Sonny Colbrelli takes another 6th place at Tour de France 2017
Sonny Colbrelli took another 6th place at Tour de France.
Mathews takes the victory and Froome takes over the yellow jersey from Aru.
Tour de France 2017.
BLAGNAC – RODEZ – 181,5 km / Stage 14
Rodez, France, July 15th
Blagnac, the main town of Haute-Garonne canton, was the host town of today’s start and Rodez was the finish destination for the fourth time in the history of Tour de France. It was a sunny day with a little over 22°C and great conditions for another exciting race on a mostly flat stage, another ideal one for sprinters. There was a nice surprise for Sonny Colbrelli at the start in Blagnac. His family members and his friends drove more than 1000 km to support him and give him some more energy for a better result. Sonny was very happy to see his loved ones close to him before another very challenging stage.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team riders had a very clear strategy to go in some breakaways and of course to focus on Sonny Colbrelli and bring him to a point, where he could grab the chance for his great sprint performance. And the team really performed much better today. Jani Brajkovič, Tsgabu Grmay, Yukiya Arashiro and Ondrej Cink showed continuous hard work in the peloton. Jani Brajkovič was pulling hard in the peak of the bunch for the first 100 kilometers. Ondrej Cink was suffering some pain in his legs but also gave all his energy for the good teamwork. All of our riders had a very active role on today’s stage.
In the last 10 kilometers, when there was an exchange of the breakaways and when Thomas De Gent (LTS) was in the lead, sprinters got to the front and all had a hard challenge to get to the position for the last and closing climb to the finish in Rodez.
Michael Mathews (SUN) won the stage and Greg Van Avermat (BMC) was the runner up. Third place went to Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD).
Chris Froome (SKY) took back the Maillot Jaume from Fabio Aru (AST) who didn’t manage to keep close to the front on the last climb.
Sonny Colbrelli had a much better performance today and commented after the stage: »It was a hard day. The course was difficult, but I did my best. I’m sorry that I was too far behind in the last kilometer. This 6th place is a good place anyway and I’m looking forward to the next stages.«