Saturday July 13th, 2013

Stage 14Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule / Lyon

Start 12h40 (Local time)

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Stage summary13.07.2013Trentin: the premier Italian stage winner in the 100th Tour

A group of 14 came to the finish of the 14th stage after being on the attack for 150km; the escape would last the distance on the road to Lyon and the winner would come from a selection that worked very hard to gain time on the peloton in the opening two hours. It was a closely fought battle for line honours but ultimately Matteo Trentin of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep had the strength - and the wits - to relegate his escape companions to the minor places. He has been a vital member of the...

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interview13.07.2013Movistar back in the game

Defeated unexpectedly in stage 13, the Spanish Movistar squad has straightened itself up again on the road to Lyon and won its fourth stage as a team. This is due to the gaps created in the break by José Joaquin Rojas – fourth in the 14thstage – and escape companion Imanol Erviti (15th). The previous leaders of the overall ranking seemed almost doomed after losing 20 minutes to Saxo-Tinkoff yesterday but it has returned to second place, just 2'26” behind the Danish team. Belkin Pro...

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interview13.07.2013Peter Sagan: I don't know what to expect

With an escape of 18 up the road, the leader of the green jersey didn't win any points in stage 14 but nor did any of his rivals.

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interview13.07.2013Julien Simon: "With more turns, it could have happened"

Sojasun has been chasing something to celebrate from its three starts in the Tour de France and, in Lyon, Julien Simon nearly claimed a stage... instead he has a red number as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

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interview13.07.2013Pierre Rolland: "The two, it would be huge!"

The leader of the climbing classification was asked what he'd prefer: to win on Mont Ventoux or claim the polka-dot jersey of the 100th Tour. He'd like both...

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interview13.07.2013Michal Kwiatkowski: "I'm a little bit scared about Mont Ventoux..."

Omega Pharma-Quickstep picked up its third win in four days and Michel Kwiatkowksi continues to lead the youth classification but he confessed that tomorrow might be his last day in the white jersey. Before he considers Mont Ventoux, however, he's happy to celebrate the victory of his team-mate Matteo Trentin.

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interview13.07.2013Chris Froome: "We're doing pretty well at the moment"

In Lyon, rather than talking about what was a rather rudimentary stage as the overall leader, Chris Froome spoke about what is to come on the day of the race to Mont Ventoux...

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interview13.07.2013Matteo Trentin: "It's my first win as a pro"

His role on the formidable Omega Pharma-Quickstep team is to be part of a lead-out train but on the day 23-year-old Matteo Trentin had a chance to race for himself, he became a winner at the Tour de France. He timed his sprint like a veteran but confessed in interviews afterwards that it is, in fact, his first win as a pro.

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Sporting stakes12.07.2013The lesson from stage 13? Expect anything!

Don't be lulled into thinking that because the profile is flat, that the race will be a rudimentary one. That seemed to be the thinking of most after stage 12: no climbs in stage 13... oh, another bunch sprint at the finish. Oh no, far from it in fact! Yes, a sprint specialist – the best of his generation – won his 25th stage on the second Friday of the 100th Tour de France. Mark Cavendish marked Peter Sagan and then disposed of him in the finale as though the green jersey wearer was...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:03Peloton home 7'17" behind Trentin

The yellow jersey has finished the 14th stage in 22nd place. He was part of the bunch that finished 7'17" behind the stage winner, Matteo Trentin.

16:58First stage win for Italy in the 100th Tour

Matteo Trentin (OPQ) has given Italy its first stage win in the 2013 Tour de France. He came past Albasini in the final 25 metres and yet had the confidence to throw a victory salute right on the line despite winning by about the length of a wheel.

16:57Voigt and Millar home: 4'21" behind Trentin

The last two of the escape group have finished 4'21" behind the stage winner.

16:56The peloton: 3km from the line...

