Tour de France 2020: Stage 14 – Soren Kragh Andersen steals the Sagan show

Stage 14 of Tour de France 2020 presented perhaps the last opportunity for the sprinters before Paris and a dramatic showdown between Bora-hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quickstep in the battle of the green jersey. The stage featured five categorised climbs over 194 kilometres, including two Category 4 climbs in the final 10 kilometres.

Executed by phenomenal teamwork, stage honours went to a solo Soren Kragh Andersen. Kragh Andersen attacked with 3km to go, and soloed to a fantabulous win. Back in the peloton, Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) and Simone Consonni (Cofidis) rounded out the podium. The general classification remained unchanged, with Primoz Roglic retaining yellow. Continue reading

Tour de France 2020 : Stage 13 – Martinez takes maiden victory; Roglic takes time off his rivals

Stage 13 in this year’s Tour de France didn’t really have a level bit of road through the whole 191kms. Seven categorised climbs with a super-steep summit finish, it was a day for the breakaway. It started with a group of 5 including Julian Alaphilippe, growing to 15 with riders like Dan Martin and Marc Soler, then it quite simply blew itself apart with two climbs to go. Bora’s Max Schachmann went off on his own, followed by his teammate Leonard Kämna and EF’s Dani Martinez. When they caught Schachmann on the high slopes of Le Puy Mary, Martinez took over and Kamna couldn’t go round him. A spirited sprint to the line gave the EF rider his first Tour de France stage win. The GC got shook, but mainly by yellow jersey holder Primoz Roglic and compatriot Tadej Pogacar who took time on their rivals.

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Tour de France 2020 : Stage 12 – Third-time lucky for Marc Hirschi

Stage 12, the longest of this year’s Tour de France, provided Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) with an(other) opportunity to launch a stunning solo attack, hold off a formidable chasing pack and finally land his much-vaunted debut professional win after only 19 months as a pro! Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Hirschi’s team-mate Soren Kragh Andersen from the chasers rounded out the podium. There was no change in the GC, or indeed in any of the jerseys. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) remains in yellow.

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