Trentin Wins Stage 14 of Tour de France

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07/14/2013| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill

Trentin Wins Stage 14 of Tour de France

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has notched his first professional victory and his team’s second consecutive stage win and its fourth in this year’s Tour de France. The Italian jumped into a daylong breakaway and outsprinted 11 companions to take the Stage 14, a hilly, 191-km ride from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon in 4:15:11. Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took second and third, respectively, and Chris Froome (Sky) remains the maillot jaune .

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has notched his first professional victory and his team’s second consecutive stage win and its fourth in this year’s Tour de France. The Italian jumped into a daylong breakaway and outsprinted 11 companions to take the Stage 14, a hilly, 191-km ride from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon in 4:15:11. Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took second and third, respectively, and Chris Froome (Sky) remains the maillot jaune .

The hostilities began early. Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol), Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard), and Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) got clear at three km, and Arthur Vichot (Francaise des Jeux) and Christophe Le Mevel (Cofidis) joined the trio 15 km later. Le Mevel was dropped, and at 35 km, the escape was 0:14 ahead of the peloton. At that point, 14 riders jumped out of the bunch, and they merged with the break at 42 km. The break consisted of Bak, Kadri, Vichot, Andrew Talansky and David Millar (both from Garmin-Sharp), Tejay van Garderen and Marcus Burghardt (both from BMC), Imanol Erviti and Jose Joaquin Rojas (both from Movistar), Voigt and Jan Bakelants (both from RadioShack-Leopard), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Trentin, Albasini, and Julien Simon (Sojasun).

Argos-Shimano took charge of the peloton, and the break led the bunch by 1:20 at 55 km. Lampre-Merida and Euskaltel-Euskadi took over at the front. The gap narrowed to 1:05 at the summit of the Category 4 Cote de Marcigny (66.5 km) and 0:45 at 74 km, but Lampre-Merida’s pursuit was halfhearted, and the peloton got no closer to the fugitives. Euskaltel-Euskadi stopped chasing, and the escapees’ lead grew to 2:10 at 94 km, 2:20 at 98 km, and 3:50 at 113 km. Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) attempted to bridge up to the break, but he was reeled in.

On the Category 3 Cote de Thizy-les-Bourgs, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) launched their own attempt to catch the break. The Dutchman left the Italian behind on the Category 3 Col du Pilon, and with 64.5 km left, at the summit of the Pilon, the break was 0:55 ahead of Hoogerland. On the descent, Burghardt attacked, but his companions reeled him in. Hoogerland sat up and allowed Cunego to catch him, but the lead group led the pair by 2:05 with 50 km left, with the peloton at 4:30.

On the Category 4 Cote de Lozanne, Burghardt made another unsuccessful attack. At the summit, the break was 3:26 ahead of Hoogerland and Cunego, and the bunch was at 6:50.

Albasini attacked with a little more than 25 km left, but he was caught quickly. Millar countered, but Albasini took the Scot’s wheel.

At the base of the Category 4 Cote de la Duchere, Bakelants attacked but Brutt pulled all of the rest of the group except for Voigt to the Belgian. Burghardt did the pacesetting up the climb, and Millar was dropped.

On the descent, Simon attacked. He forged a 14-second lead with 13 km left. One km later, Kadri set out after his compatriot. The peloton,

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