Monday July 14th, 2014

Stage 10Mulhouse / La Planche des Belles Filles

Start 13h30 (Local time)

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The speculations around an expected duel between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador have completely vanished. Five days after the defending champion, the Spaniard has been forced out of the race after crashing badly before the real fight between the favorites begun. Following the sad exit of the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo, the super favorite of the Tour de France became Vincenzo Nibali who caught the last attacker Joaquim Rodriguez with 1.2km to and took the yellow jersey back after the beautiful...

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Leader of the points classification.

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Most aggressive rider.

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Second in the queen stage of the Vosges in La Planche des Belles Filles, 6th overall, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) can have high ambitions from now on.

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Stage 10 winner and race leader.

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News from the sick bay…14.07.2014

Shinbone fracture for Contador

The Tour de France medical service confirmed that Alberto Contador suffered a shinbone fracture after his crash 95 km from the finish of stage 10 between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles.

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Involved in the day's break, France's Thomas Voeckler was unable to collect the points he needed to challenge Joaquim Rodriguez for the KOM classification.

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Dropped in the finale of stage 10 at La Planche des Belles Filles, Tony Gallopin still managed to remain 5th overall, 3:12 behind Vincenzo Nibali.

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Off the bus quotes14.07.2014

Portal: "We have trust in Richie"

Team Sky know La Planche des Belles Filles perfectly, having won there with Crhis Froome in 2012 on a day when Bradley Wiggins also took the yellow jersey.

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To hold the yellow jersey on Bastille Day is always a special moment for a French rider. And Tony Gallopin is about to feel the thrills of a lifetime on a bike in the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.

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Two years ago, cycling fans discovered the Planche des belles filles. Chris Froome signed his first victory at the Tour de France in the ski resort of the Haute-Saône that has become a popular destination for both cyclists and skiers as 270 metres of a piece of land neighboring a ski slope had been asphalted to host the stage finish. A sign board remembers: alt. 1035m, Tour de France 2012, vainqueur Christopher Froome, Chrono 16'11''. A couple of hours after the event, Tour director...

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How was the first time ?13.07.2014

Matteo Montaguti - An experienced debutant

AG2R's Matteo Montaguti might be new to the Tour de France but the Italian is not really impressed.

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It has become a trademark of the Bretagne-Seche team, invited to the Tour for the first time this year, to always have a rider in the breaks.

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Riders beware of kilometre 143.5... While local riders nicknamed the climb to La Planche des Belles Filles « the little Alpe d'Huez », they also dubbed the Col de Chevreres « the little Galibier ».

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Newsflashes (Local time)

18:01Top 5

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

2. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 0.15

3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), 0.20

4. JC Péraud (AG2R)

5. Romain Bardet (AG2R), 0.22

17:59Nibali wins

Second stage win for Nibali at La Planche. He's back in yellow too.

17:57Nibali soloes to victory

Nibali alone

17:56Nibali catches Purito at 1.2km to go

Nibali catches Purito at 1.2km to go. Porte, Peraud, Valverde, Bardet, Pinot, Van Garderen are just behind them.

17:54Rodriguez at 2km

Rodriguez seems to suffer with 2km to go. Nibali isn't far behind him: 22 seconds.

17:52Nibali attacks with 3km to go

Nibali attacks with 3km to go

17:503km to go

Rodriguez alone in the lead with 3km to go.

17:44Rodriguez solo

With 5.3km to go, Rodriguez goes solo.

17:431.30 at the bottom

At the bottom of the ascent to La Planche des belles filles, the gap between Purito-Kwiat and the Nibali group is 1.30.

17:41Martin the most aggressive

Like yesterday, the most aggressive rider price of the day has been awarded to Tony Martin (OPQS).

17:40Voeckler caught by the main group

Before the bottom of the climb to La Planche des belles filles, Thomas Voeckler gets caught by the main group led by Astana.

17:37Purito and Kwiatkowski together on the flat

On the flat section between the col des Chevrères, Rodriguez and Kwiatkowski are united in the lead.

17:34Kwiatkowski the fastest in the downhill

Kwiatkowski takes risks and drops his companions in the downhill with 10km to go.

17:33Purito reeled in

Kwiatkowski, Visconti, Moinard have come across to Rodriguez.

