Denmark's Soren Kragh Andersen Storm's to stage Victory in Lyon
Denmark's Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) soloed to victory after a chaotic run into Lyon on stage 14 of the Tour de France
The Dane broke clear with 3.2km to go and held off the chasing peloton to take his first Tour de France stage victory
Slovenian Primoz Roglic finished with an elite group of race contenders a few seconds behind the Dane to retain the lead in the overall standings ahead of a major mountain test on Sunday.
Kragh timed his move perfectly, breaking clear on the right-hand side of the road once Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and Kragh’s team-mate Marc Hirschi had been brought back after their own late attempt to get away.
Soren Kragh Andersen said afterwards, "I have no words, I feel emotional. I dreamed about this but it’s hard to say that you’re good enough before you’ve done it but I’m just amazed and full of emotions.I had really good legs the whole day but you never know how good the other guys are. My legs felt good the whole day and when the moment came… it took a long time in the Tour for me to have confidence in myself but I knew that if I was suffering then they were also suffering. I just went for it then."
Sagan finished fourth and gained sprint points and cut his deficit to Sam Bennett in the green jersey competition to 43 points.
Primoz Roglic said after the stage, "I thought it would be easy today but it was full gas racing. At least it didn’t last so long and our team didn’t have to work all day. It’s the Tour de France and another day behind us.We didn’t have to ride the whole day but our guys did the perfect job and put me in the right position going through this city. There were a lot of obstacles and points where something could happen and luckily we had everything under control.Tomorrow will be a nice challenge again and for sure it will be nice to watch. I will try to do my best and we will try to do our best as a whole team."
Tomorrow's stage 15 is one not to miss!
A summit finish to the well-trodden climb of Grand Colombier in the Jura mountain range.Climbing the same mountain several times in the Tour is very rare and the peloton will tackle three of the four access roads up the Grand Colombier with, the last ascent all the way to the summit.
The battle promises to be intense on the eve of the second rest day!
VIDEO: 2020 Tour de France Stage 14 Highlights
2020 Tour de France Stage 14 Top 10
1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 04:28:10
2 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:15
3 Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis 00:00:15
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:15
5 Casper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb 00:00:15
6 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:15
7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team 00:00:15
8 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale 00:00:15
9 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 00:00:15
10 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 00:00:15
2020 Tour de France GC after Stage 14
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 61:03:00
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:44
3 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 00:00:59
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:01:10
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 00:01:12
6 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 00:01:31
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:01:42
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:01:55
9 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 00:02:06
10 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 00:02:54