- Published: Saturday, 18 July 2015 14:57
- Written by Jamie Naragon
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.