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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 19, Stage 14: Grenoble - Risoul 177km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to Cyclingnews coverage of stage 14 of the Tour de France from Grenoble to Risoul

  1. 12:36:35 CEST

    Welcome to stage 14 of the Tour de France and it is set to be abother warm one for the riders, albiet a little cooler than it has been over the last two days.

  2. 12:41:18 CEST

    Today sees the first hors categorie climb of the race the Col d'Izoard. It is the highest peak of this year's race and the first rider to hit the top of the climb will take home a nice little sum of 5,000 euros.

  3. 12:44:53 CEST

    We're about 5 minutes away from the ceremonial start. Here is what the riders will face today.

     

  4. 12:48:50 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali was supreme once again yesterday and took his third stage win of the race. Can he add to that today? Here is how things finished yesterday.

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:12:29
    2 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:10
    3 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:00:11
    4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:50
    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:53
    6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:23
    7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:36
    9 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:09
    10 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing

  5. 12:51:56 CEST

    The riders are almost all at the start line and we should be off any moment now. It's going to be a tough day with almost 4,000 metres of climbing.

  6. 12:55:04 CEST

    And they're off. It's a long neutral zone today, at 9km. The official start should be given around 12:10 local time.

  7. 12:58:50 CEST

    • Yellow Jersey

    We mentioned that Nibali took his third stage win yesterday. The Italian extended his lead in the general classification to 3:37 over Alejandro Valverde. Richie Porte was the big loser of the day as he rocketed out of the top 10. Things are likely to change again later, but here is how it looks at the start of the day.

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 56:44:03
    2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:37
    3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:24
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:40
    5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:19
    6 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:06
    7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:06:17
    8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:06:27
    9 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:08:35
    10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:08:36

  8. 13:04:24 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Joaquim Rodríguez is wearing the polka-dot jersey today, although Nibali is the classification leader. Currently Purito is 17 points behind Nibali. He's made his intentions known regarding the competition, will we see him on the attack again today?

    There are 55 points available in the mountains classification on today's stage. 10 points for each of the first cat climbs and 25 for the first over the Izoard. There are also double points in Risoul.

  9. 13:06:12 CEST

    Here is how things looks in the mountains classification at the moment.

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 70 pts
    2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 53
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 41
    4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 40
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 40
    6 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 34
    7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 32
    8 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 28
    9 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 26
    10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 22

  10. 13:13:43 CEST

    The peloton is still in the neutral zone and we're a little behind schedule. The delay was due to a firefighters protest, but after a brief stop they are in motion again.

  11. 13:18:32 CEST

    Around 8 minutes behind schedule, the official start has been given. It's a little cooler at 26 degrees, but still pretty warm riding conditions. There's not much chance for the riders to settle into today's stage before they start climbing.

  12. 13:21:51 CEST

    This year's race has been a great one for the French, with some of their young stars really shining. In fact, it is two Frenchmen leading the pack in the young rider's classification. Romain Bardet heads the standings, 16 seconds ahead of his compatriot Thibault Pinot. We could have a good old battle between this pair today. Here is how the standings look at the start of the day.

     

    1 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 56:48:27
    2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:16
    3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:27
    4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:37:50
    5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 1:15:22
    6 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 1:21:04
    7 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 1:27:08
    8 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:35:18
    9 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp 1:35:19
    10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 1:44:40

  13. 174km remaining from 177km

    13:23:04 CEST

    A very fast start today with lots of attacks, but nothing has stuck yet. Rodríguez looks keen to make sure he gets into whichever move goes.

  14. 13:23:59 CEST

    It's going to be a long old day for André Greipel, the German sprinter has already been shed out of the back on this small, unclassified, incline at the start.

  15. 13:26:05 CEST

    The peloton is in one line and the fast pace continues to take it's toll on the lesser climbers. Splits appearing all over the place with Gautier trying to go it alone at the moment.

  16. 13:29:12 CEST

    We've got one DNS today, Rafal Valls (Lampre-Merida). The Spaniard is suffering with tendonitis of the knee. He is the third Lampre rider to abandon the race.

