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TDF 2014 - Stage 10 Report and Results
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/15/2014
TDF 2014 - Stage 10 Report and Results
 
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Tour de France 2014 - 5-27 July

16 July, 2014

Stage 10 : Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles, 161 km

Nibali back in yellow, Contador Abandons

Today's stage was billed the hardest of the Tour but it still managed to exceed expectations. At one of the end of the dramatic spectrum Vicenzo Nibali soared back into yellow with a solo win while at the other end Alberto Contador was forced to abandon when he crashed and broke his right tibia after hitting a pothole at speed.

Vicenzo Nibali

Vicenzo Nibali - thumbing a salute to his baby daughter © A.S.O

Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) took back the yellow jersey with a solo win after as his Directeur Sportif Vinakourov joked 'lending it to the French' for Bastille Day. The Italian left rivals and teammates floundering in his wake as he attacked amd churned up the last few hundred metres alone. He made the 20% gradient in the last half kilometre look like flat ground. The last man to fall to his rampage was Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) who for several kilometres of being out in front alone looked ot have it the bag.

Nibali was fulsome with proase for his teammates, "This is a wonderful victory, thanks to a great team work, especially by Michele Scarponi in the finale. It’s been a very demanding stage with the fog and the rain after ten days of hard racing. This was the hardest stage I’ve ever done in a Grand Tour, with seven climbs and so many crashes. As I crossed the line, I’ve dedicated it to my baby girl. I speak with my wife every day on the phone and she told me that Emma becomes silent and opens her eyes wide when she hears my voice on TV."

Contador Abandons

On a day of many crashes, the most signifcant crash of the day was that of Alberto Contador. It never looked innoucous with blood streaming form a gash on his right knee and his cothing shredded. It was obvious that Contador was in a bad state. While he soldiered on it was no real energy. There was no TV coverage of the incident so the facts were as murky as the weather conditions.

At first the news was that Contador had crashed, gashed his knee, possibly on a broken bike, but was riding on. Ahead in the misty conditions the peloton pulled back on the reins to allow him to catch-up. When this looked like a prolonged affair, and with Kwiatowski up the road and posing a threat Nibali and the others were forced to accelerate.

Nibali was still looking visibly dismayed, "I feel sorry for Alberto Contador. He crashed just in front of me and I’ve been scared that I’d go down as well but I don’t know why he crashed. I’ve just seen that it was a heavy fall. We stopped pedaling for a while. I spoke with Richie Porte, I also spoke with my team car, but Tony Martin was 4.30 ahead, so we’ve had to ride again."

He was making no real headway. Saxo Tinkoff Directeur Sportif Bjarne Riis was doing his best to motivate the Spaniard. Then, a little gesture that signalled the coming end. Contador reached an arm around Michael Rogers who did the same in return, then Contador pulled aside arm raised while Rogers disappeared into the mists.

When the news that Alberto Contador had abandoned the Tour de France was announced on race radio the shock waves still rolled through the peloton. The lack of a televisual record meant speculation was rife. Contador's broken bike led some to claim that he was the the victim of a catastrophic equipment failure. Greg Lemond speculated for awhile that his carbon rims caused him to lock-up. Jurgen Van den Broeck claimed it was Contador's own fault because he was going to fast and hit a pothole.

Joaquin Purito Rodriguez

Alberto Contador Abandons © A.S.O

What was confirmed though by Riis was that Contador had broken his leg, a fact that left commentators wondering how anyone with a broken leg can even get back on his bike let alone ride it for another ten kilometres.

While no one exploited Contador's mishap there was a race to be fought out.

The day already featured a big break.Lieuwe Westra (Astana) had taken the iniative soon after the start in Mulhouse. He was quickly joined by Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Markel Irizar (Trek) and Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne), and at the beginning of the ascent to col du Firstplan by Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Jan Barta (NetApp). Michal Kwiatkowski and Tony Martin (OPQS), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), Reto Hollenstein and Marcel Wyss (IAM) rode away from the peloton in the downhill of the Firstplan.

Voeckler and Rodriguez soon became locked in a duel for the King of the Mountain competition.An impressive ride by stage 9 winner Tony Martin riding gave the leading group some hope it might stay away at the col des Chevrères beckoned, the second last climb of the day.

Rodriguez made a first attmempt to ride away and collected vital KOM points, but was caught on the descent by Moinard, Kwiatkowski and Visconti. The Catalan rider attacked again with 5.3km to go to the finish line with only Kwiatkowski with him. Just as he might have been believing a stage win was his Nibali attacked his rivals.

Joaquin Purito Rodriguez

Joaquim Rodriguez © A.S.O

The Italian rode with a degree of freshness that left his rivals gasping. Rodriguez's seemingly insurmountable lead evaporated and he was caught with 1.2km to go. One had the impresion the Italian was willing the Spaniard on his wheel but the latter was not up to it. With so much at stake Nibali accelerated away to claim his second victory after stage 2 in Sheffield. Thibaut Pinot gave the French somethign to cheer about crossing the line just crossed the line on home soil in fifteen seconds behind “The Shark of the Strait”.

