Third Tour de France stage win for Sagan as Thomas retains lead

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Riders will enjoy the final rest day of the race tomorrow.

It wasn't all good news for Team Sky however, as it was later announced their rider Gianni Moscon has been disqualified from the Tour.

He's really disappointed. He's let himself down, he's let his team down and now he's gone home.

"I would like to offer my honest apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident". He was then accused of deliberately causing another rider, Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ), to crash during the Tre Valli Varesine, with the Swiss rider alleging that Moscon had done it in retribution for his role in bringing the Reza incident to light.

Throughout the race, spectators have voiced their disapproval of the Team Sky rider.

A group of more than 40 stragglers, which included talented French sprinter Arnaud Démare, were quickly dropped during the stage's lumpy start, while at the front a determined group of 29 riders made a breakaway stick, allowed to go because none carried much threat to yellow.

Briton Geraint Thomas keeps the yellow jersey after finishing ahead of his rivals.

With the Pyrenees looming, Thomas had his last calm ride wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday.

Thomas is now wearing the yellow jersey, but four-time champion Froome is his nearest challenger just a minute and 39 seconds behind.

That break will precede a stretch in the Pyrenees that will feature three mountain stages before an individual time trial on the Tour's penultimate day.

Thomas continues to lead Froome by one minute and 39 seconds, with Dumoulin a further 11 seconds back.

Jasper Stuyven of Belgium finished third, also six seconds back, and three-time world champion Peter Sagan came fourth. Primoz Roglic was fourth at 2:38 behind and Romain Bardet 3:21 behind in fifth.

Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France.

So far, Thomas and Froome have not attacked each other, but that uneasy truce could be put to the test as the race enters its decisive phase.

The Tour will finish in Paris on Sunday, where Froome is bidding to make history by winning it for the fifth time and double Olympic champion Thomas is attempting to win it for the very first time.

"It's about keeping those guys behind us, not riding against each other and letting somebody else win", said Thomas.

He added: "For me it's the highlight of my career, and it's a massive honour and privilege to be wearing the jersey".

"I always kept a little back so I was able to respond if they attack", said the 25-year-old Cort Nielsen, who gave Astana back-to-back wins the day after teammate Omar Fraile claimed Stage 14.

But Poland's Rafal Majka, who has three Tour stage wins to his name, jumped away from the group and chased the duo down, whizzing past them to reach the top of the Pic de Nore, a 12.3-km climb at an average gradient of 6.3 percent, in first position.