20/07/19 - 12:45
Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet
Tour de France • Stage14

Tarbes - Col du Tourmalet

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The new top 10 after Stage 14 with Thomas still in second but now more than two minutes down on Alaphilippe.


Today's stage result with Thomas down but far from out.


Geraint Thomas was 36 seconds back there... but not as bad as Nairo Quintana, who comes home 3'25" down on our winner today, Thibaut Pinot.


And check this out - Julian Alaphilippe is second on the Tourmalet and picks up those six bonus seconds... with Steven Kruijswijk in third.


Victory for Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ! France's dream Tour continues...


Pinot attacks! Bernal chases...


Landa looks to be struggling. Imagine if Alaphiippe wins this... Pinot is on the front...


Alaphilippe, Pinot, Buchmann, Landa, Bernal and Kruijswijk. One of them will win today. Behind, Uran has passed Thomas.


Bernal comes to the front but he seems to be torn because he's looking behind for Thomas. Amazingly, Alaphilippe is still there.


Emanuel Buchmann now comes to the front just ahead of the flamme rouge - and Thomas is struggling!


Landa and Pinot come to the front as they come out of the saddle - but Bennett is having nothing of it and comes back to the front. Uran is the next to pop.


Pinot appears to be preparing himself on the wheel of Landa. Barguil is tailed off a bit behind, as is Fuglsang.


De Plus calls it a day after an almighty pull for Jumbo. George Bennett takes up the slack for Steven Kruijswijk, who has Landa right in his wheel.


Barguil is back with 3km to go. Laurens de Plus sets the tempo on the front. Mas and Porte are 50 seconds back and Quintana two minutes back, while Adam Yates is four minutes in arrears. Bardet is 10+ minutes down.


Gaudu's foray up the front didn't last long and he's swept up by the Jumbo trio on the front. Gaudu is off the back and passed by Barguil, who is still fighting back on. Fuglsang and Alaphilippe are on the back but have Thomas just in front. Bernal, Uran, Pinot, Landa and Buchmann complete this group alongside the leading trio of Kruijswijk, De Plus and Bennett.


Gaudu attacks! He opens a small gap. Behind, Valverde and Barguil have been dropped.


Now Thomas and Bernal edge up towards the front and tuck themselves in behind Gaudu and Pinot.


Thomas, Alaphilippe and Valverde are all on the back of this group and appear to be struggling. Jumbo have three riders - Kruijswijk, Bennett and De Plus. Uran is here for EF. Fuglsang and Landa, too.


And it's not just Porte but Enric Mas who has been dropped. It's incredible that Alaphilippe is still there and yet his teammate Mas has been distanced. Valverde will be next to go - he's on the back with Poels and Buchmann.


Meanwhile, Alaphilippe is having a second wind. He's back onto Thomas's wheel as Barguil is caught. And Richie Porte is being dropped...


Barguil has 10 seconds now while Quintana is around a minute down on the yellow jersey group. The Yates group is three minutes down and Bardet 10 minutes adrift.


As Alaphilippe drops to the back of the group, Groupama duo Pinot and Gaudu come to the front with Fuglsang.


Barguil memorably won on the Izoard in the polka dot jersey - can he do the same on the Tourmalet in the French champion's kit? He has 20 seconds.


So, it's the French national champion Warren Barguil of Arkea-Samsic who leads the race. Oddly enough, Van Baarle has ridden clear of Verona, Quintana and Aru and rejoined the Ineos train, who lead this group with Poels, Kwiatkowski, Bernal and Thomas. Alaphilippe and Mas are still there, as is Kruijswijk.


Verona, having done his work on the front, peels off like Amador did. But the Spaniard now has to help pace Quintana, who he finds off the back of the main field, which is now down to 18 riders. Meanwhile, Warren Barguil has attacked!


Quintana looks to have hit the wall. He's off the back with Fabio Aru - despite his Movistar team still setting tempo, presumably for Landa or Valverde. The Colombian has Dylan Van Baarle with him after the Dutchman dropped back from the Ineos train. That sums things up for him, really.


Amador is the first of the Movistar pace-setters to call it a day after his shift comes to an end, the Costa Rican almost coming to a standstill as he peels off. Gesbert has been caught, so there are no more escapees out ahead.


