Sunweb strike again as Soren Kragh Andersen solos to Tour de France stage win in Lyon

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Soren Kragh Andersen won stage 14 of the Tour de France in Lyon as Peter Sagan took a bite out of Sam Bennett’s advantage in the points leader’s green jersey.

The 194km stage from Clermont-Ferrand did nothing to alter Primoz Roglic’s status in yellow but was instead defined by the battle between Sagan and Bennett in the points classification.

Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team kept the pace high all day in order to drop Bennett on the climbs, preventing the expected break from getting away and instead setting up a chaotic finish on the streets of Lyon.

Team Sunweb’s Kragh Andersen got away from the reduced peloton as the race exploded in the final few kilometres, delivering a second stage win for the team after Marc Hirschi’s stage 12 victory on Thursday.

The sprint for second place was taken by Luka Mezgec, with Sagan rolling in fourth on a day when he took 23 points out of Bennett’s lead in green, cutting his deficit to 43.

The main group of contenders crossed the line together just behind, though it was notable to see Egan Bernal try a late dig a day after losing 39 seconds to Roglic and Tadej Pogacar on the climb of the Puy Mary.

It was a first career Tour stage win for the 26-year-old Kragh Andersen.

“I have no words,” he said. “I dream about this but it is always hard to say I am good enough before I have done it. I’m amazed and full of emotions. It’s crazy, huh?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""I had really good legs the whole day. Of course you never know how good the other guys are but my legs felt good all day. It took a long time in the Tour to get confident, but I knew if I was suffering they were suffering too, and in the end I went for it."
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” data-reactid=”44″>”I had really good legs the whole day. Of course you never know how good the other guys are but my legs felt good all day. It took a long time in the Tour to get confident, but I knew if I was suffering they were suffering too, and in the end I went for it.”
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03:48 PM

Kragh Andersen wins stage 14 at the Tour de France!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Soren Kragh Andersen takes the biggest win of his career. The Dane timed his attack to perfection in what was another tactical masterclass from Sunweb who won earlier in the week through Marc Hirschi” data-reactid=”47″>Soren Kragh Andersen takes the biggest win of his career. The Dane timed his attack to perfection in what was another tactical masterclass from Sunweb who won earlier in the week through Marc Hirschi

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) takes second place, while the Italian&nbsp;Simone Consonni (Cofidis) was third.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”48″>Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) takes second place, while the Italian Simone Consonni (Cofidis) was third. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), meanwhile, finishes in fourth spot to earn himself 18 points in the race for the green jersey, closing the gap on the current leader in that competition Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) to 42.” data-reactid=”49″>Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), meanwhile, finishes in fourth spot to earn himself 18 points in the race for the green jersey, closing the gap on the current leader in that competition Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) to 42.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finishes safely in the bunch to keep hold of the leader’s yellow jersey, while&nbsp;Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) retain the white and polka-dot jerseys as respective leaders of the young rider and mountains classification competitions.” data-reactid=”50″>Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finishes safely in the bunch to keep hold of the leader’s yellow jersey, while Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) retain the white and polka-dot jerseys as respective leaders of the young rider and mountains classification competitions.

03:46 PM

1km to go

Danish rider Soren Kragh Andersen who has never won a stage at the Tour is surely going to take this win, his second of the season following the individual time trial win at Paris-Nice back in March.

03:45 PM

1.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) has 13sec on the chasers.” data-reactid=”56″>Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) has 13sec on the chasers.

03:45 PM

3km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Soren Kragh Andersen&nbsp;(Sunweb) attacks. Is this going to be another stage win for Sunweb? He appeared to time his ambush to perfection and has a few seconds on the chasers.” data-reactid=”59″>Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) attacks. Is this going to be another stage win for Sunweb? He appeared to time his ambush to perfection and has a few seconds on the chasers.

03:44 PM

3.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Peter Sagan now leads the race, but there are a swarm of riders closing in on him. Can the Bora-Hansgrohe rider finish this off today? That really would be payback for his team-mates’ graft today.” data-reactid=”62″>Peter Sagan now leads the race, but there are a swarm of riders closing in on him. Can the Bora-Hansgrohe rider finish this off today? That really would be payback for his team-mates’ graft today.

