CENTRAL Victorian cycling star Zak Dempster and the rest of the Tour de France field rode through pouring rain for much of Sunday’s 15th stage.
The finish to the 222km duel from Tallard to Nimes was one of the most dramatic in Tour history.
The peloton, main pack, caught breakaway riders Jack Bauer from New Zealand and Switzerland’s Martin Emiger just 50km from the line.
They had been away from the first kilometre.
The stage was won by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff.
Dempster and his NetApp-Endura team-mates worked hard for Leopold Konig who is eighth overall and 9.32 minutes behined race leader Vincenzo Nibali.
“All good today, kept Leo out of trouble. But I am definitely happy it’s the rest day tomorrow,” Dempster tweeted.
It’s the first Tour de France for Dempster and all of his team-mates.
Dempster is 155th in the field of 171.
Riders head to the Alps on Tuesday.
The 237.5km stage is from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon