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Tour de France 2019: Stage 14

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 14 of the Tour de France. Today's stage is the first major Pyrenean test, running from Tarbes to the Col du Tourmalet.

 

We're half an hour away from the start of the stage now, with a 15-minute neutralised section to follow before the real racing starts.

Of course, the main theme of today is the same as yesterday – Team Ineos, more specifically Geraint Thomas vs race leader Julian Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe has, of course, never been in this position before, and his best performance on the WorldTour stage featuring a 2000+ metre climb was... 47th on stage 17 to Saint-Lary-Soulan last year, 14 minutes down.

But before yesterday, Alaphilippe had never come close to winning mid-Grand Tour time trial, so we're in unknown territory here.

Before all that though, there'll be the fight for the break in the opening kilometres. Stage hunters and KOM points hunters alike will be battling to get away from the peloton as they exit Tarbes.

There's one KOM point on offer early on, the 1.4km, 6.5 per cent Côte de Lambatmale. That comes 16.5km into the stage.

The Tourmalet (2115m) is the first of three stage finishes above 2000 metres during this Tour. Tignes (2119m) on stage 19 and Val Thorens (2363m) on stage 20 are the other two.

The riders are just about to set off in Tarbes.

And off they go. They're in the neutralised section now.

Interviewed at the start about yesterday's time trial, Adam Yates said "it is what it is" three times and "today's another day" twice. Not giving much away, then.

The real depart has been delayed a little. The riders are still in the neutralised section now.

Another four kilometres have been added to the neutralised section, thanks to some sort of protest further down the road.

After yesterday's time trial, Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and obviously Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) have left the race. Both men crashed on the same corner, and Schachmann has suffered a broken hand.

105km remaining from 117km

Sagan and Nibali now have 40 seconds on the peloton. Is this really going to be the main break of the day??

KOM leader Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and AG2R's Alexis Vuillermoz are chasing the old Liquigas pals Sagan and Nibali.

99km remaining from 117km

15 riders are chasing the lead duo.

The groups have come together up front. We'll get a full list of riders shortly.

The break is two minutes up on the peloton now.

93km remaining from 117km

Simon Geschke (CCC Team) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) are trying to chase on.

Guillaume Martin is the best-placed man on GC from the break. He's in 25th, just over nine minutes down.

Here's our latest news from the Tour – Dan Martin on his time trial effort yesterday.

86km remaining from 117km

Geschke and Périchon are 1:30 down on the break.

And as soon as I say that, they give up on the chase and are reabsorbed into the peloton.

The break are 30km from the top of the Col du Soulour, so around 19km from the base of the climb.

French President Emmanuel Macron is at the race today, riding in the lead commissaire's car along with race director Christian Prudhomme.

80km remaining from 117km

78km remaining from 117km

Here's our preview of the upcoming days in the Pyrenees.

The dynamic in the break...

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Luke Rowe (Ineos) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceunick-QuickStep) are up at the front of the peloton with FDJ.

Haller and Taaramäe have been dropped from the break on the climb.

Sagan is comfortable in the group.

62km remaining from 117km

Marc Soler and Andrey Amador are the two men up front for Movistar.

Ladagnous and Henao also dropped from the break.

The break has split, 5km from the top of the Soulour. Zakarin, Wellens, Verona, Nibali, Sánchez and Kämna are up front.

61km remaining from 117km

Numerous riders are out the back of the peloton, scattered all over the road.

60km remaining from 117km

Here's our expert analysis on the race as it stands after the Pau time trial.

Calmejane and Sicard have made it back to the lead break group.

Adam Yates is suffering too! He's dropped three kilometres from the top.

59km remaining from 117km

Wellens and Nibali attack the break.

The front of the race is totally blown apart now. Nibali and Wellens lead, while Zakarin is among the lead chasers.

57km remaining from 117km

Zakarin is 12 seconds down and closing. The remainder of the break is scattered down the mountain. Sagan is 45 seconds down on the leaders.

Fabio Aru drops from the peloton.

56km remaining from 117km

So it's Nibali vs Zakarin on the descent. If he couldn't make it back on the climb, I can't imagine the descent is going to go much better for the Russian.

Mas and Mollema were among the riders at the rear of the peloton near the top, just hanging on.

Bardet is two minutes down on the Movistar-led peloton now. No check on Yates at the moment.

Bardet has three teamates with him in a pretty large group as they crest the top of the climb.

Points on the Soulour...

Here's the latest edition of the Cyclingnews Podcast. There's discussion of Julian Alaphilippe's TT win and of Rohan Dennis' future after his bizarre withdrawal from the Tour, plus we hear from Geraint Thomas and more.

44km remaining from 117km

Movistar still lead the peloton, 1:20 down on the leaders. Bardet is now 4:20 back.

40km remaining from 117km

Here's a shot of Wellens in the break from a little earlier on.

35km remaining from 117km

Sicard, Calmejane and Sanchez are with Zakarin in the chase now. They're 15 seconds down on the leaders, while the peloton lies 50 seconds back.

32km remaining from 117km

Wellens leads the first group over the sprint ahead of Gesbert and Nibali. The Zakarin group follows a few seconds behind.

30km from the finish for the leaders now. So 11km from the base of the Tourmalet.

Egan Bernal spoke before the race today, saying he suffered a lot in the time trial yesterday, and that he wouldn't get carried away in the mountains today.

