The fourteenth stage of the Tour de France: SAGAN hesitates to lose , Team Sunweb to another victory

On September 12, the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France ended. ANDERSEN (Team Sunweb) launched a winning attack in the last 3km. The hesitation of the main group gave ANDERSEN a chance. The Danish driver successfully won his first Tour de France championship.

The Tour de France officially marked the fourteenth stage as a flat road stage, and thoughtfully set the sprint point before the start of the second level climb. In the competition, the level 2 climb climbed more than 1km, the whole distance was 10.2km, and the average slope was 5.6%. It was not difficult but it was quite grueling. The next level 3 climbing requires the riders to control the downhill rhythm, and the skilled riders can widen the gap here. The last 15km of the race included two 4-level climbs, and it was not until the last 1km that it became a flat road. The sprinters followed the team to make good use of the downhill pursuit, and hopefully staged a sprint battle.

Bardet (AG2R), who crashed yesterday, was diagnosed with a concussion after the race, and therefore failed to get to the starting line. 158 drivers started today's race. Soon after the game officially started, KüNG (FDJ), THEUNS (Trek-Segafredo) and BOL (Team Sunweb) left the main group. The time gap quickly rose to 50 seconds. Casper PEDERSEN (Team Sunweb) was chasing alone in front of the main group. . 21km after the start of the race, BOL retreated to the back and went with Casper PEDERSEN. The two were waiting for the main group to take them back. At this time, KüNG and THEUNS became the only two breakout drivers. The main group was 1 minute and 50 seconds behind the leader of the Bora-Hansgrohe team. The atmosphere in the group was quite relaxed.

KüNG and THEUNS passed the first grade 4 climbing point successively, leading the main group by more than 3 minutes. In the main group, the Bora-Hansgrohe team accelerated on the climbing section, and then OSS and SCHACHMANN led SAGAN to attack. TRENTIN and Sam Bennett tried to chase, but Schachmann was ruthlessly driven off the sprint train. SAGAN wanted to regain the sprint green. Shirt, every sprint points can not be let go. SAGAN passed the sprint point after two breakout drivers. TRENTIN and Sam BENNETT finished fifth and sixth respectively. So far, SAGAN is 61 points behind Sam BENNETT.

With 150km away from the finish line, the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team came to the front of the group to lead the ride, and the lead of the breakout drivers continued to rise. The good times didn't last long. BUCHMANN (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the main group to speed up again when the second grade climb came. EWAN, VIVIANI, KRISTOFF, Sam BENNETT and COSNEFROY left behind. At 1.5km away from the climbing point, KüNG threw off THEUNS and took the first points of the climbing point alone.

THEUNS was quickly taken back by the main group. The Bora-Hansgrohe team tactics worked. Several Deceuninck-Quick-Step team drivers were forced to retreat to the back to be the leader of Sam BENNETT. LATOUR (AG2R) in the lagging group retired. The reason is unknown. KüNG successfully won the next level 3 climb, CCC team and Bora-Hansgrohe team teamed up to pursue. Halfway through the race, KüNG led the main group by 40 seconds, while Sam BENNETT's group was behind by more than 2 minutes.

At a distance of 80km from the end, KüNG completed his breakthrough task and was quickly recovered by the main group. CCC team and Bora-Hansgrohe team led the main group all the way forward, the pace of the race accelerated, while Sam BENNETT seemed to be encountering difficulties, the lagging group slowed down under the lead of Deceuninck-Quick-Step team.

In the last 70km, Sam BENNETT’s group has been behind the main group by 4 minutes and 45 seconds. The CCC and Bora-Hansgrohe teams have assumed all leading tasks, while the Team Jumbo-Visma team is watching the changes behind. In the last 42km, there are 92 drivers in the main group. The 56-man group of Sam BENNETT, COSNEFROY, PINOT, VIVIANI, KRISTOFF, etc. is behind by 9 minutes and 45 seconds, and the Lotto Soudal team including EWAN is behind by nearly 16 minute. Several big sprinters have fallen behind, and SAGAN's pressure to win the stage championship is greatly reduced.

In the last 70km, Sam BENNETT’s group has been behind the main group by 4 minutes and 45 seconds. The CCC and Bora-Hansgrohe teams have assumed all leading tasks, while the Team Jumbo-Visma team is watching the changes behind. In the last 42km, there are 92 drivers in the main group. The 56-man group of Sam BENNETT, COSNEFROY, PINOT, VIVIANI, KRISTOFF, etc. is behind by 9 minutes and 45 seconds, and the Lotto Soudal team including EWAN is behind by nearly 16 minute. Several big sprinters have fallen behind, and SAGAN's pressure to win the stage championship is greatly reduced.

Entering the final 18km, Tony MARTIN led the Team Jumbo-Visma team in front of the main group. The pace of the race accelerated again, with two consecutive 4-level climbs ahead. BENOOT (Team Sunweb) attacked in the last 11km, the main group began to chase frantically, MADOUAS took advantage of the chaos and ran away, but both of them failed to attack.

Yesterday’s runner-up in the stage, KÄMNA (Bora-Hansgrohe) made a solo breakthrough. Soon after, DE GENDT took the opportunity to attack, and the tortuous climbing section consumed every driver's energy. ALAPHILIPPE also attacked. He quickly surpassed DE GENDT and connected to KÄMNA in front. It is a pity that the ALAPHILIPPE has no leader and launched another attack alone, but how can the main group let go of any potential threats. In the last 4.5km, all the breakout drivers were recovered.

Anxious to win, SAGAN appeared in front of the group to lead the group. He had no teammates and he had led the team to chase off the offensive rider several times. SAGAN no longer wanted to lead the opponent. The two Team Sunweb drivers, HIRSCHI and ANDERSEN, took turns attacking. SAGAN gave up the pursuit. He needed to save his energy and catch a reliable sprint train to have a chance to win.

The hesitation of the main group gave Andersen a chance to escape in the last 3km. While the main group was still fighting, Andersen was already far ahead and successfully won the stage championship. The main group came later, SAGAN was eager to win, sprinted too early, was overtaken before the finish line, and only won the fourth stage of the stage, and the sprint points increased by 18 points.

After the stage, the four-color jersey remained unchanged. ROGLIČ put on the yellow jersey again without any suspense, 44 seconds ahead of POGAČAR; Sam BENNETT maintained the sprint green jersey, leading SAGAN by 43 points; COSNEFROY continued to wear the climbing polka dot shirt, leading Nans PETERS by 5 points; POGAČAR defended the best young driver white jersey , 15 seconds ahead of BERNAL. The EF Education First team returned to the position of the best team and KüNG won the Combativity award.

 


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