Tour de France: Pinot wins stage 14 atop Tourmalet

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won stage 14 of the Tour de France atop the Col du Tourmalet, outsprinting a select GC group in the closing metres of the mythical climb to take his third career stage win at the race.

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took second, six seconds back, to defend his yellow jersey and extend his lead over Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), who cracked in the final kilometre, finishing 36 seconds down. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) rounded out the podium just behind Alaphilippe.

It was a day of staggered GC surprises in the Pyrenees, as contenders dropped back throughout the day, starting with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Col du Soulour. Bardet would never return to the front, eventually losing 20 minutes.

Later, the lower slopes of the Tourmalet saw Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) drop, along with Yates once again, while further up Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) also shed time.

Just six men remained in the lead group heading onto the steepest slopes at the top of the Tourmalet, with the group thinned down first by the work of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and then the Jumbo-Visma pair of Laurens De Plus and George Bennett. It was Pinot who benefitted, striking out in the final 500 metres and sealing victory with an unanswerable attack.

"When you’re a climber all wins at the Tour de France are beautiful, but to win on a monument like this, that’s what I love" Pinot said after the stage. "We were motivated. It was extraordinary [what Gaudu did] – that was the future. In a few years it will be him. I was angry. We will continue to fight. The Tour isn’t finished yet."

Alaphilippe now astoundingly leads by an increased 34 seconds from Thomas, who lies 2:02 down in the GC. Kruijwsijk is third, at 2:14. Both Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) extended their points and mountain classification leads after making the early break. Meanwhile, Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) retakes the white jersey after Mas finished 2:46 down on the Colombian.

How it unfolded

Stage 14 would see the first major high-mountain test of the Tour de France, as the peloton took on a 117.5km stage from Tarbes to the mythical Col du Tourmalet, the first of seven mountains that top 2000 metres in this Tour.

Before that came the fourth-category Côte de Labatmale (1.4km at 6.7 per cent), 18km into the day, and the first-category Col du Soulour (11.9km at 7.8 per cent), which topped out after 60.5km. The Tourmalet was the first HC climb of the Tour, averaging 7.4 per cent for its 18.9km.

The 'real' start to the stage was delayed after protests early on the route, meaning the neutralised section was extended for reasons of rider safety. As a result, the flag was dropped 109km from the top of the Tourmalet.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Peter Sagan were the first attackers of the day, big names fit for a big stage. Nibali led over the Labatmale to pick up a solitary KOM point, but the pair were soon joined by 15 chasers, making it a 17-strong breakaway group.

Wellens, resplendent in his polka dot jersey, was there, hunting for more points. Other riders to make the catch were Nibali's teammate Matej Mohorič, plus Luis León Sánchez (Astana), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Ilnur Zakarin, Marco Haller (both Katusha-Alpecin), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ), Lennard Kämna (Team Sunweb), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Élie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic) and the Total Direct Énergie trio of Lilian Calmejane, Romain Sicard and Rein Taaramäe.

It was Groupama-FDJ who controlled the peloton behind, with team leader Pinot, one of the strongest climbers in the race, riding high after a strong time trial on stage 13. The French team didn't give much leeway to the break, holding the gap to a maximum of three minutes early in the stage.

Midway up the Col du Soulour, Luke Rowe (Team Ineos) and then Andrey Amador and Marc Soler (both Movistar) upped the pace in the peloton, thinning the group down 60km from the finish. Up front, the break split as the strongest climbers pushed on.

Bardet was the first big name dropped from the peloton, 4km from the top of the Soulour. Moments later, Adam Yates joined him, a couple of surprising events so early in the stage.

Two kilometres from the top of the climb, Wellens and Nibali attacked the reduced break, with only Gesbert able to follow until he too dropped at the top of the climb, with Wellens taking maximum mountain classification points over the top.

The peloton swelled in the valley as riders from the break dropped back and Yates caught back on. Up front, Gesbert made it three at the head of the race, while at the intermediate sprint, Sagan took ninth behind the two breakaway groups to add seven points to his green jersey lead.

With 30km to race, the lead groups merged, but with the peloton just 40 seconds down many of the riders were soon caught. Sicard pushed on alone to hit the Tourmalet first, though Gesbert, who was also fighting on, quickly caught and passed him on the lower slopes.

Despite rejoining the leaders, Adam Yates dropped once again 14km from the summit, while Dan Martin followed soon after as Movistar continued their work. Gesbert's adventure came to an end 10.5km out, leaving the rest of the climb for the GC battle.

