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.read more
Best young rider.read more
King of the Mountains.read more
News from the sick bay…22.07.2014
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.read more
Stage 16 winner.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Off the bus quotes22.07.2014
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.read more
The of the town22.07.2014
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.read more
How was the first time ?22.07.2014
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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...read more
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1. Michael Rogers (Tinkoff)
2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
3. Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky)
4. José Serpa (Lampre)
5. Cyril Gautier (Europcar)
|17:07||The 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.
Gautier the most aggressive rider.
|17:04||Rogers goes solo 4.5km before the finish|
Michael Rogers goes solo. Gautier can't bridge the gap.
|17:02||Roy with Pinot|
Roy who was in the lead before is now alongside Pinot in the same group as Nibali, Valverde, Gadret, Peraud
|17:00||Pinot-Bardet: 1.53 at Port de Balès|
Pinot passed the Port de Balès 1.53 before Bardet.
|16:59||Five riders in the lead|
Kiriyenka and Gautier rejoin Serpa, Voeckler and Rogers as the cooperation in the front group isn't ideal.
|16:55||Pinot drops Valverde off|
Only Nibali and Péraud manage to follow Pinot in the last kilometer of climbing.
|16:52||Serpa beats Voeckler at Port de Balès|
Result at Port de Balès:
4km before the summit, Pinot attacks. Bardet can't follow. Pinot, Nibali, Péraud and Valverde distance the other riders.
|16:43||Van Garderen dropped|
Van Garderen gets dropped from the yellow jersey group. Mollema is in trouble too.
|16:42||14 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).
|16:36||Four riders in the lead|
4km before the top, Voeckler, Gautier, Serpa and Rogers are away.
|16:35||Gautier in the lead|
After Voeckler, Gautier has attacked. Rogers and Serpa keep him in sight.
5km before the summit, Voeckler goes solo.
|16:29||The six leaders are...|
...Van Avermaet, Serpa, Kiriyenka, Voeckler, Gautier and Rogers.
|16:27||Rogers in action|
With 28km to go, Rogers makes the race hard. Only six riders stay in the lead.
|16:24||Movistar at the head of the peloton|
Movistar moves up to the head of the peloton, probably with some intentions for Valverde...
|16:20||Slagter, 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.
|16:16||Roy accelerates again|
Roy goes again. Dumoulin gets dropped. Reza takes over from Roy and speeds up 10km away from the summit.
|16:13||Kluge first man dropped|
Roger Kluge is the first rider dropped from the front group in the climb.
|16:10||Roy speeds up|
Jérémy Roy makes the race harder as the escapees start climbing.
|16:09||35km 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.
|15:54||Dominique 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...
|15:41||50km to go: 12.10|
With 50km to go, the time gap between the 21 leaders and the peloton is 12.10.
|15:39||Vincent 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.
|15:29||Voeckler first at col des Ares|
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 2
2. José Serpa (Lampre), 1
|15:14||Eight 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.
|15:05||More 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.
|14:56||Voeckler 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
|14:53||Flowers 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.
|14:42||Escapees 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.
|14:27||Up 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...
The 21 breakaway riders have covered 40km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42km/h.
|14:07||7 minutes at km 123|
Time gap on the up: 7.00 at km 123
Result of the intermediate sprint in Saint-Girons, km 123.5
|13:58||Kluge first at the intermediate sprint|
Breakaway at Saint-Girons, where Luis Leon Sanchez won stage 8 of the 2009 Tour de France.
|13:54||Km 114: 6.35|
At km 114, the time gap between the 21 leaders and the peloton is 6.35
|13:49||Nibali 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.
|13:42||6 minutes at the feed zone|
At km 110, the deficit of the bunch is 6 minutes.
|13:22||Third 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.
|13:18||21 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...
|13:16||Reza has a problem|
Kévin Reza calls for a mechanical assistance in the front group.
|13:15||Time gap stabilized: 4.10|
Km 92: 4.10
|13:06||New time gap: 4.10|
The difference keeps going up.
42.2km have been covered in the second hour. Average speed so far: 42.9km/h.
|13:01||Time gap: 3.55|
The peloton has let the breakaway go. Latest time gap: 3.55.
|12:52||21 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...
|12:47||Sagan and Rodriguez back in the pack|
The group of Sagan, Rodriguez, Van den Broeck and Porte is back in the pack.
|12:43||15 riders in the lead|
15 riders are away with 28 seconds.
|12:41||One 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.
Matteo Montaguti (AG2R) attacks from the front group at km 70, before the breakaway gets caught.
|12:39||14 seconds only|
Garmin is pulling the peloton. They have the breakaway in sight, 14 seconds ahead.
|12:36||Rodriguez 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...
|12:35||Still 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.
|12:31||Km 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.
|12:26||Km 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.
|12:23||Peloton 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.
|12:20||Chavanel and Greipel off the back|
20 riders dropped, including Chavanel, Greipel, Van den Broeck, Sagan, Rodriguez, Porte...
|12:17||Garmin-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.
|12:15||Peloton speeding up|
The peloton doesn't seem happy with this breakaway
|12:14||Kwiatkowski the highest ranked|
The highest ranked of the breakaway riders is Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), 16th at 19.24.
|12:11||The 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)
|12:08||Km 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.
|12:06||Eight 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.
|12:03||43.7km in the first hour|
43.7km have been covered in the first hour of racing.
|11:55||Rogers 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
|11:44||Rafal 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...
|11:43||Majka 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.
Many skirmishes again but it's bunched up in the côte de Fanjeaux.
|11:30||Km 20: many skirmishes going on|
Navardauskas (Garmin), Arashiro and Gautier (Europcar) have been caught at km 20 after breaking away.
|11:23||Hollenstein back in the pack|
Reto Hollenstein (IAM) is back in the peloton after crashing.
|11:21||All 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).
|11:16||Eight riders in the lead|
Km 8, 10 seconds lead for eight riders, including Thomas Voeckler (to be confirmed)
|11:11||Three riders away|
Vassil Kiriyenka (Sky), Davide Cimolai (Lampre) and Adam Hansen (Lotto) have gone clear at km 6. Hollenstein is back on his bike.
|11:08||Correction: it's Reto Hollenstein|
Correction: the rider who has crashed in Reto Hollenstein (number 195) from IAM Cycling and not Ben King.
|11:06||Ben King is first to... crash|
Ben King (Garmin) crashes soon after the start.
The start proper has been given to 169 riders at 11.00
|10:59||Nicolas 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,...
|10:57||AG2R-La Mondiale is having a great Tour|
AG2R-La Mondiale largely leads the teams' classification. Belkin Pro Cycling is 12.42 adrift.
|10:56||Bardet-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.
|10:55||Rodriguez 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.
|10:54||Sagan 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…
|10:50||13th 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.
|10:49||Climbs of the day|
- Km 25: côte de Fanjeaux (cat. 4), 2.4km at 4.9%
|10:48||Riders on the move|
The riders are cruising in the neutral zone. Start proper at the exit of Carcassonne scheduled at 11.00.
|10:47||Two 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.
|10:43||Jersey 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).
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