Tour de France 2019: Thibaut Pinot wins the Col du Tourmalet
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France from Tarbes to Barèges on the Col du Tourmalet. After 117.5 kilometers, the Frenchman finished ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma). The German Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was able to keep up to the end and finished fourth. Alaphilippe continues to ride in the yellow jersey.
In the mountain classification, there was also no change, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) defended his lead successfully. The Belgian was one of the leaders for a long time and scored ten points with a victory in the second mountain classification. The green jersey remained with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who continued to build his lead at the top of the sprint classification with a seventh place in the single sprint of the day.
Buchmann keeps up to the end
The stage had begun with a slight delay due to a demonstration of local farmers on the roadside. Early on there were several attacks, a group of more than 15 riders for the Tour winner of 2014, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Wellens and Sagan sat down. At the first mountain, the Col du Soular, the breakaway group splintered and the top riders were overtaken.
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During the ascent of Tourmalet, which is more than 2,000 meters high, the most frequented mountain in the history of the tour, favorites such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos) lost their connections. No runaway was able to escape the pursuers - not even Buchmann, who had chances at the end of the stage victory and started the attack himself. In the final meters Pinot finally pulled away and secured his first stage victory on this tour.
Before the second day of rest on Monday, the next leg continues through the Pyrenees. From 12.10 clock (live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV Eurosport and Das Erste) it goes on Sunday from Limoux to Foix, a total of 185.5 kilometers to cope.