mins 11secs

9. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +7mins 58secs

10. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain-Victorious) +10mins 59secs

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