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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