17:32In the Nibali group

Noted in the Nibali group: Porte, Thomas, Pinot, Valverde, Bardet, Rui Costa, Van Garderen...

17:30Scarponi crashes

Michele Scarponi crashes in the downhill of col des Chevrères.

17:29Rodriguez alone at col des Chevrères

Result of KOM price at the col des Chevrères, km 143.5


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10


2.    At 0.15: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 8


3.    At 0.22: Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 6


4.    Amaël Moinard (BMC), 4


5.    At 0.35: Christophe Riblon (AG2R), 2


6.    At 1.12: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 1

17:25Scarponi puts the hammer down

At the head of the main peloton, Scarponi puts the hammer down with Nibali on his wheel.

17:23Purito alone in the lead

With 1km to go to the col des Chevrères, Joaquim Rodriguez accelerates and goes solo!

17:22Gallopin off the back

Race leader Tony Gallopin is getting dropped with Rolland and Talansky.

17:20Kwiatkowski pulls

After Tony Martin, it's Kwiatkowski pulling at the front. Only Rodriguez can follow him and takes turns as the climb is getting steep.

17:18Talansky in trouble

Andrew Talansky is in trouble at the back of the pack.

17:16Martin stops working

With 20km to go, Martin gives way. Riblon gets dropped.

17:15Up to the col des Chevrères

Tony Martin keeps pacing the front group as they begin climbing to the col des Chevrères.

17:0925km to go

With 25km to go, it's Team Sky again at the head of the peloton with Vassil Kiriyenka pulling 2.35 behind the nine leaders.

17:05Philippe Mauduit: «Alberto has a badly injured knee»

Questioned by letour.fr, Tinkoff-Saxo's directeur sportif Philippe Mauduit who jumped in the second team car to let a free seat to Alberto Contador after his retirement explained: “Alberto badly crashed. His right knee is seriously injured. The crash has been violent. I have his shoe with me, it's completely destroyed. According to some rumors, his bike has been broken but that's not the case. A bike fell from our racks after we fixed Nicolas Roche's bike. It's obviously too early to...

16:56Rodriguez again

Result of KOM price at the col des Croix, km 125.5


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 2


2.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 1

16:43Less than four minutes difference

With 43km to go, the time gap between the nine-man escape and the peloton is 3.50. Therefore, Michal Kwiatkowski is no longer the virtual leader of the Tour de France.

16:39Astana and Lotto lead the peloton

Within 50km to go, Astana and Lotto-Belisol lead a strunged out peloton.

16:32Peloton at 4.35

At the col d'Oderen, the peloton is timed 4.35 behind the nine-man breakaway group.

16:29Rodriguez precedes Voeckler again

Result of KOM price at the col d'Oderen, km 103.5


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 5


2.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 3


3.    Tony Martin (OPQS), 2


4.    Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 1

16:23Wilfried Peeters: "We race for the white jersey"

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, OPQS' directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters said: “Our aim is the white jersey with Michal Kwiatkowski. With the bad weather, it's better to be racing at the front. With Tony Martin, it's a good situation for us. Rodriguez and Voeckler are racing for the stage victory. We're racing for the best possible position on GC.”

16:17In the fourth climb of the day

Visconti (Movistar), Rodriguez (Katusha), Kwiatkowski and Martin (OPQS), Riblon (AG2R), Taaramäe (Cofidis), Wyss (IAM), Voeckler (Europcar) and Moinard (BMC) are in the ascent to col d'Oderen, which is the fourth climb of the day with an advantage of 4.25 over the peloton led by Astana.

16:054.15 with 70km to go

Visconti (Movistar), Rodriguez (Katusha), Kwiatkowski and Martin (OPQS), Riblon (AG2R), Taaramäe (Cofidis), Wyss (IAM), Voeckler (Europcar) and Moinard (BMC) have 4.15 lead over the peloton led by Astana.

15:58Contador quits

Alberto Contador abandons the Tour de France in the downhill of the Markstein.

15:57Contador in talks with his staff

Contador has called his team car for talking, possibly considering his future on the roads of the Tour de France.

15:53Astana in action at the Markstein

Following the Platzerwasel, the Markstein isn't a categorized climb but Astana rides hard at the front of the main group. Tony Gallopin is in difficulty at the back of the pack.