  17. 13:30:49 CEST

    • Lotto Belisol

    Greipel has a small cut to the back of his left calf. It looks like he may have had an off in the neutralised zone, which could explain why he was off the back. It doesn't look too serious for the German.

  18. 13:32:44 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali is in this front group at the moment, with a few teammates. Other jersey wearers Peter Sagana dn Joaquim Rodríguez up there too. Bardet is the only jersey wearer to miss the split.

  19. 164km remaining from 177km

    13:34:06 CEST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    Trek Factory racing are trying to bring this lead group back, with the help of FDJ. It is Tinkoff-Saxo driving the pace at the front fo the race. With Alberto Contador out of the picture, they're on the hunt for stage wins and today is a prime opportunity for that.

  20. 13:35:38 CEST

    Race radio has the size of the lead group at 40 riders, but we can already see splits forming there too. The second peloton is around 26 seconds behind them.

  21. 13:39:02 CEST

    Astana has sat up and been brought back to the peloton, but Sagan and Rodríguez continue on in the front group. Both are looking to add to the points tallies in their respective competitions.

  22. 13:40:33 CEST

    The speed of the opening 16km has been 47kph, pretty high when you consider that they've been climbing almost right from the off. However, it should abate now that we've got what looks like our breakaway for the day.

  23. 13:43:17 CEST

    • Team Sky

    We'll bring the full list of riders at the front when we have it, but in addition to the jersey wearers we can see Geraint Thomas. With Richie Porte looking like he's lost all hope in the GC battle, Sky have gone to plan C and stage victories. Nieve will be one of the favourites to win today and Thomas will be a huge asset in that plan.

  24. 155km remaining from 177km

    13:47:47 CEST

    17 riders have made it into the break and now have a gap of 1:51. Here is a full list of the riders who have made the cut

     

    Geraint Thomas (Sky), Mikel Nieve (Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo), Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka (Tinoff-Saxo), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis), Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale), Albert Timmer (Giant-Shimano).

  25. 13:50:32 CEST

    It's very early in the day, but with a group this strong we could see our stage winner coming from this group of 17.

  26. 13:54:56 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Geraint Thomas is the highest placed GC rider in the break today. The Welshman is 14.05 behind Nibali. Nieve is not too far behind him at 14:51, however he could have been higher up had he not waited for Porte yesterday.

  27. 13:56:03 CEST

    • Puncture

    Thibault Pinot has been paced back up to the peloton after an early puncture. Today is a chance for him to take the white jersey, but we will have to wait and see how he copes with the long descents today.

  28. 149km remaining from 177km

    13:57:57 CEST

    Richie Porte looks like he's had to go back to the car for some reason or other. He makes it back the the end of the peloton.

  29. 14:00:56 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Simon Yates is one of the escapees today. It is his second time in the break at the Tour de France, after stage 8 to Gérardmer La Mauselaine where he was caught on the final climb. He got a late call up to the race and is the youngest rider in the race, after the departure of Danny van Poppel. He's in illustrious company today, and the experience will be a big one for him.

  30. 14:07:07 CEST

    The second climb of the day, the Col d'Izoard, is the highest peak of this year's Tour de France. It is a climb that is steeped with Tour de France history and hosts a small cycling museum at the top. It also has a memorial to Tour legends, Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. The Izoard is also the first of our five key climbs for the Tour de France. You can see the other climbs we have picked in our video here and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

  31. 141km remaining from 177km

    14:10:28 CEST

    The gap to our 17 leaders has increased to to 3:21 as we approach the intermediate sprint. Sagan is likely to be unchallenged at this point. The question is, will he chose to stay on with the break or will he sit up and roll back to the peloton?

  32. 14:16:17 CEST

    No challenge at all for Sagan as he takes full points at the intermediate sprint.

  33. 14:17:36 CEST

    As things calm down a little bit, we can take a look at some more of our escapees and it is good to see Rein Taaramae make it in. He's not had much luck at the Tour so far and is over two hours down in the general classification. It's a far cry from 2011 when he finished 11th and just missed out on the young riders classification. Taarmae had an operation on his larynx this winter and came back to win a stage of the Tour of Turkey. You can read about his return here.

