Pinot wins atop Tourmalet as Alaphilippe extends Tour lead: Daily News Digest
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Thibaut Pinot wins stage 14 of the Tour de France as Julian Alaphilippe stuns with a runner-up ride to solidify his GC lead, Geraint Thomas among big names losing time, van Aert faces a two-month recovery after his stage 13 crash. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Thibaut Pinot wins the Tour’s 14th stage ahead of Julian Alaphilippe
The home crowd had plenty to celebrate on stage 14 of the Tour de France. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) soared to the stage victory atop the Tourmalet, while his compatriot Julian Alaphilippe finished second and added to his overall lead ahead of rivals like Geraint Thomas (Ineos). Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) nabbed third.
“Since the start of the Tour I’ve been targeting this stage, this is the one I wanted, the mythical Tourmalet,” said Pinot, who moved up to sixth overall. “We are going into the third week now, people will be tired, but this is where I feel best.”
Defending champion Thomas lost 36 seconds on the day. With that, Alaphilippe now enjoys a GC lead ahead of Thomas of just over two minutes.
The challenging mountain stage was a battle of attrition over the 111-kilometer journey from Tarbes to the Tourmalet summit finish. The early break, which included big names like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), was only given enough breathing room to hunt mountain points and intermediate sprints. A high pace in the peloton proved too much for Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) on the Col du Soulour midway through the day. Shortly thereafter, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was also dropped on the first-category climb, caught back on, and was then dropped for good.
The last remnants of the break were reeled in on the final climb, putting the stage win in play for the GC group. Groupama-FDJ joined Jumbo-Visma and Movistar on the slopes of the Tourmalet in setting a high tempo. Several big names were dropped before the finale, including Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates), and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), with Thomas and Rigoberto Urán losing touch late on the climb.
Only a handful of riders remained at the front by the time the yellow jersey group rolled under the flamme rouge, but the group stayed more or less together until the final 300 meters, when Pinot made a surge at the front and started to pull away. He held on take the stage victory six seconds ahead of Alaphilippe, with Kruijswijk in third.
Two seconds later, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Emanuel Buchmann crossed the line in fourth on the same time as fifth-placed Egan Bernal, whose Ineos teammate Thomas was 36 seconds down on the day. Porte finished over two minutes behind Pinot with Quintana 3:24 back. Yates and Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) finished further back, seeing their GC hopes evaporate, while Bardet fared even worse, coming home 20 minutes down.
Stage 14 results
1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 3:10:20
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:06
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:08
5 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos
6 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Movistar 0:00:14
7 Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education First 0:00:30
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:00:36
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:00:38
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:53
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 56:11:29
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:02:02
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:14
4 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos 0:03:00
5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:12
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7 Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education First 0:04:24
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana 0:05:22
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar 0:05:27
10 Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:05:38
EF Education First’s latest Gone Racing video from the Tour de France is a chance to get to know New Zealand’s Tom Scully, and also to take a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s frustrating day in the crosswinds on stage 10.
Marc Madiot celebrating Thibaut Pinot’s stage win on Col du Tourmalet
Marc Madiot (FdJ team boss) is known to be passionate about his victories, but this is next level excitement
Van Aert facing two-month recovery
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) is expected to be recovering for the next two months after his bad crash on stage 13 of the Tour de France, according to Sporza.
Van Aert suffered a deep gash to his right leg when he crashed into a barrier late in the Pau time trial. The injury required an operation at a nearby hospital.
Jumbo-Visma’s Nico Verhoeven told Sporza that van Aert’s road season is over—but also said that van Aert himself may have other plans.
“The surgeon talked about two-month rehabilitation period in which he would not be allowed to cycle. But Wout saw it differently,” Verhoeven said. “A cyclist normally recovers faster.”
Schachmann out of Tour after breaking bones in hand
Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Schachmann is out of the Tour de France after fracturing his hand in a crash.
According to his team, Schachmann sustained breaks to the third, fourth, and fifth metacarpals of his left hand after hitting the deck in the stage 13 time trial.
“I pushed to my limit and I took a right corner too fast. It was a misjudgment on my part, I thought I could take it tightly because it was opening up,” he said in a team statement. “Unfortunately, it did open up but later than I thought. I was already sliding and there wasn’t much I could do. The road was slippery there, my front wheel was sliding and I hit the ground.”
Dyball wins Qinghai Lake time trial
Ben Dyball (Sapura) continued his strong 2019 campaign with a victory in the stage 7 time trial at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
The 30-year-old Australian, who took the overall title at the Tour de Langkawi this April, took a convincing win on the 42-kilometer course in Haiyan, China. Dyball finished 1:23 ahead of runner-up Peter Koning (EvoPro) with Walter Vargas (Medellin) taking third.
Dyball moved into fourth overall with his TT performance. Robinson Chalapud (Medellin) leads the general classification with six stages remaining in the UCI 2.HC-rated event.
Coming Up at the Tour
The Tour’s 15th stage will be another test for the yellow jersey hopefuls.
The 185-kilometer trek from Limoux to Foix covers four categorized climbs, with three back-to-back-to-back category ones in the finale. The challenging parcours is sure to spark fireworks with the Tour’s second rest day to follow.
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Feature Image: Thibaut Pinot en route to victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2019