Michael Matthews takes out sprint, Chris Froome bounces back during Stage 15: Tour de France

Stage 15 of the Tour de France has just wrapped up, bringing an unfortunate run of luck for British rider Chris Froome, a three-time winner of the Tour.

Froome managed to hold onto his yellow jersey, recovering from a puncture early in the stage. In an incredible 30-second wheel change, Froome rallied and managed to rejoin the peloton on the category one climb.

Chris Froome. Credit: TDF / © Tim De Waele

Chris Froome. Credit: TDF / © Tim De Waele

“It was almost as if I had to attack just to get back to the front group. I had to go very deep. I had to, I had no option. It was that or I didn’t go over the climb with the favourites.”

Despite his efforts, Dutch Trek-Degafredo cyclist Bauke Mollema claimed the stage victory.

“It’s really amazing,” Mollema said. “I’m so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France. I’ve worked for it so hard in the last few years. That was a big goal for me.”

Aussie Michael Matthews won the intermediate sprint, sitting 79 points behind Marcel Kittel in the points classification.

Michael Matthews. Credit: Tim De Waele

Michael Matthews. Credit: Tim De Waele

The final week of the Tour will decide the winner of the general classification. A mere 29 seconds separates the top four cyclists. Critics are calling this the closest Tour in recent history.

Watch the summary video of Stage 15 below.

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