The stage has been decided and there has been no attack from the peloton in the final kilometres. The Sky team is currently at the head of the peloton and Saxo-Tinkoff are tucked, respectfully, behind the tean of Froome's team.

16:55Trentin claims his first Tour stage victory!

The top five in the 14th stage is:

1. Matteo Trentin (ITA) OPQ- 191km in 4h15'11"

2. Michael Albasini (SUI) OGE

3. Andrew Talansky (USA) GRS

4. José Joaquim Rojas (ESP) MOV

5. Egoitz Erviti (ESP) MOV

16:53Trentin gives Omega Pharma-Quickstep another stage win...

Matteo Trentin has beat Albasini with a stunning final sprint. The Italian has won his first Tour de France stage in Lyon!

16:52Albasini leading in final kilometre

Albasini is now marking Geschke as the sprint is about to start to decide the winner of stage 14.

Now Bakelants attacks but Albasini has got him covered...

16:51Burghardt about to catch Simon

Burghardt and Albasini have caught the stage leader just before the flamme rouge.

16:512km to go: Simon leads by 10"

With 2km to go, Simon is still in the lead but he's starting to pedal in squares after a sustained effort that began with 15km to go. He is just 8" ahead...

16:49Bak hunts Simon...

Bak (LTB) is leading the pursuit of Simon who is just 14" ahead of the Danish rider.

16:49Van Garderen dropped

The acceleration from Burghardt has eliminated his team-mate Van Garderen from the chase group...

16:48Kadri caught...

Kadri had been with van Garderen in pursuit of Simon but the AG2R rider is now with the 13 others as Burghardt launches a big surge down the right side of the road.

16:47Julien Simon wins 'Fighting Spirit' award

Simon may yet win the stage but he will attend the podium protocol eitherway as he has been voted the winner of the red race number as the most aggressive rider in stage 14.

16:46Simon leads by 13"

Van Garderen and Kadri are in pursuit of Simon who is inside the final 5km of the stage with a lead of just 13".

16:456km to go: Simon leads by 15"

Simon has a chance of given the Sojasun team it's first Tour de France stage win. He is inside the final 6km and has a lead of 15" on the other escapees. Albasini is now leading the pursuit.

16:44Van Garderen on the attack...

Van Garderen came off the wheel of Burghardt and is now on the attack with Brutt (KAT) and Gautier (EUC) on his wheel. They are 15" behind Simon (SOJ).

16:43Sky leading the peloton

The peloton continues to be led by the Sky team. There have been no attacks from this group but they are yet to reach the final two hills... and the pace of the bunch is extremely high as Kennaugh set the pace and tries to nulify the urge from any of Froome's rivals to attack.

16:42Kadri about to be caught...

Kadri is in sight of the other escapees but Simon is still on his own at the front of the stage. He is 25" ahead of the 15 chasers.

16:4110km to go: Simon in the lead

Simon is still on his own and powering ahead of Kadri and the 14 other escapees. He is inside the final 10km of the stage and he's going to take the 1 point for the cote de la Croix-Rousse...

16:4014 riders at 38"

Kadri is 20" behind Simon but the other 14 from the escape are now at 38".

16:39Climbing in the big chainring...

Simon is inside the final kilometre of the final climb. He has the chain on the big chainring and he is 20" ahead of Kadri.

16:38Kadri in pursuit of Simon

There are two Frenchmen at the front of the stage. Simon leads Kadri and then comes 14 others from the escape group who are 18" behind.

16:37Simon was 2nd on GC after stage three

The rider who is at the front of the stage with 12km to go got as high as second overall in the 100th Tour. Julien Simon (SOJ) was second to Bakelants after stage three.

He now leads by 12"

16:35Simon leads by 15"

Van Garderen is leading the pursuit of Simon at the front of the stage.

16:35Albasini grabs a point

The Orica rider in the escape, Michael Albasini has taken the point for the second last climb.

16:34Simon on the attack

As they crested the penultimate climb, Simon (SOJ) has gone on the attack. He has opened up a good lead on the other escapees.

