13/07/13 - 11:40
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule - Lyon
Tour de France • Stage14

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule - Lyon

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The peloton comes home 7:19 down on the break with Chris Froome comfortably retaining his yellow jersey. It will be down to the Ventoux rendez-vous tomorrow...


Rojas was fourth, Garcia fifth and Bak sixth. Despite having three riders in the group, France's best placed rider was Vichot in eighth.


Trentin came from far back and beat Albasini by half a wheel, with Talansky taking third.


VICTORY FOR MATTEO TRENTIN! The first Italian since 2010!


Simon in Albasini's wheel, with Geschke and Burghardt right there, and the others just behind...


Burghardt and Albasini are almost on Simon's wheel as they pass the banner...


He's going to get caught, surely... Gautier and Burghart are getting closer.


Bak, Bakelants and Gautier try their best... as Simon makes the final bend with 11 seconds to play with.


Van Garderen has been dropped as Bak rides off in solo pursuit. It's looking good for Simon!


Simon keeps looking over his shoulder - that's a dangerous thing to do. Still Van Garderen leads the chase, but the gap is 15 seconds.


Simon looks knackered, with his mouth open and head shaking. He has 16 seconds. Kadri and Van Garderen are in pursuit...


Now Albasini drives the pace, with Bak taking it up.


It's down to 15 seconds for Simon. The finish today is a 2.5km-long straight, which will make it hard for the lone leader.


The chasers are beginning to work together now. They have cut the gap to 18 seconds.


Kadri has been caught and the escapees now trail Simon by 22 seconds.


Julien Simon has 28 seconds on Kadri - he's riding very well. The other's are 10 seconds further back. Simon takes the point atop this urban climb in Lyon - the crowds are going crazy at the prospect of a French win.


Back with the pack on the previous climb, Hoogerland and Cunego have just been caught by the peloton.


We're now onto the final climb of the day, the Cat.4 Côte de la Croix Rousse - 1.8km at 4.5%.


Blel Kadri has nipped off the front in pursuit of compatiot Simon.


Jules Simon has opened up a small gap here after his attack off the back of the climb. Now Matteo Trentin comes to the front to lead the chase.


David Millar of Garmin is next to crack as Tejay Van Garderen ups the tempo with Albasini on the front. It's the Swiss who takes the point over the summit, just as Jules Simon attacks...


Attack by Jan Bakelants of RadioShack! The other escapees manage to follow his lead - except team-mate Jens Voigt, who is feeling the pinch a little.


The leaders are on the Cat.4 Côte de la Duchère - 1.6km at 4.1%. This is the penultimate climb.


The big winner today will be Talansky, who will jump into the top ten at this rate. The gap is now 6:30 for the escapees, with the pack seemingly indifferent.


ATTACK: David Millar has ridden off the front of the escapees on a flat drag ahead of the next climb. Michael Albasini is the first to respond, and then the others follow suit. Millar is pegged back and the pace slows again. They shouldn't worry too much - the gap is now more than six minutes as Blel Kadri comes to the front to drive the tempo.


Cunego and Hoogerland are really pedaling in no-man's land, rolling along at 3:20, which is 2:25 ahead of the pack. Sky still control the tempo.


It's Jens Voigt who leads the break over the summit to take the solitary point.


It's getting a bit spicy in the leading group, with BMC ramping it up again - this time with Tejay Van Garderen.


The leaders are onto the Cat.4 Côte de Lozanne - 2.5km at 4%. They have 5:45 on the peloton and will certainly stay out until the finish now.


Reports coming in that Jan Bakelants has got stomach problems and had to just, ahem, relieve himself into a cap while riding. Shades of Greg LeMond in 1986 there....


Mechanical issue for Robert Gesink of Belkin. He needs a new front wheel plus done alterations to his handlebars. He's not one of Belkin's protected two GC riders, but he'll be important in the Alps, that's for sure.


The leaders have 2:48 over the two chasers Hoogerland and Cunego, and 5:10 over the peloton.


There are four former Tour stage winners in this leading group: Jens Voigt, Jan Bakelants, David Millar and Marcus Burghardt. It looks like the break will stay out all the way now - so will one of them prevail or will we see a newcomer break his duck?


Hoogerland is back with Cunego, who is probably not best pleased with the Dutchman after getting dropped on the last climb. They trail the leaders by two minutes now, so it's a bit of a lost cause.


Juanjo Oroz of Euskaltel is caught by the Sky-led peloton, who trail the leading 18 riders by 4:20.


Hoogerland appears to have a problem with his right ankle - he's been spraying it with water from his bottle, and now comes to a near standstill alongside his Vacansoleil team car - just as he was making some progress and closing in on the leaders.


This is a long, sweeping descent through forests covering the rolling hills. BNC's Marcus Burghardt likes this kind of road - and he's pulled ahead of the leading group.


The crowds are huge as Hoogerland rides solo over the summit - he's closing in on the leaders - just 55 seconds down now, with Cunego a further 30 seconds back, and Oroz another minute back. The pack, led by Sky, are rolling along at 4:05.