03:43 PM

4km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) responds, flying through and beyond&nbsp;Julian Alaphilippe, the Deceuninck-Quick Step that denied the Swiss sensation a stage win in Nice on the opening Sunday of this race.” data-reactid=”65″>Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) responds, flying through and beyond Julian Alaphilippe, the Deceuninck-Quick Step that denied the Swiss sensation a stage win in Nice on the opening Sunday of this race.

03:42 PM

4.6km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) takes the lead.” data-reactid=”68″>Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) takes the lead.

03:42 PM

5km to go

Julian Alaphilippe bridges over to Lennard Kämna.

03:41 PM

5.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) leads and he’s flying, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is in pursuit but has Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) on his coattails.” data-reactid=”74″>Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) leads and he’s flying, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is in pursuit but has Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) on his coattails.

03:40 PM

6km to go — De Gendt attacks

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thomas De Gendt is the next to give it a go and the Lotto-Soudal rider in pursuit of&nbsp;Lennard Kämna.” data-reactid=”77″>Thomas De Gendt is the next to give it a go and the Lotto-Soudal rider in pursuit of Lennard Kämna.

03:40 PM

Kämna flicks Benoot

Lennard Kämna is off up the road. This time yesterday he was battling with gradients of around 15%, now he’s flying up the final climb of the day, the Côté de la Croix-Rousse.

03:38 PM

8km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) bridges over to Tiesj Benoot, the peloton a matter of metres behind. Primoz Roglic has just one Jumbo-Visma team-mate, Wout van Aert, for company. That would suggest the Belgian will not be gunning for personal glory here this afternoon.” data-reactid=”83″>Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) bridges over to Tiesj Benoot, the peloton a matter of metres behind. Primoz Roglic has just one Jumbo-Visma team-mate, Wout van Aert, for company. That would suggest the Belgian will not be gunning for personal glory here this afternoon.

03:36 PM

Kragh Andersen gives chase

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) flies off, but then sits up as he realises team-mate&nbsp;Tiesj Benoot is leading the stage.&nbsp;Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) counter-attacks and the Frenchman is off in pursuit of the Belgian all-rounder who won Strade-Bianche in 2018. Sunweb are once again looking lively in this frenetic finale.” data-reactid=”90″>Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) flies off, but then sits up as he realises team-mate Tiesj Benoot is leading the stage. Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) counter-attacks and the Frenchman is off in pursuit of the Belgian all-rounder who won Strade-Bianche in 2018. Sunweb are once again looking lively in this frenetic finale.

03:34 PM

Benoot  attacks!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Michael Schär (CCC) and&nbsp;Tiesj Benoot&nbsp;(Sunweb) clip off the front as the road rises, the Belgian counter-attacks to drop&nbsp;the Swiss like a sack of spuds.” data-reactid=”93″>Michael Schär (CCC) and Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) clip off the front as the road rises, the Belgian counter-attacks to drop the Swiss like a sack of spuds.

03:33 PM

12km to go 

Ineos Grenadiers march to the front, road captain Luke Rowe doing a big turn, dragging his team-mates along a very narrow strip of twisty road.

03:31 PM

13.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) are now visible up near the front. Think I can see Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale) up there too.” data-reactid=”99″>Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) are now visible up near the front. Think I can see Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale) up there too.

03:29 PM

15km to go

Another roundabout navigated safely, though with riders going at some speed this is a very nervous time for the teams and their sporting directors.

03:27 PM

18km to go

Jumbo-Visma lead the way, being towed along by the veteran Tony Martin. Mouth agape and slouched over his handlebars, the three-time world time trial champion is stretching this race out a little further. Bora-Hansgrohe are tucked in just behind after doing almost 80 per cent of the work on the front throughout the stage, Sunweb are sat just off their right shoulder.

