Tour Stage 14 Report: After a loopy begin to stage 14, the place Tadej Pogačar was within the early break, the precise ‘break of the day’ took an enormous lead over the GC peloton. Michael Matthews cut up the break after which launched an assault on the ultimate climb. Alberto Bettiol managed to carry the Australian till he put in his profitable transfer. Thibaut Pinot was third. The battle for yellow went to Pogačar, however Jonas Vingegaard completed on his wheel.
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The final kilometre of stage 14
A tough fought for stage win for Michael Matthews
Michael Matthews received the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France. The Australian was the primary over the road in Mende after greater than 192 kilometres. The BikeExchange-Jayco rider jumped with a sizeable escape group within the opening a part of the stage and fought a duel with Alberto Bettiol on the ultimate climb. Among the many GC males, Tadej Pogačar tried to do away with Jonas Vingegaard, however the Slovenian didn’t succeed.
A sizzling day forward
Tour boss, Christian Prudhomme: “The route by no means climbs very excessive, however the bodily calls for on the riders will likely be virtually unceasing as they race from Saint-Étienne to Mende. This trek via the departments of Loire, Haute-Loire and Lozère will push essentially the most sturdy riders into motion. Then, on the Jalabert Montée de la Croix Neuve main as much as the airfield above Mende, there’s more likely to be two battles: the primary between the breakaway riders and the second for the general favourites.”
Stage 14 route
Saturday’s stage of the Tour de France was not an enormous mountain stage, however the fourteenth stage was removed from simple. It went up and down all day. In whole, there have been 5 categorised climbs: the Côte de Saint-Simply-Malmont, the Côte de Châtaignier, the Côte de Grandrieu, the Côte de la Fage and the Côte de la Croix Neuve-Montée Jalabert, the well-known climb to Mende. The ultimate determination would come on that final climb.
Not a lot probability of any of the jerseys altering
EF Schooling-EasyPost wished to be within the early break as there was chaos behind
Those that thought they may take it simple till that ultimate climb have been dissatisfied. Earlier than the primary hill we noticed a variety of riders attempting to flee. And on the Côte de Saint-Simply-Malmont it actually become a race when Tadej Pogačar – behind a number one group of eighteen – jumped away from the peloton. Because of Wout van Aert, the yellow jersey was in a position to rectify the scenario. Later Sepp Kuss additionally got here to the rescue.
‘Vive le Tour!’
Bahrain Victorious additionally wished to be a part of the day’s break
Because of the quick tempo, there have been casualties. On the entrance, the unique escapees have been captured, whereas on the again many riders misplaced their maintain on to the peloton. Amongst them there have been some massive names, together with Primoz Roglič. The Slovenian finally returned. Not so for Caleb Ewan, the primary and largest sufferer of the motion on the entrance. The Australian sprinter was on his personal behind the group and began an extended day, supported by a few of his Lotto Soudal teammates. Frederic Frison, Tim Wellens and Reinardt Janse van Rensburgh have been ready for him.
Sure, it was sizzling!
After the peloton received again collectively after the early cut up, issues have been quick however calm
Out of the peloton, because of the chaos, Christopher Juul Jensen and Neilson Powless escaped first. They have been unsuccessful, however Powless was there, when the ultimate main group was shaped quickly after. 23 riders joined forces: Powless, Bauke Mollema, Andreas Kron, Jakob Fuglsang, Benoît Cosnefroy, Thibaut Pinot, Franck Bonnamour, Quinn Simmons, Michael Matthews, Krists Neilands, Felix Großschartner, Gregor Mühlberger, Patrick Konrad, Marc Soler, Michael Woods, Alberto Bettiol, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Rigoberto Urán, Stefan Küng, Simon Geschke, Lennard Kämna, Luis León Sánchez and Louis Meintjes. The South African was greatest positioned GC rider in thirteenth place, slightly below 16 minutes behind Vingegaard.
The break had 10 minutes which went as much as over 14 at one level
Louis Meintjes within the break once more, greatest on general at quarter-hour
Though the co-operation was not all the time good, Fuglsang tried to separate the group, the lead of the break shortly elevated. At 100 kilometres from the end they’d a lead of virtually 10 minutes. Behind; the peloton was led by the Jumbo-Visma males.
