Nielsen wins 15th stage, Thomas still in yellow

Focused Chris Froome at the start of yesterday’s stage

Magnus Cort brings Astana Pro Team a second stage win in a row, taking stage 15 in a ideal sprint from a breakaway group, in the streets of Carcassonne, Kazinform has learned from the team's media office.

The general classification was unchanged after the Geraint Thomas (Sky) led peloton switched off for the day and rolled in some 13 minutes after the stage victor.

The Welshman was safe in the bunch and will take the race lead into the final rest day and on to the Pyrenees.

"(Dumoulin) can really pace himself", Thomas said.

Britain's Geraint Thomas (R), and Sky teammate Chris Froome are in pole position to win the 105th edition of the Tour de France.

Thomas kept his advantage of 1 minute, 39 seconds over team-mate and defending champion Froome before the race's second rest today.

"Anything can happen. Three big days in the Pyrenees to come plus a hard time trial".

Astana Pro Team rider Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark wins the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France. The attacks came thick and fast, including attempts from the likes of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal). Reading comments on social media from people saying: "'Since justice wasn't served, we'll serve it from the side of the road.' That's basically an outright threat", he said. He tried a getaway while going up the Pic de Nore climb at 40 kilometers from the finish but was reeled in on the way down.

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Astana's Nielsen outsprinted Jon Izagirre of Bahrain-Merida and Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo, the first three home from a 29-man breakaway which had been allowed to get away by the peloton.

But Astana rider Fraile, who claimed his maiden Giro d'Italia stage past year following a long breakaway, was intent on ruining their party.

"The way I see it is I would rather be in this jersey and having the race of my life and getting booed or whatever than maybe being 30th and dropped at the first climb of the day and everyone cheering me", Thomas added.

It compounded a bittersweet day for the British outfit, who saw team leader and four-time champion Chris Froome spat at and pushed heavily by one of the many over-enthusiastic fans who line the 13.8km route to the summit.

Cort found his way to the front after the attacks started inside the final 10km, ending up accompanied by a duo of veritable non-sprinters in Izagirre and Mollema.

Serge Pauwels of Dimension Data was knocked out of the race after breaking his right elbow in a crash near the end.

On Tuesday the participants of the race will overcome another mountain stage with five vertices of the fourth, second and first categories.

Associated Press writers Ciaran Fahey and Joseph Wilson contributed.

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