03:25 PM

20km to go

As the road curves around to the right, Jumbo-Visma shift to the front making sure their team leader Primoz Roglic is safe and out of harm’s way. In what will be a fast and frenetic run-in to the line in the centre of Lyon, there is quite a bit of traffic furniture for the riders to navigate and so positioning and concentration will be key.

03:19 PM

25km to go

The pace appears to be winding itself up ahead of what will most likely be a rollercoaster of a finish. The road twisting and turning, rising and falling. But will the stage be won by a classics specialist, or a sprinter? Can Peter Sagan claim a first win for over a year and close the gap on Sam Bennett in the points classification to just 11, or will his Bora-Hansgrohe team be left rueing the work they have done today? Is Wout van Aert going to pounce at the last and land the knockout blow to his sparring partner Sagan?

03:12 PM

33km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Interesting little fact from the Tour de France website here: Italian riders have a 100 per cent win record this century in the Tour de France in Lyon, where today's stage finish is.&nbsp;Alessandro Petacchi won in 2003, while as mentioened earlier in the day, Matteo Trentin (CCC) prevailed in the city back in in 2013. A few minutes ago Italian sprinter&nbsp;Simone Consonni (Cofidis Solutions Crédits) was spotted moving up towards the front of the peloton. Is this a sign?” data-reactid=”114″>Interesting little fact from the Tour de France website here: Italian riders have a 100 per cent win record this century in the Tour de France in Lyon, where today’s stage finish is. Alessandro Petacchi won in 2003, while as mentioened earlier in the day, Matteo Trentin (CCC) prevailed in the city back in in 2013. A few minutes ago Italian sprinter Simone Consonni (Cofidis Solutions Crédits) was spotted moving up towards the front of the peloton. Is this a sign?

03:05 PM

40km to go 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Robert Gesink briefly shifted towards the front of the peloton, but the Jumbo-Visma rider was soon replaced by one of Peter Sagan’s footsoldiers. A few rows back in the bunch and a number of teams are preparing for a little shuffle, notably Sunweb and Cofidis as they start thinking about today’s&nbsp;rolling, but quite tough, finale.” data-reactid=”117″>Robert Gesink briefly shifted towards the front of the peloton, but the Jumbo-Visma rider was soon replaced by one of Peter Sagan’s footsoldiers. A few rows back in the bunch and a number of teams are preparing for a little shuffle, notably Sunweb and Cofidis as they start thinking about today’s rolling, but quite tough, finale.

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03:01 PM

45km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC pull on the front. The leading group, by the way, features 96 riders and no, I am not going to list them all. Sam Bennett is in the second group on the road, almost 1O minutes down, while Calab Ewan is in a very select four-man group a further six minutes down the road. Why is that group so select? Because it is made up entirely of Lotto-Soudal riders — Jasper De Buyst, Frederik Frison and Roger Kluge. The only remaining Lotto-Soudal rider, Thomas De Gendt, is tucked in safely in the peloton.

02:50 PM

50km to go

The peloton is all strung out, Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC on the front.

02:45 PM

52.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="CCC and&nbsp;Bora-Hansgrohe are still setting the pace, but with the team of maillot jaune Primoz Roglic sitting on you would imagine that Wout van Aert is starting to think about adding a third stage win at this year’s race to his rapidly growing&nbsp;palmarès.&nbsp;Van Aert arrived at the Tour stating he was riding in support of&nbsp;Roglic, but on three occasions now the young Belgian has been given a free rein, allowing him to challenge for the sprint.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”146″>CCC and Bora-Hansgrohe are still setting the pace, but with the team of maillot jaune Primoz Roglic sitting on you would imagine that Wout van Aert is starting to think about adding a third stage win at this year’s race to his rapidly growing palmarès. Van Aert arrived at the Tour stating he was riding in support of Roglic, but on three occasions now the young Belgian has been given a free rein, allowing him to challenge for the sprint. 

02:42 PM

55km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Adam Yates, the Mitchelton-Scott rider whose twin bother retained his leader’s jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier today after Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) won stage six ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Pro Cycling), punctures. The Bury rider has a team-mate to help him chase back on.” data-reactid=”149″>Adam Yates, the Mitchelton-Scott rider whose twin bother retained his leader’s jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico earlier today after Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) won stage six ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Pro Cycling), punctures. The Bury rider has a team-mate to help him chase back on.