  34. 14:19:54 CEST

    Joaquim Rodríguez has some radio problems. He's not the only one, Konig had some issues earlier on as did Mollema. Perhaps the incoming strom clouds are having an affect already.

  35. 14:20:58 CEST

    • Puncture

    A rear puncture for Nieve and he calls for the team car. A quick changes and he's back on his bike.

  36. 14:24:42 CEST

    The leaders are in Bourg-d'Oisans, home to the Alpe d'Huez. The riders will be able to see it, but their not going to be climbing it this year. The Col du Lautaret is coming up soon.

  37. 14:31:22 CEST

    Steven Kruijswijk is another of the breakaway riders who had to take some time out this winter for an opperation. A narrowing in his femoral artery meant that he was struggling to match his past performances in the mountains. The operation was the second he had on the artery, but this time he hopes it is gone for good. On his day, Kruijswijk could be a contender for the stage.

  38. 14:39:24 CEST

    Rafal Majka has been looking a lot better in recent days and finished second to Nibali yesterday. He was another late call-up to the Tour de France, after his teammate Romain Kreuziger was pulled due to an ongoing anti-doping case against him. Majka rode the Giro d'Italia earlier in the season and finished sixth, his best finish in a Grand Tour to date. After a bad start to the Tour, he is well down the standings and almost two hours behind Vincenzo Nibali.

  39. 121km remaining from 177km

    14:43:33 CEST

    The leaders are now on the slopes of the Col du Lautaret and the gap has extended to 3:52.

  40. 115km remaining from 177km

    14:55:30 CEST

    There are a few specks of rain at the moment, but nothing too serious. It could get heavier towards the end of the day though.

  41. 15:03:34 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Back to our look at the escapees and next up is Alessandro de Marchi. The Italian was in the breakaway yesterday. It looked like it was all over for him but he passes Kadri and Bakelants on the Col de Palaquit. He was eventually reeled in by the group of favourites, but took the most combative rider award. This is his second TOur de France.

  42. 15:05:09 CEST

    Jose Serpa is receiving some medical attention to his right leg at the back of the breakaway group. not clear what the problem is, but it doesn't seem too serious.

  43. 15:09:56 CEST

    A brief aside from the Tour action today and Mark Cavendish is back to training on the turbo this week, only six days after having surgery. He might not be able to go out of the house on his bike, but it has allowed him to catch up with Game of Thrones. You win some you lose some, eh. You can read the full article here.

  44. 15:15:16 CEST

    This year is the 11th time that the Col du Lautaret has featured in the Tour de France and it is only the second time it has has first category status. It made its first appearance in 1950. Alpo Lazarides was the first rider over, but it was Raphaël Geminiani who took victory in St Etienne. The most recent appearance was 2006. On that day David de la Fuente made it over first, with Frank Schleck nicking victory on the Alpe d'Huez. Can Schleck take victory again today? Unlikely, I think.

  45. 106km remaining from 177km

    15:18:04 CEST

    There is still around 11km to the top of the Col du Lautaret and Peter Sagan is hanging off the back of the lead group. Their advantage is up to 4:21 over the peloton.

  46. 15:26:59 CEST

    Arnaud Démare rides off the front of the peloton and climbs into a camper van. Not sure what his reasons are for that.

  47. 15:28:29 CEST

    It seems the French national champion needed the toilet and has chosen to go in the privacy of the camper van. He was ushered forward by his teammate Jérémy Roy.

  48. 101km remaining from 177km

    15:30:37 CEST

    Peter Sagan has been on the back of the group for quite some time now and he's gone back to the car. His time in this break looks like it may be numbered.

  49. 100km remaining from 177km

    15:37:25 CEST

    5km to the top of tthe Lautaret for the 17 leaders, whose advantage has gone to 4:39. From the top of the Lautaret it is a 30km descent into the valley. There will not be much time to recover though, as they start ascending almost immediately.

