Friday July 18th, 2014

Stage 13Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse

Start 12h10 (Local time)

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Stage summary18.07.2014

«The Shark» Nibali bites again

There's no more doubt about who is the strongest rider in the 2014 Tour de France. After stage 2 in Sheffield and stage 10 at La Planche des belles filles, Vincenzo Nibali increased his lead by winning in the Alps. He arrived solo in Chamrousse to claim his third stage win on a day of suffering for Richie Porte, replaced in second place overall by Alejandro Valverde and on the podium by Romain Bardet.

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News from the sick bay…18.07.2014

Nausea for Navarro... and Porte

The race medical communiqué explained the withdrawal of Spain's Daniel Navarro, the leader of team Cofidis, by digestion problems (nausea, vomiting).

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FDJ manager Marc Madiot analysed the outcome of stage 13.  

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"I've suffered a lot today because of the heat. At least as we were climbing, I felt better and better. I've looked at my adversaries a lot. My intention was to just control in the final climb but when I've seen Richie Porte in trouble, probably because of the heat, which can happen to anyone, my goal has become to gain important seconds over Valverde. I wanted to distance him in the overall classification. I accelerated to come across to the two breakaway riders [Rafal Majka and Leo...

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Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford admitted Richie Porte, who lost 8:48 to Vincenzo Nibali in Chamrousse, had probaby lost hope to finish on the Tour podium.

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Ninth in the stage, 2:09 behind Vincenzo Nibali, Jean-Christophe Peraud struggled in the final climb and was unable to help team-mate Roman Bardet.

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Fourth in Chamrousse and now second overall, 3:37 behind Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde was satisfied with his first day in the Alps.

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Fifth in Chamrousse and now 4th overall,  Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) did not manage to topple Romain Bardet (ALM) in the race for the white jersey but still impressed in the last climb alongside Alejandro Valverde.

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Off the bus quotes18.07.2014

«The Shark» Nibali bites again

There's no more doubt about who is the strongest rider in the 2014 Tour de France. After stage 2 in Sheffield and stage 10 at La Planche des belles filles, Vincenzo Nibali increased his lead by winning in the Alps. He arrived solo in Chamrousse to claim his third stage win on a day of suffering for Richie Porte, replaced in second place overall by Alejandro Valverde and on the podium by Romain Bardet.

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Off the bus quotes18.07.2014

Alps, here we go

The Alps are here at last and the riders who lost some time in the Vosges are eager for revenge in today's stage to Chamrousse and tomorrow's ride to Risoul.

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The of the town18.07.2014

Bardet, Pinot, the French match

 The front page of l'Equipe set the tone and it was the talk of the village at the start of the first Alpine stage of this Tour. Romain Bardet or Thibaut Pinot? The two young climbers are the future of French cycling and their rivalry or emulation is a race within the race, with the white jersey as the best young rider at stake.

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Sporting stakes18.07.2014

Never heard of Palaquit?

It's time for the Tour in the Alps, even though the menu is a bit light this year, in between the Vosges that have offered a very eventful period and the Pyrenees where the ultimate battles are set to take place. Coming close to the last hour of racing in stage 13, there's the unprecedented ascent to the col de Palaquit in the Chartreuse. That's where a surprise can be seen, possibly in the downhill which is the same road where Bernard Hinault crashed in the 1977 Critérium du Dauphiné,...

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On the communes of Sarcenas and Le Sappey, in the Chartreuse massif, the 1,154-metres Col de Palaquit, at kilometer 152, makes its Tour de France debut as the first climb in the Alps this edition.

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Like several other teams in this Tour de France, IAM Cycling had to change plans after the loss of their leader, Mathias Frank, who broke his left leg in Nancy a week ago.

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How was the first time ?17.07.2014

Sebastien Reichenbach eyes the Pyrenees

Sebastien Reichenbach tackled his first Tour de France with wide-open eyes but without undue fear.

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