18/07/15 - 11:45
Rodez - Mende
Tour de France • Stage14

Rodez - Mende

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Chris Froome retains yellow jersey, coming in at 20th place - he was four minutes 15 seconds behind the winner. He was followed by Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Tejay Van Garderen.


Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) finishes first, Thibaut Pinot was second at 0.02, Romain Bardet third at 0.03, Rigoberto Uran fourth at 0.20, and Peter Sagan fifth at 0.29.


Valverde attacks Contador at the top of the climb.


Quintana and Froome are riding together and have dropped Valverde and Contador.


Steve Cummings wins Stage 14 with a brilliant late attack!


Steve Cummings has now caught the leading two with less than 1km to go!


Froome is trying to catch Quintana and Nibali, meanwhile Pinot has caught Bardet.


Nairo Quintana has attacked off the front of the petolan and is being followed by Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde.


Another attack by Roman Bardet who is now out in the front on his own. 2.8 to go.


Romain Bardet is joined by Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick Step). Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) is struggling and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) has dropped off the attack.


Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché) is the most combative rider today.


Roman Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) attacks at the front of the race!


The leading two riders have just started the final climb of the day, category 2 Cote de la Croixe Neuve.


Golas and Koren continue to lead the way as 19 chasers remain around 20 seconds behind. Team Sky still lead the peloton.


KORAN claims point over the category 4 Cote de Chabrits.


Nicholas Edet makes an attack off the front of the pelotan.


Kristjian Koren has finally caught up with Michal Golas at the front of the race with 10km to go.


Riche Porte from Team Sky has suffered a puncture!


Cannondale-Garmin rider Kristjian Koren has sped from the breakaway and is now in pursuit of Michal Golas.


Michal Golas has extended his lead to around 30 seconds as he reaches the town of Barjac at the bottom of the category four Cote de Chabrits.


Less than 20km to go and the storms have not materialised of yet. Michal Golas, who is leading by around 20 seconds, almost crashes as he takes a corner too fast but somehow manages to keep his balance. The peloton features all of the GC contenders and is around 5 minutes 37 seconds behind.


Michal Golas (Etixx-Quick Step) has made an attempt to get away from the chasing pack. He could very possibly find himself quickest to the next mountain, category four Cote de Chabrits.


MATTHIEU LADAGNOUS claims maximum points over the KOM category 2 côte de Sauveterre. Jérémy Roy was second, collecting three points.


Peter Sagan finished as a runner-up for the fourth time in this year's tour yesterday and he is amongst the leaders today again - can his fortune change? Stay with us to find out.


Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff are two of a number of cyclists slipping away from the peloton on the Cote de Sauveterre climb. The peloton - now under five minutes behind - is being led by Richie Porte.


The riders are now climbing the category 2 climb, Côte de Sauveterre. FDJ leads the breakaway group six minutes ahead of the peloton led by Team Sky. FDJ outnumbers the other teams with three riders out of 20 at the front.


Here's what faces the cyclists at the conclusion of today's race.


Steve Morabito (FDJ) who crashed at 5km, has broken his collarbone, according to reports. Team-mates Thibaut Pinot and Jérémy Roy are currently in the breakaway.


With 53km to go, the 20 leading riders are 6.10 ahead.


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It is just over 20km to the leaders reach the foot of the Cote de Sauveterre, the first of three climbs of which the final ascent leads to the stage finish.


With just over 60km to go, the 20 escapees have seven minutes lead over the peloton, led by Team Sky. It is difficult to see the peloton catching the breakaway at this stage.


Not too much happening at the moment so give this interesting video a watch.


The breakaway group of 20 are currently seven minutes ahead of the main group which includes Chris Froome of Team Sky.


Ramon Sinkeldam (Giant) has dropped out, complaining of sickness. FDJ riders in the breakaway increased the speed and split the group but they're now back together again.


The weather remains dry with 85km to go. A lot of strong riders are among the breakaway and we could see the today's winner in the 20-man strong leading group.


A total of 47.8km have been covered in the second hour of racing. The average speed is 44.8km/h.


The breakaway group currently have a lead of more than eight minutes. The course is flat for around 75km before the category two Cote de Sauveterre.


Result of the intermediate sprint in Millau (km 78,5): 1. Peter Sagan, 20 pts, 2. Ruben Plaza, 17 pts, 3. Andriy Grivko, 15 pts, 4. Bob Jungels, 13 pts, 5. Matthieu Ladagnous, 11 pts, 6. Jarlinson Pantano, 10 pts, 7. Rigoberto Uran, 9 pts, 8. Jérémy Roy, 8 pts, 9. Jan Bakelants, 7 pts, 10. Kristjian Koren, 6 pts, 11. Stephen Cummings, 5 pts, 12. Michal Golas, 4 pts, 13. Thibaut Pinot, 3 pts, 14. Simon Yates, 2 pts, 15. Greg van Avermaet, 1 pt.


