Friday July 18th, 2014

Stage 13Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

Start 12h10 (Local time)

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Stage summary18.07.2014

«The Shark» Nibali bites again

There's no more doubt about who is the strongest rider in the 2014 Tour de France. After stage 2 in Sheffield and stage 10 at La Planche des belles filles, Vincenzo Nibali increased his lead by winning in the Alps. He arrived solo in Chamrousse to claim his third stage win on a day of suffering for Richie Porte, replaced in second place overall by Alejandro Valverde and on the podium by Romain Bardet.

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News from the sick bay…18.07.2014

Nausea for Navarro... and Porte

The race medical communiqué explained the withdrawal of Spain's Daniel Navarro, the leader of team Cofidis, by digestion problems (nausea, vomiting).

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FDJ manager Marc Madiot analysed the outcome of stage 13.  

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"I've suffered a lot today because of the heat. At least as we were climbing, I felt better and better. I've looked at my adversaries a lot. My intention was to just control in the final climb but when I've seen Richie Porte in trouble, probably because of the heat, which can happen to anyone, my goal has become to gain important seconds over Valverde. I wanted to distance him in the overall classification. I accelerated to come across to the two breakaway riders [Rafal Majka and Leo...

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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford admitted Richie Porte, who lost 8:48 to Vincenzo Nibali in Chamrousse, had probaby lost hope to finish on the Tour podium.

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Ninth in the stage, 2:09 behind Vincenzo Nibali, Jean-Christophe Peraud struggled in the final climb and was unable to help team-mate Roman Bardet.

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Fourth in Chamrousse and now second overall, 3:37 behind Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde was satisfied with his first day in the Alps.

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Fifth in Chamrousse and now 4th overall,  Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) did not manage to topple Romain Bardet (ALM) in the race for the white jersey but still impressed in the last climb alongside Alejandro Valverde.

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Off the bus quotes18.07.2014

«The Shark» Nibali bites again

There's no more doubt about who is the strongest rider in the 2014 Tour de France. After stage 2 in Sheffield and stage 10 at La Planche des belles filles, Vincenzo Nibali increased his lead by winning in the Alps. He arrived solo in Chamrousse to claim his third stage win on a day of suffering for Richie Porte, replaced in second place overall by Alejandro Valverde and on the podium by Romain Bardet.

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Off the bus quotes18.07.2014

Alps, here we go

The Alps are here at last and the riders who lost some time in the Vosges are eager for revenge in today's stage to Chamrousse and tomorrow's ride to Risoul.

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The of the town18.07.2014

Bardet, Pinot, the French match

 The front page of l'Equipe set the tone and it was the talk of the village at the start of the first Alpine stage of this Tour. Romain Bardet or Thibaut Pinot? The two young climbers are the future of French cycling and their rivalry or emulation is a race within the race, with the white jersey as the best young rider at stake.

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Sporting stakes18.07.2014

Never heard of Palaquit?

It's time for the Tour in the Alps, even though the menu is a bit light this year, in between the Vosges that have offered a very eventful period and the Pyrenees where the ultimate battles are set to take place. Coming close to the last hour of racing in stage 13, there's the unprecedented ascent to the col de Palaquit in the Chartreuse. That's where a surprise can be seen, possibly in the downhill which is the same road where Bernard Hinault crashed in the 1977 Critérium du Dauphiné,...

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On the communes of Sarcenas and Le Sappey, in the Chartreuse massif, the 1,154-metres Col de Palaquit, at kilometer 152, makes its Tour de France debut as the first climb in the Alps this edition.

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Like several other teams in this Tour de France, IAM Cycling had to change plans after the loss of their leader, Mathias Frank, who broke his left leg in Nancy a week ago.

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How was the first time ?17.07.2014

Sebastien Reichenbach eyes the Pyrenees

Sebastien Reichenbach tackled his first Tour de France with wide-open eyes but without undue fear.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:23Top 5

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

2. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 0.10

3. Leo König (NetApp), 0.11

4. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), 0.50

5. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 0.53

17:20The winner is... Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 13 in Chamrousse.

17:18De Marchi the most aggressive of the day

De Marchi gets the Antargaz most aggressive rider price of the day.

17:152km to go: Nibali alone

Nibali rides solo at the front with 2km to go.

