Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

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After Rafal Majka in the Alps, another of Alberto Contador's domestiques claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France. Michael Rogers managed to get rid of the Europcar duo formed of Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier to arrive solo in Bagnères-de-Luchon. In the yellow jersey group, Thibaut Pinot took a significant advantage over direct rivals Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the overall lead.

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News from the sick bay…22.07.2014

Pneumothorax for Hollenstein

Swiss Reto Hollenstein (IAM), who crashed after one kilometer in the stage, was seriously injured in his right side and suffers from a pneumothorax, the Tour medical service said.

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Most aggressive rider.

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Winner of the last two Tour stages held in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Thomas Voeckler (EUC) came close to the hat-trick today. But the Frenchman had to be content with second place behind Michael Rogers.

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Tejay Van Garderen was one of the favourites who lost the most on Port de Bales, finishing 3:36 behind the other leaders to find himself 6th overall, 9:25 behind Vincenzo Nibali and four minutes outside of the podium.  

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Analysis22.07.2014

FDJ's perfect strategy

At the service of Thibaut Pinot in the climb to Port de Bales, Arnold Jeannesson helped his leader seize the third place overall and the white jersey for the best young rider. He then handed the baton to Jeremy Roy, gone in the day's break, who waited for his leader in the descent to escort him to the finish line.

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Left 1:50 behind Thibaut Pinot in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Romain Bardet is now 5th overall, 6:40 behind Vincenzo Nibali and 1:34 behind Pinot.

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Off the bus quotes22.07.2014

Ledanois: "There will be a battle"

BMC and Tejay Van Garderen's team director Yvon Ledanois is convinced the battle of the Pyrenees will start for good in this long stage between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, an especially in the Port de Bales, the final climb, and its long descent towards the finish line.

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The of the town22.07.2014

Five for two seats

While everybody seems to admit that Vincenzo Nibali is in a class of his own on this Tour de France, there are at least five riders competing for the two other spots on the podium and all believe they are well placed to earn them.

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Few debutants on this Tour de France have had it as good as Ben Gastauer. Part of a thriving AG2R team, with two riders in the top 10 and a stage win for Blel Kadri in Gearmder, he is aware of his luck.

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The main goal of Team Movistar at the start of the Tour de France was to help Alejandro Valverde to the podium in Paris and their manager Eusebio Unzue, who led Nairo Quintana to the second place last year, is confident it will now be the case.

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The milestone to nail down in this stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon is undoubtedly at kilometre 216 at the top of Port de Bales.

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Sporting stakes22.07.2014

The longest day

After a well deserved rest day, the 170 riders remaining in the Tour de France will have to spend their longest day on the saddle. It'll take them about eleven hours to bridge Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon, via the Portet d'Aspet, the col des Ares and the Port de Balès. It's the first of three stages in the Pyrenees but it's definitely not a standard mountain stage. In the modern editions of the Tour de France, there's usually one stage finishing downhill, as “mountain” doesn't...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:09Top 5

1. Michael Rogers (Tinkoff)

2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

3. Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky)

4. José Serpa (Lampre)

5. Cyril Gautier (Europcar)

17:07The winner is... Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers wins his first stage at the Tour de France at the age of 35 after winning two stages at the Giro d'Italia this year.

17:06Gautier honored

Gautier the most aggressive rider.

17:04Rogers goes solo 4.5km before the finish

Michael Rogers goes solo. Gautier can't bridge the gap.

17:02Roy with Pinot

Roy who was in the lead before is now alongside Pinot in the same group as Nibali, Valverde, Gadret, Peraud

17:00Pinot-Bardet: 1.53 at Port de Balès

Pinot passed the Port de Balès 1.53 before Bardet.

16:59Five riders in the lead

Kiriyenka and Gautier rejoin Serpa, Voeckler and Rogers as the cooperation in the front group isn't ideal.