02:30 PM

60km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="No change on the road as yet. Meanwhile,&nbsp;Alberto Contador, the two-time Tour winner, has been talking on&nbsp;Eurosport and has likened Peter Sagan to some of the all-time greats and characters of sport.” data-reactid=”152″>No change on the road as yet. Meanwhile, Alberto Contador, the two-time Tour winner, has been talking on Eurosport and has likened Peter Sagan to some of the all-time greats and characters of sport.

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“He is a very peculiar guy. He has qualities that make him one of the best cyclists of the last few years. But what I think is more interesting is his character,” said Contador.

“He is one of those special sportsmen and women who go beyond sport and are media-friendly in many ways.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Peter Sagan, Boris Becker . . . they are all extraordinary in their sports, but even more relevant outside of competition. They are necessary characters in sport and Sagan is undoubtedly one of the top ones in recent years.”

02:17 PM

68.5km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC continue to roll on through, taking turns on the front. Interestingly, the first Tour de France stage win of Matteo Trentin’s career — back in 2013 while riding for Omega Pharma-Quick-Step — came in Lyon, the city that hosts today’s finish. Will history be repeating itself later on this afternoon?

02:12 PM

Advantage Bora-Hansgrohe

Sam Bennett is spotted thanking his Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mates who have worked tirelessly today in an effort to keep the Irishman in contention for the stage today, but they were just unable to counter the move from Bora-Hansgrohe. They have given up the chase, keeping their powder dry for another day, and will now be hoping that any rider other than Peter Sagan wins the stage to deny him maximum points. However, should Sagan end his drought — he has not won a race since stage five at last year’s Tour de France, over a year ago — then he would go withing 11 points of Bennett.

02:07 PM

78km to go

Deceuninck-Quick Step sit up, appearing to have given up the chase.

02:06 PM

80km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Stefan Küng‘s day in the sun is over. The Swiss time trial specialist is put into the shade by a rapidly moving peloton. Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC work together, setting a fierce tempo in an attempt to break the resolve of the chasing posse of&nbsp;Deceuninck-Quick Step riders. The intention of&nbsp;Bora-Hansgrohe and Peter Sagan here is to deny green jersey holder&nbsp;Sam Bennett&nbsp;the opportunity to add any further points to his tally. CCC, meanwhile, will be thinking about the stage win.” data-reactid=”189″>Stefan Küng‘s day in the sun is over. The Swiss time trial specialist is put into the shade by a rapidly moving peloton. Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC work together, setting a fierce tempo in an attempt to break the resolve of the chasing posse of Deceuninck-Quick Step riders. The intention of Bora-Hansgrohe and Peter Sagan here is to deny green jersey holder Sam Bennett the opportunity to add any further points to his tally. CCC, meanwhile, will be thinking about the stage win.

01:59 PM

85km to go — the state of play

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Stefan Küng leads by 28sec.” data-reactid=”192″>Stefan Küng leads by 28sec.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Working in tandem with CCC,&nbsp;Bora-Hansgrohe&nbsp;lead peloton,” data-reactid=”193″>Working in tandem with CCC, Bora-Hansgrohe lead peloton,

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sam Bennett and&nbsp;Deceuninck-Quick Step chase, but trail ​by 2min 3sec.” data-reactid=”194″>Sam Bennett and Deceuninck-Quick Step chase, but trail ​by 2min 3sec.

01:54 PM

90km to go

Deceuninck-Quick Step are chasing hard, but with CCC and Bora-Hansgrohe taking turns at the head of the peloton the team of Sam Bennett may struggle in closing the gap of around 1min 45sec.

