After averaging over 200 kilometers in their last three stages, riders on the 2012 Tour de France have to be relieved to only be riding 158.5 kilometers for Stage 15's trek from Samatan to Pau on Monday. The riders will get a rest Tuesday, before going through more treacherous climbs Wednesday with the start of the Pyrenees. Monday's stage features only a few moderate climbs, all compacted within the final 50 kilometers of the ride.
Bradley Wiggins will wear the yellow jersey as the leader in the overall classification. He finished over 15 minutes off the lead Sunday after suffering a punctured tire thanks to tacks some fans had thrown into the road. The tacks affected approximately 30 riders, but didn't affect the top of the leaderboard much. Wiggins still leads by 2:05 over Sky Procycling teammate Christopher Froome. Tejay Van Garderen is still the top-ranked American in seventh place at 6:57 off the lead.
Stage 15 will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. It will also be shown on Tour de France Live, available online with a subscription.
For updated standings, visit http://tourdefrance.nbcsports.com/standings.
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