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Dan Martin still in Tour de France top 10 as Pantano takes Sunday stage

Chris Froome still holds the yellow jersey after today’s 15th stage.

Image: Christophe Ena

COLOMBIA’S JARLINSON PANTANO outsprinted Rafal Majka of Poland to win  today’s 15th stage of the Tour de France.

The pair played cat and mouse in the final kilometre of 160 at the end of the mountainous stage from Bourg en Bresse to Culoz.

Majka, who has won three Tour stages previously, launched his sprint first but Pantano was too quick.

Race leader Chris Froome and Ireland’s ninth-placed rider Dan Martin came over the line in a peloton just over three minutes later.

Pantano and Majka were part of an original 30-man breakaway inside the first 20km on the first of six categorised climbs.

On the last categorised climb of the day, the Grand Colombier ‘laces’, the group was down to two with Majka dropping Pantano before the summit.

The Colombian was caught by Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach, and they crested the top 24sec behind the Pole with 15km to ride. But on the descent Pantano left Reichenbach behind and caught Majka before proving strongest in the sprint.

Tour de France 2016 - Stage 15 - Bourg-en Brisse to Culoz Source: Peter Dejong

Majka did at least reclaim the King of the Mountains jersey from Belgium’s Thomas De Gendt. Frenchman Alexis Vuillermoz outsprinted Reichenbach for third.

The only change amongst the top 10 saw American Tejay Van Garderen lose almost a minute and a half and fall from sixth to eighth.

Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands remains second at 1:47 behind Froome with young Briton Adam Yates third at 2:45.

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