Race report

GC riders do battle on Grand Colombier

Tour de France

With yesterday’s incredible stage win behind them, today the team were faced with a tough mountain-top finish. The clichéd “stage of two halves”, the opening part of the day took place on mostly flat roads while the latter half saw three incredibly tough climbs packed into just 80 kilometres.

As expected, it was a fast pace from the gun in the bunch as several teams and riders looked to make the day’s breakaway. Cees Bol and Casper Pedersen followed a few moves but nothing stuck.

The elastic eventually snapped and a group went clear, and like on stage 13, the team focused on trying to recover as much energy as possible on the stage – a tough task in a Tour de France mountain stage. Nicholas Roche was the first rider home for the team, with everyone else crossing the line safely and within the time limit; regrouping with their sights firmly set on the third week of action.

Speaking after the stage road captain Nikias Arndt said: “We’re done and dusted for another stage. It’s another good day in the back pocket for us. Now I’m just looking forward to a nice rest day.”

Roche added: “The day went as planned. It was hard but we had to ride safe and make it to the finish in time, and try and not create extra fatigue before the next goals which are coming up next week. We’re now all back in the bus and looking forward to a lovely rest day tomorrow.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston continued: “We were looking to conserve as much energy as possible today and come through the stage as we focus on the third week. The guys are all still in really good spirits. They looked after themselves today and are really looking forward to the rest day. We look to regroup and go again in the third week.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 4:34:13 120
2 ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma ,, 50
3 PORTE Richie Trek - Segafredo 0:05 25
86 ROCHE Nicolas Team Sunweb 33:51 -
91 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb 36:22 -
92 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team Sunweb ,, -
93 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb ,, -
122 BENOOT Tiesj Team Sunweb 37:26 -
135 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb ,, -
138 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,, -
147 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 38:08 -