16:33Van Garderen out of the saddle at the front...

The riders at the front are now starting to split the lead group. An acceleration by Van Garderen (BMC) has eliminated Millar from the equation. A few minutes earlier Voigt (RTL) dropped out of the break...

16:30Two more climbs yet to come...

The winner of stage 14 is going to come from the group of 18 that is now 4'30" ahead of the counter attacking pair and 6'40" ahead of the peloton. There are two more climbs yet to come: the cote de la Duchère (with 15km to go) and the cote de la Croix Roussee (9.5km from the finish). Both are rated category-4.

16:25Reminder of the 18 stage leaders...

With the 18 men in the group starting to get twitchy, it's a good time to remind you of who is in the lead. The 18 who joined forces at the 42km mark are: Bak (LTB), Burghardt and van Garderen (BMC), Bakelants and Voigt (RTL), Gautier (EUC), Vichot (FDJ), Kadri (ALM), Brutt (KAT), Erviti and Rojas (MOV), Garcia (COF), Trentin (OPQ), Millar and Talansky (GRS), Albasini (OGE), Geschke (ARG) and Simon (SOJ).

16:23Kadri on the move...

Kadri (ALM) is the next to lift the pace at the front of the stage. He is closely marked by the oldest man in the 100th Tour, Jens Voigt.

16:22Albasini lifts the pace... now Millar has a go

With the escapees inside the final 25km, we see a few attacks coming. Albasini increased the speed and Millar is the next to go but they were both reeled in relatively quickly.

16:21Peloton behind by 6'10"

Geraint Thomas (SKY) has led the peloton over the top of the fifth climb 6'10" behind the escapees.

16:18Hoogerland and Cunego at 3'25"

With 30km to go in the stage, Hoogerland and Cunego are 3'25" behind the 18 stage leaders.

16:15The Jensie takes one point...

Jens Voigt (RTL) has taken the point for the fifth climb of the stage.

16:09Escapees on fifth climb: 5'50" ahead

The 18 stage leaders are on the cote de Lozanne which is 2.5km long with an average gradient of four per cent. The top is 30km from the finish and there is one point on offer for the first over the line of this cat-4 hill.

16:07O'Grady on the attack going to Lyon in 2003...

The last time a stage of the Tour de France finished in Lyon was in 2003 when the Centenary edition visited all five cities that hosted stage finishes of the inagurual edition in 1903.

Stuart O'Grady was the Australian champion at the time and he won the 'Prix de la Centenaire' - as the best-placed rider in Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes and Paris.

The Australian is contesting the Tour for the 17th successive time and he won a stage of the 100th edition as a member of the...

16:048 teams not represented in the lead group...

Of the 18 men in the lead of the stage, there are four teams with two riders each (BMC, Radioshack, Movistar and Garmin).

Lampre and Vacansoleil have two men in a counter-attack (Cunego and Hoogerland). And the six teams with no one on the attack are: Sky, Cannondale, Astana, Saxo-Tinkoff, Euskaltel and Belkin).

15:59Talansky moves up the classification to 13th...

The best placed of the break at the start of the stage is Andrew Talansky (GRS). The winner of the white jersey at Paris-Nice began the stage ranked 17th overall but even with a gain of five minutes he only moves up to a virtual 13th place on GC.

15:56Peloton now at 5'00"

With 42km to go in the stage, the 18 leaders are 5'00" ahead of the peloton with Hoogerland and Cunego at 2'30".

15:4650km to go: 18 lead by 2'05"

Bak, Burghardt, Van Garderen, Bakelants, Voigt, Gautier, Vichot, Kadri, Brutt, Erviti, Rojas, Garcia, Trentin, Millar, Talansky, Albasini, Greschke, Simon are now 2'05" ahead of Hoogerland and Cunego.

The peloton is 4'30" behind and the leaders are inside the final 50km.

15:44Hoogerland and Cunego reunited...

