Saturday July 19th, 2014

Stage 14Grenoble / Risoul

Start 12h10 (Local time)

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Second on stage 13 in Chamrousse, Tour de France rookie Rafal Majka went on the attack again and stayed away from a long lasting escape to claim his first stage victory in Risoul while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the yellow jersey as he crossed the finishing line in second place 24 seconds behind the Polish up and coming climber.

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News from the sick bay…19.07.2014

Serious crash for Devenyns

Belgium's Dries Devenyns (GIA), forced out of stage 14 after a serious crash, was taken to hospital in Gap, the Tour de France medical service announced.

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“Today my plan wasn't to enter the breakaway. I must thank my team-mate Peter [Sagan]. It's him who made me get into that small group. He has acted like a real Lord. He put himself at my service. But I needed a bigger advantage and a bit more legs in the finale. Today I felt the fatigue I accumulated yesterday. Also today I achieved only half of what I wanted. I should have put all my eggs in the same basket and do only one stage at the front but it's too easy to say that now. There's...

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Alejandro Valverde (MOV) lost a bit of time in Risoul, conceding a minute to Vincenzo Nibali and some 30 seconds on his other rivals. The Spaniard said he had a mechanical after touching wheels with Thibaut Pinot.

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“From the team car, I was told: ‘If you still have something in the tank, go for it'. I was looking at gaining some time over Alejandro Valverde. I heard that he cracked after I left him. Péraud stayed on my wheel and then sprinted! That's cycling I suppose… In any case, Majka deserves his victory. He's going well. Yesterday he was in the breakaway and today he claimed a beautiful win. I'm happy for him. But I can't say I let him. I don't know if I could have caught him. When I...

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France's Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) took the wheel of Vincenzo Nibali to take third place in the stage and strengthen his 6th place overall, 6:08 behind the Italian.  

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Attacked in the descent of Izoard, a little less at ease than the day before in Chamrousse, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) still took 4th place in the stage won by Rafal Majka and kept his 4th place overall.

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Off the bus quotes19.07.2014

Beware of Koenig

For FDJ team director Yvon Madiot, today's stage to Risoul will be a carbon copy of yesterday's stage to Chamrousse, where Vincenzo Nibali took the stage while his protégé Thibaut Pinot took fifth place in the wheel of Alejandro Valverde.

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The of the town19.07.2014

Heatwave

The heat indefinably played a major role in the last two stages to St Etienne and Chamrousse. Nauseas, stomach problems - the abrupt change in temperatures weighed on the riders conditions in the last two days.

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Sporting stakes19.07.2014

At the peak of the Tour

Vincenzo Nibali has the race in his hands. With 3.37 lead over Alejandro Valverde, and the threat of time trialist Richie Porte no longer existing, “The Shark” is serene. But he knows the history of cycling. Therefore, he's got the maximum respect for a climb like the Izoard, which is the highest summit at 2360m above sea level. According to the tradition, the Henri-Desgrange memory price will be awarded to the first rider up there. Shall the heat persist, it's no walk in the park even...

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While a little less brilliant than in the Vosges, Team AG2R-LA Mondiale keep leading the way in the team classification and remain one of the most successful team in the race at this stage.

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How was the first time ?18.07.2014

De la Cruz: "C'est le Tour"

At the start of Thursday's stage to St Etienne, David de la Cruz (TNE) confessed he was living "the most extraordinary time" in his life.

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Izoard is such a legendary climb in the Tour de France that the pass, at kilometre 132.5, is the obvious hotspot of the 14th stage to Risoul.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:29Top 5

1. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 5.08.27

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), 0.24

3. JC Peraud (AG2R), 0.26

4. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 0.50

5. Romain Bardet (AG2R), st

17:26The winner is... Rafal Majka

Poland's Rafal Majka wins stage 14 in Risoul for Tinkoff-Saxo.

17:25De Marchi the most aggressive again

Second award in a row for De Marchi

17:231km to go

Majka has 30 seconds lead over Nibali

17:22Valverde in trouble

Valverde can't follow Pinot, Bardet, Van Garderen and Schleck

17:212km to go

2km to go: 40 sec lead for Majka

17:193km to go: Nibali at 50 seconds

Majka has 50 sec lead with 3km to go

17:174km to go: Nibali attacks

With 4km to go, Nibali attacks. Only Peraud follows him. Majka is one minute ahead.

17:16Rolland accelerates again

For the second time, Rolland accelerates

17:14Majka gains time

Majka has 1.10 lead over the yellow jersey group with 4.5km to go.

17:10Majka insists

18 riders form the yellow jersey group 50 seconds behind Majka with 6km to go. Van den Broeck is not part of it.

17:058km to go: Maillot Jaune at 37 seconds

Majka alone in the lead with Purito and De Marchi chasing him down. Yellow jersey group at 37 seconds.