01:44 PM

101km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alessandro De Marchi shifts up towards the front of the pack to help out with Bora-Hansgrohe. The big strong Italian will be hoping team-mates Matteo Trentin or Greg Van Avermaet can get involved later on this afternoon. Stefan Küng, the European time trial champion, increases his lead by a handful of seconds before going over the category three Côte de Courreau to add another couple of points to his tally in the mountains classification.” data-reactid=”200″>Alessandro De Marchi shifts up towards the front of the pack to help out with Bora-Hansgrohe. The big strong Italian will be hoping team-mates Matteo Trentin or Greg Van Avermaet can get involved later on this afternoon. Stefan Küng, the European time trial champion, increases his lead by a handful of seconds before going over the category three Côte de Courreau to add another couple of points to his tally in the mountains classification.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="With&nbsp;Küng sweeping up the points,&nbsp;Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) appears posed to keep hold of his polka-dot jersey for another day. The Frenchman, however, may lose that on Sunday where two categotry one&nbsp;climbs — Montée de la Selle de Fromentel and col de la Biche — and the hors catégorie Grand Colombier punctuate a tough stage.” data-reactid=”201″>With Küng sweeping up the points, Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-La Mondiale) appears posed to keep hold of his polka-dot jersey for another day. The Frenchman, however, may lose that on Sunday where two categotry one climbs — Montée de la Selle de Fromentel and col de la Biche — and the hors catégorie Grand Colombier punctuate a tough stage.

01:29 PM

Latour abandons!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Pierre Latour, the best young rider from the 2018 edition of the Tour de France, has abandoned. That’s the second Ag2r-La Mondiale rider to quit the race in under 24 hours after Romain Bardet, who was racing his final Tour for the French team following his transfer to Sunweb, packed last night having got concussed during a crash.” data-reactid=”204″>Pierre Latour, the best young rider from the 2018 edition of the Tour de France, has abandoned. That’s the second Ag2r-La Mondiale rider to quit the race in under 24 hours after Romain Bardet, who was racing his final Tour for the French team following his transfer to Sunweb, packed last night having got concussed during a crash.

01:24 PM

112km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe are not hanging around, pushing on at the font of the field. Jumbo-Visma are tucked in behind, while Ineos Grenadiers are the third team on the road. Stefan Küng’s advantage plummets to 2min 15sec.

01:20 PM

115km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) crash on the descent off the&nbsp;col du Béal. Both appeared to benefit from a soft landing and wasted little time in remounting.” data-reactid=”210″>David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) crash on the descent off the col du Béal. Both appeared to benefit from a soft landing and wasted little time in remounting.

01:16 PM

120km to go — state of play

Stefan Küng leads the stage.

Edward Theuns trails by 37sec.

Bora-Hansgrohe leads peloton at 2min 40sec.

Sam Bennet et al trail at 3min 30sec.

01:13 PM

125km to go

Stefan Küng goes over the summit of the col du Béal to add five points to his tally in the mountains classification, Edward Theuns takes three points around 30secs later.

Back in the peloton, Sam Bennett has three or four team-mates assisting him, but Bora-Hansgrohe press on, putting in a bigger effort as they approach the fairly exposed are beyond the top of the climb. It looks fairly windy, but will there be any splits?

01:08 PM

126.7km to go

Stefan Küng  rides Edward Theuns off his wheel as the big Swiss rider nears the 1km to go marker to the summit of this climb.

01:07 PM

127km to go

The pace being set by Bora-Hansgrohe has seen the two-man breakaway’s advantage drop to 3min 30sec. Sam Bennett, meanwhile, drops to the rear of the peloton.

01:03 PM

129km to go

The Bora-Hansgrohe-powered peloton is around 5km from the summit of this category one climb and the pace they are setting is causing damage to Deceuninck-Quick Step. Sam Bennett is struggling while Tim Declercq and Michael Morkov, the green jersey’s leadout man, are off the back.

12:57 PM

131km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As the road pitches up, a number of sprinters start to labour. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) rolls out of the back, while Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) appears to be all on his lonesome, sans team-mates. By contrast, Peter Sagan is looking relatively comfortable up near the front of the field alongside a posse of team-mates.” data-reactid=”232″>As the road pitches up, a number of sprinters start to labour. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) rolls out of the back, while Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) appears to be all on his lonesome, sans team-mates. By contrast, Peter Sagan is looking relatively comfortable up near the front of the field alongside a posse of team-mates.