Hoogerland had a little chat with his team director and then eased the pace. He is now riding along with Cunego 1'20" behind the 18 stage leaders.

15:41Oroz caught by peloton

There are now just 20 men ahead of the peloton that continues to be led by Sky. Oroz has been caught.

Burghardt has been caught by the 17 others: Bak, Van Garderen, Bakelants, Voigt, Gautier, Vichot, Kadri, Brutt, Erviti, Rojas, Garcia, Trentin, Millar, Talansky, Albasini, Greschke, Simon and this troop of 18 is 1'20" ahead of Hoogerland and 1'45" ahead of Cunego.

15:39The average speed for the 3rd hour: 38.7km/h

The third hour was raced at an average speed of 38.7km/h. The average for the first three hours combined is 44.3km/h.

15:36Burghardt goes on the attack

With 60km to go in the stage, Burghardt (BMC) has attacked the lead group. There has been no reaction to the move by the German who has previously won a stage of the Tour...

15:33Hoogerland at 55"

As he crests the col de Pilon, Hoogerland (VCD) is 55" behind the 18 escapees.

15:32Kadri and Talanski take the climbing points

At the top of the fourth climb, Kadri (ALM) has led Talansky (GRS).

The points allocation for this cat-3 rise are: 2pts and 1pt for the first two.

15:31No aero helmets for Saxo-Tinkoff today...

The Saxo-Tinkoff team has been using new helmets from Specialized during the opening fortnight of the 100th Tour de France but now that this squad is in the lead of the team classification and, in an accord with the race organisers, are wearing yellow helmets, they've gone back to a more standard shape from their equipment supplier.

15:29Hoogerland leave Cunego behind

Hoogerland is now on his own in pursuit of the 18 escapees. He seems to have grown tired of riding with Cunego who is no table to maintain the tempo being set by the Dutch champion.

15:25Cunego and Hoogerland closing in on leaders

The first counter-attack (Hoogerland and Cunego) are now 1'55" behind the 18 leaders.

Oroz (EUS) is at 2'55".

The peloton is at 3'55".

15:23Leaders near top of fourth climb

The peloton has recently begun the ascent of the col du Pilon; this is a 6.3km long climb and the top is at the 64.5km to go mark.

15:18Oroz in a second counter-attack

Oroz (EUS) is making a late bid to be part of the attacking action. He is 3'05" behind the 18 stage leaders and 40" ahead of the peloton.

15:17Two former white jersey winners on the attack today

In his first Tour back in 2006, Damiano Cunego (LAM) won the white jersey. The Italian is now trying to bridge the gap to the lead group of 18 while riding with the Dutch champion, Hoogerland (VCD). They are 2'32" behind.

In the group at the front of the stage (71km from the finish), is last year's white jersey winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

15:12Peloton at 3'50"....

Contrary to the previous post, the peloton was 3'50" behind the 18 escapees at the 113km mark.

15:11Hoogerland and Cunego at 2'50"

At the top of the third climb (at 113km), Hoogerland and Cunego are at 2'50". The peloton is at 3'25".

15:10Cunego and Hoogerland in counter-attack

On the approach to the third climb, Cunego (LAM) and Hoogerland (VCD) are on the attack. For their counter-attack to work, they have to make up the 3'20" that the 18 escapees now have over the peloton.

15:03Full results of intermediate sprint

The points in Thizy-les-Bourgs were won by:

1. Rojas (MOV) 20pts

2. Bak (LTB) 17pts

3. Bakelants (RTL) 15pts

4. Millar (GRS) 13pts

5. Burghardt (BMC) 11pts

6. Voigt (RTL) 10pts

7. Albasini (OGE) 9pts

8. Geschke (ARG) 8pts

9. Garcia (COF) 7pts

10. Erviti (MOV) 6pts

11. Van Garderen (BMC) 5pts

12. Simon (SOJ) 4pts

13. Kadri (ALM) 3pts

14. Talansky (GRS) 2pts

15. Vichot (FDJ) 1pt

15:00Leaders at the sprint site: Rojas takes 20 points

The leading 18 have reached the site of the intermediate sprint, first place was taken by Rojas (MOV). Full results to follow shortly.

