The Dane Søren Kragh Andersen gave Sunweb a second stage victory in the Tour de France. Two days after Marc Hirschis fine victory, Kragh Andersen won the 14th stage in Lyon after a spectacular finale.
The Dane won the stage with a final stage reminiscent of spring classic Milan-Sanremo, with two vicious climbs (both fourth category) in the last ten kilometres.
Benoot opens the ball
The Poggio and the Cipressa on the Italian Flower Riviera are longer but no less steep. On the first côte in the final stage, with the top at 9.5 kilometres before the finish, Tiesj Benoot (also Sunweb) attacked, but in the descent he was taken back.
Lennard Kämna and attacker pur sang Thomas De Gendt were the next attackers, but Julian Alaphilippe, former winner of Milan-Sanremo closed the gap.
Attempt Bernal does not yield anything
Egan Bernal, who had lost valuable time on Fridays final climb, tried to ride away from the other favourites, but Roglics Jumbo-Visma helper quickly brought the Colombian back.
After Benoot and Hirschi, Kragh Andersen was the third Sunweb rider to run away and he held his own. The peloton crossed the line fifteen seconds later. Luka Mezgec came second ahead of Simone Consonni and Peter Sagan.
Check out the reactions of the main riders here:
The day after a tough mountain stage and with an even tougher mountain stage coming up, the general classification riders barely showed up between Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon. Primoz Roglic didnt get into trouble for a moment and kept the yellow jersey.
Bol attacks and returns
Two sprinters formed the first leading group of the day shortly after the departure: Cees Bol and Belgian Dylan Theuns attacked and were joined by time trial specialist Stefan Küng.
The trio seemed to become a quartet when Bols teammate with Sunweb Casper Pedersen set off for the leading group. Strangely enough, the leading group didnt get bigger but smaller, because Bol let himself sink back to Pedersen. After a chat, they returned to the peloton.
Sunweb had hoped that more riders would jump with him, team leader Michiel Elijzen declared the remarkable moment. A leading group of three riders was not considered worthwhile to ride in front of all day.
Team Sagan lost Bennett
While Küng and Theuns were on the attack, Peter Sagans helpers increased the pace at the head of the peloton. The goal? To unload as many sprinters as possible to help Sagan get the much needed points in the battle for the green jersey.
The leader of the points classification, Sam Bennett, did get a handful of points in the intermediate sprint, but he was unloaded not much later. Eighty kilometres before the end he raised the white flag. Bennett thanked his teammates and stopped fighting to return.
Also double stage winner Caleb Ewan could not follow the fast pace of the Bora riders and saw his chance for new success disappear.
Küng and Theuns had a maximum lead of over five minutes, but were caught one by one long before the final. European time trial champion Küng was back in the peloton eighty kilometres before the finish, where Bora, CCC and Jumbo-Visma did most of the leading towards Lyon.
There came Richie Porte, ninth in the general classification, still in trouble due to material problems. Between the climbs he had to go back to the team leaders car for a new bike, but Porte was back in the peloton in time.