12:52 PM

133km to go

As the peloton reaches the lower slopes of  category one Col du Béal climb, Bora-Hansgrohe shunt their way to the head of the pack, presumably ready for a shuffle, in the hope that Sam Bennett can be dropped.

12:45 PM

135km to go

The break’s advantage grows out to 5min 30sec.

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12:38 PM

140km to go

Deceuninck-Quick team-mates Tim Declercq, Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels sit on the front of the bunch, setting a nice pace as they head towards the category one 

Col du Béal climb. The entire squad of Bora-Hansgrohe riders are tucked in just behind.

By the way, Bora-Hansgrohe are a man light after Gregor Mühlberger failed to complete stage 11, while Deceuninck-Quick Step have their full compliment of eight riders.

12:27 PM

145km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tim Declercq, the big&nbsp;Deceuninck-Quick Step ​domestique, has assumed position on the front of the peloton who are tucked in the slipstream, shielding behind his broad, broad shoulders. The two-man breakaway leads by 4min 9sec.” data-reactid=”268″>Tim Declercq, the big Deceuninck-Quick Step ​domestique, has assumed position on the front of the peloton who are tucked in the slipstream, shielding behind his broad, broad shoulders. The two-man breakaway leads by 4min 9sec.

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12:18 PM

Race for the green jersey — as it stands

12:11 PM

155km to g0

Edward Theuns takes 20 points at the intermediate sprint, Peter Sagan takes 15 and Sam Bennett adds another 10 points to his tally. As a result, Sagan closes the gap on Bennett to 61 points. There are 50 available on the line for the winner today, but will Bora-Hansgrohe go for bust?

12:06 PM

159km to go

Peter Sagan has Maximilian Schachmann for company as the Bora-Hansgrohe pair push on towards the intermediate sprint, but haw many more points than Sam Bennett will he scoop up?

12:05 PM

162km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Peter Sagan manages to drop Sam Bennett on the upper reaches of that short, sharp climb. Matteo Trentin (CCC) briefly held the Slovakian’s wheel, but the Italian soon lost contact.” data-reactid=”299″>Peter Sagan manages to drop Sam Bennett on the upper reaches of that short, sharp climb. Matteo Trentin (CCC) briefly held the Slovakian’s wheel, but the Italian soon lost contact.

12:02 PM

163km to go

Stefan Küng takes the single point on offer in the mountains classification atop the Côte du Château d’Aulteribe, while back in the bunch Bora-Hansgrohe whip up the pace as they hit the bottom of the climb in an attempt to shake off Sam Bennett.

11:58 AM

165km to go

The two-man breakaway increases its lead on the pack to 3min 48sec.

11:54 AM

170km to go

Casper Pedersen catches Cees Bol ease up, apparently happy to reacquaint themselves with the peloton. Bora-Hansgrohe control the pace on the front as they near the first climb of the day, the category for Côte du Château d’Aulteribe. The intermediate sprint follows around 8km after the summit where Peter Sagan will be hoping to gain a few points on his nemesis, Irishman Sam Bennett.

11:48 AM

173.5km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Casper Pedersen catches&nbsp;Cees Bol, the Sunweb team-mates stuck in no man's land between the peloton and the two riders off up the road. Not entirely sure what their plan is here, but Sunweb have been one of the most interesting teams at this year's race so I'm sure their sports director Matt Winston has something up his sleeve.” data-reactid=”311″>Casper Pedersen catches Cees Bol, the Sunweb team-mates stuck in no man’s land between the peloton and the two riders off up the road. Not entirely sure what their plan is here, but Sunweb have been one of the most interesting teams at this year’s race so I’m sure their sports director Matt Winston has something up his sleeve.

11:42 AM

176km to go

Cees Bol sits up, possibly waiting for team-mate Casper Pedersen, leaving Stefan Küng and Edward Theuns hanging out in front.