16:55Pinot drops Valverde off

Only Nibali and Péraud manage to follow Pinot in the last kilometer of climbing.

16:52Serpa beats Voeckler at Port de Balès

Result at Port de Balès:
1.    José Serpa (Lampre), 25 points
2.    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 20
3.    Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), 16
4.    At 0.22: Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), 14
5.    Cyril Gautier (Europcar), 12
6.    At 0.32: Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 10
7.    At 1.00: Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), 8
8.    At 1.10: Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 6
9.    TJ Slagter (Garmin), 4
10.    At 1.50: Tony Gallopin (Lotto), 2

16:45Pinot attacks

4km before the summit, Pinot attacks. Bardet can't follow. Pinot, Nibali, Péraud and Valverde distance the other riders.

16:43Van Garderen dropped

Van Garderen gets dropped from the yellow jersey group. Mollema is in trouble too.

16:4214 riders in the yellow jersey group

In the yellow jersey group: Valverde, Gadret, Intxausti (Movistar), Nibali, Kangert (Astana), Mollema, Ten Dam (Belkin), Péraud, Bardet (AG2R), Jeannesson, Pinot (FDJ), Van Garderen (BMC), Zubeldia (Trek) and König (NetApp).

16:36Four riders in the lead

4km before the top, Voeckler, Gautier, Serpa and Rogers are away.

16:35Gautier in the lead

After Voeckler, Gautier has attacked. Rogers and Serpa keep him in sight.

16:30Voeckler attacks

5km before the summit, Voeckler goes solo.

16:29The six leaders are...

...Van Avermaet, Serpa, Kiriyenka, Voeckler, Gautier and Rogers.

16:27Rogers in action

With 28km to go, Rogers makes the race hard. Only six riders stay in the lead.

16:24Movistar at the head of the peloton

Movistar moves up to the head of the peloton, probably with some intentions for Valverde...

16:20Slagter, Reza and Roy off the back

Only 11 riders remain at the front as Slagter, Reza and Roy get dropped off from the leading group.

16:16Roy accelerates again

Roy goes again. Dumoulin gets dropped. Reza takes over from Roy and speeds up 10km away from the summit.

16:13Kluge first man dropped

Roger Kluge is the first rider dropped from the front group in the climb.

16:10Roy speeds up

Jérémy Roy makes the race harder as the escapees start climbing.

16:0935km to go: 12 minutes

Coming close to the beginning of the ascent to Port de Balès, the 21 leaders are 12 minutes ahead of the peloton led by Astana.

15:54Dominique Arnould: "Voeckler is serene"

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, Euopcar's DS Dominique Arnould said about having three riders in the 21-man breakaway: “We knew this stage was suitable for a breakaway to go from far. Our goal was to have Thomas Voeckler or Cyril Gautier in it. It's formidable for us because the two of them are up there, plus Kévin Reza. Bagnères-de-Luchon is Thomas' lucky place. I hope he'll win for the third time at the Tour. He's serene. He's got good legs. Today the strongest will...

15:4150km to go: 12.10

With 50km to go, the time gap between the 21 leaders and the peloton is 12.10.

15:39Vincent Lavenu: "

Questioned during the race by France Televisions, AG2R-La Mondiale team manager Vincent Lavenu suspected some teams to be likely to speed up anytime soon because Michal Kwiatkowski is on his way to moving up on GC. "The gap on GC is quite something but I believe NetApp and Belkin who don't have any rider in the breakaway will take the race in hand", said the Frenchman. Kwiatkowski is about nine and ten minutes behind Leo König and Bauke Mollema in the overall ranking.

15:29Voeckler first at col des Ares

1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 2

2. José Serpa (Lampre), 1

15:14Eight teams missing at the front

14 teams are represented in the 21-man breakaway. The missing teams are: Katusha, Astana, Cannondale, Belkin, Giant, Trek, Cofidis and NetApp.

