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Quintana keeps trying in Mende

Mende produced fireworks again in the Tour de France and brought another interesting gain for the Movistar Team riders, which saw its GC leader Nairo Quintana jumping onto 2nd overall after the 178.5km stage fourteen from Rodez to the top of La Croix-Neuve (Cat-2).



The telephone squad put one of its riders, Jonathan Castroviejo, into a 20-man break which ended up fighting for the stage win, with Steve Cummings (MTN) making up the gap to Pinot (FDJ) and Bardet (ALM) over the top to claim the victory into the final sprint -with 'Castro' in 9th place-. The escape's gap over the main field -always around 6', eventually almost 4' to the leading favourites- helped the squad directed by Arrieta and Chente riding always calm and together behind and increase their lead in the teams' classification, now almost 14' over Sky. Yet, the biggest strike from the Blues would come from behind into the decisive ascent, when Quintana chose to go ahead halfway through its slopes.


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Van Garderen Slips To Third Overall

Tejay van Garderen slipped from second to third overall Saturday at the Tour de France, but the BMC Racing Team's leader said he is not losing sight of a podium finish in Paris.

Van Garderen finished 25th, 39 seconds after Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), who was out-sprinted at the finish by race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). Quintana moved into second overall, 3:10 back of Froome, while van Garderen is a further 22 seconds behind.


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Thomas De Gendt, most combative rider Stage 13

Thomas De Gendt animated the thirteenth Tour stage, between Muret and Rodez. Together with Cyril Gautier and Wilco Kelderman he entered the final kilometre, but the peloton caught them after all. Thomas De Gendt got the award of most combative rider, his fellow countryman Greg Van Avermaet won the stage.



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2015 Tour de France: Stage 14 Preview

A deceptively tricky Stage 14 awaits the riders of the 2015 Tour de France as they traverse 178.5km from Rodez to Mende over hilly, rough roads.



The day starts with a cat 4 before descending into the valley where they will remain for the intermediate sprint at 78.5kms in Millau.  The closing 140kms, though, it’s up and down for 3 more categorized climbs:

  • Km 20.0 - Côte de Pont-de-Salars1.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 4
  • Km 146.0 - Côte de Sauveterre9 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 2
  • Km 169.5 - Côte de Chabrits1.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 4
  • Km 177.0 - Côte de la Croix Neuve (1 055 m)3 kilometre-long climb at 10.1% - category 2

This foray into the Massif Central doesn’t use the bigger climbs of the region, but the Cote de la Croix Neuve (Montee Laurent Jalabert) should do enough damage to those who are suffering because even though it’s short, it’s 10% gradient at the end of the stage will make it difficult for many.  The closing kilometres will require tactics in addition to tenacity.  Will Froome attack to gain more time, or will other GC contenders finally be able to break the Sky strength? 

Sagan extends green jersey lead

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan claimed second place on stage 13 to Rodez, where he extended his lead in the points classification to 24 points after a punchy 570m finishing climb. Just missing out on the win behind Greg Van Avermaet, Sagan notes that he is grateful for his teammates’ effort but found himself wanting the stage win.


Crossing the line in Rodez after a flat-out battle between the fast guys, Peter Sagan assesses that he made a mistake on the final part of the 570m finishing climb of 9.7 percent.

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