17:12Nibali accelerates

Nibali accelerates with 3.3km to go. Majka and König can't follow.

17:085km to go

Nibali, Majka and König are 25 seconds ahead of Pinot and Valverde.

17:06Three in the lead

Nibali has rejoined Majka and König at the front.

17:05Nibali attacks with 7km to go

Strong attack by Nibali.

17:04Bardet accelerates

Riding in defense of the white jersey, Romain Bardet, threatened by Pinot, accelerates.

17:02Porte calls for medical assistance

Richie Porte is in trouble almost three minutes behind. He calls for medical assistance.

16:56Valverde, Nibali and Pinot together

Following Valverde's attack, a trio is formed behind Majka and König: Valverde-Pinot-Roy.

16:55Valverde attacks

With 10.4km to go, Valverde attacks

16:54Majka and König at the front

Two riders in the lead: Majka and König. 10.5km to go.

16:52Leo König on the move

Leo König attacks with 11km to go. Pinot is the first to react. Nibali looks good. Majka counters.

16:51Pinot impatient

Thibaut Pinot accelerates. Kangert is dropped with Stetina. So are Horner and Rui Costa.

16:49Kangert in control

Nibali has only one team-mate with him but Tanel Kangert does all the work at the head of the front group now reduced to 19 men.

16:48Porte in trouble

Mikel Nieve waits for Richie Porte who is getting dropped with 12.5km to go.

16:44De Marchi reined in

At km 182, De Marchi is caught by the yellow jersey group composed of: Mikel Nieve and Richie Porte (Sky), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Rafal Majka and Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Vincenzo Nibali and Tanel Kangert (Astana), Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam (Belkin), Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet (AG2R), Rui Costa and Chris Horner (Lampre), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto) Tejay van Garderen and Peter Stetina (BMC), Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Fränck Schleck and...

16:3815km to go: less than one minute

Bakelants is caught by the yellow jersey group. De Marchi has 57 seconds lead with 15km to go.

16:37Movistar in action

John Gadret puts the hammer down for Movistar. Will Valverde attack Nibali?

16:35Rodriguez in trouble

Joaquim Rodriguez is in difficulty in the climb.

16:34Riders dropped from the yellow jersey group

Off the back: Chavanel, Voeckler, B. Feillu, Roche... Westra was dropped before, so Nibali only has one team-mate: Kangert

16:2918km to go for De Marchi

De Marchi starts climbing to Chamrousse

16:25Purito under threat

De Marchi is coming close to the bottom of the montée de Chamrousse. Shall he win the stage, Joaquim Rodriguez has to finish in the top 4 to keep the polka dot jersey.

16:23Scarponi and Fuglsang missing on Nibali's side

Michele Scarponi got dropped in the ascent to Palaquit and Jakob Fuglsang crashed in the downhill. Nibali is left with only two team-mates: Lieuwe Westra and Tanel Kangert.

16:21Top 15

Result of the intermediate sprint in Saint-Martin-d'Hères, km 169.5


1.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 20 points


2.    At 0.45: Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 17


3.    At 3.40: Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 15


4.    Jérémy Roy (FDJ), 13


5.    Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), 11


6.    Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 10


7.    José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), 9


8.    Lieuwe Westra (Astana),...

16:13FDJ in action

Jérémy Roy takes the command of the peloton for FDJ.fr.

16:12De Marchi alone at the intermediate sprint

De Marchi keeps looking strong and focused on the line of the intermediate sprint with 45 seconds lead over Jan Bakelants.

16:10Peloton on a slow motion

At the bottom of the downhill, the peloton rides slowly. Time gap to De Marchi: 3.30. Michael Rogers (Tinkoff) speeds up.

16:02Fuglsang back on his bike

Fuglsang has a lot of bruises but he's back on his bike and the peloton slows down at the request of his team leader Vincenzo Nibali

16:01Fuglsang crashes

Jakob Fuglsang crashes in the downhill

15:58Rodriguez scores two points

Result of KOM price at col de Palaquit, km 152


1.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 10


2.    At 1.15: Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 8


3.    At 1.40: Luis Maté (Cofidis), 6


4.    At 2.40: Jérôme Pineau (IAM), 4


5.    At 2.45: Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 2


6.    Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 1

15:51De Marchi 1km from the top

De Marchi has 55 seconds lead over Bakelants 1km before the top of Palaquit.