  50. 15:43:07 CEST

    Former yellow jersey holder and winner of stage 11, Tony Gallopin has dropped off the back of the peloton to pick up some bidons. He gets one particularly sticky bottle.

  51. 15:45:04 CEST

    As we near the top of the first clim, the break group has been strung out. A few guys will be very interested in the mountains points at the top here. Another little reminder of how things stand in that classification.

     

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 70 pts
    2 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 53
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 41
    4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 40
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 40
    6 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 34
    7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 32
    8 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 28
    9 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 26
    10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 22

  52. 15:46:24 CEST

    There are 10 points available at the top. Not enough for Rodríguez to close the gap to Nibali, but it will set him up nicely for the following climb.

  53. 15:47:44 CEST

    If you are just waking up in the US and you've joined us for the remaining 96km of the stage, here is a reminder of the 17 men who made it into this front group.

     

    Geraint Thomas (Sky), Mikel Nieve (Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo), Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka (Tinoff-Saxo), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis), Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale), Albert Timmer (Giant-Shimano).

  54. 15:59:55 CEST

     Joaquim Rodríguez takes the points on the top of the Lauteret, he too is unchallenged in his quest for points. Alessandro de Marchi follows him over. Both the leaders and peloton are powering it down the descent now. 

  55. 86km remaining from 177km

    16:01:07 CEST

    The official Tour website reports that Démare is suffering with some stomach problems, hence his decision to use a camper van toilet. He has MIckael Delage helping him make it up the climb.

     

  56. 16:08:30 CEST

    • Netapp

    NetApp-Endura are moving closer to the front. They're looking after their man Leopold Konig. He finished third in yesterday's stage and moved himself into the top 10. You can read what he had to say here

     

  57. 76km remaining from 177km

    16:13:06 CEST

    The pace has increased with NetApp on the front and they've cut the gap down to 4:05. The two Sky riders in the break could be a threat to Konig's 10th place and they want to bring the gap down. 

     

  58. 75km remaining from 177km

    16:15:40 CEST

    The peloton is now in single file at the front as the road flattens out. We're almost at the bottom of the ascent and then we will see the Izoard. The gap has been demolished and now stands at 3:30.

     

  59. 16:18:24 CEST

    • Puncture

    A front wheel puncture for Peter Sagan. Better now than on the ascent. A fairly quick wheel change and he's now chasing back onto the escape group. However, if he's not back on by the time they start climbing, it's unlikely that he will ever make it back. 

     

  60. 70km remaining from 177km

    16:21:54 CEST

     Sagan has made it back but the gap is coming down very quickly with NetApp still at the helm. The advantage to the 17 leaders is now 2:44. Seems very early to be trying to shut this down. 

  61. 113km remaining from 177km

    16:27:28 CEST

    The leaders have passed through the valley and it's all uphill once again and some food from the feed zone too. This time it's the Izoard. At 19km, it's shorter than the Lautaret, but it's steeper with an average gradient of 8%.

     

  62. 16:28:45 CEST

    Problems for Timmer as he goes through the feed zone. He takes his musette, but the handle breaks and he almost loses it. That could have ended quite badly. All safe and he's also managed to keep the contents of the musette too. 

     

  63. 16:32:23 CEST

    The riders are climbing the Briançon side of the Izoard. It's considered the easier of the two sides, but don't let that fool you. It starts with a manageable 6% at the bottom, but hits almost 10% in the final 5km of the climb. 

     

  64. 61km remaining from 177km

    16:33:44 CEST

    We've lost our first of the escapees. Sagan has gone off the back almost immediately. There's nothing for him to gain from trying to stick with the escapees. Timmer looks like he may be following him into the peloton pretty soon. 

     

  65. 16:35:35 CEST

    Démare is getting some attention from the medical car. At least it is much cooler today than it was yesterday or the stomach problems may have put an end to his race very early on. 

     

  66. 17:10:26 CEST

    Sorry for the gap in information, we have had a technical issue, but it has been fixed.

  67. 46km remaining from 177km

    17:11:52 CEST

    The leaders are just about to hit the top of the Izoard and they've been reduced to 12 men now, with several riders dropping out the back. Thomas is currently leading them with a 3:03 gap ont he peloton.

