Matthews’ big mop, Pinot’s disappointment … The ups and downs of the 14th stage of the Tour de France

Michael Matthews, author of a hellish number this Saturday. AFP / GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO / REUTERS / CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

The Australian won solo in Mende, the brave Frenchman has had to settle for a new place of honor this Saturday.

TOPS

Michael Matthews, the opportunist

The Australian was the strongest on the climb Laurent Jalabert (3 km at 10.2%) to beat the Italian Alberto Bettiol, the last member of the long getaway. The pilot of the BikeExchange team did not give up to run to Mende airfield (which was used as a filming location for the final scene of the film). The big mop) and achieves a 4th stage victory in the Tour (one bouquet in 2016, 2 in 2017). Second in Longwy (6th stage), he signed BikeExchange’s second hit on the 2022 Tour, following Dylan Groenewegen’s sprint victory in Sonderborg (3rd stage).

Tadej Pogacar, the avenger

Slovenian, white jersey and yellow jersey runner-up Jonas Vingeaard attacked from the start. To remind Jonas Vingegaard that he will be a threat until the last moment. The leader of the UAE Team Emirates was distinguished with attacks in the first 30 kilometers, then in the final climb. before finishing in a sprint. Without being able to tear even the smallest inch of a solid yellow shirt. He will try his luck again. He promised. He will continue to feed this hand in hand with fire.

Franck Bonnamour the artist

Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hôtels-KTM), the super fighter of the 2021 Tour, was the origin of the good getaway of the day when he launched at km 37. On his wheel 22 riders (including two more French Benoît Cosnefroy and Thibaut Pinot). The group quickly widened a substantial gap and realized they could aim for the stage victory. But Bonnamour gave way, before finishing 15th at 2’50 ”.

Louis Mentjes, the big leap forward

The South African (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), a member of the long breakaway, 10th in the stage at 1’12 ” is invited to the Top 10. Seventh at 4’24 ”. Second on reaching the summit of the Alpe de Huez, he confirms his good dispositions.

David Gaudu, a hellish ending

The leader of the Groupama-FDJ team suffered but after a terrible effort, he finished 17 ” from the duo formed by Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar. The Breton ranks 8th in the overall standings (8’24 ” from Vingegaard).

FLOPS

Thibaut Pinot, unfortunately still placed

The Franc-Comtois was on the right track (accompanied by Stefan Küng). Mende, I knew I had finished 2nd there in 2015. But the signal was maybe a little heavy. The Groupama-FDJ driver, brave but left behind in Matthews’ attack, was stuck in the second group before getting a new place of honor (3rd after a fourth place in Châtel, during the 9th stage). To the delight of spectators. Pinot, brave. So close, so far …

Primoz Roglic, the weight of efforts

The Slovene has become, in the Alps, a luxury companion. He had a hard day, before finishing late (113th at 24’23 ”). Without this having any consequences. Jonas Vingegaard responded perfectly to the attacks of Tadej Pogacar. Roglic will have opportunities to help the Dane in the still-dangerous third week of the tour. He knows something …

Thomas Pidcock less successful

The Briton, a splendid winner in the Alpe d’Huez, is one of the few in the top 10 who has lost second place (losing 53 ” to David Gaudu). He dropped to 9th place in the top 10.

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