Norway’s Alexander Kristoff enjoyed his second victory at this year’s Tour De France after winning a sprint finish in Stage 15.
After two days in the Alps, Sunday’s 222km effort to Nimes was a relatively flat stage and perfect for the sprinters.
New Zealand’s Jack Bauer and Swiss Martin Elmiger formed the day’s break almost from the off.
The main bunch were happy to let the pair lead the way in the driving rain and wind.
As the two pace setters got ever closer to Nimes the peloton kicked into action and began the chase down.
With only a few metres away from glory the two escapees had company and lots of it.
The writing for Bauer and Elmiger was clearly on the wall.
Elmiger was the first to be swallowed up.
The main sprint contenders then gobbled up Bauer with ten metres to the line and set off for victory.
Kristoff proved to have more pace than the rest and crossed over to add stage 15 to his stage 12 triumph in St Etienne.
Heinrich Haussler and Peter Sagan rounded out the top three while having spent all day out front a frustrated Bauer had to settle for tenth.
There’s no change in the general classification with Italian Vincenzo Nibali leading the show four minutes and 37 seconds clear of Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.