14:56Four former stage winners in the escape today

Of the 18 men in the lead of stage 14, five have previously won a stage of the Tour de France.

The most recent winner is Michael Albasini (OGE) as he was part of the fastest formation in the team time trial.

The others in the lead who have prviously won a stage are: Jan Bakelants (RTL), Jens Voigt (RTL), David Millar (GRS), Marcus Burghardt (BMC).

14:48Bakelants grabs a climbing point

The winner of stage two, Jan Bakelants (RTL) has led the escape over the second climb of the 14th stage.

14:47Leaders on second climb

The cote de la Croix Couverte is the second cat-4 climb of stage 14. The top is at the 99.5km mark after a 2.6km uphill stretch. The 18 escapees are currently cutting through a big crowd of spectators with Albasini at the front of the selection that's near the top...

His group of 18 is 2'30" ahead of the peloton.

14:40Lead up to 2'15" at feedzone

The peloton is now in the feedzone at Mars (94km)... and it is 2'15" behind the 18 escapees.

14:39The average speed for 2nd hour: 46.3km/h

The average speed for the second hour of stage 14 is 46.3km/h. The average for the first two hours is 47.9km/h.

14:38Final part of Rogers interview:

In the final part of our interview with Michael Rogers, asked how was doing the biggest turns of pace in the finale of stage 13. “It was pretty even but Bennati was very, very strong," replied Rogers. "That's his forte, that kind of stuff. He was probably the strongest in the team then.

“We didn't want Alberto to spent too much energy because, obviously, he needs it but I think he realised the situation and it was favourable to him so he put in a few turns just to give...

14:34The advantage up to 1'20"

With Euskaltel now off the front of the bunch, the advantage of the 18 escapees has grown quickly to 1'20".

14:32Okay, let's watch the advantage grow

The Sky team is now at the front of the peloton and fanning out across the road. They have been chasing the break since the 42km mark and after over an hour of Euskaltel toil, the effort of the Basque team has ceased. The advantage of the 18 escapees is now likely to grow rapidly.

Currently the 18 are ahead by 1'00".

14:29Euskatel still in hot pursuit...

The break had a maximum gain of 1'00" but the Euskaltel team refuses to give up on the chase. They now also have Hoogerland (VCD) and riders from RadioShack at the front and now we see the Dutch champion leading a selection of four in a counter-attack.

14:27Voigt's 303rd competition day in the Tour de France

One of the riders in the escape today is Jens Voigt (RTL) he started the attack in stage 14. This is his 16th Tour de France and he's finished all but two of them.

He's won three stages (including a team time trial) and has worn the yellow jersey.

Today is his 303rd day of racing in the Tour de France.

14:1618 lead by just 35"

One of the Euskatel riders might try and jump across to the lead group that is now just 35" ahead.

14:16Zubeldia with mechanical troubles...

Haimar Zubeldia (RTL) has just stopped to get some work donw on his bike.

14:15Euskaltel intent on catching escapees

The peloton continues to be led by riders from Euskatel. Lampre-Merida had been helping but now it's just three orange jersey ahead of the riders from Sky who seem a little bemused by the antics of the Basque team.

The peloton is at 74km, 45" behind the 18 stage leaders who joined forces at 42km.

14:09Yellow helmets for Saxo-Tinkoff

As Euskatel continues to hunt down the escape (1'00" ahead), we can report that the riders from the leading team, Saxo-Tinkoff, are wearing yellow helmets as well as yellow race numbers today.

14:03Geschke claims the climbing point

Simon Geschke (ARG) has led the escape over the first climb of the stage. At the top of the cote de Marcigny, the peloton was behind by 1'05".