15:50At the Platzerwasel

At the col du Platzerwasel, the yellow jersey group led by Astana is four minutes behind the Kwiatkowski group at the front. Contador is at 7.55.

15:42Rodriguez first at Platzerwasel

Result of KOM price at the col du Platzerwasel, km 71.5


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10


2.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 8


3.    Tony Martin (OPQS), 6


4.    Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 4


5.    Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 2


6.    Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), 1

15:39Contador 2.44 behind the yellow jersey

Alberto Contador is trying to make his way back to the yellow jersey group with his team-mates Nicolas Roche, Michael Morkov, Daniele Bennati and Matteo Tosatto.

15:31Contador with three team-mates

 Daniele Bennati and Michael Morkov wait for Contador and escort him trying to get back onto the peloton.

15:29The peloton hesitates

After waiting for Contador, the peloton resumes racing at a higher speed because Kwiatkowski is at the front with an advantage of 4.55

15:27Contador restarts

Contador restart with a deficit of four minutes from the peloton.

15:26Machado resumed racing

Tiago Machado hasn't abandoned. He's back on his bike.

15:24Contador crashes

Contador went down and doesn't restart immediately.

15:2313 riders in the lead

Junction at km 64. Thirteen riders in the lead: Sagan (Cannondale), Kwiatkowski and Martin (OPQS), Riblon (AG2R), Irizar (Trek), Taaramäe (Cofidis), Wyss (IAM), Barta (NetApp), Rodriguez (Katusha), Voeckler (Europcar), Moinard (BMC), Visconti (Movistar).

15:19Tiago Machado quits

Tiago Machado (NetApp) abandons the Tour de France. He's in the ambulance.

15:16Machado down

Third on GC, Tiago Machado (NetApp) has crashed in the downhill.

15:14Kwiatkowski virtual leader

As his group is getting close to the breakaway and the peloton at 4.22, Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) who is four minutes down on GC is the new virtual leader of the Tour de France.

15:12Jérémy Roy: «Pinot is in excellent condition»

FDJ.fr's road captain Jérémy Roy spoke before the start to letour.fr. “Today, it's all for Thibaut!”, said the Frenchman. “He's more than the ‘régional de l'étape'. He lives near the finish and he knows the course at perfection. With the excellent condition he's got, we hope for the best from him. That means arriving at La Planche with the favorites of the Tour. Personally, my throat is a little bit irritated but it's not too bad, just business as usual at the Tour because of the...

15:10Rodriguez beats Voeckler at Petit Ballon

Result of KOM price at the Petit Ballon, km 54.5


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10


2.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 8


3.    Amaël Moinard (BMC), 6


4.    Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 4


5.    Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 2


6.    Christophe Riblon (AG2R), 1

15:01Km 50: Peloton at 4.10

Six riders in the lead as Riblon comes across to Voeckler, Westra, Moinard, Visconti and Rodriguez. Peloton at 4.10 with Kwiatkowski, Martin, Taaramäe and Wyss still in between.

14:53Visconti back at the front

Five riders in the lead as Visconti rejoins Voeckler, Westra, Moinard and Rodriguez.

14:52Ted King quits

Ted King (Cannondale) abandons the Tour de France. He was the lanterne rouge at the start in Mulhouse.

14:51Four riders in the lead

Five kilometres before the top of the Petit Ballon, four riders are in the lead: Voeckler, Westra, Moinard and Rodriguez.

14:48Westra and Voeckler accelerate

Lieuwe Westra and Thomas Voeckler accelerate at the front in the climb.

14:46Sagan dropped

Sagan and Gérard get dropped from the leading group in the ascent to Petit Ballon.

14:45Five riders on the hunt

Michal Kwiatkowski and Tony Martin (OPQS), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), Reto Hollenstein and Marcel Wyss (IAM) have gone away in the downhill of the Firstplan. They're 1.25 behind the ten leaders.

14:3641.3km in the first hour

41.3km have been covered by the breakaway riders in the first hour of racing.

14:35Top 15

Result of the intermediate sprint in Muhlele, km 39.5


1.    Peter Sagan (Cannondale), 20 points


2.    Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 17


3.    Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale), 15


4.    Markel Irizar (Trek), 13


5.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 11


6.    Amaël Moinard (BMC), 10


7.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 9


8.    Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 8

14:28Sagan waits

Peter Sagan awaits his breakaway companions after passing first at the intermediate sprint.

