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Kristoff wins again as Bauer suffers heartbreak on stage 15 of Tour de France

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:34 AM
Katusha team rider Alexander Kristoff of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 222km 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Tallard and Nimes on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NIMES, France (REUTERS) - Norway's Alexander Kristoff claimed his second Tour de France victory when he won a bunch sprint to take Sunday's 15th stage after the peloton reined in the day's breakaway in the final straight.

New Zealand's Jack Bauer, who broke clear with Swiss Martin Elminger, was caught by the chasing pack less than 100m from the line.

Bauer, who finished 10th after seeing the sprinters whizz past him, was in tears after his 222km effort came to nothing in the final metres.

Katusha rider Kristoff, who won the 12th stage on Thursday, won the race to the line as he edged out Australian Heinrich Haussler and Slovakian Peter Sagan, second and third respectively.

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