Friday, 18 July 2014

2014 Tour de France Stage 13 Report

Saint-Étinne - Chamrousse 197.5km

13 is seen as unlucky for some, well it is, for the sprinters. As the riders had to go over a Category 1 climb before the Super Category climb up to Chamrousse. The break consisted of nine riders, the highest in the Gc being Brice Feiliu at 11 minutes 32 behind Nibali, other notables being Bakelants and Visconti. Visconti beat Blel Kadri (AG2R) to take the points on the Category 3 Col de la Croix de Montvieux. A Number of riders abandoned during the stage, they were: Dani  Navarro (Cofidis), Arthur Vichot (FDJ) and Janier Acevedo (Garmin). Feiliu was dropped by the breakaway  just before the lower slopes of the Col de Palaquit. Visconti (Movistar) ,  Durasek (NetApp-Endura) and Huzarski (Lampre) were all dropped on the lower slopes of the climb. Team Europcar and Katusha led the peloton as Joaquim Rodriguez and Thomas Voeckler were looking to duel it out in the KOM competition.  Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale caught and passed Kadri and Bakelants. Luis Maté (Cofidis) and Jerome Pineau (IAM) both attacked from the peloton. Blel Kadri was caught with 5km of the climb left, but he went right out the back of the pack. De Marchi took  10 points at the top of the climb, Jan Bakelants took 8 points for second and most importantly Joaquim Rodriguez got 2 points.. On the descent, Jakob Fuglsang (10th) crashed, after hitting a water bottle. Alessandro De Marchi took €1500 and 20 points at the intermediate sprint point in Grenoble.

At the foot of the climb De Marchi had a lead of 2'40" over the peloton but only 40" ahead of Jan Bakelants. De Marchi's lead was halved only 2km later and Bakelants was caught. Meanwhile, at the back of the peloton, Joaquim Rodriguez was dropped.  Nico Roche, Thomas Voeckler and Geriant Thomas (12th at 5'"13) were both dropped with 15 km to go. With 13 km to go De Marchi was finally caught by the peloton. The yellow jersey group was whittled down to an elite group consisting of nineteen riders. With 12km to go, Richie Porte was unhitched by the front group. Leopard Konig attacked with 11km to go and was joined by Rafal Majka. Alejandro attacked with 10.5km to go and that led to a counter attack by Nibali and Thibaut Pinot who caught and joined the Spaniard, the other rider that joined them was Laurens ten Dam. Tejay Van Garderen attacked from the 3rd group on the road. but was caught, quickly. Nibali attacked and distanced himself from Pinot and tagged onto the back of the leading group. In the third group Bardet and Van Garderen attacked from the third group. Valverde attacked Pinot with 5km to go but they stayed in tandem we also heard from Race radio that Porte and Nieve were 5 and half minutes behind the Nibali group.  With 3000m to go, Nibali attacked the front group and the Italian was going to take his third stage win of this years' tour. The Astana rider crossed the flame rouge with a 20 second lead over Konig and ten Dam.  Nibali won the stage and arguably the Tour, as the fantastic, emphatic and deserved win will give him a large lead in the overall. De Marchi was given the Combativity award. Team Sky's tour got from bad to worse, a Richie Porte and Geriant Thomas came in almost 9 minutes behind Nibali.

Stage 13 Result:
1.ITANIBALI Vincenzo41ASTANA PRO TEAM05h 12' 29'' 
2.POLMAJKA Rafal34TINKOFF-SAXO05h 12' 39''+ 00' 10''
3.CZEKONIG Leopold201TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA05h 12' 40''+ 00' 11''
4.ESPVALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro11MOVISTAR TEAM05h 13' 19''+ 00' 50''
5.FRAPINOT Thibaut127FDJ.FR05h 13' 22''+ 00' 53''
6.USAVAN GARDEREN Tejay141BMC RACING TEAM05h 13' 52''+ 01' 23''
7.FRABARDET Romain82AG2R LA MONDIALE05h 13' 52''+ 01' 23''
8.NEDTEN DAM Laurens67BELKIN PRO CYCLING05h 14' 05''+ 01' 36''
9.FRAPÉRAUD Jean-Christophe81AG2R LA MONDIALE05h 14' 38''+ 02' 09''
10.LUXSCHLECK Frank161TREK FACTORY RACING05h 14' 38''+ 02' 09''
11.ESPZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar169TREK FACTORY RACING05h 14' 38''+ 02' 09''
12.BELVAN DEN BROECK Jurgen131LOTTO-BELISOL05h 14' 38''+ 02' 09''
13.NEDMOLLEMA Bauke61BELKIN PRO CYCLING05h 14' 38''+ 02' 09''
14.FRAROLLAND Pierre151TEAM EUROPCAR05h 15' 30''+ 03' 01''
15.PORCOSTA Rui Alberto111LAMPRE - MERIDA05h 15' 30''+ 03' 01''
16.AUSROGERS Michael38TINKOFF-SAXO05h 15' 36''+ 03' 07''
17.USAHORNER Christopher114LAMPRE - MERIDA05h 15' 40''+ 03' 11''
18.LUXGASTAUER Ben85AG2R LA MONDIALE05h 16' 31''+ 04' 02''
19.POLKWIATKOWSKI Michal74OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP05h 16' 41''+ 04' 12''
20.FRAFEILLU Brice211BRETAGNE - SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT05h 18' 24''+ 05' 55''
21.RUSTROFIMOV Yury29TEAM KATUSHA05h 18' 24''+ 05' 55''
22.ESPMATE MARDONES Luis Angel175COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS05h 19' 08''+ 06' 39''
23.FRAGADRET John13MOVISTAR TEAM05h 19' 20''+ 06' 51''
24.USASTETINA Peter147BMC RACING TEAM05h 19' 36''+ 07' 07''
25.GBRTHOMAS Geraint8TEAM SKY05h 21' 17''+ 08' 48''
26.ESPNIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel5TEAM SKY05h 21' 17''+ 08' 48''
27.AUSPORTE Richie7TEAM SKY05h 21' 17''+ 08' 48''

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