11:40 AM

178km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A second Sunweb rider,&nbsp;Casper Pedersen, has escaped the clutches of the peloton but he has his work cut out if he is going to bridge over to the three-man break that lead the stage by around 40sec.” data-reactid=”317″>A second Sunweb rider, Casper Pedersen, has escaped the clutches of the peloton but he has his work cut out if he is going to bridge over to the three-man break that lead the stage by around 40sec.

11:39 AM

180km to go

The three-man breakaway has increased its lead to 30sec.

11:32 AM

183km to go

Stefan Küng bridges over, joining Cees Bol and Edward Theuns whose advantage on the peloton is negligible. For now, at least.

11:31 AM

185km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) sets off in pursuit of the leading pair. A rapid start today with an average speed of 53.1kmh thus far, which makes it very difficult for riders to catch the two-man break.” data-reactid=”326″>Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) sets off in pursuit of the leading pair. A rapid start today with an average speed of 53.1kmh thus far, which makes it very difficult for riders to catch the two-man break.

11:27 AM

190km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cees Bol (Sunweb) takes off, Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) bridges over, the pair take a narrow lead over the chasing pack. There are plenty of riders looking like they fancy joining forces, but as yet no movement off the front of the bunch.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”329″>Cees Bol (Sunweb) takes off, Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) bridges over, the pair take a narrow lead over the chasing pack. There are plenty of riders looking like they fancy joining forces, but as yet no movement off the front of the bunch. 

11:22 AM

193km to go

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The peloton is strung out in a long line as attacks continue to flow, wave after wave but as yet a breakaway has not stuck. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is spotted sitting near the rear of the pack.” data-reactid=”332″>The peloton is strung out in a long line as attacks continue to flow, wave after wave but as yet a breakaway has not stuck. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is spotted sitting near the rear of the pack.

11:19 AM

And they’re off!

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Straight from the drop of the flag, a flurry of riders clip off the front. Interesting to note that Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is up near the action, presumably monitoring any moves thinking about protecting the green jersey of team-mate Sam Bennett.” data-reactid=”335″>Straight from the drop of the flag, a flurry of riders clip off the front. Interesting to note that Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is up near the action, presumably monitoring any moves thinking about protecting the green jersey of team-mate Sam Bennett.

11:11 AM

And who does today’s course suit? 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Not too long until today's stage starts, so all I am going to say here is that it could either be a very big breakaway — maybe featuring the usual suspects of&nbsp;Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC)? — as those teams that have yet to win a stage gives it one last roll of the dice, or Bora-Hansgrohe may be aiming to control the stage in the hope of setting up Peter Sagan for the win. Today may well be one of the last opportunities for the seven-time winner of the points classification&nbsp;to make serious inroads into Sam Bennett’s sizeable advantage. The race starts in under 10 minutes.” data-reactid=”339″>Not too long until today’s stage starts, so all I am going to say here is that it could either be a very big breakaway — maybe featuring the usual suspects of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC)? — as those teams that have yet to win a stage gives it one last roll of the dice, or Bora-Hansgrohe may be aiming to control the stage in the hope of setting up Peter Sagan for the win. Today may well be one of the last opportunities for the seven-time winner of the points classification to make serious inroads into Sam Bennett’s sizeable advantage. The race starts in under 10 minutes.

11:07 AM

No Bardet, today 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Romain Bardet will not start today’s stage after the Ag2r-La Mondiale leader was forced to abandon late on Friday night following his crash earlier in the day. Riding on his home roads, Bardet suffered a concussion during his crash.” data-reactid=”342″>Romain Bardet will not start today’s stage after the Ag2r-La Mondiale leader was forced to abandon late on Friday night following his crash earlier in the day. Riding on his home roads, Bardet suffered a concussion during his crash.

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In a team statement, Bardet said: “This stage on my home roads was the complete opposite of what I had hoped for. The crash was severe, downhill at high speed, and I struggled all the rest of the day.

“The medical examinations confirmed what I already suspected, and I am not able to continue in the race. I know that my team-mates will give their best to finish the Tour de France with strong performances.” 

