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Tour de France Stage 14 Report

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July 13, Stage 14: Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon 191km

Trentin triumphs in stage 14 of the Tour de France

Article Content from Report By: Peter Cossins Published: July 13

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Breakaway goes to the line in Lyon

Matteo Trentin ended a three-year drought for Italian riders and gave Omega Pharma-QuickStep their fourth win of the Tour de France when he surged past his rivals in the break of the day to edge out Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) by less than a wheel in Lyon.

Coming into the final two kilometres, it looked as if Julien Simon (Sojasun) was set to become the first French victor in this year’s race but, after attacking on his own going over the top of the penultimate climb with 15km left, he ran out of juice in the final kilometre, where several members of what had been an 18-man breakaway bridged up to him.

Stage two winner Jan Bakelants (RadioShack) led out the sprint, only to see Albasini fly past him with 200 metres remaining. The Swiss looked like he had done enough to claim the stage, but Tour debutant Trentin came through like a train on his right to deny him, with Garmin-Sharp’s Andrew Talansky very close behind in third.

“This means a lot to me. It’s my first pro victory after two years in the peloton,” said Trentin, who is Omega leader Mark Cavendish’s roommate and one of his key lead-out men.

“The Tour de France is the best place in the world to win, everyone sees you. I played it smart in the break because we did a lot of work and so I think I deserved to miss a few turns. I almost got dropped with cramp on the last climb but managed to hang on. I didn’t have time to think about the finish. [Marcus] Burghardt went with two kilometres and then we caught them. I waited because it was a head wind. Then I went at 200m out and knew I could do a good sprint. I went past Albasini and suddenly realised I’d won.”

The bunch came in more than seven minutes down on the stage winner as the overall contenders saved their legs for Sunday’s important finish atop Mont Ventoux. There were no changes in the overall standings among the top 10. However, Talansky’s presence in the break boosted him from 17th to 12th place overall. He is now 5:54 behind Froome and within striking distance of the best young rider’s white jersey and a place in the top ten overall.

A high-speed start

Although the GC contenders were no doubt happy to have a much easier day than Friday’s wind-affected slog to St-Amand-Montrond, especially with Mont Ventoux looming on Sunday afternoon, the opening half of the stage was frantic. Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol), Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) and Blel Kadri (Ag2r La Mondiale) were the first riders to go clear, soon after racing got under way. For the next half an hour, the peloton was never far behind as more teams endeavoured to get riders up to the lead group.

Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis) and French national champion Arthur Vichot ( were the first two to manage this, although Le Mével soon fell back. Fourteen more riders joined the leading quartet with 55km covered, but another 40km passed before the peloton finally eased off and the break edged away.

In addition to Bak, Voigt, Kadri and Vichot, Talansky was there with teammate David Millar for company, BMC were represented by Tejay van Garderen and Marcus Burghardt, Movistar had Imanol Erviti looking out for sprinter José Joaquín Rojas, and Bakelants joined RadioShack teammate Voigt.

Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Egoitz García (Cofidis), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), plus Trentin, Albasini and Simon were the sole representatives from their respective teams. Lampre and Vacansoleil were among the squads not represented, which explained a long and ultimately attempt to join the leaders by Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre).

Trentin later gave an insight into the intensity of the opening two hours of racing, revealing: “I checked my average speed after 90km and it was 47km/h.”

Attacks in the finale

The escapees cooperated until they neared the final two of the day’s seven categorised climbs. With 25km remaining, Albasini and Millar both had a dig, but were quickly caught. On the first of those fourth-category climbs, the Côte de la Duchère, Bakelants and van Garderen pressed hard, their pace proving too much for veterans Millar and Voigt.

Cresting that ascent, Simon accelerated into the descent and quickly opened up a substantial gap. With no organised pursuit behind him, he extended his advantage on the final climb, the Côte de la Croix-Rousse, where huge crowds scented a home success and urged him on. At the summit, with 10km remaining, he led lone pursuer Kadri by 24 seconds, with the rest still attacking and countering each other.

Coming off this climb, van Garderen took the initiative, doing a huge turn on the front that halved Simon’s advantage. As the American sat up, Bak was the next to commit himself, Bakelants and Gautier haring after him, followed by Burghardt and Albasini. When these five riders came together, Simon’s lead had been reduced to little more than 50 metres, which Albasini crossed with ease going into the final kilometre, where the group containing Rojas and Trentin also closed in.

