Cavendish secures 4th victory in this year’s Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish sprinted to his fourth victory in this year’s Tour de France in the 14th stage Saturday. Finishing in the main pack, Chris Froome had little trouble holding onto the yellow jersey.

After two big GC days, the riders were expected to have an easier day on stage 14 which brought the riders over 208.5km from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux. There were three category 4 climbs in the first half but apart from that it was an almost completely flat course, meaning that the sprinters were hoping for their penultimate bunch kick in this year’s race.

Etixx – Quick-Step took full control in the final kilometers when they lined out Julien Vermote, Iljo Keisse, Tony Martin, Maximilano Richeze, Fabio Sabatini and Marcel Kittel on the front. Keisse took over and led the bunch as they approached the flamme rouge.

With 1200m to go, Lotto Soudal sprinted to the front with Marcel Sieberg, Jurgen Roelandts, Greg Henderson and André Greipel and things were looking promising when Roelandts took over. However, their plans were ruined when Sabatini and Kittel sprinted ahead and Kittel was dropped off on the front with 300m to go.

The German launched his sprint but in the headwind it was too early. Cavendish was on his wheel and easily came around. Kittel raised his arm to protest but that only saw him drift backwards while Kristoff, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Sagan sprinted next to the Brit. They were unable to come around and Cavendish took a comfortable win, with Kristoff taking second, Sagan third, Degenkolb fourth and a frustrated Kittel fifth.

Chris Froome (Sky) finished safely in the peloton and so retained the lead with an advantage of 1.47 over Bauke Mollema (Trek).

He will have a much harder stage tomorrow when the riders will tackle a tough stage in the Jura Mountains. In the first half, the riders will tackle one category 1, one category 2 and two category 3 climbs before they get to the mighty Grand Colombier climb. In the finale, they will face a 23.5km circuit that includes det steep Lacets du Grand Colombier just 14km from the finish. From there, a descent leads to the final 8.5km which are flat.

Tour de France  2016 – stage 14 results (Montélimar – Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux):

1 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

5:43:49

2 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

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3 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

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4 John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin)

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5 Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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6 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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7 Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)

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8 Davide Cimolai (Lampre – Merida)

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9 Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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10 Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R)

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11 Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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12 Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)

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13 Roy Curvers (Giant-Alpecin)

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14 Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange)

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15 Mathew Hayman (Orica-BikeExchange)

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16 Anthony Roux (FDJ)

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17 Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Drapac)

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18 Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

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19 Brice Feillu (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

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20 Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange)

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General classification after stage 14:

1 Christopher Froome (Sky)

63:46:40

2 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+01’47”

3 Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)

+02’45”

4 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+02’59”

5 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+03’17”

6 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

+03’19”

7 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

+04’04”

8 Richie Porte (BMC)

+04’27”

9 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+05’03”

10 Fabio Aru (Astana)

+05’16”

11 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)

+05’24”

12 Louis Meintjes (Lampre – Merida)

+05’48”

13 Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)

+05’54”

14 Sergio Henao (Sky)

+06’25”

15 Geraint Thomas (Sky)

+06’48”

16 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

+08’23”

17 Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)

+11’41”

18 Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)

+15’06”

19 Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+15’40”

20 Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18)

+19’02”

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