Saturday, July 13, 2013
Tour de France Glance
LYON, France -- A brief look at Saturday's 14th stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: After two days of flat stages for sprinters, the race went back to the hills on a rolling (191-mile) 119-mile trek from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, featuring two medium climbs and five smaller ones.
Winner: Matteo Trentin got the first win for an Italian rider this year. Trentin timed his attack to perfection to surge from the back in the last 200 meters and beat Swiss rider Michael Albasini by half a wheel. American Andrew Talansky was third.
Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome. The day after losing more than a minute to his main rival Alberto Contador, he preserved his overall margin. The British rider leads Dutchman Bauke Mollema by 2:28 and the two-time former champion Contador is 2:45 back in third.
Stat of the day: 27. The number of categorized climbs weary riders have to face between now and the Champs-Elysees on July 21, when the 100th edition of the race ends.
Quote of the day: "Five years too many" -- the 41-year-old German rider Jens Voigt reflecting on why he wasn't able to last the pace until the end of the stage after forming part of the early 18-man breakaway.
What's next: Stage 15 returns to mountains for the first of the four tortuous stages of climbing that remain. It is the longest stage, starting from Givors and spanning 242.5-kilometers (151 miles) before ending with a mammoth 21-kilometer (13-mile) ascent of Mont Ventoux. Britain's Tom Simpson collapsed and died on the famed climb during the 1967 Tour.