Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) claimed his second stage win in Nîmes after the peloton caught the two gallant breakaway riders in a thrilling finale. The day’s breakaway of Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) had their dreams of a Tour stage win crushed when they were caught heartbreakingly close of the finish line, with an exhausted Bauer swallowed up by the peloton only meters before the finish line. It was one of those rare sprinter stages which nearly didn’t go to script and of course we all wanted the underdogs to take the win.

It was a day that Jack Bauer and the fans will never forget, and exactly the type of thing that makes this sport so gripping.

Read the full race report and results from Stage 15 of the 2014 Tour de France here.

Read Jack Bauer’s reaction to his disappointing stage here.

Enjoy the photos from stage 15 courtesy of BrakeThrough Media (follow on Instagram and Twitter) and Cor Vos.