Stage Report: Trek-Segafredo’s Bauke Mollema showed his strength on stage 14 by dropping the break of the day to ride solo into Quillan for the win. No problem for the yellow jersey, but Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) was in the break and pushed his way into second place overall. Canada’s Michael Woods (Israel Start-up Nation) took over the mountain jersey.
A storming solo win for Bauke Mollema
Bauke Mollema won the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France. The Dutchman finished alone in Quillan after a solo of more than 40 kilometres. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) now leads by 4:04 from Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and 5:18 on Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) in third.
– The final kilometre of Stage 14 and read our full report and pics below:-
Stage 14 profile
Tour boss Christian Prudhomme describes stage 14: “Rather calm until Lavelanet, the journey into the Pyrenees rapidly becomes a roller-coaster ride as of Montségur: the citadel of vertigo and its rough climbs, then the Col de la Croix des Morts and Col de Saint-Louis that the riders will reach by riding on the spectacular Viaduc de l’Escargot, will sharpen the appetite of the hungriest climbers.”
Tadej Pogačar looking calm at the start
All the jerseys in Carcassonne
Due to the presence of three second category climbs and two third category climbs, many of the 149 remaining riders dreamed of winning stage 14. The battle for the early break lasted more than 80 kilometres. Because every time someone was lucky enough to escape, someone else would want to go with them and the gap would be closed again.
Deceuninck – Quick Step’s work horse, Tim Declercq was in the big crash on stage 13, but he was at the start of stage 14
Steven Kruijswijk tried to get in the day’s break – But didn’t
Big names such as Julian Alaphilippe, Steven Kruijswijk, Geraint Thomas, Wout van Aert and Bauke Mollema tried in the opening part of the stage, but were not able to get with the right combination with the greatest potential. Jonas Rickaert, Toms Skujins, Kristian Sbaragli, Anthony Turgis and Maxime Chevalier looked good to succeed.
Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) also failed to be part of the escape
Lots of sunflowers
Over 30 kilometres they defended a lead that never exceeded 40 seconds. The peloton remained on the edge. With 100 kilometres to go, the split was pulled back, just after the intermediate sprint in Lavelanet.
Yes, even more sunflowers
Wout Poels finally succeeded in forcing away on the Col de Montsegur. The Bahrain Victorious rider had Mattia Cattaneo and Michael Woods with him. From the peloton, Bauke Mollema, Guillaume Martin, Louis Meintjes, Esteban Chaves, Omar Fraile, Sergio Higuita and Patrick Konrad counter-attacked.
Fred Wright and Simon Geschke also failed to get in the break
Wout Poels and Mattia Cattaneo wanted that break
It took a while before that chase group would catch the front of the race. At the top of the climb, they were about 45 seconds behind the three leaders. Poels took 5 points for the mountains classification.
The bunch was not at ‘Full Gas’ but didn’t want the break to get too far ahead
After the Col de la Croix des Morts, where Woods narrowly missed Poels, the seven riders rejoined. Moments later, Valentin Madouas, Quentin Pacher, Pierre Rolland and Elie Gesbert also managed to make contact. We now had fourteen leaders up front with a reassuring lead of almost 5 minutes over the peloton.
The break of the day eventually formed
The peloton wasn’t really closing the leaders down
The finalé could then begin. Poels and Woods once again fought on the Côte de Galinagues and then the Canadian fell a little later on the descent. When he rejoined, we saw Mollema attack.
A strong break
The escape was no worry for Pogačar
With 42 kilometres to go Mollema took off alone. In no time at all, the Trek-Segafredo rider had a lead of more than a minute. He even had one and a half minutes on his way up the Col de Saint-Louis, the last climb of the day.
Mollema was the strongest in the break
Cattaneo, Konrad, Woods and Higuita counter-attacked from the chasers. Although they took half a minute off the lead, they fell short to close the last minute in the last 16 kilometres.
Bauke Mollema took his chance for the win
In Quillan, the Dutchman took his second stage win in the Tour de France, after he was the best in Le Puy-en-Velay in 2017. At 1:04 seconds from the winner, Konrad, Higuita, Cattaneo and Woods sprinted for the other places.
Mollema was climbing strongly
The GC favourites were not going to attack each other today, this allowed Guillaume Martin to jump in the general classification to second place overall, 4:04 down on Tadej Pogačar.
The Dutchman was not going to be caught
Stage winner, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo): “It’s super nice. It was a super hard day. It took 90km until the breakaway went. As a team we didn’t miss any breakaway. We got a nice group of strong guys at the front but we were not working together so well. I was feeling good. I thought ‘let’s go from far’. 41km solo, that was hard but I had the confidence to ride alone and keep going for a long time. I knew I had a very good chance to make it so I went full gas and did not lose too much. With more than 50’’ at the top, I was quite sure I’d win the stage.”
It has been a long time since Trek-Segafredo won at the Tour
Overall leader, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “I wasn’t really concerned about Guillaume Martin. We now we can’t allow him too big a time gain because he is super strong, but four minutes is still a good gap for me on him. Now it’s other teams who need to chase him, and that is going to be very useful in the coming days. I think we are in a better position now than we were before the stage. I feel super good on the bike. I have enjoyed every moment of the race today. I’m happy that none of my teammates has really struggled today – just Vegard [Stake Laengen], who punctured at a bad time at the start. All my teammates are strong – especially Rafal [Majka], who was very impressive after the hard crash he suffered yesterday. I’ve checked the Andorra stage, although I don’t know by heart some of the roads. It’s going to be hard, for sure, but I have good feelings coming into tomorrow. I will ride defensively tomorrow, because my first goal is to defend the yellow jersey… But, if an opportunity comes, I will try to grab it.”
Another day over for Tadej Pogačar
Tour de France Stage 14 Result:
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo in 4:16:16
2. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:04
3. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 1:04
4. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:06
5. Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation at 1:10
6. Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech at 1:25
7. Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkea-Samsic at 1:25
8. Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM at 1:25
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:25
10. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) BikeExchange at 1:28
11. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 1:28
12. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:32
13. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 3:32
14. Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM at 6:23
15. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates at 6:53
16. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 6:53
17. Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates at 6:53
18. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 6:53
19. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:53
20. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:53
21. Richie Porte (Aus) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:53
22. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 6:53
23. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo at 6:53
24. Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo at 6:53
25. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 6:53.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 14:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 56:50:21
2. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 4:04
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 5:18
4. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:32
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:33
6. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 5:58
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 6:16
8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 6:30
9. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 7:11
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep at 9:48
11. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 10:28
12. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) BikeExchange at 20:28
13. Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 24:44
14. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 26:53
15. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 30:51
16. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma at 31:43
17. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 32:02
18. Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka-NextHash at 37:28
19. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious at 39:31
20. Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious at 43:54
21. Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo at 47:37
22. Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 49:04
23. Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe at 51:17
24. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers at 51:34
25. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 54:54.