The lead groups have merged.

Bardet's group, pretty much an autobus at this point, passes through the sprint point.

27km remaining from 117km

Jonathan Castroviejo was catching back to the peloton not long ago, and here you can view him – as well as the other national TT champions – in action in Pau yesterday.

A bit of a futile move from Sicard, but Total may as well try something, seeing as they have two men in the lead group.

23km remaining from 117km

We haven't seen Gesbert, Sánchez, Zakarin and Calmejane getting caught, but it looks like it's just Sicard out front now. 

21km remaining from 117km

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David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) holds the Strava record on the Tourmalet from Sainte-Marie-de-Campin. Will anyone beat his time of 50:35? The biggest question of the day, for sure.

17km remaining from 117km

Gesbert attacks Calmejane.

16km remaining from 117km

Movistar are still working at the front of the peloton.

Gesbert pushes on alone, dropping Sicard.

Lutsenko and Sánchez drop the from the peloton. Fuglsang loses a few helpers.

50 seconds between the peloton and Gesbert.

14km remaining from 117km

Jack Haig and Simon Yates are with him, along with Patrick Konrad, who had a mechanical.

Gesbert remains 35 seconds up on the peloton.

13km remaining from 117km

Martin is losing a few metres now.

Alaphilippe is up towards the front of the peloton, behind Movistar, Ineos and Jumbo.

Martin and Guillaume Martin are struggling at the rear of the group.

12km remaining from 117km

Pello Bilbao is also dropped, while Castroviejo holds on.

Yates is a minute down on the peloton now. It looks like it's over for the Brit. Bardet was over four minutes down at last check – he's well out of the picture at this point.

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11km remaining from 117km

Movistar still have four men on the front, plus Quintana. Amador, Valverde, Landa and Soler are up there.

Amador's work is done. He drops back.

Gesbert is caught. It's all about the GC men now.

10km remaining from 117km

Quintana is definitively dropped.

9km remaining from 117km

Movistar stopped riding.

Barguil attacked right from the back of the group then. Surely a bit of wasted energy to make his way past them all.

8km remaining from 117km

12 seconds between Barguil and the peloton, while Quintana is another 13 back.

Yates is over two minutes down.

Marc Soler is back with Quintana.

7km remaining from 117km

Fuglsang and Landa chase.

Alaphilippe, Mas and Kangert are at the rear of the group.

Mollema is dropped, along with Kangert.

19 seconds between the GC group and Barguil. Quintana is 55 seconds down on the Frenchman. Yates is 2:45 back, while Bardet is a mere ten minutes back.

6km remaining from 117km

Alaphilippe is just behind Thomas in the peloton now. They're both pretty far back in the group though.

5km remaining from 117km

Valverde and Poels are now at the rear of the group. Poels drops off.

5km remaining from 117km

Gaudu is still working at the front. A great job by the Frenchman so far.

4km remaining from 117km

Jumbo take it up on the front.

They catch Gaudu, his job is done.

Three left for Jumbo, two for Ineos in the front group.

3km remaining from 117km

Buchmann is also in the lead group. Forgot to add him to our situation bar on the right there.

3km remaining from 117km

Jumbo are keeping it steady up front with De Plus, who drops off.

Ten men left now. Bennett takes it up.

2km remaining from 117km

Alaphilippe, Fuglsang and Barguil are at the back of the group.

2km remaining from 117km

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Uran is dropped too.

Bennett is still leading this group. Thomas is at the back.

1km remaining from 117km

Bernal and Pinot follow. Thomas is dropped!

Kruijswijk, Alapahilippe and Landa are up there.

0km remaining from 117km

Uran passes Thomas. The Welshman has truly cracked.

Alaphilippe looks perfectly fine in this group. Unbelievable.

Pinot leads into the closing metres!

Bernal and Alaphilippe chase.

Pinot wins on the Tourmalet!

Alaphilippe beats Kruijswijk for second. Bernal, Buchmann and Landa follow.

Uran 30 seconds down. Thomas 36.

Almost a minute for Fuglsang and Valverde.

Porte loses two minutes.

Quintana finishes over three minutes down.

So Alaphilippe extends his general classification lead today. Obviously...

A good day for France today. Sicard, Gesbert and Barguil on the attack for much of the day. Gaudu working his socks off for Pinot, who won the stage, and Alaphilippe somehow extending his GC lead.

Stage result

Here's a shot of Pinot celebrating his victory.

"The Tour isn't finished yet," said Pinot after the stage. "We will continue to fight."

Geraint Thomas after the finish...

Jumbo superdomestique Laurens De Plus was confident about his team going forward.

Some big losses among the GC guys today...

Our full report and photo gallery from stage 14 is up. Full results will follow.

Here's a great shot of the leaders towards the top of the Tourmalet today.

Here's a selection of finish line quotes from after the stage.

We'll have more news and reaction coming through the evening, so keep checking back to Cyclingnews for that.

Our full gallery and full results from the stage are up now, along with the full stage 14 report.

Tour de France: Movistar miscues sink Quintana's GC bid

Tour de France: Pinot delivers for French fans on the Tourmalet – Video

Tour de France: Richie Porte 'explodes' on the Tourmalet but limits losses

Tour de France: Jumbo-Visma show their strength on the Tourmalet

Tour de France: Geraint Thomas suffers huge blow to title defence on the Tourmalet

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