Blel Kadri of AG2R-La Mondiale was the only survivor of the breakaway. Therefore, he delivered the first French stage win of the 2014 Tour de France whereas the battle of the giants gave a little advantage to Alberto Contador who moved up to the top ten on GC. But the Spaniard only regained three seconds from Vincenzo Nibali who reached a new summit: the 200th day of an Italian in the lead of the Tour de France.read more
News from the sick bay…12.07.2014
Already involved in a controversial crash in the finale of stage 7 in Nancy, Andrew Talansky (GRS) fell again in Saturday's stage and lost precious time.
According to the medical communiqué, the American, winner of the last Dauphine, suffers from "multiple contusions".
35th in the stage, 4:35 adrift, the Garmin Sharp team leader is now 16th overall, 4:22 behind Vincenzo Nibali.
Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes his protégé might have won the Tour if he keeps the same lead over his rivals at La Planche des Belles Filles on Monday.read more
Best young rider.read more
Stage winner, most aggressive rider of the day, King of the Mountains.read more
Close to the arch-favourites of this Tour de France in Gerardmer, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) earned a promising 5th place in the stage but he insists that the Tour is now a duel between Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador.read more
Second in the stage, 2:17 behind Blel Kadri, Alberto Contador tried to upset Vincenzo Nibali but only managed to take three seconds off him in the finale.read more
Off the bus quotes12.07.2014
Ironically many riders feel relieved at the prospect of tackling the mountain at last.read more
The of the town12.07.2014
The peloton takes a little but of altitude in the Vosges at the weekend and the question at the start on Saturday was whether the massif, less familiar than the Alps or Pyrenees, was hard enough to make a difference.read more
Stage 8 will be a spectacular finish at La Mauselaine, a ski resort that offers a wonderful view over the lake of Gérardmer, “the pearl of the Vosges” according to the flattering words of Victor Hugo's brother Abel. On the famous date of September 11, 2001, in the Tour de l'Avenir, sprinter ace Baden Cooke outclassed Denis Menchov who was a climber in the making. Therefore, the 1.8km long stretch to La Mauselaine that has an average gradient of 10.3% and a maximum at 15% can favor...read more
How was the first time ?11.07.2014
Winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under and two Paris-Nice stages this season, Tom-Jelte Slagter is one of the best-known and most promising debutants on the Tour de France this year.read more
Team FDJ paid a high price for the spills and thrills of stage 6 between Arras and Reims.read more
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Will Peter Sagan complete the 2014 Tour de France without winning a single stage?
- Yes, the pure sprinters will beat him72.36%
- No, he'll win stage 19 in Bergerac18.23%
- No, he'll win in Bergerac and in Paris9.4%