10:55 AM

So, what’s on the menu today? 

There are five categorised climbs today, the toughest — the category two Col du Béal — coming 125.5 kilometres from the finish, while the final two —

Côte de la Duchère and Côté de la Croix-Rousse — both peak in the last 10km of the rolling 197km stage. Here’s the profile . . .

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And those categorised climbs in numbers, if that’s your thing.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The intermediate sprint in&nbsp;Courpière comes just 38km into the stage, while there are maximum points — 50 — on offer on the finishing line in Lyon in the race for the green jersey, which currently rests on the shoulders of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step).” data-reactid=”390″>The intermediate sprint in Courpière comes just 38km into the stage, while there are maximum points — 50 — on offer on the finishing line in Lyon in the race for the green jersey, which currently rests on the shoulders of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step).

10:44 AM

Breaking: Ineos return second positive test for Covid-19

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tom Cary, our man out in France, has just filed this missive from behind the lines&nbsp;in Clermont-Ferrand.” data-reactid=”393″>Tom Cary, our man out in France, has just filed this missive from behind the lines in Clermont-Ferrand.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Ineos Grenadiers staff member who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday's rest day, putting the team at risk of being sent home from the Tour de France, has now returned two negative tests for Covid-19, Telegraph Sport understands.” data-reactid=”394″>The Ineos Grenadiers staff member who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday’s rest day, putting the team at risk of being sent home from the Tour de France, has now returned two negative tests for Covid-19, Telegraph Sport understands.

Ineos were one of four teams — along with Mitchelton-Scott, Cofidis and Ag2r-La Mondiale — who had one member of staff each test positive for Covid-19 at the last round of testing.

10:40 AM

As it stands . . .

Those familiar with the race, or stage racing in general, will realise that there are a number of jerseys on offer at the race, here’s a very quick explainer for anybody that is new to the sport . . .

 And here are the current leaders in the respective competitions . . .

But if you want to take a closer look at the details, here you go  . . .

10:30 AM

Morning

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 14&nbsp;at the 107th edition of the Tour de France, the&nbsp;197km run from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon. Before we have a look at today's stage, let's have a recap of what happened yesterday. First up, here's&nbsp;Tom Cary‘s verdict from what was a thoroughly entertaining stage through the Massif Central. . .” data-reactid=”408″>And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 14 at the 107th edition of the Tour de France, the 197km run from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon. Before we have a look at today’s stage, let’s have a recap of what happened yesterday. First up, here’s Tom Cary‘s verdict from what was a thoroughly entertaining stage through the Massif Central. . .

As Egan Bernal was labouring up the Pas de Peyrol and its devilish 15 per cent ramps, 700 miles away down in Italy, Geraint Thomas, the man Ineos surprisingly left at home, was finishing second on the Queen stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. Thomas, who came home 35secs behind stage winner and new race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Sassotetto summit finish, sits third overall after five stages of that race. The Welshman declared afterwards that he was “pretty happy” with his form, and was “feeling good”.

It begs the question: what could Thomas have done here? Should Ineos have brought him to the Tour?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Meanwhile, our colleagues at&nbsp;The Cycling Podcast&nbsp;published their latest episode on Friday night. While we are waiting for today’s stage to&nbsp;get under way, why don’t you give it a listen?” data-reactid=”411″>Meanwhile, our colleagues at The Cycling Podcast published their latest episode on Friday night. While we are waiting for today’s stage to get under way, why don’t you give it a listen?

Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau in Clermont-Ferrand as they recap stage 13 of the Tour de France.

It was an aggressive stage from the gun and turned into a twin battle for the stage and the overall classification.

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The race for the stage win was fascinating with EF Pro Cycling and Bora-Hansgrohe going head-to-head on the final climb before Dani Martinez got the better of Lennard Kamna and Max Schachmann.

Behind, Tadej Pogacar instigated hostilities again and was marked by Primoz Roglic, who put Egan Bernal on the defensive. We discuss what this means for the overall battle as the race heads towards the Alps.