17:03Majka rejoins De Marchi

Purito isn't far behind De Marchi and Majka

17:01De Marchi goes solo

De Marchi drops Serpa off with 9.5km to go.

16:58De Marchi and Serpa in the lead

Two in the lead: De Marchi and Serpa. Peloton at 50 seconds.

16:57De Marchi attacks

With 11km to go, De Marchi attacks. He's the last rider to have won at Risoul (Dauphiné 2013).

16:531.10 with 14km to go

It's getting close as AG2R has put five riders at the head of the peloton: Riblon, Chérel, Gastauer, Peraud, Bardet.

16:48AG2R leads the peloton

AG2R leads the peloton 1.25 behind the 11 escapees with 17km to go.

16:43Regrouping around the Maillot Jaune

With 23km to go, a big group is formed again with the yellow jersey 1.37 behind the 11 leaders.

16:41Devenyns pulls out

Dries Devenyns abandons the Tour de France after crashing.

16:35Edet back in the front group

11 riders in the lead as Nicolas Edet has made it across.

16:32Fast downhill for the favorites

In the downhill, Bardet, Peraud, Nibali, Fuglsang and Valverde ride fast. Pinot is off the back for a little while but chases hard.

16:26Purito back in the lead

After the col d'Izoard, Joaquim Rodriguez is back in the lead of the KOM classification with 88 points. Nibali has 70 points, Majka 68.

16:23Rodriguez first again

Result of KOM at col d'Izoard


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 25 points


2.    Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 20


3.    Mikel Nieve (Sky), 16


4.    Jesus Herrada (Movistar), 14


5.    Simon Yates (Orica), 12


6.    Geraint Thomas (Sky), 10


7.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 8


8.    José Serpa (Lampre), 6


9.    Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), 4

16:19Ten riders in the lead

Mikel Nieve, Geraint Thomas (Sky), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannnondale), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), José Serpa (Lampre), Amaël Moinard (BMC) et Simon Yates (Orica) remain in the lead atop the Izoard.

16:07Yvon Madiot: «Pinot won't attack every day»

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, FDJ.fr's DS Yvon Madiot said: “It would be suicidal to attack in the Izoard and race in between two groups. Thibaut Pinot is well positioned now after the puncture he had earlier. But he won't attack every day. Others can do it as well. Shall he attack, it will be in the climb to Risoul and most probably towards the end as the beginning is pretty rolling.”

16:026km from col d'Izoard

With 6km to go to the col d'Izoard, the time gap is 2.45.

15:47Manuel Valls: «Pinot or Bardet? One of them has to win first!»

Questioned during the race by letour.fr via Christian Prudhomme's mobile phone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared: “We're right behind the breakaway but I'm not sure they can stay away. The front group might explode soon. Before we can talk about a rivalry between the two French riders Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet, like Anquetil-Poulidor in the past, one of them has to win the Tour… because Anquetil was winning! I strongly hope that will be the case for them as well. That...

15:33Sagan dropped

Peter Sagan gets dropped by the front in the ascent to col d'Izoard.

15:27Serious chase going on

On the way down to Briançon, NetApp continues chasing hard: 2.35 at km 109.

15:24Average speed: 34.7km/h

33.3km have been covered in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 34.7km/h.

15:21Richie Porte: "GC is over for me but..."

Questioned by France Televisions prior to the start, Richie Porte said: “Yesterday was a terrible day for me. But the Tour is not over. I'm not in a super form today either but there will be other difficult stages next week. Maybe I can still save something and make something out of this Tour. It's not up to me to attack Nibali anymore. GC is over for me but a stage win might still be possible.”

15:19Sagan has a flat tyre

Peter Sagan punctures in the breakaway but makes his way back very quickly rather than waiting for the peloton and saving energy for a potential bunch gallop tomorrow.

15:17Time gap down to 3.15

With 73km to go, the time gap is down to 3.15 as NetApp stretches the peloton.

15:10NetApp with Astana at the head of the peloton

The NetApp-Endura team has taken over from Astana at the head of the peloton, as breakaway riders Geraint Thomas and Mikel Nieve potentially threaten the tenth place of Leo König on GC.

15:01Julien Jurdie: «We're confident»

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, AG2R-La Mondiale's DS Julien Jurdie said: “Everything's going well for our team at the Tour so far. We're confident. We dare to attack. The team spirit is remarkable. Today it's the turn of Christophe Riblon to being at the front. He remains an unpredictable rider. Yesterday, he was struggling in the grupetto and today he is part of a strong breakaway. There are very good riders up there: Majka, Roche, Rodriguez… Christophe can be useful...

14:58Rodriguez first at the Lautaret

Result of KOM price at col du Lautaret, km 82


1.    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 10


2.    Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), 8


3.    Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 6


4.    José Serpa (Lampre), 4


5.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 2


6.    Christophe Riblon (AG2R), 1

14:5135.4km/h average

29.3km have been covered by the escapees in the second hour. Average speed so far: 35.4km/h.