14:23Sagan alone in the downhill

Peter Sagan targets the intermediate sprint at the bottom of the Firstplan, km 39.5. He's alone in the wet downhill. This could be his first victory in an intermediate sprint.

14:21Cofidis leads the bunch at the Firstplan

Rein Taaramäe and the Cofidis team has reduced the gap up to the Firstplan: 2.45 at the top.

14:20Voeckler beats Purito at the Firstplan

Result of the KOM price at col du Firstplan, km 30.5


1.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 5 points


2.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 3


3.    Peter Sagan (Cannondale), 2


4.    Christophe Riblon (AG2R), 1

14:15Hayman off the back

First rider dropped from the bunch: Matt Hayman (Orica). Pineau is reeled in by his team-mates at the head of the peloton.

14:14IAM at the head of the peloton

While Jérôme Pineau is still in between the breakaway and the bunch with of deficit of 3.35, his IAM Cycling team has taken the command of the peloton in the ascent to the Firstplan. It's raining badly.

14:08Michael Rogers: «All I know is that Alberto is very strong»

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) said: “You can't compare to two years ago. It's much harder. For me, it's the queen stage of the Tour. There will thirty seconds gaps at the end but I can't tell who for. All I know is that Alberto is very strong.”

14:06Ten riders in the lead

At km 26, there are ten riders in the lead with the reinforcement of Rodriguez, Sagan and Barta. Pineau is at 3.50, the peloton at 4.30.

14:05Purito has the breakaway in sight

Joaquim Rodriguez finds it easier to bridge the gap in the climb. He has the beakaway in sight and Sagan and Barta behind his back wheel.

14:03Pouring rain

The peloton experiences a pouring rain in Soultzmatt at the bottom of the ascent to the col du Firstplan.

13:59First climb of the day

Breakaway riders are climbing to the Firstplan with an advantage of 55 seconds over Rodriguez, Sagan and Barta.

13:56Pineau alone in the chase

Jérôme Pineau (IAM) has escaped solo from the peloton. He's three minutes behind the seven leaders.

13:55Peloton at four minutes

After twenty kilometres, the deficit of the peloton to the seven leaders is four minutes.

13:51Barta doesn't take any turn

Jan Barta doesn't contribute to the turns in the chasing trio, leaving Peter Sagan and Joaquim Rodriguez doing all the work.

13:49Chasing trio at 40 seconds

Rodriguez, Sagan and Barta find it hard to come across to the seven leaders. They're at 40 seconds.

13:46It rains at km 12

It rains in the finishing area at La Planche des belles filles but also at km 12 where Lotto-Belisol leads the peloton.

13:43Peloton at 1.30 at km 8

At km 8, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Markel Irizar (Trek) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne) have 30 seconds lead over Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Jan Barta (NetApp). Peloton at 1.30.

13:40Sagan and Purito on the move

Three riders try to bridge the gap: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Jan Barta (NetApp).

13:39The seven leaders are...

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Markel Irizar (Trek) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne) are the seven breakaway riders with 23 seconds lead over the peloton at km 7.

13:35First riders on the move

Soon after the start, seven riders attack, including Thomas Voeckler.

13:34Nicolas Edet: «Rodriguez is a serious opponent for the KOM»

The King of the Mountains at last year's Vuelta a Espana is one of the contenders for the polka dot jersey that Tony Martin will probably wear for only one day, considering all the categorized climbs on the course today. “There are many points in contention”, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) told letour.fr before the start. “I'm looking forward to see how my legs will respond after the breakaway yesterday. In any case it's my intention and the intention of the Cofidis team to ride at the front...

13:33183 starters

All riders who finished ysterday have started today. It's sunny at the exit of Mulhouse.

13:31Start proper given at 13.31

The race is on!

13:28Romain Bardet is in pain

Romain Bardet crashed during stage 6 before arriving in Reims. He's still in pain but he hasn't lost any time off the favorites since the crash. AG2R-La Mondiale's doctor Eric Bouvat stated: “Romain is hemmed in at the level of a shoulder blade but there's no need for an x-ray examination.”