As Gesbert was caught, Quintana provided the main surprise of the day so far, dropping out the rear of the lead group while his team was bizarrely still working on the front. Movistar quickly stopped, with Soler dropping back to help the Colombian, but the damage was done. French champion Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) was the first big name to attack soon after.

22-year-old David Gaudu upped the pace with Pinot on his wheel with 8km to go, catching Barguil 5.5km out, and piling on the pressure in the group. Further back, Quintana haemorrhaged time, while moments later Porte and Mas were next big names to fall away.

Gaudu' phenomenal work – including a tester attack – dropped Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Barguil 4km out, before Laurens De Plus and George Bennett took over for Jumbo-Visma. Astana leader Fuglsang was next to pop, 1.5km out, but it was a few hundred metres later that the real bomb was dropped.

Having hung near the back of the group for some time, reigning champion Thomas cracked heading under the flamme rouge as Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered on. After a short impasse in the closing kilometre, Pinot took it up, leading the way in the closing 500 metres. Nobody could get near the Frenchman on the steep run to the line, and it was he who took the honours atop the Tour's most-used climb.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3:10:20
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:06
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:08
5Egan Bernal (Col) Team IneosRow 4 - Cell 2
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:14
7Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First0:00:30
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos0:00:36
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:00:38
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:53
11George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:58
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:01:19
14Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:02:05
15David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:26
16Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:02:54
17Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:24
18Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:03:29
19Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:33
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data0:03:48
21Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos0:04:10
22Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert0:04:21
23Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:04:48
24Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates0:05:35
25Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:42
26Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:12
27Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:09:34
28Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:09:59
29Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team IneosRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos0:10:56
31Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:11:15
32Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:11:21
34Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:11:22
35Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:11:39
36Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 35 - Cell 2
37Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:12:04
38Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:20
39Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:12:39
40Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 39 - Cell 2
41Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits0:12:50
42Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:14:10
43Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:19
44Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:15:29
45Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:15:36
46Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:15
47Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:16:31
48Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:17:11
49Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 49 - Cell 2
51Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:18:25
54Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:19
55Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 55 - Cell 2
57Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-GobertRow 59 - Cell 2
61Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 63 - Cell 2
65Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 64 - Cell 2
66Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
67Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension DataRow 69 - Cell 2
71Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 74 - Cell 2
76Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 77 - Cell 2
79Michael Schär (Swi) CCC TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Rein Taaramäe (Est) Total Direct EnergieRow 79 - Cell 2
81Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 80 - Cell 2
82Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Michael Woods (Can) EF Education FirstRow 84 - Cell 2
86Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SunwebRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 89 - Cell 2
91Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:20:33
93Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 92 - Cell 2
94Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:20:36
95Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:20:39
96Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 95 - Cell 2
97Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:20:53
98Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:21:04
99Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 98 - Cell 2
100Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 99 - Cell 2
101Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida0:21:13
102Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:21:15
103Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:21:34
104Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert0:21:39
105Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:21:51
106Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:21:55
107Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First0:22:15
108Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 107 - Cell 2
109Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:22:21
112Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott0:22:28
113Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:22:59
114Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:23:11
115Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:23:21
116Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:23:27
117Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:23:35
118Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:23:52
119Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:24:02
120Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team IneosRow 119 - Cell 2
121Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:24:07
122Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:24:15
123Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:24:18
124Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 124 - Cell 2
126José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 125 - Cell 2
127Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:24:24
129Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 128 - Cell 2
130Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 129 - Cell 2
131Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 130 - Cell 2
132Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 133 - Cell 2
135Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 134 - Cell 2
136Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 135 - Cell 2
137Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 136 - Cell 2
138Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions CreditsRow 137 - Cell 2
139André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa SamsicRow 138 - Cell 2
140Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 139 - Cell 2
141Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 140 - Cell 2
142Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First0:24:39
143Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:25:42
144Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos0:25:47
145Luke Rowe (GBr) Team IneosRow 144 - Cell 2
146Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:25:53
147Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:26:21
148Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Gobert0:26:30
149William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:26:35
150Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:27:09
152Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 151 - Cell 2
153Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Lars Bak (Den) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
155Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 154 - Cell 2
156Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 156 - Cell 2
158Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:27:26
159Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:27:30
160Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 159 - Cell 2
161Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie0:27:46
162Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:27:56
163Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:29:11
164Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:29:57
DNSMaximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 164 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Pierrefitte-Nestalas km. 79.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal20pts
2Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ20pts
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo2Row 13 - Cell 3
15David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Cã´Te De Labatmale km. 11.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 4) Col Du Soulor, km. 54
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal10pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 (HC) Tourmalet, km. Souvenir Jacques Goddet km. 111
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ40pts
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma24Row 2 - Cell 3
4Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos4Row 7 - Cell 3
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