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TDF 2023: TBV Rider Wout Poels Soloes to Victory on Stage 15

Fueled and cooled by Neversecond's new C30 Ice Gel, Poels soloes to his first-ever Grand Tour stage win

On his tenth Tour de France, veteran Team Bahrain Victorious rider Wout Poels soloed to his first-ever Grand Tour stage win atop Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc on Stage 15 of the 2023 Tour de France. The 35-year-old Dutch rider added his dream to his resume, which includes a monument win at Liège Bastogne Liège in 2016.


Wout Poels Wins Stage 15 of 2023 Tour de France


How it played out.

Fuelled by Neversecond energy gels and cooled with C30 Ice Gels, Poels joined the day’s breakaway with a group of over 30 riders, including teammate Mikel Landa and with around 50km to go, Poels followed Van Aert (Jumbo Visma) to latch on an earlier move made by Soler (UAE) on Col des Aravis. As the three closed in on the penultimate climb, Côtes des Amerands, Poels launched his attack leaving Van Aert behind and soloing to victory securing Team Bahrain Victorious’ second stage win at this year’s Tour de France.


Wout Poels Wins Stage 15 of 2023 Tour de France


In Total Disbelief

Poels, in disbelief, commented: “I always dreamed to win a stage at the Tour. I won a Monument and now a stage in the Tour. When you are young, you dream of it, look at all the people watching on TV and at the side of the road. The Tour is the Tour. I’ve had great memories at this race; this is my tenth. I’ve always worked for people, so it’s incredible to have my chance and achieve this dream. Yesterday I tried, and we didn’t manage to get much time, but today I went all in again. In the beginning, I wasn’t happy the group was so big, but we kept going, and I just had to follow the right moves, and when I saw [Wout] Van Aert following Soler on the downhill, I knew that was my ticket."


Wout Poels Wins Stage 15 of 2023 Tour de France


"I wanted to enjoy it in the last kilometre, but it was really steep, so I really kept going to the line, and what a hard stage to win. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for the team in the last month, and I still can’t believe it. It’s special to achieve this in honour of Gino."


Wout Poels Wins Stage 15 of 2023 Tour de France
Tour de France 2023 – 110th Edition – 15th stage Les Gets les Portes du Soleil – Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc 179km – 16/07/2023 – Wout Poels (NED – Bahrain – Victorious) – photo Kei Tsuji/SprintCyclingAgency ©2023


Wout's Picks

C30 Energy Gel: "Citrus and Berry flavour are my favourites."
C30 Sports Drink: "Some riders prefer the Citrus. I personally prefer the Forest Berry."
C30 Fuel Bar: "These are really great. Best bar I've ever used. I switch between Chocolate and Berry flavours."
C90 High Carb Drink Mix: "I prefer it to the C30 Sports Drink in the cooler months. A bottle an hour - easy."
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