Stage Report: A day that was meant for a successful break was blown apart by the BORA-hansgrohe team to rid the peloton of the sprinters, mostly Sam Bennett, for Peter Sagan to gain points towards the green jersey. In the end the victor came from a group of fifty riders and after many attacks it was a move by Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) with 3 kilometres to go that won the day. Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) kept the yellow jersey on his shoulders.
Young Dane, Søren Kragh Andersen, showed how to do it
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At the start of stage 14, Roglič had 44 seconds on Pogačar and 59 on Bernal
Stage 14 Route:
Tour boss, Christian Prudhomme, describes the stage: “As required in the tradition of the “bouchons lyonnais” (typical Lyon restaurants), the menu will be dense and promises a battle between the breakaway specialists, the climbers and the sprinters. First on the Monts du Forez where the riders will have to go up to the Col du Béal, and then mainly on the urban course of close to 15 kilometres in Lyon including three climbs: the Côte de la Duchère, followed by the Montée de l’Observance and finally the Côte de la Croix-Rousse just five kilometres before reaching the finish line.”
Early in the race, three riders decided on an early break: Cees Bol (Sunweb) with Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) were joined by Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ). Casper Pedersen wanted to cross to the leading group, but he was pulled back from the lead, along with Bol. The two dropped back to the peloton, because team management did not think the leading group was big enough. Küng and Theuns continued on.
How much longer can Sam Bennett hold onto the green jersey?
Because there were points in the battle for the green to win after 38 kilometres, BORA-hansgrohe took control early at the front of the peloton. Shortly afterwards it became clear why: Peter Sagan went for the sprint together with teammate Maximilian Schachmann. Sagan was third (after Küng and Theuns), for 15 points. Bennett won the sprint from the peloton, taking 10 points, that was 5 points for Sagan.
Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FdJ) wanted to be the break of the day
The two leaders were more than 5 minutes ahead, until BORA-hansgrohe increased the pace in the peloton. The German team wanted to get rid of the sprinters on the climb of the Col du Béal. Up front, Theuns had to let Küng go. The Swiss rider was the first to the top of the second category climb, three minutes ahead of the peloton. Green jersey wearer, Bennett, lost contact just before the top, so he had to chase with some teammates for help.
It was Theuns and Küng together for a while
On the way to the next climb, Theuns was swallowed up by a peloton led by BORA-hansgrohe. Küng was the first at the summit of the Côte de Courreau, with less than a minute lead. In the meantime CCC had also become involved in the chase. A few kilometres later, Bennett saw the pointlessness of his chase to catch the peloton and so he wouldn’t get any more points today in the battle for green. Fellow sprinter Caleb Ewan had also dropped out. The Australian ‘pocket rocket’ had a difficult day and had to fight to stay in the time limit.
Stefan Küng eventually went solo
CCC and BORA-hansgrohe kept up the pace with some help from Jumbo-Visma. A slimmed down peloton started the finalé, in which the course included a few nasty climbs. On the Côte de la Duchère, Tiesj Benoot took off with 10 kilometres to go. Benoot took 15 seconds. Valentin Madouas counter-attacked, but the Frenchman was caught on the descent. Moments later Benoot’s attack was also over.
Peter Sagan keeping an eye on the ‘young gun’ Tadej Pogačar
BORA rider Lennard Kämna then saw the opportunity to take off after a hard day’s work, but the peloton led by Jumbo-Visma did not let him get too far. Thomas De Gendt tried to make the crossing on the Côte de la Croix-Rousse. Together with home favourite Julian Alaphilippe, he managed to join the leader, but shortly afterwards Peter Sagan personally pulled the race back together.
CCC were helping BORA-hansgrohe to decimate the peloton
That was the signal for Marc Hirschi to try. Sagan closed the gap again, with Van Avermaet and Dumoulin on his wheel. Sunweb tried again, this time with young rider Søren Kragh Andersen. The Dane quickly took 20 seconds and was never seen again by the peloton until after the finish line. For the second time in three days, the champagne could be opened by the Sunweb team.
Another win for Sunweb
Luka Mezgec (Cofidis) won the sprint for second, 15 seconds later. Sagan was fourth and took 18 points back on Bennett. Primoz Roglic also finished in the peloton and remains in the lead on GC.
The sprint for 2nd went to Luka Mezgec
Stage winner, Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb): “I have no words. I feel a lot of emotions. I dreamt about this, but it was hard to say if I was good enough for winning a Tour de France stage before I had done it. I’m amazed. I had really good legs all day but you never know how the others are. It took me some time to get the confidence to win at the Tour. Marc Hirschi gave the whole group a lot of motivation. Seeing this young guy doing unbelievable things was inspiring. We didn’t expect to go so well. We have the youngest team in the Tour I think. We came here for the future and we perform already!”
Overall leader, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “I thought the stage was going to be easier today, but it was full gas racing the whole day. At least my team stayed with me the whole day and we didn’t have to pull. I was in perfect position in the last kilometres. Going through the city there are too many obstacles and places where bad things can happen… So it was key to be well placed on the group. [Tomorrow’s mountaintop finish at] Grand Colombier will be a nice challenge, and I’m sure it will be fun to watch. My eyes are on everyone, but mostly on myself. It’s my effort the one I can actually manage – not the rest’s.”
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Tour de France Stage 14 Result:
1. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb in 4:28:10
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:15
3. Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis
4. Peter Sagan (Slo) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Casper Pedersen (Den) Sunweb
6. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren
10. Marc Hirschi (Swi) Sunweb
11. Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie at 0:15
12. Tadej Pogacar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates
13. Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
14. Hugo Houle (Can) Astana
15. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
16. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
17. Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
18. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren
19. Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana
20. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) INEOS Grenadiers
21. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC
22. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis
23. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling
24. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
25. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 14:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 61:03:00
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE Team Emirates at 0:44
3. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:59
4. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling at 1:10
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic at 1:12
6. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 1:31
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:42
8. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:55
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 2:06
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:54
11. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 3:14
12. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 4:32
13. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:11
14. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 6:22
15. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-McLaren at 7:02
16. Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling at 26:12
17. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 27:11
18. Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept at 34:07
19. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma at 34:16
20. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott at 36:09
21. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 37:53
22. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana at 40:13
23. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 42:56
24. Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 44:37
25. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 52:48.
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