Primoz Roglic remained the leader in the general classification. The Slovenian from Jumbo-Visma is 44 seconds ahead of his fellow countryman Tadej Pogacar.
Without Bauke Mollema and Romain Bardet, the fourteenth stage started in Clermont-Ferrand. Both riders were involved in a serious crash on Friday afternoon, in which Mollema had to stop the fight immediately with a broken wrist. Later that day it turned out that Bardet had suffered a concussion, and the doctors advised the Frenchman not to leave anymore.
In the run-up to the fourteenth stage, the Tour organization had announced that in the coming stages no public will be welcome in the last 300 meters before the finishes, because the Tour this week will cover various regions that have been labeled “code red”.
The stage map of stage 14.
Ⓒ The Telegraph
Sunweb rider Cees Bol was one of the first to go on an adventure, together with Trek rider Edward Theuns and the Swiss Stefan Kung. Bol’s teammate Casper Pedersen also reported a few moments later, but instead of hooking up, Bol lowered himself. Theuns took 20 points in the first intermediate sprint, ahead of Kung (17) and Peter Sagan, who scored 15. Sam Bennett, wearer of the green jersey, took 10.
On the second major climb of the day, the Col du Béal, Kung came out first. Theuns, who had to leave the lead to Kung, was caught by the peloton twenty kilometers away. Another 25 kilometers further, eighty kilometers from the finish line, the lonely fighting Kung was also swallowed up by the peloton and a new phase in the ride began.
Cees Bol (left, with water bottle) was in the first breakaway of the day.
In the run-up to the last two climbs of the fourth category, the Côte de la Duchére and the Côte de la Croix-Rousse, Bora-hansgrohe and CCC led the extensive breakaway, with the riders from Jumbo-Visma neatly behind.
The Belgian Tiesj Benoot of Team Sunweb was the first to make a big gap on the Côte de la Duchére compared to the peloton. At more than seven kilometers from the finish, the Belgian was overtaken and the next breakaway took off, in the person of Bora rider Lennard Kämna. Thomas de Gendt and Julian Alaphilippe also broke away from the peloton, and then it broke completely open.
Greg Van Avermaet, Wout van Aert, Peter Sagan, Marc Hirschi and Kragh Andersen all showed themselves from the front, and it was the latter who took the stage win after a long solo. After Hirschi’s stage victory on Thursday, another stunt by Team Sunweb. A tough mountain stage will follow on Sunday with a finish on the Grand Colombier, a climb of the hors category. A day later is the second day of rest.
watch here the results, the stage schedule and the positions in various rankings in the Tour de France.