Tonight is Stage 14, Limoux > Foix, 191 km
“We have reached the Pyrenees! But this is more of an appetiser than a mountain stage proper. Things will get going at kilometre 116 with the ascent to the Port de Lers, with 11.4 km at 7%. Then comes the Mur de Péguère, which is making its Tour debut and could deal some serious damage too: some sections are close to an 18% gradient, with 10.8% at the finish! Nevertheless, the distance to Foix will make great climbers hesitate. In my opinion, this is more of a stage for all-rounders such Voeckler and Chavanel. Or maybe a 50 man strong group with the freshest riders in it…” — Jean-Francios Pescheux Analysis
- Stage 14 preview: Limoux → Foix, 191 km (Mountain) [SteepHill]
- Limoux >> Foix, Stage 14 (192 km) [SBS Cycling Central]
- July 15, Stage 14: Limoux – Foix 191km [CyclingNews]
- 14th Stage – Sunday 15 July 2012 15 July Limoux > Foix – 191 km [EuroSport]
- 2012 Tour de France LIVE – Stage 14 [Cycling Fans]
- stage 14 – Limoux / Foix, 191 km [www.letour.fr]
- Stage 14: Limoux > Foix [les vaches du tour]
- SBS 2012 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Limoux – Foix “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 14 – Limoux / Foix, 191 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 14 results
01 SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon ESP (RABOBANK) 4:50:29
02 SAGAN, Peter SVK (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 47
03 CASAR, Sandy FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT)
04 GILBERT, Philippe BEL (BMC RACING)
05 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Gorka ESP (EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI)
06 PAULINHO, Sergio Miguel Moreira POR (SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK) + 2:51
07 MINARD, Sébastien FRA (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
08 VELITS, Martin SVK (OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP) + 3:49
09 VORGANOV, Eduard RUS (KATUSHA) + 4:51
10 KRUIJSWIJK, Steven NED (RABOBANK) + 4:53
GC after Stage 14
01 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 64:41:16
02 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 2:05
03 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 2:23
04 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 3:19
05 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL (LOTTO BELISOL) + 4:48
06 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar ESP (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 6:15
07 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 6:57
08 BRAJKOVIC, Janez SLO (ASTANA) + 7:30
09 ROLLAND, Pierre FRA (EUROPCAR) + 8:31
10 PINOT, Thibaut FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 8:51
Luis Leon Sanchez brought some joy to the depleted Rabobank ranks after winning a puncture hit 14th stage of the Tour de France.
Sanchez finished ahead of Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Sandy Casar (FDJ) at the end of the 191km stage from Limoux to Foix.
It was the fourth career stage victory for Sanchez at the Tour with his last coming in the 2011 edition of the race.
– SBS Cycling Central
But from the chaos that placed at risk the safety of riders as they continued puncturing on the descent at speeds up to 80km/h came a brilliant display of sportsmanship with British race leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) calling riders to wait for Evans and others who had flatted from the same group.
It was a call heeded by all but one rider in the same group, Frenchman Pierre Rolland (Europcar), who attacked Wiggins’ group that had begun to slow up in an act that the Briton later labelled as “uncouth”. Although, Rolland later claimed his attack was made without him knowing of the incident.
Organisers of the Tour de France denounced the action of unknown assailants who scattered upholstery tacks along the final climb of stage 14 on Sunday, causing at least one crash and punctures for dozens of riders.
Race director Jean-Francois Pescheux said to AFP, “One or two spectators had thrown nails on to the road, we don’t know why, but there were around 30 punctures altogether”, adding that it would be difficult to locate the perpetrators amongst the thousands of fans that lined the road sides.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme denounced the action, saying “it could have had tragic circumstances”, but emphasized that despite the difficulties in securing a route several thousand kilometers in length, acts such as these are not common.
Tonight’s #drink is the 2010 Devois de Perret Coteaux du Languedoc.
#lvdt Stage 14: Round-up
The #TrollDJ list from Stage 14;
♫ Santigold – God from The Machine ~ “You can make it alone if you try” The breakies and Sagan winning the intermediate sprint points
♫ The Benny Hill Theme (Yakkety Sax) ~ … you really can’t explain that montage in 140 characters o.O
♫ Hey Geronimo – Why Don’t We Do Something? ~ … it’s not like we ever do nothing …
♫ The Potbelleez – Trouble Trouble ~ “the trouble starts here” and Cadel punctures
♫ EMF – Unbelievable ~ a great win by LLS, pitty about #tackgate
♫ Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out ~ …with no more angry words to say…