Puncheurs won the duel against the bunch
Mende, July 21st, ST14 – Gorka Izagirre and Kristijan Koren were part of the 32 riders breakaway that animated the 14h stage. With 60km to go, the Spanish champion attacked along with two other riders but was then taken over by a group of a dozen athletes. “Too bad, because we had almost a minute of advantage but, at a certain point, one of the two no longer cooperated”.
A good race also for Domenico Pozzovivo in the group of the Top riders: “I’m not so well, but I thought about defending our second place in the Team ranking and so I tried to resist as much as possible on the last climb. I would like to do well in one of the next mountain stages in the Pyrenees”.
“It was a super hard stage – said Heinrich Haussler – because the route through the Massif Central was a continuing up and down with so many corners. It was not a 3000 meters of climbing. Tomorrow another day another stage but I think we will see a new breakaway
There are 181 kilometers that lead from Milllau to Carcassonne, where the 15th stage arrives. The route is challenging and present three climbs of some importance the last of which – the Pic de Nore (12km, 6.3%) – could make a good selection in the group. The last 40km are first downhill and then flat.
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