15:05More than ten minutes

At the col de Portet d'Aspet, the time gap is 10.15. The peloton led by Astana isn't chasing at all.

14:56Voeckler first at Portet d'Aspet

1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 5 points

2. Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), 3

3. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 2

4. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), 1

14:53Flowers at the Casartelli stele

Christian Prudhomme, Bernard Hinault, Bernard Thévenet French cycling federation and European cycling union David Lappartient are at the Casartelli memorial stele to deliver flowers and pay a tribute to the Italian rider who died on the road of the Tour de France eleven years ago.

14:42Escapees climbing to Portet d'Aspet

The 21 breakaway riders are climbing to the col de Portet d'Aspet. In the downhill, they'll pass in front of the stele remembering the tragedy of Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli who died on July 18, 1995.

14:27Up to 9 minutes

Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Jan Bakelants and Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Samuel Dumoulin and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), José Serpa (Lampre), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Cyril Gautier, Kévin Reza and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica), Roger Kluge (IAM), Anthony Delaplace and Florian Vachon (Bretagne) have increased their...

14:0842km/h average

The 21 breakaway riders have covered 40km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42km/h.

14:077 minutes at km 123

Time gap on the up: 7.00 at km 123

14:06Top 15

Result of the intermediate sprint in Saint-Girons, km 123.5


1.    Roger Kluge (IAM), 20 points


2.    Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 17


3.    Jérémy Roy (FDJ), 15


4.    Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R), 13


5.    Tony Gallopin (Lotto), 11


6.    Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne), 10


7.    Bernhard Eisel (Sky), 9


8.    Michael Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 8


9.    Cyril Gautier...

13:58Kluge first at the intermediate sprint

Breakaway at Saint-Girons, where Luis Leon Sanchez won stage 8 of the 2009 Tour de France.

13:54Km 114: 6.35

At km 114, the time gap between the 21 leaders and the peloton is 6.35

13:49Nibali towards 50

Shall Vincenzo Nibali keep the Maillot Jaune in Bagnères-de-Luchon, it'll be his 50th time getting a leader's jersey: 3 times at the 2010 Giro, 7 at the 2010 Vuelta (including overall win), 13 at the 2013 Giro (including overall win), 14 at the 2014 Tour de France.

13:426 minutes at the feed zone

At km 110, the deficit of the bunch is 6 minutes.

13:22Third win for Voeckler in Bagnères-de-Luchon?

The question of our survey today on www.letour.fr is: Will Thomas Voeckler win in Bagnères-de-Luchon like in 2010 and 2012 at the Tour de France and at the 2013 Route du Sud? After two and half hours of racing, 75% of the voters believe the Frenchman will not succeed. He's part of the breakaway though and Europcar is the only team to have three riders up there.

13:1821 riders in the lead

Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Jan Bakelants and Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Samuel Dumoulin and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), José Serpa (Lampre), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Cyril Gautier, Kévin Reza and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica), Roger Kluge (IAM), Anthony Delaplace and Florian Vachon (Bretagne) are reunited at the...

13:16Reza has a problem

Kévin Reza calls for a mechanical assistance in the front group.

13:15Time gap stabilized: 4.10

Km 92: 4.10

13:06New time gap: 4.10

The difference keeps going up.

13:05Average: 42.9km/h

42.2km have been covered in the second hour. Average speed so far: 42.9km/h.

13:01Time gap: 3.55

The peloton has let the breakaway go. Latest time gap: 3.55.

12:5221 riders in the lead

Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Jan Bakelants and Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Samuel Dumoulin and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin), José Serpa (Lampre), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Cyril Gautier, Kévin Reza and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Michael Albasini and Jens Keukeleire (Orica), Roger Kluge (IAM), Anthony Delaplace and Florian Vachon (Bretagne) are in the lead. Out...

12:47Sagan and Rodriguez back in the pack

The group of Sagan, Rodriguez, Van den Broeck and Porte is back in the pack.