14:0118 lead by 1'00" at 64km

Bak (LTB), Burghardt and van Garderen (BMC), Bakelants and Voigt (RTL), Gautier (EUC), Vichot (FDJ), Kadri (ALM), Brutt (KAT), Erviti and Rojas (MOV), Garcia (COF), Trentin (OPQ), Millar and Talansky (GRS), Albasini (OGE), Geschke (ARG) and Simon (SOJ) now enjoy a lead of 1'00" on the peloton.

14:00Lead drops to just 55"

Lampre-Merida and Euskaltel-Euskadi are still chasing the 18 leaders who are just 55" ahead.

13:58Leaders near first climb

The escape group is about to ride up the Cote de Marcigny, a 1.9km long hill with an average gradient of 4.9 per cent. There is one point on offer for the first man across the line.

13:57Two teams refuse to let the escape gain time...

Lampre-Merida and Euskaltel-Euskadi are setting a rapid pace as they try to reel in the escape group of 18 who are 127km from the finishline with a lead of just 1'10".

13:55Sieberg punctures

One of the Lotto-Belisol riders, Marcel Sieberg has just stopped to get a new wheel after a puncture.

13:5318 lead by 1'20" at 59km

Lampre-Merida and Euskaltel-Euskadi are the teams at the front of the peloton that is 1'20" behind at the 59km mark.

13:47Reminder of the riders in the escape: 18 lead by 1'20"

The riders who are ahead of the peloton at 55km are:

- Bak (LTB)

- Burghardt and van Garderen (BMC)

- Bakelants and Voigt (RTL)

- Gautier (EUC)

- Vichot (FDJ)

- Kadri (ALM)

- Brutt (KAT)

- Erviti and Rojas (MOV)

- Garcia (COF)

- Trentin (OPQ)

- Millar and Talansky (GRS)

- Albasini (OGE)

- Geschke (ARG) 

- Simon (SOJ)

13:4118 lead by 1'10" at 50km

Bak, Burghardt, Van Garderen, Bakelants, Voigt, Gautier, Vichot, Kadri, Brutt, Erviti, Rojas, Garcia, Trentin, Millar, Talansky, Albasini, Greschke and Simon lead by 1'10" at 50km.

13:40Talansky best placed of escape group

Of the 18 in the lead of stage 14, the best on GC is Andrew Talansky (GRS) who began the day ranked 17th overall, 13'11" behind Froome.

13:38Fast start: 48.1km/h

The opening hour of stage 14 is the fastest of any start this year. The leaders covered 48.1km.

13:38The composition of the lead group of 18...

Bak (LTB), Burghardt (BMC), Van Garderen (BMC), Bakelants (RTL), Voigt (RTL), Gautier (EUC), Vichot (FDJ), Kadri (ALM), Brutt (KAT), Erviti (MOV), Rojas (MOV), Garcia (COF), Trentin (OPQ), Millar (GRS), Talansky (GRS), Albasini (OGE), Greschke (ARG) and Simon (SOJ) are the riders in the lead.

13:34Argos-Shimano lift the pace of the peloton

The peloton is scorching along at a very high speed today. The Argos-Shimano team is driving the bunch and refusing to allow the 18 stage leaders to gain much of an advantage.

At 43km, the 18 are 30" ahead.

13:3218 in the lead at 42km

The counter-attacking group of 14 has caught the four stage leaders in Montaiguët (42km).

13:3114 riders in counter-attack

The counter-attacking group that is now closing in on the stage leaders is composed of 14 riders. We don't yet have the names but will post as soon as they are announced. There is only 5" between Voigt's quartet.

There are three at 15" and the peloton is at 25" with Sky now at the front.

So far 40km of stage 14 have been raced.

13:29Counter-attack taking place...

There is a group of riders trying to bridge the gap to Voigt and co. They are 10" behind the four leaders and the peloton is 20" behind...

13:29Just 14" between four and the peloton

Jensie, it doesn't look like it's going to happen today. His move is just 14" ahead of the peloton that is at the 35km mark.

