As MTN-Qhubeka, the first African trade team to participate to the Tour de France, celebrated the Mandela Day with orange helmets, Britain's Stephen Cummings came across French duelists Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet who had escaped in the uphill finale. He deprived the host country of the victory on the day French Republic president François Hollande was on site. To add to British domination on French roads, Chris Froome increased his lead in the overall ranking.
I feel better. Today I've wanted to see how the rivals were and I've realized that as a team we can continue fighting for our yellow dream. It's encouraging because this short climb suited me much less than those of the Alps who are longer and more demanding. We've done some damage today. Contador and Van Garderen have lost a bit but they're still there. We can take on Froome in the Alps. Our goal remains the first position on GC. If Valverde can be on the podium with me in Paris, it'll be...
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- Buzz of the day
- Landscape of the day
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
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- Safety 2015
- The towns 2015 : visit Mende
- Parc national des Cévennes
- The towns 2015 : visit Rodez
The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 18/07/2015 - 14ème Etape - Rodez / Mende - 178,5Km - Pierre-Luc PERICHON (BSE) Prix de la Combativité © ASO/X.Bourgois
A sporting view
Other than painter Pierre Soulages, Rodez has been the birth place of quite a few artists. Indeed, lead singer Gaëtan Roussel, founder of band Louise Attaque, first started performing there while star chef Cyril Lignac started his career by discovering the flavours of what Aveyron has to offer before mastering the entire French cuisine. The former manager of the French national rugby team and State Secretary in charge of Sports, Bernard Laporte is also one of the children of Rodez. So is talented rider, Alexandre Geniez, winner of a stage on the 2013 Vuelta.
Prefecture of Aveyron (12)
Specialities: gourmet dishes from the Rouergue, aligot (cheese and potato dish)
Economy: agriculture, service industries, healthcare, technology
Sport: Rodez Aveyron (football), Stade Rodez Aveyron (rugby)
Personalities: Henry IV, Pierre Soulages (painter), Bernard Laporte (rugby), Bertrand Delanoë (politician), Gaëtan Roussel (singer), Alexandre Geniez (cycling), Cyril Lignac (cook)
Festivals : Skabazac (contemporary music, June), Summer festival Estivada (Occitan music, July), Coté cour (theatre, August), Rire Onet (humour, September), Photofolies (photo, October).
The tough climb up the Côte de la Croix Neuve seems to have become a classic on the Tour. In recent history and as a coincidence, it returns on the course every 10 or 5 years. Perfect terrain for punchers, Laurent Jalabert was the first to strike, back in 1995. Ten years later, the pack came back to the Gévaudan area, led by inspired escapee Marcos Serrano. Then, in 2010, Joaquim Rodriguez, one of the finest attackers and Ardennes classics specialists flew to victory just beside the airfield that had been used for the final scene of another classic, Gerard Oury's La Grande Vadrouille.
Prefecture of Lozère (48)
Specialities: herb sausage, aligot, meats, honey, goat's cheese (pélardon), sheep's cheese (feta), croquants de Mende (biscuits)
Economy: agribusiness, tourism
Sport: The sportiest city in France in 1988 and 1998
Personalities: Urban V (1309-1369, the last Pope of Avignon), Jean-Antoine Chaptal (chemist, Napoleon's Minister of Interior undertook some of his studies in Mende), Théophile Roussel (doctor), Laurent Jalabert, Christophe Laurent (cyclists)
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