Thoughts had to turn to the pain being suffered by overnight leader Tony Gallopin. He never gave up the fight to preserve the jersey, preferring to take th eearpiece of radio out rather than hear bad news. The sheer effort reduced the Frenchman to tears on the finish line.

Race Route for 2014

2014 Tour de France Race Route

2014 Tour de France Race Route

Stage List

Stage date To - From Length
Stage 1 Jul 5 Leeds - Harrogate 191 km
Stage 2 Jul 6 York - Sheffield 198 km
Stage 3 Jul 7 Cambridge - London 159 km
Stage 4 Jul 8 Le Touquet - Paris-Plage 164 km
Stage 5 Jul 9 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km
Stage 6 Jul 10 Arras - Reims 194 km
Stage 7 Jul 11 Épernay - Nancy 233 km
Stage 8 Jul 12 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Stage 9 Jul 13 Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km
Stage 10 Jul 14 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km
Rest Day 1 Jul 15 Besançon
Stage 11 Jul 16 Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km
Stage 12 Jul 17 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km
Stage 13 Jul 18 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km
Stage 14 Jul 19 Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Stage 15 Jul 20 Tallard - Nîmes 222 km
Rest Day 2 Jul 21 Carcassonne
Stage 16 Jul 22 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
Stage 17 Jul 23 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 125 km
Stage 18 Jul 24 Pau - Hautacam 145 km
Stage 19 Jul 25 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour - Bergerac 208 km
Stage 20 Jul 26 Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) 54 km
Stage 21 Jul 27 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km

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Stage Results - Top 100

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4:27:26
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:15
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:20
4 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:22
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
7 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:25
8 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:00:50
9 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:52
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:00:54
11 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:04
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:06
13 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
14 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:01:08
15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
16 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
17 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:16
18 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:01:21
19 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:23
20 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:01:26
21 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:42
22 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:58
23 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:01
24 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:13
25 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:02:47
26 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:49
27 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:04:11
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:14
29 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:04:16
30 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:21
31 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:26
32 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:04:34
33 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:04:46
34 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida  
35 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:07
36 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:05:24
37 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:05:42
38 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:44
39 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:07:04
40 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:07:06
41 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:07:14
42 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:07:59
43 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:17
44 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
45 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:08:45
46 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:09:53
47 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:10:12
48 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
49 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
50 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
51 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:37
52 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:11:58
53 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida 0:14:08
54 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
55 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:15:28
57 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:07
58 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
59 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
60 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing  
61 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lampre - Merida  
62 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
63 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
64 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida  
65 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
66 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
67 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
68 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
69 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
70 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
71 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:16:16
72 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:16:20
73 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:17:45
74 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge 0:19:06
75 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol  
76 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol  
77 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:19:10
78 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:19:43
79 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
80 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
82 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
83 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
84 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
85 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
86 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
87 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
88 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
89 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
90 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:19:50
91 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 0:20:14
92 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
93 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:22:31
94 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 0:22:33
95 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
96 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:22:41
97 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
98 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp  
99 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:23:09
100 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:24:01

 

General Classification - Top 60

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 42:33:38
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:02:23
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:47
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:01
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:03:12
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:47
7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:56
8 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:57
9 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:03:58
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:04:08
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:04:18
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:31
13 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:39
14 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:17
15 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:06:03
16 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:47
17 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:07:33
18 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:07:36
19 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:07:42
20 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:01
21 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:08:25
22 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:09:45
23 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:09:56
24 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:10:35
25 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:11:51
26 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:14:44
27 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:15:19
28 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:15:27
29 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:18:14
30 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:21:20
31 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:22:48
32 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:25:51
33 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:26:48
34 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:29:07
35 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:29:58
36 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:33:36
37 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:34:37
38 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:39:58
39 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:40:35
40 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:40:40
41 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 0:40:42
42 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:41:08
43 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida 0:41:16
44 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge 0:41:43
45 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:43:37
46 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:44:06
47 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura 0:44:12
48 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:45:12
49 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:45:26
50 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:46:02
51 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:46:37
52 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:46:56
53 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida 0:47:27
54 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:49:23
55 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:49:33
56 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:50:33
57 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:51:02
58 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura 0:53:29
59 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:53:52
60 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:54:43
61 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lampre - Merida 0:54:51
62 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:55:22
63 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:55:39
64 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:55:44
65 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 0:55:47
66 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:57:14
67 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 0:57:18
68 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:57:34
69 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:58:22
70 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:59:55
71 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:00:07
72 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:00:57
73 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 1:01:46
74 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:02:01
75 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 1:02:34
76 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 1:02:36
77 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 1:03:25
78 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol 1:03:55
79 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:04:07
80 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:04:16
81 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 1:04:29
82 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 1:04:44
83 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 1:05:44
84 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp 1:06:09
85 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge 1:07:06
86 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 1:07:11
87 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:07:19
88 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 1:07:22
89 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:08:02
90 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 1:08:26
91 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:08:28
92 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 1:08:29
93 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling 1:09:17
94 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 1:09:25
95 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 1:09:51
96 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 1:10:39
97 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 1:11:11
98 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 1:11:46
99 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 1:11:59
100 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 1:14:26




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