Sensing he had shown himself too soon, Albasini eased off and waited until Bakelants got the sprint under way. The Orica rider jumped in behind him, countered and seemed to have it won, only for Trentin to see steam through on the other side of the road in the final 10 metres, becoming Italy’s first stage-winner since Alessandro Petacchi won his second stage of the 2010 Tour in Reims.


General classification after stage 14
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 55:22:58
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:28
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:45
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:48
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:01
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:39
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:44
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:18
9 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:39
10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:05:48
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:05:52
12 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:05:54
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:06:54
14 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:07:28
15 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:08:32
16 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:10:16
17 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:10
18 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:14:22
19 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:50
20 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:14:57
21 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:16:49
22 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:18:36
23 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:19:43
24 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:19:59
25 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:35
26 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:21:01
27 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:21:54
28 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:24:12
29 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:25:33
30 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:26:42
31 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:30:04
32 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:30:17
33 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:32:14
34 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:32:26
35 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:32:48
36 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:33:15
37 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:33:40
38 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:33:43
39 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:34:13
40 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) 0:36:05
41 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:36:30
42 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:36:43
43 Arthur Vichot (Fra) 0:37:08
44 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:37:40
45 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:37:48
46 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:38:36
47 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:38:42
48 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:40:49
49 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:41:24
50 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:44:38
51 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:44:49
52 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) 0:45:29
53 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:47:09
54 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:48:56
55 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:51:29
56 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:52:32
57 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:52:58
58 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:53:32
59 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:54:51
60 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:54:57
61 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:55:45
62 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:56:30
63 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:56:42
64 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:58:13
65 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:58:56
66 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:59:52
67 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:00:16
68 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 1:00:33
69 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 1:01:32
70 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:01:45
71 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:03:02
72 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:03:16
73 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:03:24
74 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:03:41
75 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 1:03:51
76 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 1:03:56
77 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:04:16
78 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:06:01
79 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:07:37
80 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
81 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 1:07:44
82 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:07:51
83 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:08:02
84 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:08:12
85 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 1:08:16
86 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 1:10:36
87 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:12:08
88 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:12:17
89 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:13:18
90 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:13:54
91 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1:15:24
92 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:15:36
93 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 1:16:01
94 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:17:09
95 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 1:18:56
96 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 1:19:06
97 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 1:19:12
98 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:19:16
99 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:19:45
100 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 1:20:01
101 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:20:09
102 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:20:15
103 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:20:45
104 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 1:21:39
105 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 1:23:49
106 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:24:04
107 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 1:26:21
108 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:26:38
109 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:27:02
110 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 1:28:08
111 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 1:28:50
112 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 1:29:16
113 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:29:17
114 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:29:39
115 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 1:29:59
116 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 1:30:05
117 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 1:30:39
118 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:31:01
119 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:31:09
120 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:32:21
121 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:34:46
122 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:37:13
123 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:38:43
124 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:39:15
125 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:39:17
126 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:39:43
127 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:40:13
128 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 1:40:33
129 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 1:41:18
130 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 1:42:23
131 Jérémy Roy (Fra) 1:42:30
132 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:43:00
133 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:43:55
134 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:45:22
135 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:45:23
136 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:45:33
137 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 1:46:19
138 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:47:18
139 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:47:28
140 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 1:48:05
141 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 1:48:11
142 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:48:18
143 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:48:54
144 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:48:59
145 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:50:54
146 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 1:51:34
147 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1:52:15
148 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:52:27
149 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:52:54
150 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:53:03
151 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 1:53:13
152 William Bonnet (Fra) 1:53:44
153 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:53:57
154 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 1:54:13
155 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:54:48
156 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:05
157 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:12
158 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:17
159 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:55:44
160 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 1:56:45
161 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 1:56:48
162 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1:57:56
163 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:58:12
164 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:58:52
165 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1:59:40
166 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:00:43
167 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:01:09
168 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:02:16
169 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:04:22
170 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 2:05:25
171 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:06:34
172 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:07:48
173 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:08:05
174 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:08:30
175 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:09:52
176 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:11:35
177 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:12:34
178 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 2:14:16
179 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:15:32
180 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2:17:19
181 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:18:26

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