Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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119 mi
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14,366 ft
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Climbs of Stage 15 (Mountain stage 4)
1) Montee de Mont-Louis (category 1) - Wouter Poels (NED)
2) Col de Puymorens (category 2) - Wout van Aert (BEL)
3) Port D'Envalira (category 1) - Nairo Quintana (COL)
4) Collada de Breixalis - Encamp (category 1)  -  Sepp Kuss (USA) 

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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 15:  MOUNTAIN STAGE 4

191 km / 4379m

CÉRET > ANDORRE-LA-VIEILLE

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

Official pre-race summary for Stage 15 (July 11):

AT THE PEAK OF THE TOUR

Stage 13 was a pre-Pyrenean stage, in the Pyrenees but not in the big mountains. Stage 14 is more serious. The course features non categorized climbs like the col de Fourtou (km 18) and the col du Calvaire coming after the unprecedented Montée de Mont-Louis (cat. 1, km 86.3), the day after the col de Saint-Louis that propelled Bauke Mollema to a well-deserved stage victory, but also the highest point of the highest peak of the 108th Tour de France, the Port d’Envalira at 2408m of altitude, thus renamed souvenir Henri Desgrange. The last climb is col de Beixalis in Andorra with 14.8km to go to the downhill finish to Andorra-la-Vella. Andorra is where Tadej Pogacar won his first Grand Tour stage at La Vuelta in 2019, it’s also where he’s likely to seal his second overall victory at the Tour de France.  Letour.fr - Stage 15

Official post-race summary for Stage 15 (July 11):

FIRST KISS FOR SEPP KUSS

Sepp Kuss put an end to a ten years drought as Tyler Farrar was the last American stage winner at the Tour de France in Redon in 2011. The climber from Jumbo-Visma outclassed Alejandro Valverde and the rest of the leading riders up to col de Beixalis to claim a solo victory at Andorra-la-Vella ahead of the Spanish veteran while Wout Poels, the new King of the Mountains, rounded out the podium. Tadej Pogacar retained the yellow jersey.

32 riders in the lead

149 riders took the start of stage 15 at 12.29. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) was first to go clear off the peloton at km 3.5 in the non-categorized climb to col de Llauro. Seven riders caught up with as well as a bigger group of chasers. 32 riders gathered in the lead at km 35: Steven Kruijswijk, Sepp Kuss, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Jonathan Castroviejo, Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers), Dan Martin, Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), Vincenzo Nibali, Julien Bernard, Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Julian Alaphilippe, Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), David Gaudu, Bruno Armirail, Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Rubén Fernández (Cofidis), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Ag2r-Citröen), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), Ruben Guerreiro, Neilson Powless (EF Education-Nippo), Mark Donovan (DSM), Matej Mohoric, Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Ion Izagirre (Astana), Sergio Henao (Qhubeka-NextHash), Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies), Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM) and De Gendt. UAE Team Emirates got organised at the head of the peloton with Norway’s Vegard Stake Laengen pulling tirelessly.

Great battle for the polka dot jersey

A time gap of 8’45’’ was recorded at the intermediate sprint at Olette (km 66) where Nacer Bouhanni, suffering alone in front of the broom wagon, called it a race twenty minutes after Matthews crossed the line first. Following splits in the breakaway, Armirail decided to impose a steady pace at the head of the leading group with his team-mates Madouas and Gaudu on his wheel. A maximum difference of 10’10’’ was noted with 72km to go. Poels won the KOM at Montée de Saint-Louis (km 86) before van Aert and Woods. At col de Puymorens, the same top 3 was in a different order: van Aert, Poels, Woods. Quintana waited for Port d’Envalira, the highest peak of the 108th Tour de France, to go solo 1.5km before the summit and take the maximum of 10 KOM points 15’’ before van Aert, Poels and Woods. 17 riders formed the front group in the downhill with an advantage of 5’ over the yellow jersey group from which runner up Guillaume Martin was ejected in the descent.

Kuss betters Valverde

Quintana attacked again at the beginning of the ascent to col de Beixalis but he was quickly brought back. Gaudu tried his luck briefly. Valverde wanted to follow Kuss but it was the American from Jumbo-Visma who rode away solo 5km before the summit. They were separated by 25’’ at the top and the downhill didn’t modify the race scenario. In the yellow jersey group, mimicking two attempts by Ben O’Connor, Jonas Vingegaard strongly attacked twice but Pogacar reacted with no fret. Rigoberto Uran, Vingegaard and Carapaz remained with the race leader to regain their positions on GC over Martin who dropped back to ninth where he was before stage 14.  Letour.fr - Stage 15

Stage 15 Climbs

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Montee de Mont-Louis

1

Wouter Poels (NED)

10

unk

Col de Puymorens

2

Wout van Aert (BEL)

5

Iván Garcia Cortina, Carlos Verona (tied)

13:354 / 17.1

Port D'Envalira

1

Nairo Quintana (COL)

10

Damiano Caruso

24:49 / 16.3

Collada de Beixalis - Encamp

1

Sepp Kuss (USA)

10

Pavel Sivakov

19:36 / 12.3

STAGE 15 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

Map of Tour de France 2021 Stage 15, Ceret to Andorre-la-Vielle

Official Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 15. 

Stage 15 of the 2021 Tour de France

2021 Tour de France Stage 15. 

Stage 15:

  • Distance: 191 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 4,379 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 42% flat or descent
  • 39% 0-5%
  • 17% 5-10%
  • 1% 10-15%
  • Steepest (on Col de Beixalis):
  • 500 meters 13.8%
  • 1 Kilometer 13.2%
  • Highest Point on the Route: 2,408 meters (Port d’Envalira)
  • Lowest Point on the Route: 182 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 15:

“A start in Céret for the first ever time, a first stop in the Pyrénées-Orientales area since 2009 and Thomas Voeckler’s victory in Perpignan, a journey through Prades, Font-Romeu, the col de Puymorens, the Port d'Envalira and Beixalis with slopes that are as tough to climb as they are tricky to descend: the Principality will crown a real king of the mountains” (Tour de France Stage 15).

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 15 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 1) - MONTÉE DE MONT-LOUIS 

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CLIMB 2 (CAT 2) - COL DE PUYMORENS

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CLIMB 3 (CAT 1) - PORT D'ENVALIRA (HIGHEST POINT OF 2021 TDF 2408M)

PRIZE - SOUVENIR HENRI DESGRANGE

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CLIMB 4 (CAT 1 / BONUS POINTS) - COL DE BEIXALIS

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EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)