A total of 198 racers from 22 teams arrived in Utrecht on Thursday for the start of the 2015 Tour de France. The racers were presented to the public at an outdoor festival in Lepelenburg Park, where fans gathered to see their favourite cyclists
Dutch National Champion Johnny Hoogerland has won the Saturday ‘Profronde van Tiel’, a one day race held every summer in Tiel. The rider from Vacansoleil defeated at the finish Bauke Mollema of team Belkin, the number 6 of the Tour de France, in a sprint à deux. At an appropriate distance Bobbie Traksel became third.
In Tiel a separate race for women also took place, which was won by Marianne Vos. The Olympic and world champion defeated in the final sprint Dutch champion Lucinda Brand, her teammate at Rabobank-Liv/Giant. Ellen van Dijk finished third.
Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam, ‘Bau and Lau’, took part in the first ‘criterium’ after the Tour de France in Boxmeer, Limburg. The winner of the Tour de France, Christopher Froome was not present in Boxmeer, but rode the criterium in Aalst Belgium, and won.
Christopher Froome took the win in the tough TT over 32km with two category 2 climbs. Only the Spanish Alberto Contador and Joaquin Rodriguez came close to the yellow jersey.
During the exciting finale of stage 16, Alberto Contador fell during the descent almost causing Chris Froome to fall too.
Stage 16 from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap started immediately with attacks. No attacks from the contenders of the general classifications but from riders who desperately want to earn some money. The first break out was of a group of 20 riders where later on 11 more cyclists joined. This group didn’t make it and was caught after just 29km.
While on Friday his main competitors won time on Froome, he put everything back to order on Sunday when he won the stage to Mount Ventoux.
Friday was a very surprising stage. Stage 13, which was supposed to be a ‘boring’ one, became a thriller instead. It was well-known that the riders would encounter hard winds during the flat stage. Only a few teams saw the advantage of these hard winds.
Stage 11, an individual TT over 33km from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel, was powerfully won by the German rider Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.