15:46Peloton at 2.55

The peloton led by Astana climbs at a steady pace, 2.55 behind lone leader Alessandro De Marchi who still looks very good at the front.

15:39Bakelants at 50 seconds

5km before the summit, Bakelants is 50 seconds down on De Marchi. Maté is at 1.15. Pineau (IAM) and Molard also in between. Peloton led by Astana at 2.30. Katusha and Europcar aren't pacing anymore.

15:34Bakelants attacks Kadri

Jan Bakelants drops Kadri off and accelerates with the aim of catching lone leader De Marchi. Maté (Cofidis) has counter-attacked from the peloton. The "Andalucian lynx" is trying to come across to the front of the race.

15:30Kadri and Bakelants at 40 seconds

Kadri and Bakelants are 40 seconds behind De Marchi. Peloton at 1.46, still climbing to col de Palaquit.

15:28De Marchi continues solo

Alessandro De Marchi was the King of the Mountain of the Critérium du Dauphiné this year. In 2013, he won the last stage of the Dauphiné to Risoul where the Tour will stop tomorrow at the end of stage 14.

15:20De Marchi goes solo

De Marchi goes solo with 57km to go.

15:19De Marchi with Kadri and Bakelants

Alessandro De Marchi rejoins Kadri and Bakelants at the front.

15:18Voeckler in trouble

The bunch is now led by Yukiya Arashiro from Europcar but his leader Thomas Voeckler is struggling at the back.

15:14Kadri and Bakelants in the lead

Two riders in the lead uphill: Blel Kadri and Jan Bakelants.

15:121.10 at the bottom of Palaquit

As the riders start climbing to the col de Palaquit, the leaders only have an advantage of 1.10.

14:57Richie Porte will ride down from col de Porte...

The upcoming col de Palaquit is unprecedented on the road of the Tour de France but the downhill is the road of the col de Porte – nothing to do with current runner up Richie Porte… Col de Porte has been 18 times on the route of the Tour de France, as far back as in 1907 (Emile Georget first at the top) but its downhill became famous during the 1977 Critérium du Dauphiné when Bernard Hinault went off the cliff, was about to pull out, went back on his bike with the help of DS Cyrille...

14:56Time gap on the down again

With 73km to go, the time gap is less than two minutes (1.52) between the reunited nine riders and the peloton still led by Katusha. Europcar is noted just behind Katusha in the chase, which suggests that Thomas Voeckler is ready to challenge Joaquim Rodriguez for the polka dot jersey.

14:47Oss in action

The front group is splitting up under an acceleration by Daniel Oss.

14:45Peloton strunge out

The peloton is strunge out behind the Katusha riders. Time gap: 2.30 with 80km to go.

14:32Acevedo pulls out

Janier Acevedo (Garmin) abandons at the feed zone like Dani Navarro.

14:30Strong side wind

A strong side wind is reported in the valley where Katusha is chasing hard behind the nine breakaway riders. Time gap: 3.35

14:27Navarro quits

Dani Navarro (Cofidis) abandons the Tour de France. He finished ninth last year.

14:22100km to go: 4 minutes

With 100km to go, the time gap is exactly four minutes.

14:20Katusha at work

Leading the peloton: Gatis Smukulis, Luca Paolini, Alexander Porsev and Vladimir Isaychev. Yesterday, stage winner Alexander Kristoff said they could have a party after the good work they did for him but they didn't. They knew there would be more work to do at the service of Joaquim Rodriguez today.

14:1042.8km in the second hour

42.8km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 43.8km/h.

14:09Three stage winners in the break

Three of the nine breakaway riders have won a stage at the Tour de France in the past: Brice Feillu in 2009, Jan Bakelants in 2013 and Blel Kadri this year.

13:59Time gap on the up

4.55 at km 75. Russian champion Alexander Porsev sets the pace of the peloton.

13:554.10 at km 69

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre), Daniel Oss (BMC), Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Brice Feillu (Bretagne) have 4.10 over the bunch led by four Katusha riders.

