Konrad: Mollema made smart move on twisty roads to net Tour de France victory

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Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the end of stage 14 of the Tour de France 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) saw his chance of taking a stage victory from the break disappear on stage 14 of the Tour de France as Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) took off on the sinuous roads of the Gorges de Saint George, with the impetus of the chase not helped by the fact that the growing gap to the eventual stage winner was cloaked by twist and turns.

While the size of the gap meant there was little chance of pulling back Mollema as the Quillan finish line at the foot of the Pyrenees approached the Austrian champion, however, made the most of the the remaining opportunity. Konrad took the close-run sprint for second place from Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo).

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