Omar Fraile takes maiden victory at Tour de France, Thomas remains in Yellow
Jul 22 2018 12:14 am CET

Omar Fraile takes maiden victory at Tour de France, Thomas remains in Yellow
Omar Fraile takes maiden victory at Tour de France, Thomas remains in Yellow
Photo of Omar Fraile by Astana Pro Team

Omar Fraile (Astana) has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The Spaniard survived from the breakaway of the day and a late attack gave him the victory.

The 14th stage of the Grande Boucle was 188 kilometres long between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Mende over a hilly route. The start of the day was tense with the presence of winds that caused the peloton to break into four groups.

This chaos allowed 32 riders to take the lead and form the breakaway of the day. Riders like Gorka Izagirre, Daryl Impey, Andrey Amador, Stefan Küng, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Julian Alaphilippe, Philippe Gilbert, and Thomas De Gendt, among many others, broke free and built a gap of more than 15 minutes.

At the ascent to the Col de la Croix de Berthel, Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) attacked and was soon joined by Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data), behind them, the rest of the escape group worked hard to close the gap.

With a bit more than 30 kilometres remaining, Stuyven changed the rhythm and left his two companions behind. The gap of the Belgian with the peloton was more than 20 minutes.

At four kilometres from the finish line, Omar Fraile (Astana) and De Gendt attacked from the chase group and went on to try to catch Stuyven. De Gendt couldn't keep the pace and Fraile continued on his own getting closer to the rider of Trek-Segafredo.

Alaphilippe attacked from the rest of the chasers with 2.3 kilometres to go, while Fraile caught Stuyven moments later. The Spaniard of Astana crossed the finish line first and had enough time to celebrate his second victory in a Grand Tour, after winning the 11th stage of the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

Alaphilippe was second and Stuyven finished in third position.

With three kilometres to go, Mikel Landa (Movistar) was the first one in the reduced peloton to attack at the last climb but he was soon caught back by the others. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the next one to try his luck and he could create a good gap with the rest.

Egan Bernal (Sky) tried to close the gap and took Geraint Thomas with him. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) took charge of the pace of the reduced group and he managed to drop Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale).

Chris Froome (Sky) launched the next attack and only Thomas and Dumoulin could stay at his wheel, leaving Nairo Quintana behind. Of this group, Roglic was the first one to cross the finish line, Froome followed and Dumoulin and Thomas were the next ones to arrive.

Thomas keeps the Yellow Jersey for another day.




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