Calm day for race favourites before TDF’s Pyrenees stages

10 July 2021
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Tour de France (st. 14)

Enric Mas -now 9th overall, overtaken by one of the day’s escapees, Guillaume Martin (COF)-, Movistar Team get with no setbacks through stage fourteen, with plenty of action into the first 100km to seek for the early break. Bauke Mollema (TFS) prevails.

An explosive first half of the race and a second under tense peace – that’s how Saturday went for the Movistar Team on stage fourteen of the Tour de France, on Aude soil towards Quillan, as the GC riders’ teams stayed together before Sunday’s big first Pyrenees stage, with the climbs of Envalira (HC) and Beixalis (Cat-1) towards Andorra la Vella.

Valverde stayed with Enric Mas until the very end of stage 14. (c) BettiniPhoto

From that situation, and after 100 kilometers seeking for the early break -one which saw Bauke Mollema (TFS) taking the day’s big honours-, profited Guillaume Martin (COF) to climb onto a provisional second place overall behind Tadej Pogacar (UAD), putting five minutes on the main peloton, where Erviti and Cortina -active early on-, López, Arcas and a recovering Verona -with their coverage before the last few climbs- and Alejandro Valverde -until the end- took care of Enric Mas, now in 9th overall.

REACTION / Enric Mas:

“Another really tough day on our legs! Hopefully this demanding pace we’ve been suffering gor so many days ends up favouring our chances on the third week. Martin’s breakaway? Well, it’s true that the break formed after 100km and it was the same struggle for everybody until then, but I still think they will have spent much more energy up there than us. I think everyone knows that, when you go into a group like that, you end up paying those efforts later on. I’m not meaning it will necessarily be the case with him, maybe not, yet I think that a breakaway at such terrain, even if you gain today, can harm you tomorrow or later.

A quick chat between Enric Mas and Pello Bilbao next to the media after the finish. (c) Movistar Team

“The team was excellent again today to support me, and anything can happen tomorrow. We’ll be racing through some big altitude, with Envalira at over 2,400 meters -it’s not a long stretch at that height, yet it is a really long climb-. And then, there’s Beixalis, which is so hard. Those gradients might be some of the hardest in the Tour, but there’s also Mont Ventoux, which is brutal, and after Sunday we will also be tackling the Col du Portet, which is a beast of a climb.

“I’m confident that, with the TDF being a three-week race, the demanding routes in those final days, and all the wear and tear we’ve got on our legs, we can still progress. The time to attack? It will depend on how we see our rivals, it might be tomorrow or next week. Riders will be even more tired in the next Pyrenees stages, but any day can be good.”

Cover picture (c): BettiniPhoto

Male Team 26 Jun - 18 Jul

Tour de France FRA

(14th Stage) Carcassonne - Quillan (184 km)
  1. 01 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo 4h16'16"
  2. 02 Patrick Konrad Bora-Hansgrohe +1'04"
  3. 03 Sergio Higuita EF Education-NIPPO "
  4. 25 Enric Mas Movistar Team +6'53"
  5. 27 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  6. 54 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +9'52"
  7. 55 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team "
  8. 69 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +13'15"
  9. 112 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +17'42"
  10. 118 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team "
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 56h50'21"
  2. 02 Guillaume Martin Cofidis +4'04"
  3. 03 Rigoberto Urán EF Education-NIPPO +5'18"
  4. 09 Enric Mas Movistar Team +7'11"
  5. 25 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +54'54"
  6. 38 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +1h14'52"
  7. 60 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +1h36'34"
  8. 92 Iván García Cortina Movistar Team +2h01'43"
  9. 100 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +2h06'57"
  10. 112 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +2h17'02"
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