Movistar may be riding hard on the front, but it's Quintana who is starting to feel the pinch on the back. Is he bluffing or just checking to see who's there - or has he not got the legs on Colombia Day?


It's still Amador and Soler on the front, with Landa and Valverde just behind. I can't see Quintana but he must be there - yes, he is, but just further back. Gesbert is 25 seconds clear.


Dan Martin is in trouble... he's hunched over his bars and really struggling. Gorka Izagirre, too, has popped. Meanwhile, QuickStep have lost everyone apart from their two classification leaders, Alaphilippe and Mas.


The main pack is now down to around 30 riders, with Dan Martin digging deep to cling on at the back. Alaphilippe and Mas are still here while the Ineos train is starting to form. Gesbert has 30 seconds.


Austrian champion Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) has been dropped because of a mechanical. And it's more bad news for Adam Yates, who has been dropped again.


Elie Gesbert - best known to many fans as the chap Gianni Moscon punched en route to getting kicked off last year's Tour - has caught and passed Sicard.


I rode up this side of the Tourmalet a few years back and it was glorious...


Gesbert has dropped Calmejane in pursuit of Sicard. The pack is still being driven by Movistar and trail the Frenchman by 1'10".


We're onto the Col du Tourmalet (19km at 7.4%). It gets steepest at the top with a couple of double-digit ramps but it's a steady grind all the way up, really.


Lone leader Sicard is riding through Luz-Saint-Saveur with a gap of 50 seconds over chasers Gesbert and Calmejane, with the peloton a further 30 seconds back. The Bardet group is six minutes in arrears. Time to climb...


Actually, Gesbert and Calmejane are also still out ahead - in between the lone leader Sicard and the pack.


It's all over for most of the break after Wellens, Nibali et al are caught by the pack. Romain Sicard still rides solo around 1'15" ahead but it's only a matter of time, what with the start of the Tourmalet coming right up.


It's Wellens who leads Gesbert and Nibali through the intermediate sprint at Pierrefitte-Nestalas with a small gap over the five chasers - but the peloton is just 40 seconds back and so it will come back together, before exploding, on the Tourmalet. And when the pack passes the sprint, it's Sagan who zips clear of the Movistar train to add some more points to his green jersey tally for ninth place.


Nibali is back with Gesbert and Wellens so we have a trio out ahead with a narrow 11-second hap on the five-man chase group ahead of the intermediate sprint.


The Yates group has the back of the pack in their sights, which will be a relief. But they still have their work cut out once the road goes uphill again. Nibali seems to have ridden clear of Gesbert and Wellens on the descent, too.


Adam Yates is with his brother Simon and teammate Jack Haig about 30 seconds behind the main pack, but Bardet is three minutes off the pace. Our three leaders - Wellens, Gesbert and Nibali - have 1'20 over the pack with fivbe riders in between: Zakarin, Sanchez, Sicard, Kamna and Calmejane.


Carlos Verona, who was in the break, has now dropped back to help with the Movistar armada behind. They're about to catch Peter Sagan, who won't pocked any intermediate sprint points despite his best efforts to the contrary. The leaders are 1'20" ahead.


Wellens and Nibali have been joined by Elie Gesbert, who, unsurprisingly, has passed Zakarin on the decent. We're hearing that Bardet went over the summit almost three minutes down on the main pack. Oh dear...


Over the top goes the peloton and Movistar have power in numbers on the front with the world champion Alejandro Valverde also there alongside Soler, Amador, Landa and Quintana. They mean business. But QuickStep are right behind with their man in yellow, Alaphilippe, still in touch. Ineos are lurking, too.


Tim Wellens zips clear to take the maximum 10pts over the summit ahead of Vincenzo Nibali. Third over the summit is Ilnur Zakarin at around 30 seconds. The peloton are only another minute back.


And here was Bardet being dropped...


Nibali and Wellens have ridden clear ahead of the summit. Meanwhile, Romain Bardet has been dropped by the pack and is pedalling squares with two Ag2R-La Mondiale teammates. Is this his Tour over?


And now the other Yates brother, Adam, is in trouble. He's been caught by Simon who is trying to pace him back to the peloton.


Three kilometres from the summit and we have eight men in the lead now from that original break: Nibali, Zakarin, Sanchez, Sicard, Kamna, Wellens, Gesbert and Verona. Their gap is 1'30".