Jumbo-Visma in command of the peloton
The followers have been out within the villages on a sizzling Saturday afternoon
For a very long time nothing occurred within the massive main group, however on the high of the Côte de Châtaignier there was some motion. After KOM chief, Geschke, took the total factors on the summit, Simmons continued the transfer on a false flat. The American, who had beforehand snatched a KOM level from Geschke, didn’t get away. There was some unrest within the group. Michael Matthews tried to reap the benefits of this chaotic scenario: he attacked solo.
INEOS had Daniel Martinez within the break
A day for the French? Most likely not
A number of riders tried to cross. In the long run, Sánchez, Großschartner and Kron managed to get to Matthews. Though Kron suffered a puncture with 25 kilometres to go. The unlucky Dane couldn’t get again to the chief, however was in a position to be a part of the chasing group which consisted of about ten riders. They have been 30 seconds behind the three leaders at the beginning of the Côte de la Croix Neuve-Montée Jalabert.
The Tour remains to be as well-liked as ever
Matthews attacked the large break
Meintjes was additionally in that group and would transfer up within the general standings. At one level, the distinction between the primary group and the peloton was greater than 14 minutes. Jumbo-Visma began to really feel the menace and picked up the tempo. First Roglič set the tempo, later Van Aert took over which introduced the distinction down once more.
Matthews had Kron, Sanchez and Großschartner for firm, however Kron punctured
Matthews wished the stage win, massive time
As soon as on the Côte de la Croix Neuve-Montée Jalabert, the main group of three fell aside beneath the stress of Matthews, who left his two companions behind. For a second he on his approach to victory, till Bettiol got here flying up from the group behind. The Italian received throughout to Matthews after which after a brief relaxation, dropped the Australian. Matthews wasn’t going to surrender and held Bettiol at a couple of metres. When the summit was in sight, Matthews attacked and didn’t look again till he was crossing the road. Bettiol was unable to get better from the blistering transfer from the quick Australian and Matthews might have a good time his fourth Tour de France stage victory effectively earlier than the end.
Matthews went solo on the ultimate climb, however Bettiol had different concepts
Bettiol got here from behind to catch Matthews and assault him, but it surely wasn’t sufficient
Pogacar attacked from the beginning of the ultimate climb. Solely Vingegaard might comply with him as Adam Yates, Geraint Thomas and the opposite GC riders needed to allow them to go. Pogačar tried once more earlier than the summit however the high two males completed collectively at 12:23 after Matthews. There was no massive adjustments general, aside from Meintjes who moved as much as seventh at 4:24 from Vingegaard who nonetheless leads Pogačar by 2:22. Geraint Thomas is now at 2:43, Romain Bardet in 4th at 3:03 and Adam Yates at 4:06.
An magnificent effort from Michael Matthews
Stage winner, Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco): “This victory is just about the story of my profession, with so many curler coasters, ups and downs… My spouse and my 4 yr previous daughter saved believing in me. Many occasions I received smashed down however I all the time received again up. I wished present my daughter what I do. With my spouse, they make my dream come true. Yesterday was an enormous alternative missed in a stage that was actually good for me. The workforce rode too late to carry Dylan [Groenewegen] again for the dash. We had a block from yesterday to tomorrow, it was the purpose of the workforce to win a minimum of a kind of three phases. After I’ve completed second twice, I used to be working out of probabilities on this Tour de France. However I’ve confirmed everybody that I can experience like I did right this moment.”
More than pleased!
Total chief, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I anticipated Tadej [Pogačar] to assault however I managed to comply with him and I used to be joyful that I might. Perhaps I used to be too far behind when he attacked within the first climb so it took a little bit of time to come back throughout however I wouldn’t say that he stunned me and it didn’t price me any additional vitality to comply with him. I do know he’ll assault me once more, and anyplace, perhaps even throughout the remaining day. My job is to stay focus and never let me being caught without warning. It was an ideal climb to complete with and I had one other nice day within the yellow jersey.”
Pogačar couldn’t do away with Vingegaard
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Tour de France Stage 14 End result:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco in 4:30:53
2. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 0:15
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:34
4. Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Group Emirates at 0:50
5. Patrick Konrad (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe 0:58
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Israel-Premier Tech
7. Felix Großschartner (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:06
8. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:12
9. Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis
10. Louis Meintjes (SA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Tour de France Total After Stage 14:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 55:31:01
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Group Emirates at 2:22
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:43
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 3:03
5. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 4:06
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic at 4:15
7. Louis Meintjes (SA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 4:24
8. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 8:49
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 10:00.