14:48Démare is sick

French champion Arnaud Démare has stopped at a camper van because of diarrhea but he's back racing and smiling. His guardian angel Mickaël Delage waits for him.

14:45Jean-Luc Jonrond: «We have two cards to play»

Cofidis is one of the four teams with two riders in the breakaway: Nicolas Edet and Rein Taaramäe. Questioned during the race by letour.fr, their directeur sportif Jean-Luc Jonrond said: “It all depends on how the peloton will react up to the col d'Izoard. If everything goes well, part of the breakaway will stay in contention for the stage victory. There are excellent riders like Joaquim Rodriguez and Nicolas Roche! I hope we'll be part of that group but it's not certain. Rein is feeling...

14:445 minutes at 3km to the Lautaret

3km before the col du Lautaret, the peloton is five minutes behind the 17 breakaway riders: Mikel Nieve and Geraint Thomas (Sky), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), Peter Sagan and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Albert Timmer (Giant), José Serpa (Lampre), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Nicolas Edet and Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) and Simon Yates (Orica).

14:304.35 with 102km to go

With 102km to go, a maximum difference between the 17 leaders and the bunch is reached: 4.35.

14:16Philippe Mauduit: «Majka can become a GC contender in the future»

Tinkoff-Saxo is left without Alberto Contador but not without motivation as Rafal Majka finished second in stage 13 yesterday and he's again in the breakaway along with Nicolas Roche. Questioned during the race by letour.fr, directeur sportif Philippe Mauduit said: “It's not difficult to motivate bike riders when we're at the Tour de France! Rafal Majka has had a break after the Giro [he finished 6th overall] and he resumed training progressively. It wasn't the plan to have him competitive...

14:07French Prime Minister at the Tour

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is a guest at the Tour de France today. He'll join Christian Prudhomme in his car after the col de Lautaret at Le Monêtier-les-Bains, km 94.5.

13:57Raining at the Tour...

It's drizzling on the road of the Tour de France on the way to the col de Lautaret.

13:46More than four minutes

With 120km to go, the time has moved up to 4.10

13:37Fuglsang is up there

The peloton is cruising up to the very long col du Lautaret (34km). Jakob Fuglsang is one of the Astana riders alongside Vincenzo Nibali at the head of the peloton, so he was right to be optimistic about his health condition this morning.

13:34Sagan: always more...

Since the Tour de France introduced a new scale for the points classification in 2012, Peter Sagan dominates it but this year even more... In 2012, he won it with 421 points and an avantage of 141 points over André Greipel. In 2013, he compiled 409 points, which was 97 more than Mark Cavendish. After the intermediate sprint at La Paute, he's got 361 points while runner up Bryan Coquard is 170 points behind! There are seven stages left after this one...

13:27Top 15

Result of the intermediate sprint in La Paute, km 40


1.    Peter Sagan (Cannondale), 20 points


2.    Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 17


3.    Geraint Thomas (Sky), 15


4.    Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), 13


5.    Simon Yates (Orica), 11


6.    Amaël Moinard (BMC), 10


7.    Jesus Herrada (Movistar), 9


8.    Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 8


9.    Albert...

13:2341.5km in the first hour

In the first hour of racing, the 17 breakaway riders have covered 41.5km.

13:20Nieve punctures in the front group

Mikel Nieve's back wheel is flat.

13:16No sprint but Sagan is first

Nobody contested the intermediate sprint. Sagan easily passed in first position.

13:12Romain Bardet: "I never give up"

Questioned in English by international media before the start, Romain Bardet answered: “There's still a long way to Paris. I have to stay focused. Today it's the queen stage of the Alps and the Pyrenees are still to come. There will be many climbs to do some differences for riders like me. I trust my team-mates. They've done a pretty good job since the start.”


To France Televisions right on the start line, he said (in French): “I sleep well. I manage to turn my nose up at...

13:08Slowing down

At km 30, the time gap is unchanged: 3.25. The breakaway riders are taking it a bit easy as they realized the bunch isn't exactly chasing them down.

12:57Three minutes at km 25

The 17 leaders have three minutes lead at km 25.

12:56Jakob Fuglsang: "I'm optimistic"

Questioned by international media as he wore impressive bandages before the start, injured rider Jakob Fuglsang said: “Jurgen [Van den Broeck] wrote me a message last night. I'm happy for that. He said he was sorry that he took a bottle at the top of the climb. The bottle fell off and it was bad luck that I hit it. Of course I have some pain but it's bearable for now and I think it'll bearable also on the bike. I cannot say what is hurting the most, it's hurting everywhere. It's gonna be...

12:53Pinot back in the bunch

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) is back in the bunch after a flat tyre.