12:4315 riders in the lead

15 riders are away with 28 seconds.

12:41One point for Montaguti

At the top of the côte de Pamiers, Montaguti scores one point for the KOM. The Sagan-Purito group is at 48 seconds.

12:40Montaguti insists

Matteo Montaguti (AG2R) attacks from the front group at km 70, before the breakaway gets caught.

12:3914 seconds only

Garmin is pulling the peloton. They have the breakaway in sight, 14 seconds ahead.

12:36Rodriguez is often in trouble after a rest day

King of the Mountains Joaquim Rodriguez is quite famous from his past experiences at Giro and Vuelta for not feeling well the day after a rest day. That's how he lost the 2012 Vuelta to Alberto Contador. As he often does, he didn't train yesterday but spent some time with his family including his children Pablo and Elsa who visited him in Carcassonne. He spoke to French daily newspaper L'Equipe about his ambition for the polka dot jersey. “This is not a small thing to win at the Tour de...

12:35Still Garmin-Sharp pacing the bunch

The Garmin-Sharp team is still the most active at the head of the peloton in the chase of the twelve leaders. The Sagan-Purito group is battling hard as well, 1.02 adrift.

12:31Km 64: 44 seconds

Hard racing is on. Time gap between the 12 leaders and the main peloton at km 64: 44 seconds. The group of the green and polka dot jersey wearers is at 1.20.

12:26Km 60: 45 seconds

At km 60, Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), José Serpa (Lampre), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Kévin Reza (Europcar), Michael Albasini (Orica), Roger Kluge (IAM) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne) are 45 seconds ahead of the main peloton. The Purito group is at 1.15.

12:23Peloton at 50 seconds

Led by teams Belkin, Giant and Garmin, the main peloton is 50 seconds behind the breakaway. The Rodriguez-Van den Broeck group is at 1.15.

12:20Chavanel and Greipel off the back

20 riders dropped, including Chavanel, Greipel, Van den Broeck, Sagan, Rodriguez, Porte...

12:17Garmin-Sharp stretches the bunch

The Garmin-Sharp team is riding hard at the head of the peloton. There are splits and some riders in difficulty. Mikel Nieve (Sky) is dropped off.

12:15Peloton speeding up

The peloton doesn't seem happy with this breakaway

12:14Kwiatkowski the highest ranked

The highest ranked of the breakaway riders is Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 16th at 19.24.

12:11The 12 leaders are...

Bernhard Eisel and Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), José Serpa (Lampre), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Kévin Reza (Europcar), Michael Albasini (Orica), Roger Kluge (IAM) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne) precede the peloton by 1.35 at Belpech (km 50)

12:08Km 45: 12 leaders

At km 45, four riders make it across to the breakaway: Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Jon Izagirre (Movistar), José Serpa (Lampre) and Roger Kluge (IAM). Peloton at 1.05.

12:06Eight riders in the lead

Bernhard Eisel (Sky), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff), Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Kévin Reza (Europcar), Michael Albasini (Orica) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne) are the eight leaders.

12:0343.7km in the first hour

43.7km have been covered in the first hour of racing.

11:55Rogers at the front for Tinkoff

Rogers (Tinkoff), Roy (FDJ), Reza (Europcar), Albasini (Orica) and Delaplace (Bretagne) on the move since km 28 but the peloton reacts

11:44Rafal Majka: "I want the polka dot jersey"

Questioned by letour.fr before the start in Carcassonne, stage 14 winner Rafal Majka declared: “For sure we're interested in the polka dot jersey but it won't be easy. We've got three days to fight for it but I don't think today's stage will impact the KOM classification at the difference of tomorrow and after tomorrow. It's a long day today. It's obvious that Purito wants it badly and I'll fight against him. But shall Vincenzo [Nibali] win the uphill stage finishes, he'll be the king of...

