Stage 14 live race updates, blog — Tour De France

Stage 14 live race updates, blog — Tour De France”

Froome and Aru finished a minute and 48 seconds down on Sunweb rider Barguil, who outpaced Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) at the finish to claim his third Grand Tour stage triumph, having won twice on the 2013 Vuelta a Espana.

By finishing in that leading pack well ahead of the likes of Aru and Froome, Landa clawed back valuable time in the overall standings, giving Sky an intriguing card to play in coming stages.

Barguil is the first French rider to win a Tour stage on Bastille Day - France's national day - since David Moncoutie in 2005.

What's not so handy is that Phil and his broadcast partner Paul Sherwen are pulling duty on the NBC network coverage of the Tour this year, and making "guest appearances" only on SBS. "I am in good shape but if things go wrong, they go wrong", said the Trek team leader, now 10th at 5min 22sec. The Tour's never seen anything like it. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) is third at 25 seconds back. "It felt quite nice to have the shoe on the other foot".

Aru had trailed Froome by 18 seconds at the start of the stage. However, there are doubts concerning how selflessly he is willing to ride.

"I did my utmost at the end". Although the peloton's already raced one time trial, two summit finishes and four days total in the mountains, the route hasn't included major mountaintop finales or longer time trials where Froome usually whacks big chunks of time against his rivals. He ended up crossing the line in seventh place, 22 seconds behind Bardet.

"I knew he would try something", he said. As it is, with its distance, difficulty, nervousness, and resulting accidents, a significant part of success at the Tour relies on luck - as Alberto Contador can attest.

Arguably it might help in appreciating their expertise if the home viewer also knows their cycling to a fair degree - as opposed to the present speaker who, pushed to the extreme, can just about tell the helmets from the handlebars.

Barguil, who has consolidated his position at the head of the mountain classification, let explode his joy: "I love these short steps, nerve". It was fairly obvious from the images that what anyone would see from there was rather a lot of bikes.

"Yesterday was a tough day for me in the final", said Froome, who lost the yellow jersey to Aru on Thursday after cracking on the brutally steep uphill finish. Fubo TV is a sports/entertainment first streaming platform available in the US.

The Italian race leader has barely had a moment to enjoy a day in yellow, therefore, before he finds himself under increasing pressure from Team Sky.

The peloton has seen several high profile departures early in the Tour, including Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan.

Contador accelerated first in the final sprint, but Barguil reacted immediately and adeptly negotiated the last U-bend on a bridge over the Ariege river, holding off Quintana to the line. Cummings was then caught with 8 kilometers left, lining up a dramatic finale.

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