PETER SAGAN RETAINS THE GREEN JERSEY! He led the line of the intermediate sprint in first position ahead of Ruben Plaza.


Sagan currently holds the green jersey on 285 points, Gripel is in second in 261 points, while Mark Cavendish is in fourth on 192 points.


The route will now be flat for around 95km. Storms are very possible as the clouds gather. A wet finish would complicate the race for everyone.


Grivko, Ladagnous, Sagan, Uran, Jungels, Plaza and Pantano are currently in the lead with Bakelants, Castroviejo, Golas, Gautier and Cummings around 15 seconds behind.


The breakaway's around 13km from the intermediate sprint now - Peter Sagan will be hoping he can claim maximum points.


Andre Greipel wasn't too happy about yesterday's sweltering conditions which reached a high of 38 degrees...


Andrew Talansky, who was involved in the breakaway group, is back in the pack after suffering a puncture. Seven riders are currently in the lead, Grivko, Ladagnous, Sagan, Uran, Jungels, Plaza and Pantano.


The withdrawal of Steve Morabito today is the 24th rider to have been lost during this year's Tour.


Sagan, Pantano and Jungels have caught the five leaders - Team Sky lead the peloton at 30 seconds.


Chris Froome may hold the yellow jersey but he's not getting complacent. He said on Friday: "The finish is going to be really tough. More than 10 per cent for 3km. We can definitely expect it to be another GC (general classification) day again."


Grivko, Ladagnous, Uran, Plaza and Talansky have broken away from the lead group and are currently 40 seconds ahead of the peloton.


IAM Cycling is riding hard at the front of the peloton and the time gap is reduced to 32 seconds.


André Greipel is one of the riders to be tailed off the back off the peloton - bad news and he could struggle to score points towards the green jersey today.


There are still 24 leading cyclists at the front. The finishing line is just 140km away - a bit to go then.


Today's cyclists have a technical and tactically challenging finish to look forward to - after the top of the final climb, cyclists will then face a kilometre and a half of road flat.


The leading 24 are: Andriy Grivko (Astana), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Adriano Malori (Movistar), Warren Barguil and Koen de Kort (Giant), Giampaolo Caruso and Alberto Losada (Katusha), Pieter Weening and Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), Rigoberto Uran (Etixx), Pierre Rolland and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Bob Jungels (Trek), Ruben Plaza and Rafael Valls (Lampre), Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin), Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis), Jarlinson Pantano (IAM), Bartosz Huzarski and Paul Voss (Bora), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Stephen Cummings (MTN).


There are now 24 riders at the front as the chasing groups have caught the lead group.


Five leaders are Warren Barguil (Giant), Bartosz Huzarski (Bora), Damiano Caruso (BMC), Pieter Weening (Orica) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and Bob Jungels (Trek) are chasing.


Bartosz Huzarski (Bora) has raced over the first climb in the lead, earning one point towards the KOM classification.


Green jersey holder, Peter Sagan, has attempted a breakaway - not for the first time today - as he attempts to score points to retain his jersey.


Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Ruben Plaza (Lampre) lead the peloton by 12 seconds at the moment.


Alberto Contador, one of the favourites for today's stage, was left behind in the crash but he's now back in the pack. Elsewhere Cyril Gautier (Europcar) - who was one of the breakaway members yesterday - attacks once again.


Steve Morabito (FDJ) who was also involved in the crash has had to abandon but the other riders are back on their bike.


CRASH! Robert Gesink and Thibaut Pinto have been involved in a crash only 5km into the race, splitting the peloton into several groups.


A Bretagne-Seche Environnement rider has attempted to breakaway but he has been unsuccessful.


We're officially underway - 178.5km to go!


175 riders have taken the start in Rodez. They're in the neutral zone.


Today’s route takes in four climbs, three of which are fairly close to the finish. The final climb of the day is a category 2 climb and ends only 1.5kms from the finish so it should be a battle to the line. There are many riders who stand a good chance of winning the stage, including Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) who will have total confidence in his capacity to win his third stage this year, after Mur de Huy and Plateau de Beille successes. Other contenders should include Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who will be keen to claw back some time on Chris Froome. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) may also be given his chance from Movistar to try and take a stage win. While not favourite for the stage, Froome remains dangerous.


Yesterday, Stage 13 saw riders tackle a 198.5km stage from Muret to Rodez, where Greg van Avermaet (BMC) took his first stage win in sweltering conditions. He was followed closely by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) who followed the wheel of van Avermaet as he distanced the other sprinters but in the last violent effort, van Avermaet made the winning jump. As a consolation for his efforts, Sagan retained the green jersey. Chris Froome (Sky), sixth on the line, also retained the yellow jersey.


Hello and welcome to Eurosport’s live coverage of Stage 14 of the Tour de France - a 178.5km stage from Rodez to Mende, which includes the steep Croix Neuve climb as a finisher, favouring the powerful, punchy climbers. In that case, keep an eye out for Joaquim Rodriguez, Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and of course, GC leader Chris Froome.


Stage 14 of the Tour de France.