  68. 17:13:28 CEST

    Back in the peloton, NatApp are still on the front with Astana sitting just behind them. Peter Sagan is about to be spat out the back of the pelron now.

  69. 17:17:01 CEST

    Roche, Edet and Taaramae have all been dropped from the leading group and Moinard looks like he could be the next victim. Only 10 men left in the front group now. They still have a gap of 3:07.

  70. 44km remaining from 177km

    17:20:02 CEST

    Rodriguez takes up the lead and drives towards the KOM point. He gets the full 25 points and a neat 5,000 euros to take home. He now has the polka-dot jersey back for real this time.

  71. 42km remaining from 177km

    17:21:33 CEST

    AG2R set the pace for a little bit on the climb, with Bardet sitting second wheel. He gets a drink and moves back a little bit, Astana resume their work on the front of the group.

  72. 17:23:14 CEST

    The peloton is now on the descent, lead by an FDJ rider. It could well be Pinot.

  73. 40km remaining from 177km

    17:25:09 CEST

    One more climb left to come. We've got 10 men left out front with a gap of 2:55. They are:

     

    Geraint Thomas (Sky), Mikel Nieve (Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Rafal Majka (Tinoff-Saxo), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge),

  74. 17:26:25 CEST

    There is a brief rise again for the peloton and we can confirm that it was Pinot who was leading on that small descent. If you're worried about descending then the front is probably the best place for you, although the riders behind may not think that.

  75. 17:28:16 CEST

    We're about to get to the really pointy end of the action, why not let us know your picks for victory by tweeting us on @Cyclingnews or @SadhbhOS

  76. 34km remaining from 177km

    17:29:56 CEST

    Bardet has gone ont he attack on this descent and has put a small distance between himself and Nibali. That's no mean feat.

  77. 17:31:13 CEST

    Most importantly, Bardet has a gap on Pinot who is only 16 seconds behind him in the general classification. Valverde is alos being forced to chase on.

  78. 17:32:42 CEST

    Nibali and Valverde have joined up with the Bardet/Peraud pairing. Pinot is still chasing hard to make it back.

  79. 17:33:09 CEST

    Back up front and Edet has joined the leading group, swelling their ranks to 11.

  80. 17:35:57 CEST

    Pinot made it back but he is being distanced once again. His fear of descending is nothing like it was last year, but he still has some work to do on it.

  81. 17:38:28 CEST

    There are a few noticeable absentees from this chasing group. Porte, Van Garderen and Van Den Broeck are all missting. Riblon is one of the former leaders that has been caught and is now leading his teammate Bardet down this descent.

  82. 17:39:41 CEST

    BMC are now leading the chase in the third group. They are 28 seconds behind the second group on the road.

  83. 23km remaining from 177km

    17:43:11 CEST

    BMC has bridged the gap, but at what cost? They had to do some serious chasing to make it back on

  84. 17:44:37 CEST

    Dries Devenyns has become the lastest rider to abandon the Tour de France, after suffering a crash. He is the first Giant-Shimano rider to call it quits.

  85. 17:47:26 CEST

    The road has levelled out a touch and the pace has abated. This is merely the calm before the storm on the way Risoul.

  86. 16.6km remaining from 177km

    17:49:49 CEST

    The final climb  will begin with 12.6km to go and averages 6.9%. Can these 11 leaders hold it out there?

  87. 17:51:30 CEST

    AG2R now have five riders ont he front of the peloton, including Romain Bardet. Leopold Konig is sitting on the back. Perhaps the earlier efforts of his team have taken its toll on their leader.

  88. 17:53:58 CEST

    With a kilometre to go to the final climb, the gap is down to just over a minute. Serpa decides he wants to be first onto the climb and attacks.

  89. 17:54:29 CEST

    Rodriguez is playing it cool at the back of the leading group. How long before he attacks?

  90. 17:54:40 CEST

    We're onto the final climb

  91. 12km remaining from 177km

    17:55:34 CEST

    AG2R continue to push things hard and Richie Porte is now struggling on the back of the peloton.