13:44Thierry Bricaud: "Arthur Vichot was sick"

Questioned during the race by letour.fr, FDJ.fr's DS Thierry Bricaud explained the reasons for Arthur Vichot's withdrawal: “Arthur has been sick with bronchitis for five days. We were hoping that the heat would help him to be healthy again. Yesterday, it was difficult for him to follow the rhythm and today, the fast start has been too much. It's a pity. He would have had an important role alongside his best friend Thibaut Pinot in the coming days.”

13:353.40 at km 59

Time gap at km 59: 3.40.

13:30Arthur Vichot pulls out

Former French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) abandons the Tour de France.

13:28Still Katusha at the front of the peloton

Katusha keeps leading the peloton on a steady pace, now 3.25 behind the nine escapees.

13:23Km 51: 3.15

At km 51, the time gap is 3.15

13:15Feillu the highest ranked

Brice Feillu is the highest ranked of the breakaway riders: 24th at 11.32 on GC. He knew this was a good gap for Astana to let him go but Katusha has other intentions for KOM leader Joaquim Rodriguez.

13:13Katusha leads the peloton

As Joaquim Rodriguez warned before the start, Katusha leads the peloton, 2.50 behind the nine leaders: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre), Daniel Oss (BMC), Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Brice Feillu (Bretagne).

13:1044.8km in the first hour

In the first hour of racing, the breakaway riders have covered 44.8km

13:033.10 at the entrance of the Isère province

The peloton has been timed with a deficit of 3.10 at km 38.

13:01Molard and Bakelants in the front group

At km 41, the deficit of the peloton to the nine leaders is 2.30. Molard and Bakelants just came across in the downhill.

12:50Vincenzo Nibali: «I'm afraid of Romain Bardet»

Questioned before the start by letour.fr via his press officer, race leader Vincenzo Nibali said: “Today I expect attacks by the GC contenders. I fear mostly the riders from AG2R, Romain Bardet in particular, but the adversaries I have to control the most are Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde. It's a long stage today. That will make the race very hard. But I expect my team to do a good work again. We'll try to keep the situation under control.”

12:47Sprinters back on track

Some sprinters make their way back to the peloton in the downhill: André Greipel, Arnaud Démare...

12:46Time gaps at the top

At the col de la Croix de Montvieux, Molard and Bakelants are at 30 seconds. Peloton at 2.15

12:45Visconti first at Montvieux

Result of cat. 3 KOM price at col de la Croix de Montvieux:

1. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 2 points

2. Blel Kadri (AG2R), 1

12:44Peloton at 1.40

1km away from the col, Molard and Bakelants are at 30 seconds, the peloton is at 1.40

12:42Van den Broeck back in the bunch

Jurgen van den Broeck is back in the bunch after crashing.

12:40Bakelants and Molard in between

Jan Bakelants (OPQS) and Rudy Molard (Cofidis) are in between the seven leaders and the peloton in the ascent to the col de la Croix de la Montvieux.

12:38Van den Broeck crashes

Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto) is involved in crash uphill.

12:37Huzarski and Feillu come across

Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) and Brice Feillu (Bretagne) rejoin Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre) and Daniel Oss (BMC) at the front.

12:36Riders dropped

Among the riders dropped by the bunch: Simon (Cofidis), Ji (Giant), Démare (FDJ), Bauer (Garmin).

12:34Dumoulin punctures

Tom Dumoulin has a flat tyre, leaving five riders at the front.

12:33Katusha at the head of the peloton

Katusha is noted at the head of the peloton, 18 seconds behind the six leaders.

12:32Peloton at 20 seconds

At km 17, the peloton is 20 seconds behind the six leaders. Jack Bauer is reeled in.

12:31Bauer out

Jack Bauer is dropped off. Six riders in the lead. Astana sets the pace of the peloton.

12:30The seven riders are...

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Jack Bauer (Garmin), Tom Dumoulin (Giant), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre) and Daniel Oss (BMC) are the leaders.

12:28Seven riders in the lead, three chasers

Approaching the first climb of the day, seven riders are the lead, chased down by three other riders. Peloton at 15 seconds.

12:26Four riders in the lead at km 13

The group of eight escapees has split. Four riders in the lead.

