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2012 Tour de France - Stage 14
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 7/15/2012
2012 Tour de France - Stage 14
 
The 2012 Tour de France returned to the mountains Sunday with stage fourteen featuring two category 1 climbs within the stage. Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) attacked the breakaway, which had a over a 16 minute gap at the point, with approximately ten kilometers remaining in the stage to solo to the stage win and claim Rabobank's first Tour de France stage win this year. Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan out sprinted Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) to take 2nd on the stage.

An early breakaway built themselves a maximum of over seventeen minutes on the first stage in the Pyrenees mountains. The group featured 11 riders: Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank), Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat), Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Sergio Paulinho (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) and Katusha's Russian national road champion, Eduard Vorganov.

Sagan, Casar, Gilbert, Sanchez and Izagirre escaped the others on the second category 1 climb. Luis Leon Sanchez attacked and dropped Sagan, Casar, Gilbert and Izagirre with 11 kilometers to go. The Spaniard pushed towards the finish line as the gap from Sanchez to the peloton expanded to 17 minutes.

In the final 25 kilometers of the stage, chaos broke out in the peloton, beginning at the top of the final category 1 climb and continuing throughout most of the rest of the stage. Many riders punctured in the final 25km with the first victim being defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) at the top of the final climb. Evans was stopped at the side of the rode two times after his original puncture as he continued to puncture both his from and bike tires in the final 20 kilometers. It was later discovered that tacks had been thrown onto the course and that approximately thirty riders had fallen victims to the tacks on the road.

As news reached the peloton that Cadel Evans and others had flatted multiple times and were behind trying to reach the peloton, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and others began speaking to team managers and to each other. The peloton made the gentleman decision and slowed the pace to allow Evans and others to reach the group.

Stage 14 Results
1. SANCHEZ L. RAB 04h 50' 29''
2. SAGAN P. LIQ +00' 47''
3. CASAR S. FDJ +00' 47''
4. GILBERT P. BMC +00' 47''
5. IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI G. EUS +00' 47''
6. PAULINHO S. STB +02' 51''
7. MINARD S. ALM +02' 51''
8. VELITS M. OPQ +03' 49''
9. VORGANOV E. KAT +04' 51''
10. KRUIJSWIJK S. RAB +04' 53''
11. FRA GAUTIER Cyril TEAM EUROPCAR + 14' 53''
12. ESP MATE MARDONES Luis Angel COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE + 18' 15''
13. FRA SIMON Julien SAUR-SOJASUN + 18' 15''
14. FRA CHEREL Mikael AG2R LA MONDIALE + 18' 15''
15. GBR WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING + 18' 15''
16. AUS EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM + 18' 15''
17. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE + 18' 15''
18. SLO KOREN Kristijan LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE + 18' 15''
19. FRA FEILLU Brice SAUR-SOJASUN + 18' 15''
20. GBR FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING + 18' 15''
21. NED HOOGERLAND Johnny VACANSOLEIL-DCM + 18' 15''
22. GER KNEES Christian SKY PROCYCLING + 18' 15''
23. FRA LADAGNOUS Matthieu FDJ-BIGMAT + 18' 15''
24. DEN SORENSEN Chris Anker TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK + 18' 15''
25. NOR BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING + 18' 15''
26. ITA MALACARNE Davide EUROPCAR + 18' 15''
27. ESP ZUBELDIA Haimar RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 18' 15''
28. IRL ROCHE Nicolas AG2R LA MONDIALE + 18' 15''
29. BEL VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM + 18' 15''
30. AUS ROGERS Michael SKY PROCYCLING + 18' 15''

General Classification After Stage 14
1. GBR WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING 64h 41' 16''
2. GBR FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING + 02' 05''
3. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE + 02' 23''
4. AUS EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM + 03' 19''
5. BEL VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM + 04' 48''
6. ESP ZUBELDIA Haimar RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 06' 15''
7. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM + 06' 57''
8. SLO BRAJKOVIC Janez ASTANA PRO TEAM + 07' 30''
9. FRA ROLLAND Pierre TEAM EUROPCAR + 08' 31''
10. FRA PINOT Thibaut FDJ-BIGMAT + 08' 51''
11. GER KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 09' 29''
12. LUX SCHLECK Frank RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 09' 45''
13. IRL ROCHE Nicolas AG2R LA MONDIALE + 10' 49''
14. FRA COPPEL Jérôme SAUR-SOJASUN + 11' 27''
15. USA HORNER Christopher RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 12' 41''
16. RUS MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM + 17' 21''
17. BEL MONFORT Maxime RADIOSHACK-NISSAN + 17' 41''
18. ESP MARTINEZ Egoi EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI + 18' 04''
19. POR COSTA Rui Alberto MOVISTAR TEAM + 19' 02''
20. DEN SORENSEN Chris Anke TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK + 20' 12''


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