  92. 17:56:28 CEST

    Giant-Shimano report that Devenyns has gone to hospital after his earlier crash. Hopefully it isn't too serious. 

  93. 17:57:11 CEST

    Riblon has done his work and has now dropped off the group of favourites. Costa has also been dropped.

  94. 11km remaining from 177km

    17:58:00 CEST

    De Marchi attacks from the front group and almost bumps straight into a fan.

  95. 17:58:33 CEST

    Serpa has set off in chase of De Marchi

  96. 10km remaining from 177km

    17:59:59 CEST

    De Marchi's attack has had a big impact on the chsing group. Thomas has gone as have a few other riders.

  97. 18:00:36 CEST

    After being dropped on the last climb, Edet has now attacked and has set off in chase of De Marchi and Serpa.

  98. 9km remaining from 177km

    18:02:09 CEST

    De Marchi kicks again and drops Serpa. He wants that red dossard again. There is only 43 seconds between himself and the yellow jersey group.

  99. 18:03:18 CEST

    Fuglsang has well and truely exploded. Covered in the bandages from yesterday, he's done his job for the day.

  100. 8km remaining from 177km

    18:03:46 CEST

    Rodriguez has been dropped from this front group.

  101. 18:05:12 CEST

    Bardet only has one more teammate left with him now and his compatriot Rolland is looming behind him as if he might be about to do something.

  102. 18:05:41 CEST

    Sorry, I was mistaken. Rodriguez wasn't dropped He has actually caught and passed De Marchi.

  103. 18:06:43 CEST

    Serpa and Edet are about to get caught by the yellow jersey group as have the majority of the escape group.

  104. 18:07:24 CEST

    Rafal Majka is out alone at the front with Rodriguez just 16 seconds behind him. De Marchi is doing his best to hold onto Rodriguez.

  105. 6km remaining from 177km

    18:09:12 CEST

    A run-down of how things stand on the road. Majka leads Rodriguez and De Marchi by 17 seconds. The yellow jersey group are the third group ont he road. They are 51 seconds behind Majka.

  106. 18:11:05 CEST

    As it has been since the beginning of the climb, AG2R are trying to pile the pressure on the front of the yellow jersey group. The pace has had its victims as Jurgen Van Den Broeck is dropped.

  107. 18:11:23 CEST

    Yates attacks.

  108. 18:12:00 CEST

    He was caught a little while ago, but obviously still has some energy in his legs. The attack doesn't last very long though.

  109. 5km remaining from 177km

    18:12:52 CEST

    While Majka extends his lead to 52 seconds over the Nibali group, Rodriguez and De Marchi look like they're about to get caught.

  110. 18:13:36 CEST

    This is impressive from Majka. He's obviously managed to ride himself into form. There is still 4.8km to go. He can still do it, but it's going to be tough.

  111. 18:14:12 CEST

    AG2R peel off and Rolland attacks

  112. 4km remaining from 177km

    18:15:11 CEST

    Peraud catches up to Rolland and takes to the front. He asks Rolland to work with him, but he refuses.

  113. 18:15:51 CEST

    Van Den Broeck really looks like he's struggling. He's around 1:30 behind the yellow jersey group.

  114. 18:16:42 CEST

    Rolland has another dig, but he doesn't really make a gap

  115. 3km remaining from 177km

    18:16:55 CEST

    Nibali attacks

  116. 18:17:37 CEST

    Nibali passes Rodríguez and De Marchi, with Peraud struggling to get into his wheel. The Frenchman is the only one who could follow the attack.

  117. 2.9km remaining from 177km

    18:18:42 CEST

    Valverde is the next man to attack and Frank Schleck sets off in chase of him as does Van Garderen.

  118. 2.6km remaining from 177km

    18:19:22 CEST

    Van Garderen now leading the chase to Nibali. He and Valverde have been joined by Pinot.

  119. 18:19:53 CEST

    Majka is still out front. The gap has come down to 52 seconds, but that should be anought for him.