The pace set by Soler and Amador has blown the peloton apart and brought the break back to within two minutes. Some big-name casualties already, including Simon Yates, the Vuelta champion and Stage 12 winner.


The peloton has been blown apart - even before this increase in tempo by Movistar the likes of Sergio Henao and Thomas De Gendt had been shelled out. Back with the leaders and that's splitting up, too. Sagan has been dropped, as has Guillaume Martin. We have about seven riders left in front including Sanchez, Nibali, Wellens, Zakarin and Verona.


Groupama have already burned a few matches. They have Stefan Kung, who crashed yesterday, on the front now, but earlier it was William Bonnet, who is already off the back of the pack. And now Movistar have suddenly come to the front with two riders - Amador and Soler. They have really ignited the pace and Ineos are up there too, with Luke Rowe.


Peter Sagan may be here for the green jersey points at the intermediate sprint after the climb but he's not shying away from helping dictate the pace. The Slovakian is near the front and definitely doing his fair share of pulls.


The break are just on a small downhill segment that breaks up the climb. They have 2'40" on the pack which is being led by both Groupama and Ineos. The peloton is strung out with the first riders being tailed off. It's warm but not exactly hot out there with the temperature a pleasant 23 degrees and the top of the mountains clad in cloud.


We're now officially onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.1 Col du Soulor (11.8km at 7.7%).


What is Wiggins wearing?!?


Jumbo-Visma team director Nico Verhoeven on Wout van Aert's recovery: "The surgeon talked about a two month rehabilitation period in which he would not be allowed to cycle. But Wout saw it differently. A cyclist normally recovers faster." And here, some more words from Mathieu Heijboer, the team's head of performance...


Taaramëe has to stop and change his bike because of a mechanical. The Estonian is one of three Total-Direct Energie riders in the break alongside Sicard and Calmejane. They're all pretty handy climbers on their day - and boy does their team need a result...


And look who is present on the Tour today... it's that man Andy Schleck, looking far healthier - and happier - than when he was a pro-cyclist.


Up for grabs today is a limited edition of the yellow jersey with an image of the Tourmalet on the front. This mountain is being used for the 83rd time in the race's history - but only the second time as a summit finish. The first and last summit finish on the Tourmalet was in 2010 when Andy Schleck soloed to glory.


The road is already heading uphill although we're not yet officially onto the Col du Soulor. Some hefty tempo from Marco Haller has stretched out the break into a long line and the Austrian actually rides clear before he looks over his shoulders and realises he should ease up a little. He'll be there to pave the way for his teammate Zakarin, who already won a mountain top finish this year on the Giro.


The gap is still 2'50" for the break with Groupama still setting the tempo on the front of the pack. Some big names in the break with the likes of Martin, Nibali, Zakarin, Sanchez, Wellens, Mohoric, Kamna and Verona all capable of winning - but you expect they won't be given enough rope.


We have Bradley Wiggins back on the motorcycle following the race this weekend, which will be music to the ears of most Eurosport viewers. The 2012 Tour winner was a highlight of the grand depart in Belgium with his witty antics while manspreading a burly driver. We look forward to seeing him interract with the riders and sporting directors from deep in the race and giving us his pearls of wisdom. And remember, he'll have his next podcast available to download from Monday so keep a look out for that one...


Groupama continue to lead the chase and monitor the break, which has 2'50".


Pierre-Luc Perichon has given up the ghost and is about to be caught by the peloton. It's unclear what's happened to Geschke - perhaps he's still trying to bridge over, or perhaps he's already thrown in the towel.


The best placed rider on GC in this break is Guillaume Martin who is 25th at 9'20". So no one is a threat to Alaphilippe's yellow jersey out there. But that's not the point. Today is the Tourmalet and many, many riders want to win - which is why I'd be surprised if this break gets much leeway.


The leaders have 1'35" on two chasers - Simon Geschke (CCC Team) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis) - with the peloton at 2'022. Groupama-FDJ are riding hard on the front of the peloton, an indication that Thibaut Pinot feels good and has his eyes on today's stage.


The two leaders have been caught by the chasers so we have a break of 17 riders now. They are: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Vincenzo Nibali and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Lennard Kämna (Sunweb), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane, Romain Sicard and Rein Taaramëe (Total Direct Energie), Ilnur Zakarin and Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Elie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic).