13:26Blel Kadri: «I'm ready to challenge Rodriguez»

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, stage 8 winner Blel Kadri who is Tony Martin's runner up in the KOM classification said: “As I look at the route and still feel good, I'm tempted to break away again. The first goal is to try and win the stage, so I'll try to catch the early breakaway. I've realized that Joaquim Rodriguez is also motivated by the KOM competition. I'm ready to challenge him but the priority remains to our help our two leaders, Roman [Bardet] and Jean-Christophe...

13:15Madiot, De Gaulle, Coppi, Pinot and La Marseillaise...

Every year on Bastille Day, the FDJ riders listened to the French national anthem La Marseillaise in their bus prior to the start. It happened again this morning before Thibaut Pinot and his team-mates went to the sign in area. The leader of the four leaved clover squad races on home soil as La Planche des belles filles is only twenty kilometers away from his village, Mélisey, where his father Régis is the mayor. A proud patriot, team manager Marc Madiot was proud to hear that he slept...

13:11Astana still in the lead but...

Astana has lost the yellow jersey without fighting for it but they still lead the teams competition but the classification has been reshuffled as the Kazakh team didn't have anyone in the break yesterday. Belkin is now at 22 seconds and AG2R-La Mondiale at 53 seconds.

13:10Kwiatkowski threatened by Frenchmen

Michal Kwiatkowski leads the best young rider competition with an advantage of only 13 seconds over Romain Bardet and 1.06 over Thibaut Pinot. The two Frenchmen have high ambitions today on their favorite terrain.

13:10Tony Martin is also a climber

Tony Martin is the new leader of the King of the Mountains competition with 18 points while Blel Kadri and Alessandro De Marchi have 17. Nicolas Edet and Joaquim Rodriguez follow with 12 and 11 points respectively. The big fight for the polka dot jersey is expected to happen between those two today.

13:09Sagan as usual

For once, Peter Sagan hasn't scored any point yesterday but he remains a comfortable leader of the points classification with an advantage of 111 points over runner up Bryan Coquard.

13:07Gallopin as a successor to Voeckler...

Tony Gallopin is in the yellow jersey on Bastille Day! It doesn't often happen to a Frenchman. The last ten French Maillot Jaune were: Thomas Voeckler (10 days in 2011), Sylvain Chavanel (2 days in 2010), Romain Feillu (1day in 2008), Cyril Dessel (1 day in 2006), Thomas Voeckler (10 days in 2004), Richard Virenque (1 day in 2003), Jean-Patrick Nazon (1 day in 2003), François Simon (3 days in 2001) and Christophe Moreau (2 days in 2001).

13:06Seven climbs today

Climbs of the day:


-    Km 30.5: col du Firstplan (cat. 2), 8.3km at 5.4%


-    Km 54.5: Petit Ballon (cat. 1), 9.3km at 8.1%


-    Km 71.5: col du Platzerwasel (cat. 1), 7.1km at 8.4%


-    Km 103.5: col d'Oderen (cat. 2), 6.7km at 6.1%


-    Km 125.5: col des Croix (cat. 3), 3.2km at 6.2%


-    Km 143.5: col de Chevrères (cat. 1), 3.5km at 9.5%


-    Km 161.5: La Planche des belles...

13:06Tony Gallopin: "A great Bastille Day"

Questioned on the start line by France Televisions, yellow jersey wearer Tony Gallopin said: "It's incredibale and indiscribable. This is going to be a great Bastille Day. I would have preferred an easier stage to defend the lead but I hope the Maillot Jaune will boost me. I'm realistic. I only have 1.34 lead over Nibali, it's not much in a stage like this but I will fight at 200%."

13:03Arnaud Démare: "It's worse than the mountains"

Questioned on the start line by France Televisions, French champion Arnaud Démare expressed the feeling of most of the sprinters: "I expect to suffer a lot today. This is worse than a mountain stage."

13:01Riders on their way

The riders are in the neutral zone with French national champion Arnaud Démare riding alongside the disctintive jersey holders.

12:57Jersey holders gathering on the start line

It's no longer Vincenzo Nibali but Tony Gallopin in the yellow jersey on the front line at the start. In Mulhouse, despite the wet conditions, he's smiling along with Peter Sagan (green), Tony Martin (polka dot) and Michal Kwiatkowski (white).

12:49Welcome...

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 10 from Mulhouse to La Planche des belles filles (161.5km). This is a very special stage with seven climbs and a mythical uphill finish!

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