  120. 2.2km remaining from 177km

    18:20:34 CEST

    Nibali attacks again, he wants a fourth victory. He can't shake Peraud though

  121. 18:21:07 CEST

    Van Garderen attacks now, but he can't make a gap. Valverde is too quick on his wheel.

  122. 1.7km remaining from 177km

    18:22:09 CEST

    Nibali's attacks are bringing down the gap to Majka. Can the Polish rider hang on to this lead?

  123. 18:23:00 CEST

    The chasing group has split. Van Garderen, Bardet, Schleck and Pinot are chasing down Nibali.

  124. 18:24:02 CEST

    Behind them is Konig, Valverde, Ten Dam and Rolland.

  125. 18:24:34 CEST

    Ten Dam attacks and is followed by Konig. Valverde is really struggling here and could be able to lose his second place, perhaps even his podium spot.

  126. 18:25:03 CEST

    Majka is into the final kilomtre. Nibali and Peraud pass under the flamme rouge 29 seconds back.

  127. 18:25:44 CEST

    Aside from Schleck, this third group ont he road is the battle of the yound riders. Pinot, Bardet and Van Garderen are all pretty close in that competition.

  128. 18:26:12 CEST

    The trio are attacking each other and Schleck is striggling to hang on

  129. 18:26:21 CEST

    Majka can see the finish line now

  130. 18:26:46 CEST

    Majka takes victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France.

  131. 18:26:57 CEST

    Peraud attacks Nibali

  132. 18:27:12 CEST

    Nibali doesn't panic and comes around him to take second

  133. 18:27:52 CEST

    Bardet sprints for the line and crosses the line with Pinot. Van Garderen loses a little time.

  134. 18:28:14 CEST

    We wait for Valverde and we could be about to see two Frenchman move into podium postitions.

  135. 18:28:48 CEST

    Valverde crosses the line. It looks like he's saved his second place, but not by much.

  136. 18:30:02 CEST

    Michael Rogers crossing the line 2:33 behind his teammate. After losing Alberto Contador before the rest day, Majka's victory will go a little way to saving TInkoff-Saxo's Tour de France.

  137. 18:31:03 CEST

    Simon Yates finishes just under 3:30 behind Majka. What a great performance from him. Need we remind you that he is the youngest rider in the race and got the call up less than a week before the race started.

  138. 18:31:17 CEST

    Van Den Broeck still out on course.

  139. 18:32:04 CEST

    Costa crosses the line almost 5 minutes down and will likely slip out of the top 10. Van Den Broeck and Richie Porte follow about 30 seconds behidn the world champion.

  140. 18:33:30 CEST

    Only 17 seconds remain between Berdet and Valverde after that finish. He's hanging on by a thread. Pinot is only 16 seconds behind Bardet. Nibali may be in control but it's all still to play for behind him.

  141. 18:35:28 CEST

    We'll have the top 10 for you as soon as we can, but you will be able to find the full results, report and pictures from today's stage here soon.

  142. 18:38:41 CEST

     Here is the top 10 from today's stage

    1 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:08:27
    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24
    3 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:50
    5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:50
    6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
    7 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:01
    8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:07
    9 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:01:20
    10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:24

  143. 18:41:15 CEST

    We've got a few movers and shakers in the GC today. 

     

    1. Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 61h 52' 54''
    2. Alejandro Valverde MOVISTAR TEAM 61h 57' 31'' + 04' 37''
    3. Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 61h 57' 44'' + 04' 50''
    4. Thibaut Pinot FDJ.FR 61h 58' 00'' + 05' 06''
    5. Tejay van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 61h 58' 43'' + 05' 49''
    6. Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 61h 59' 02'' + 06' 08''
    7. Bauke Mollema BELKIN PRO CYCLING 62h 01' 27'' + 08' 33''
    8. Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 62h 02' 26'' + 09' 32''
    9. Laurens Ten Dam BELKIN PRO CYCLING 62h 02' 55'' + 10' 01''
    10. Pierre Rolland TEAM EUROPCAR 62h 03' 42'' + 10' 48''

     

  144. 18:42:31 CEST

    That's it from us today. Thanks for joining us and make sure you come back for stage tomorrow.