13:26Peloton not giving five any leeway...

The peloton is speeding along at a rapid pace early today and the five escapees are really being made to work for their gains. Voigt, Bak, Kadri and Vichot are only 35" ahead...

13:22Vichot best of the lead group on GC

Of the four in the lead - by just 32" - the best on GC after 2,134km of racing in the 100th Tour de France is the French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ). He started the stage in 49th place, 44'25" behind Froome.

13:17Four in the lead now... Le Mevel caught

The Frenchman who finished 10th overall in the 2009 Tour de France had briefly joined Voigt, Bak, Kadri and Vichot at the front of stage 14 but Le Mevel is now back in the peloton.

The four stage leaders are 36" ahead of the peloton.

13:16Rogers on Contador: "He was yelling: 'Come on...! One more turn!"

When spoke with Michael Rogers yesterday evening we ask if he could offer some comments about Alberto and how he handled the stage? “He was just great," said Rogers about the Spaniard who is now third overall. "He was motivating us and yelling in the radio, ‘Come on! One more turn! One more turn each! Come on! Faster, faster… faster!' He was certainly a great guy to work for. It's really nice to have something like that with the whole team.

“In cycling there is one...

13:14Five lead by just 25"

Voigt's quintet had a maximum advantage of 50". The five escapees are now just 25" ahead of the peloton.

13:11Vacansoleil-DCM at the front of the peloton...

There has been an acceleration from a Vacansoleil-DCM rider at the 26km mark. He is attempting to bridge the gap to the leading five who are ahead by 50".

13:09Counter-attack over...

Marino (SOJ) and Veilleux (EUC) have been caught by the peloton at 24km. There are now just five men ahead of the peloton. Voigt, Kadri, Vichot, Le Mevel and Bak have an advantage of 45".

13:08More from Rogers about the attack by Saxo-Tinkoff in stage 14... spoke with the rider who is now ranked 13th overall, Michael Rogers, when he was on the massage table last night and asked him a few questions about the attack by Saxo-Tinkoff in stage 13. Once the 14 guys got away at the end, we ask, were they actually enjoying it? How does that moment feel? “Obviously, in the back of our minds, we were enjoying it but it was a really tough moment," said the 33-year-old Australian

"We were all on the limit, especially in the last 10km but...

13:04Two counter-attackers at 30"

The five escapees - Marino and Veilleux - are 30" behind Voigt's group of five. The peloton is at 20km and 55" behind.

13:02Five together at the front of the stage...

There are now five men at the front of stage 14. The riders who are on the attack early today are:

- Lars Bak (LTB)

- Jens Voigt (RTL)

- Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

- Blel Kadri (ALM)

- Christophe Le Mevel (COF)

The counter-attacking pair caught the three leaders at the 18km mark.

13:00Marino also chasing stage leaders...

There is a second counter-attack. We see Jean Marc Marino (SOJ) trying to bridge the gap to Le Mevel and Vichot who are still in pursuit of Voigt, Bak and Kadri.

Marino has just been joined by Veilleux (EUC).

12:58Vichot and Le Mevel in pursuit of Voigt's trio...

There is a counter-attack with two riders now in pursuit of Voigt, Kadri and Bak. The riders in between the leading trio and the peloton are: Le Mevel (COF) and Vichot (FDJ). They are 10" behind and the peloton is at 40".

12:54Voigt's trio increases its advantage

At the 13km mark, the peloton is 30" behind Voigt, Kadri and Bak.

12:52Three lead by 15" at 11km...

After the race yesterday Jens Voigt (RTL) promised that the attacking action wouldn't be limited to stage 13. He is the rider who initiated the escape of today's stage and he and two others are now 15" ahead of the peloton that is at the 11km mark.

12:51Three riders in the lead of stage 14...

