Leader Vingegaard hits the deck at Tour

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Belgian Jasper Philipsen has claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France when he won a bunch sprint to take the 15th stage - but overall leader Jonas Vingegaard suffered a bad day with a fall.

Alpecin-Deceuninck rider Philipsen timed his effort to perfection on Sunday to beat compatriot Wout van Aert and Dane Mads Pedersen, second and third respectively.

Vingegaard retained the yellow jersey but only after hitting the deck and losing two of his Jumbo-Visma teammates as Steven Kruijswijk crashed out and Primoz Roglic did not take the start of the 202.5-km ride from Rodez after failing to recover from injuries.

With temperature above 40 degrees celsius, organisers sprayed parts of the road with water to cool down the melting tar before the riders passed.

Nils Politt and Mikkel Honore built up an advantage of about two and a half minutes over the peloton while Michael Morkov was dropped early on and suffered an ordeal alone at the back.

The breakaway was reined in with 50km left, shortly after Vingegaard crashed along with teammate Tiesj Benoot.

Vingegaard made it back into the peloton and still leads defending champion Tadej Pogacar by two minutes and 22 seconds.

Two Frenchmen, Alexis Gougeard and Benjamin Thomas, attacked with 48 kilometres remaining.

Thomas, a track pursuit specialist, went solo in the finale but was caught 500 metres from the line, leaving the French riders still waiting for their first stage win in this edition.

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