12:49Thomas the highest ranked

Geraint Thomas is the highest ranked of the breakaway riders: 18th on GC at 14.05.

12:48Valls abandoned due to a knee injury

The Lampre-Merida team informed France Televisions that Rafael Valls pulled out because of his badly injured left knee. The pain was there before the start this morning.

12:461.40 at km 19

At km 19, the 17 riders are 1.40 ahead

12:4517 riders in the lead

Mikel Nieve and Geraint Thomas (Sky), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka and Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), Peter Sagan and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Albert Timmer (Giant), José Serpa (Lampre), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Nicolas Edet and Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) and Simon Yates (Orica) form the front group since km 16.

12:38Nibali and Valverde back in the bunch

Nibali and Valverde have slowed down. They're back in the bunch.

12:37Front group split in two

The first part of the peloton is now split in two and Nibali is in the second half while Peter Sagan is at the very front with 13 other riders.

12:35Cannondale insists

Cannondale rides hard in the front group composed of about 40 riders including Nibali and Valverde. Trek and FDJ pull the peloton 25 seconds behind after 13km of racing.

12:30Split in the bunch

The bunch is split in two. Nibali is in the first part but Bardet and Pinot aren't, so the French teams are chasing.

12:25Greipel off the back

André Greipel is among the first riders dropped in the first five kilometres due to numerous attacks. Cyril Gautier is on the move now.

12:24Valls quits

Rafael Valls (Lampre) abandons the Tour de France.

12:20Rodriguez launches the race

Joaquim Rodriguez attacks from the gun and tries to create a breakaway group. Chavanel and Edet are among the most active riders at the front.

12:19Start given

Start proper given at 12.18.

12:13Vincenzo Nibali: "I haven't discovered Bardet at the Tour"

Questioned before the start in Grenoble, race leader Vincenzo Nibali said: “I've slept well. I'm serene. Today's stage might be a painful one for my team-mate Jakob Fuglsang who crashed yesterday but he's ok and his condition is still good. We'll look at handling the race with care again today. It's another difficult stage with the Lautaret, the Izoard and Risoul. It'll be important to stay all together [with his team]. It's an uphill finish and I'm better and better in the overall...

12:11173 riders in the neutral zone

173 riders have signed the starting sheet. They're in the neutral zone.

12:0926° at the start

The temperature is 26° in Grenoble. The riders don't complain about the heat anymore.

12:02Climbs of the day

-    Km 82: col du Lautaret (cat. 1), 34km at 3.9%


-    Km 132.5: col d'Izoard (H.C.), 19km at 6%


-    Km 177: Risoul (cat. 1), 12.6km at 6.9%

12:02AG2R is a solid leader now

AG2R-La Mondiale made a huge progress in the quest of the teams' classification yesterday. The French outfit now leads by 9.24 over Belkin and… 23.46 over Team Sky!

12:01Bardet-Pinot: THE duel

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) retained the white jersey because he was able to follow Tejay van Garderen up to Chamrousse. He was extremely courageous yesterday but Thibaut Pinot looked a bit more at ease uphill. The difference between the two Frenchmen is only 16 seconds. That has eventually become THE duel of the Tour!

12:00Rodriguez on the hunt

Vincenzo Nibali is the new leader of the King of the Mountains competition with 70 points. As he's busy with the yellow jersey, runner up Joaquim Rodriguez keeps wearing the polka dot jersey. The Catalan from Katusha has 53 points and a lot of ambitions to score today but a new natural pretender appeared yesterday: Thibaut Pinot, a pure climber, moved up to third place with 41 points. Today's stage will be very interesting for the KOM. Points are doubled at Risoul where 20 points will be...

11:59Peter Sagan eyes in the intermediate sprint

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) remains a comfortable leader of the points classification with 341 points under his belt. Bryan Coquard follows with 191. The Slovakian champion might show some interest for the intermediate sprint at La Paute after 40km today. It's before the mountains. But he might as well take it easy and save some energy for tomorrow's flat stage to Nîmes.

11:59Vincenzo Nibali shines in yellow

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) shines more and more every day in yellow. After his flamboyant victory in Chamrousse, his first one in the yellow jersey, he's no longer threatened by Richie Porte who struggled in the heat yesterday. The Sicilian leads the race with 3.37 over Alejandro Valverde, 4.24 over Romain Bardet and 4.40 over Thibaut Pinot.

11:58Jersey holders on the front line

Once again, the distinctive jersey holders gathering on the front line this morning are: Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Joaquim Rodriguez (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white).

11:44Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 14 from Grenoble to Risoul (177km) on www.letour.fr. This is a big Alpine stage with the Henri-Desgrange memory price at the mythical col d'Izoard and an unprecedented uphill finish at the ski resort of Risoul in the Hautes-Alpes.

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