Garmin pair Millar and Talansky are on the front of the leading group with Kadri. They are approaching the summit - and it's Kadri who takes the two points ahead of Talansky.


Hoogerland looks to have dropped Cunego in his pursuit of the 18 leaders.


Europcar's Thomas Voeckler is off the back of the peloton. He's had a terrible Tour so far, with just one of his trademark attacks on the Col du Pailheres which lasted all of five minutes.


We're onto the biggest climb of the day, the Cat.3 Col du Pilon - 6.3km at 4.4%. The leaders have 3:55 over the pack, with Hoogerland and Cunego riding in pursuit at two minutes. Another minute back is lone ranger Oroz.


Juan Jose Oroz also attacked on that last climb and he's riding solo in pursuit of the two chasers, Cunego and Hoogerland. Sky control the pace in the pack.


The gap is up to 3:20 for the 18 leaders, with Hoogerland and Cunego riding one minute ahead of the peloton. Thibaut Pinot is receiving some treatment from the medical car, while Philippe Gilbert is restocking up with water and getting a pull from his BMC car.


Blel Kadri, who wore the polka dot jersey for one day earlier in the race, crossed the summit in pole position ahead of Van Garderen for 2 and 1 points respectively.


ATTACK: Johnny Hoogerland and Damiano Cunego have decided that enough is enough of this slow pace and have jumped clear of the pack in pursuit of the leaders.


Straight away, the leaders are onto the third climb of the day, the Cat.3 Côte de Thizy-les-Bourgs - 1.7km at 8.2%.


Spaniard Jose Rojas takes the 20 points through the intermediate sprint. He's the most consistent rider in the Tour not to have won a stage - 26 times in the top 10 of a flat stage. That will have no affect on the green jersey standings...


The gap is up to three minutes now for the 18 escapees: Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Marcus Burghardt, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC), Jens Voigt, Jan Bakelants (both RadioShack), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Blel Kadri (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Imanol Erviti, Jose Joaquin Rojas (both Movistar), Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Matteo Trentin (OPQS), David Millar, Andrew Talansky (Garmin), Michael Albasini (GreenEdge), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Julien Simon (Sojasun).


The next 'challenge' of the day will be the intermediate sprint ahead of two back-to-back Cat.3 climbs.


Jan Bakelandts, winner of stage two back in Corsica, edges clear of the leaders to take the single point at the top of the climb. The 18 leaders have 2:30 over the pack, which has at it's head the Sky team of yellow jersey Chris Froome. It's a sight we haven't been used to for quite a while.


The peloton pass through the feedzone as the leaders approach the second climb of the day, the Cat.4 Côte de la Croix Couverte - 2.5km at 5.3%. The gap is up to 2:10 for the escapees.


It looks like the peloton have have sat up under the instruction of Team Sky - because the gap has suddently jumped to 1:30.


Right on cue, back in the pack, Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland comes to the front of the peloton for Vacansoleil. While Italy haven't got a stage win since 2010, the Dutch's barren run stretches even further back - to 2005, when Pieter Weening won stage eight in Gerardmer.


Jens Voigt, 41, is really grimacing. It's the German's 302nd stage on the Tour de France - and his 16th consecutive Tour. Jens has worn the yellow jersey twice for single days in the 2001 and 2005 Tours, plus won a stage in 2006.


There are no Vacansoleil riders in the break either - but the Dutch team are contributing nothing to the chase. They were active this morning in trying to bring the initial four escapees to heel, but have since disappeared. Thomas de Gendt said this morning that all of the team were eager to get into a break, so either something went wrong - or they're holding themselves back for later in the stage.


The gap is down to 45 seconds so the peloton is really not giving the break any headway. Team Sky are tucked in just behind three Euskaltel riders who are setting the pace. The yellow jersey Chris Froome doesn't want to miss any tricks like he did yesterday.


Simon Geschke of Argos Shimano takes the solitary point over the top.


The leaders are onto the first climb of the day, the Cat.4 Côte de Marcigny - 1.9km 4.9%.


The 18 leaders have one minute over the pack, which is still being driven by Lampre and Euskaltel.


Still no stage wins on this year's Tour for Italy, Spain or France. The last time that happened was in the Belgian-dominated 1926 Tour. In fact, Italy have not won a stage on the Tour de France since Alessandro Petacchi won stage four in 2010 in Reims. That's pretty extraordinary.


Lampre-Merida and Euskaltel drive the pace on the front of the peloton - neither of them have a man in the break. Talansky is the best placed rider in the leading group of 18 riders - the American is 13'11 down on Chris Froome on GC.


The opening hour of today's stage was 48.1km - that's the fastest of any stage so far this year.


So, Argos-Shimano do have a man in the break, after all. It's quite a spread of riders in this break and it stands a chance of staying out. Interestingly, there are no Cannondale riders - so presumably they will lead the chase at some point in a bid to set up Peter Sagan, who is one of the sprinters who will not be put off by these climbs today.


