Tour de France

Stage 14) Clermont-Ferrand - Lyon

FR France, Saturday 12 September 2020
194 km

Tour de France: Sam Bennett retains green jersey on complicated day

Tour de France: Sam Bennett retains green jersey on complicated day

Site of the first ever stage finish at the first ever Tour de France, back in 1903, Lyon returned on the race for the first time since 2013, when Matteo Trentin claimed the victory for our team from the breakaway. Just like then, stage 14 got off to a nervous and intense start, as Sam Bennett was put under pressure on the first classified climb of the day. Despite losing contact, he didn’t panic and comfortably picked up points at the intermediate sprint in Courpière, which came just ahead of the long Col du Béal.

The Wolfpack immediately moved into position and went on to set the rhythm on the first part of the climb, before other teams took the helms and intensified the pace to put the sprinters to the sword. Dropped from the bunch just one kilometer from the top, Bennett could count on a large Deceuninck – Quick-Step contingent, which paced him over the summit and just took it easy, knowing that there was no point in engaging in a mad chase of the peloton, where several teams combined efforts to make sure the sprinters wouldn’t return.

With the gap going out to five minutes in the space of just a couple of kilometers, it became clear that the focus would be shifted to the stage victory, that was to be played out between the puncheurs on the two four-category climbs in Lyon. The only Frenchman to wear the yellow jersey at this edition, Julian Alaphilippe was again prominent and surged clear on the Côte de la Croix-Rousse, spreading panic in the reduced bunch, which got on terms with him only on the descent.

Attacks continued to come thick and fast, and it was the one launched by Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) with two kilometers to go that stuck, the Dane taking a solo win, some 15 seconds clear of the peloton. Escorted by Kasper Asgreen, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns and Michael Mørkøv, Sam Bennett rolled over the line in a 50-man group and shortly afterwards took to the podium, where he received his seventh green jersey.

“It was a hard day, but quite ok in the end. On the climb before the intermediate sprint they tried to hurt the legs, but I gave it my all, and even though I got dropped, I soldiered on and was happy to take some valuable points”, explained Sam, who has a 43-point buffer in the classification. “The team did a great job for me and tried to get me back, but it wasn’t possible, so we decided to ease up after the third climb as there was no point in chasing hard. I can call myself fortunate to have such amazing teammates around me, guys who embody this unique and incredible Wolfpack spirit and help me get over the daily challenges of the Tour. It’s still a long way to go to Paris and we know it won’t be easy, but we will keep fighting.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
4:28:10
2 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
0:15
3 Simone Consonni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
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6 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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8 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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9 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - McLaren
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10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
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48 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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52 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:25
105 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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106 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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113 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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131 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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136 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
61:03:00
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:44
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:59
4 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
1:10
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:12
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:31
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:42
8 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
1:55
9 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
2:06
10 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:54
27 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:23
47 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23:15
88 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:31:54
119 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09:23
122 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:10:17
127 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:17:21
137 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:27:42
149 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:40:42
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
262 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
219 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
169 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
162 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
158 pt
6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
108 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
106 pt
9 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
97 pt
53 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
72 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
108 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
122 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
61:03:44
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:15
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
2:10
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
25:28
5 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
58:35
6 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
1:10:56
7 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:16:10
8 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
1:27:22
9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
1:28:29
10 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
1:29:23
18 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:08:39
19 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09:33
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
31 pt
4 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
5 Quentin Pacher
21 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
7 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
16 pt
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
14 pt
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
14 pt
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
30 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
31 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
47 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 EF Pro Cycling 183:12:36
2 Movistar Team 3:00
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 23:02
4 Trek - Segafredo 29:27
5 INEOS Grenadiers 35:51
6 AG2R La Mondiale 38:24
7 Astana Pro Team 38:36
8 Bahrain - McLaren 44:11
9 Mitchelton-Scott 1:19:06
10 BORA - hansgrohe 1:32:59

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