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Colombia’s Jarlinson Pantano out-sprinted Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at the Tour de France Sunday to take a stellar victory for his IAM Cycling team, which is disbanding at the end of the season. Panatano and Majka were part of the original day’s breakaway, with the latter cresting the final climb of the day with less than 15km to go alone, but unable to hold off the dare-devil descending Colombian.
Pantano bridged to the Polish rider and then out-sprinted him at the finish in Culoz, even after he was forced to lead out the race to the line.
“This is incredible,” Pantano said after the stage. “It’s a dream come true. I came to the Tour de France for that, but I didn’t believe it could happen. I’m very happy. I’ve done it thanks to my teammates. I dedicate this victory to my wife and my team captain Mathias Frank who had to pull out because he was sick.”
The mountainous stage lacked fireworks in the battle for the overall classification with most of the general classification contenders crossing the finish together more than three minutes after the winner. There was one loser on the day, American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), who suffered up the final climb of the day, the Lacets du Grand Colombier. Van Garderen fought all the way to the finish in the valley below, but ultimately conceded 1:28 to the other GC contenders and dropped from sixth to eighth overall.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained his 1:47 lead over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) in the overall, with Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in third, 2:45 back, and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in fourth, 2:59 behind.
Read the full stage 14 race report, highlight video and results here.