11:43Majka first at côte de Fanjeaux

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) is the virtual leader of the KOM competition as he won the sprint atop the côte de Fanjeaux and scored one point.

11:38Climbing...

Many skirmishes again but it's bunched up in the côte de Fanjeaux.

11:30Km 20: many skirmishes going on

Navardauskas (Garmin), Arashiro and Gautier (Europcar) have been caught at km 20 after breaking away.

11:23Hollenstein back in the pack

Reto Hollenstein (IAM) is back in the peloton after crashing.

11:21All together at km 12

At Montreal, km 12, the breakaway riders are caught by the peloton. The eight attackers were: Kiriyenka (Sky), Marino (Cannondale), Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Cimolai (Lampre), Hansen (Lotto), Gène and Voeckler (Europcar), Albasini (Orica).

11:16Eight riders in the lead

Km 8, 10 seconds lead for eight riders, including Thomas Voeckler (to be confirmed)

11:11Three riders away

Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Davide Cimolai (Lampre) and Adam Hansen (Lotto) have gone clear at km 6. Hollenstein is back on his bike.

11:08Correction: it's Reto Hollenstein

Correction: the rider who has crashed in Reto Hollenstein (number 195) from IAM Cycling and not Ben King.

11:06Ben King is first to... crash

Ben King (Garmin) crashes soon after the start.

11:01At 11.00

The start proper has been given to 169 riders at 11.00

10:59Nicolas Edet: "I'm a bit sick but I want to break away"

Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Cofidis' Nicolas Edet who won the KOM price of the Vuelta a Espana last year admitted this should be a stage for a breakaway from far, something he's definitely good at: “I'm a bit sick”, he said. “But this is the case for most of the riders in the peloton as I can hear. However, I hope to break away today. But we're on the day after a rest day. We never know in which shape we are on such a day. It's a long stage with nice climbs. On paper,...

10:57AG2R-La Mondiale is having a great Tour

AG2R-La Mondiale largely leads the teams' classification. Belkin Pro Cycling is 12.42 adrift.

10:56Bardet-Pinot: THE duel is on!

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is the best young rider. This ranking is THE duel of the Tour with Thibaut Pinot second at only 16 seconds.

10:55Rodriguez and Majka equal on points

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) stays in the lead of the KOM classification but that's the tightest of them all. The Spaniard is equal on points (88) with Rafal Majka, followed by Vincenzo Nibali with 86.

10:54Sagan always in green

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) leads the points classification with 402 points. Runner up Bryan Coquard is close to only half of that with 226…

10:5013th day in the lead for Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the 13th day, with 4.37 lead over Alejandro Valverde, 4.50 over Romain Bardet. He's apparently a solid leader of the Tour de France.

10:49Climbs of the day

-    Km 25: côte de Fanjeaux (cat. 4), 2.4km at 4.9%


-    Km 71.5: côte de Pamiers (cat. 4), 2.5km at 5.4%


-    Km 155: col de Portet-d'Aspet (cat. 2), 5.4km at 6.9%


-    Km 176.5: col des Ares (cat. 3), 6km at 5.2%


-    Km 216: Port de Balès (HC), 11.7km at 7.7%

10:48Riders on the move

The riders are cruising in the neutral zone. Start proper at the exit of Carcassonne scheduled at 11.00.

10:47Two non starters: Yates and Costa

Two non starters today: Simon Yates (Orica) and Rui Costa (Lampre). The young Brit has been instructed by his team to withdraw in order to not burn himself. The world champion is sick with pneumonia.

10:43Jersey holders on the front line

The distinctive jersey holders on the front line at the start in Carcassonne are the same with the Pyrenees in sight as in the Alps: Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Joaquim Rodriguez (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white).

10:39Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 16 from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon (237.5km) on www.letour.fr. This is the longest stage of the 2014 Tour de France. It's also the first of three consecutive Pyrenean stages.

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