Nibali picks up the single point over the summit with Sagan passing over around 20 seconds later and ahead of the large chase group. Nibali then waits for Sagan and they have a chat - probably about the riders behind - and it looks like they have decided to wait for them, which makes sense. After all, Nibali will have company in teammate Matej Mohoric, who is also there.


The chase group contains around 15 riders and includes the likes of Guillaume Martin, Alexis Vuillermoz, Ilnur Zakarin, Tim Wellens, Lilian Calmejane and Luis Leon Sanchez. More info coming up.


The leaders are onto the Cat.4 Cote de Labatmale (1.4km at 6.7%) and Sagan has already been dropped by Nibali. The gap is 1'40" back to the peloton with a large chase group in between.


Sagan and Nibali - former teammates at Liquigas - are 30 seconds clear now as they pass through the town of Pontacq ahead of the first climb. There are quite a few individual riders trying to join them...


Nibali is joined by Peter Sagan, who is not an ideal companion on such a stage. A lot of riders are trying to bridge over and the peloton is now all strung out. Thomas De Gendt is already struggling to keep contact on the back of the pack after going deep yesterday in the TT, in which he finished third behind Alaphilippe and Thomas.


Now Vincenzo Nibali is having a go. The Italian lost more than three minutes in yesterday's time trial and is currently 29 minutes down on GC and so no threat to the general classification.


There's some tentative moment on the front as the riders almost directly move onto a lump that precedes the first climb. Tim Wellens, in polka dots, is marshalling things - he clearly wants to get into any break that forms. And now it's Alexis Vuillermoz of Ag2R-La Mondiale who has a dig...


They're off! In the end, that extended neutral section went on for 7.5km and so today's stage is even shorter than expected.


Yes, there's some kind of protest further down the road which means the neutral zone has been extended for 4km. I'm not sure if they're going on a detour around town - unlikely - or if it means the stage will be 4km shorter. Probably the latter.


Two non-starters today: Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). The Belgian had that horrific crash yesterday in which he tore his thigh deep through the muscle after catching it on something sharp on the barriers near the finish. Meanwhile, Germany's Schachmann also crashed near the finish and broke his hand. He completed the stage but is now in a cast and cannot continue. That puts us down to 164 riders from the original 176.


Three climbs today: the Cat.4 Cote de Labatmale (1.4km at 6.7%), the Cat.1 Col du Soulor (11.9km at 7.8%) and the Col du Tourmalet (19km at 7.4%). There are 51 KOM points on offer which is three more points that Tim Wellens' current leading total in the climbers' classification.


Yellow bar tape for the race leader today...


The riders are in the neutral zone and the start has been delayed a little. I'm not sure why - although there are news of some kind of demonstration going on. The upshot is that the neutral zone may be a few kilometres longer than usual, and so the stage a bit shorter...


Here are the four jersey wearers - from left to right: Enric Mas in white, Peter Sagan in green, Julian Alaphilippe in yellow and Tim Wellens in polka dots.


Having secured a ninth day in yellow with his brilliant win in Pau, Alaphilippe will need to tame the Tourmalet if he wishes to emulate the dual 10-day runs in yellow achieved by his compatriot Thomas Voeckler in 2004 and 2011. The short but sharp Stage 14 includes the Cat.4 Cote de Labatmale and the Cat.1 Col du Soulor ahead of the decisive final HC climb of the Col du Tourmalet. If Alaphilippe’s in the driving seat now, we will have a better idea of who’s at the wheel on Saturday.


Here's the official profile today with three categorised climbs including the first foray over 2,000m for the summit finish.

Stage 14 profile, 2019 Tour de France

Yesterday, Julian Alaphilippe put in a historic performance in the individual time trial in Pau to win Stage 13 ahead of Geraint Thomas and extend his vice-like grip on the race lead on the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France’s yellow jersey. It was a swashbuckling, breath-taking and inspired performance by the 27-year-old livewire, who made light work of the final 17-percent ramp near the finish line to become the first Frenchman to win a time trial on the Tour since 2001 – and the first one since 1984 to do so in yellow.


Bonjour le Tour! Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 14 of the Tour de France - a first day in the high mountains with a summit finish on the fearsome Tourmalet...