12:25More skirmishes

Eight riders go away and the peloton is stretched, on a very high speed

12:23All together at km 11

It's all together again at km 11 except for Marcel Kittel who crashed and Arthur Vichot who got dropped.

12:22Six riders in the lead

Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), José Serpa (Lampre), Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) are rejoined by Jens Voigt (Trek), Luke Durbridge (Orica) and Brice Feillu (Bretagne).

12:20De Marchi, Serpa, Arashiro in the lead

Three riders are in the lead, not four: Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), José Serpa (Lampre), Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar).

12:18Four riders in the lead

Four riders are in the lead at La Grand Croix, km 9.5.

12:08Start proper given

The start proper has been given to 177 riders at 12.07.

12:06Brice Feillu: «I'm up for a big coup today»

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, the leader of Bretagne-Séché Environnement who won a Pyrenean stage to Arcalis in 2009 and looks for glory again said: “I believe there's the possibility of a big coup for me today. I'm 11 minutes down on GC and I presume they'll let anyone who is beyond 6 minutes go. So I'll try for sure. I'd love to be in a bigger breakaway group than those of the past few days. 8 to 12 riders, that would be great. I haven't had any bad day since the start of...

12:00Purito: «If the breakaway group is big, I'll go for it»

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Joaquim Rodriguez explained how he intends to race for the KOM price today. “I feel great this morning because it's another hot day and we are going to the mountains”, said the Catalan climber. “It's going to be a very fast start with a lot of attacks as today's stage offers opportunities to many riders. I foresee a breakaway going early. Thomas Voeckler might try to be part of it, but whether he goes or not, if the group is big, I'll try to go...

11:58AG2R-La Mondiale under pressure at home

AG2R-La Mondiale still leads the teams classification with 3.19 over Astana and 4.25 over Belkin. The French team is based in the Alps. They have been very successful so far but they are hungry for more. Interestingly, wild card team Bretagne-Séché Environnement won the team classification of yesterday's stage, proving the Breton riders still in good spirit after half way into their first Tour de France.

11:56Bardet vs Pinot

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) arrives where he loves cycling the most: in the Alps. He'll have a hard time to remain the best young rider though. His direct rival Thibaut Pinot is at 46 seconds.

11:55A crucial day for Purito

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has taken it easy in the past two days in order to keep some energy for scoring KOM points in the two Alpine stages. It's now openly his goal to be the King of the Mountains of the 2014 Tour de France. He has 17 points lead over 2012 winner of the mountain classification Thomas Voeckler. It's a crucial stage for the KOM today, as the points are doubled at the HC uphill finish of Chamrousse where the winner will take no less than 50 points.

11:55Sagan with an advantage of 150 points

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is yet to win a stage at the Tour de France but he scored another 40 points yesterday and now enjoys a lead of 150 points over runner up Bryan Coquard. Newly in third place: stage 12 winner Alexander Kristoff with 172 points.

11:54Nibali wants more

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the tenth day of his career, still with an advantage of 2.23 over Richie Porte and 2.47 over Alejandro Valverde. One rider has been ejected from the top 10 yesterday: stage 11 winner Tony Gallopin. But he wasn't a threat for Nibali really. The Italian aims at increasing his lead in Alps.

11:53177 riders on their way

177 riders are on their way to the start proper.

11:52Climbs of the day

-    Km 24: col de la Croix de Montvieux (cat. 3), 8km at 4.1%


-    Km 152: col de Palaquit (cat. 1), 14.1km at 6.1%


-    Km 197.5: Chamrousse (H.C.), 18.2km at 7.3%

11:51The Tour in mourning

At the starting area in Saint-Etienne, the direction of the Tour de France has paid a tribute to Jean-Louis Gauthier, yellow jersey wearer in 1983, on his funerals' day. The riders from Dutch teams Belkin and Giant-Shimano are going to ride with a black arm band today, in homage to the victims of the flight MH17 that crashed yesterday after taking off in Amsterdam. A minute of silence is observed on the start line.

11:49Jersey holders on the front line

For the third consecutive day, the four distinctive jersey holders on the front line are Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Joaquim Rodriguez (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white).

11:41Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 13 from Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse (197.5km) on www.letour.fr. This is the first Alpine stage with the first Hors-Category climb of this year's race! The start proper is scheduled at 12.10.

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