The 18 leaders are: Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Marcus Burghardt, Tejay van Garderen (both BMC), Jens Voigt, Jan Bakelants (both RadioShack), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Blel Kadri (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Imanol Erviti, Jose Joaquin Rojas (both Movistar), Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Matteo Trentin (OPQS), David Millar, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), Michael Albasini (GreenEdge), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Julien Simon (Sojasun). The gap is 1:10.


The four fugitives have been caught by the 14 chasers so we now have 18 out in front. Argos Shimano are not represented in the break and so are leading the chase on the front of the peloton.


It's very feisty on the front of the race: 14 riders are about to catch the four leaders, with a handful of riders trying to bridge the gap between them and the peloton, which rides at 20 seconds.


It's not looking good for the escapees - the peloton are giving them no leeway whatsoever and the gap is down to 25 seconds.


Christophe Le Mevel is no longer with the leaders, the French veteran having been swept up by the peloton. We have just the four out ahead now, and their gap is only 35 seconds.


Vacansoleil-DCM - who missed the break and are without a stage win in the Tour so far - are driving the pace in the peloton, eager to bring the five escapees to heel. The gap is 50 seconds over this undulating terrain. The first of seven categorised climbs doesn't come for another 30-odd kilometres.


Veilleux and Marino have been caught by the peloton so we have just the five men out in front: Vichot, Voigt, Le Mevel, Bak and Kadri. They have 45 seconds over the peloton. Of the five, Vichot is the best place on GC, 44'25 down on race leader Chris Froome.


The two French riders have caught the three from the initial break so we now have five in front, with another two in pursuit: Europcar's David Veilleux, the Canadian winner of the opening stage of the Dauphine, and Jean Marc Marino of Sojasun.


There are now two riders in pursuit of the leading trio - it was the French national champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) who made the move, and was followed by fellow Frenchman Christophe Le Mevel of Cofidis.


The leaders have 30 seconds over the peloton - but there is one rider who is trying to bridge the gap. Today's stage should see numerous attacks happening at different points in the race. There are also rumours that Cannondale are very motivated for their man Peter Sagan - and could lay it on fast from the 100km mark...


One of the escapees is none other than the race's oldest rider, Jens Voigt of RadioShack. The German is joined by Blel Kadri of Ag2R-La Mondiale and Lars Bak of Lotto-Belisol.


Three riders have zipped off the front and are trying to open up a gap.


They're under way! We still have 181 riders in the race after no withdrawals yesterday - despite the brutal echelons that formed in windy conditions.


The riders are currently rolling through the neutral zone ahead of the official start. It's another hot day - still no rain on the 2013 Tour! - with temperatures in the mid 20s but set to rise over the course of the afternoon.


The white jersey standings is - without doubt - a two-way tussle between Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Nairo Quintana of Colombia. The OPQS rider leads his Movistar rival by 34 seconds on GC but will be up against it in the Alps, where Quintana could well come into his own - particularly seeing that he's Movistar's man for the GC now following yesterday's debacle, which saw Valverde and Rui Costa drop like stones down the standings.


Pierre Rolland added one KOM point to his tally yesterday and now has 50 in the polka dot jersey standings - 17 ahead of Chris Froome of Sky. There are a maximum 9 points up for grabs today so the Europcar rider is certain to wear the spotted jersey he's become so proud of on the slopes of Mont Ventoux on Sunday, which is where the battle in the KOM standings - plus, of course, the GC - will really come alive.


With Andre Greipel missing a trick for the second day running, the green jersey points competition looks increasingly like a two-horse race between Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish - although, to be fair, the Slovakian has quite a cushion at the top and is unlikely to be caught. Cannondale's Sagan leads Cav by 84 points and Greipel of Lotto Belisol by a whopping 140 points.


The big winners yesterday were Spaniard Alberto Contador and Dutchmen Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam. It was Contador's Saxo-Tinkoff who forced the split in fierce crosswinds and he's now in third place on GC, slashing his deficit to 2:45. Mollema rises to second, 2:28 down, after his Belkin team played a big role in proceedings. Britain's Froome stays in the lead, but his hold on yellow has got weaker and his Sky team have once again been thrust under the spotlight - for the wrong reasons.


There will indeed be some weary legs in the peloton after Friday's quite extraordinary events - which saw yellow jersey Chris Froome loose more than a minute, plus Spaniard Alejandro Valverde plummet out of the top 15 after conceded a whipping 10 minutes at the finish. The winner was Omega Pharma's Mark Cavendish, who outsprinted greeen jersey Peter Sagan - but there was nothing routine about the finale, which saw a select group of 15 riders arrive 1:09 ahead of the pack.


Welcome to live coverage of stage 14 of the Tour de France, a hilly 191km slog from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon. It's hard to predict, this one, with a select field of riders possibily arriving at the finish together to contest a bunch sprint. More likely, though, is for a break to stay out all the way - especially after the dramatics yesterday.