There are three men with a lead of 30" on the peloton. The riders involved are:

- Lars Bak (LTB)

- Jens Voigt (RTL)

- Blel Kadri (ALM)

12:50Rogers explains how Saxo-Tinkoff split the lead group in stage 14...

“With roughly 30 kilometres to go the break looked it was about to sit up and it was just one of those moments when the wind was just the perfect direction and speed," said Mick Rogers (TST) about the attack by him and five other team-mates in stage 13. "I looked at Bennati and he looked back at me and we just both nodded – not a word was exchanged – and I quickly turned around and made sure Alberto was behind me and we just buried it, we didn't even ask if he wanted to go with it, we...

12:44Three men in the escape...

There are three riders on the attack early in the 14th stage. They are at the 3km mark. We don't yet have the names of those involved in the escape but can report that Voeckler (EUC) is in his usual position at the start of a stage: at the back of the peloton.

12:41Racing in stage 14!

The official start of the 14th stage was at 12.37pm and there are 181 riders still in the race.

12:38Prize classification review: part 03 ?? polka-dot jersey

Pierre Rolland (EUC) was penalised 10 seconds in stage 13 for holding on to his team car on a day when the wind did the damage on what was effectively a flat race from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond. One the only categorised hill, the rider in the polka-dot jersey raced ahead of the peloton to grab another point and the Frenchman who won the white jersey in the 2011 Tour now has 50 points in the climbing classification. He is 17 points ahead of Chris Froome (SKY) while Richie Porte (SKY) is...

12:37Prize classification review: part 02 ?? green jersey

Peter Sagan was second in a stage of the 2013 Tour de France for the fourth time yesterday. He was one of the 14 riders who finished 1'09” ahead of the next-best group and the Slovakian from Cannondale picked up another 35 points for the green jersey. He was also third in the intermediate sprint – behind Greipel (LTB) and the winner of stage 13, Cavendish (OPQ).

The winner of three stages in his Tour debut (last year) won stage seven to Albi last week and he has a commanding lead...

12:35Only Cavendish wears a red race number for stage 14...

Yesterday was the first time in the Tour de France that a whole team was voted winners of the 'Fighting Spirit' award. Omega Pharma-Quickstep earned that honour with their move at the 56km mark of stage 13.

Despite that collective prize, only Mark Cavendish - the winner of the stage - has a red race number for stage 14.

12:33Prize classification review: part 01 ?? yellow jersey

Although stage 13 was a flat one there was a dramatic change to the top order of the general classification. Yes, Chris Froome (SKY) is still in the yellow jersey but his advantage over second place has shrunk from 3'26” to 2'28” and no longer is Alejandro Valverde (MOV) the nearest rival: he dropped from second to 16th overall after finishing 70th in the stage, 9'54” behind the winner, Mark Cavendish (OPQ).

Bauke Mollema (BEL) was on of the 14-man lead group that finished...

12:33Peloton ready and waiting...

The riders are at the site of the start and they will start rolling through the neutral zone soon. The Saxo-Tinkoff team earned several rewards for their efforts in the final 30km of the stage when six from the team created a split in the peloton and isolated Chris Froome and many others. As well as moving Contador and Kreuziger up to third and fourth overall, the Danish squad now has the lead in the team classification and will wear yellow race numbers for stage 14.

12:24Welcome to the live coverage of stage 14

The sun is shining and many riders have been warming up on hometrainers before the start of the 14th stage of the 100th Tour de France. The start is at 12.30pm with a 3.5km neutral zone taking the peloton to the outskirts of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule; the white flag is expected to be waved at around 12.40pm to send the cyclists on their way to Lyon.

On the menu today is a 191km stage with seven categorised climbs. It's a day of undulations on the eve of the anticipated rendezvous...


Jersey wearers after the stage 21

Classifications after the stage 21


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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

  • Marcel Kittel14.93%
  • Simon Gerrans1.08%
  • Mark Cavendish54.21%
  • André Greipel5.5%
  • Peter Sagan24.28%
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