Team Sunweb stunt again with stage win in Tour de France

Søren Kragh Andersen has written the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France to his name. The rider of Team Sunweb crossed the finish line in Lyon first.

Primoz Roglic remains leader in the general classification. The Slovenian rider from Jumbo-Visma is 44 seconds ahead of his compatriot Tadej Pogacar.

Without Bauke Mollema and Romain Bardet the fourteenth stage in Clermont-Ferrand started. Both riders were involved in a big crash on Friday afternoon, in which Mollema had to stop the fight immediately with a broken wrist. It turned out that Bardet had a concussion later on the day and the doctors advised the Frenchman not to quit the race.

No public

In the run-up to the fourteenth stage, the Tour organisation had announced that there will be no more spectators in the final 300 metres before the finishes, because this week the Tour will visit several regions that are called ‘code red’.

Sunweb rider Cees Bol was one of the first to go on an adventure, together with Trekking rider Edward Theuns and the Swiss Stefan Kung. Bolsteammate Casper Pedersen also signed up a little later, but instead of hooking up, Bol let himself down. Theuns took 20 points in the first intermediate sprint, ahead of Kung (17) and Peter Sagan, who scored 15. Sam Bennett, wearer of the green jersey, took 10.

Kung caught

On the second big climb of the day, the Col du Béal, Kung emerged first. Theuns, who had to leave the lead to Kung, was caught by the peloton twenty kilometres away. Another 25 kilometres away, eighty kilometres from the finish line, the lonely fighting Kung was also swallowed up by the peloton and entered a new stage of the stage.

In the run-up to the last two climbs of the fourth category, the Côte de la Duchére and the Côte de la Croix-Rousse, Bora-hansgrohe and CCC led the extensive leading group, with the riders of Jumbo-Visma nicely behind them.

The Belgian Tiesj Benoot of Team Sunweb was the first to make a big gap with the peloton on the Côte de la Duchére. At more than seven kilometres from the finish, the Belgian was caught up and the next rider took off, in the person of Bora-rider Lennard Kämna. Thomas de Gendt and Julian Alaphilippe also broke away from the peloton, and then it broke wide open.

Greg Van Avermaet, Wout van Aert, Peter Sagan, Marc Hirschi and Kragh Andersen all showed themselves from the front, and it was the latter who grabbed the stage win after a long solo. After Hirschi’s stage win on Thursday, Team Sunweb pulled another stunt.

Surprise at the winner

“It is unbelievable. We are here with the youngest team of all participating teams, also with a view to the future. And now we are already taking two stages. I’m really surprised”, said 26-year-old Kragh Andersen, earlier winner of an individual time trial in Paris-Nice.

“I dreamed about this, but wondered if I was good enough to be able to do it”, said the stage winner, who started his attack just 3km before the finish line. Shortly before, Hirschi had also tried it, as had their teammate Benoot. “I had really good legs all day. But then it remains to be seen how good the others are. It took a while before I had the confidence to attack like this. Hirschi’s victory inspired me in that respect. It gave the whole group extra motivation. We have come to believe even more in ourselves if such a young guest can do that.”

Perfect timing

Even Sunweb rider Joris Nieuwenhuis couldn‘t run out of luck. “This is really perfect. Goosebumps”, he said opposite the CCeit at the finish in Lyon. “Actually the plan was to be in a flight today, but Bora didn’t let anyone go. “Then we turned the button and went for it in the finals. It didn‘t matter who won, if only we won. Søren timed this perfectly. We were able to block things off a bit behind him. Champagne again tonight, that’s good

Sunday will be a tough mountain stage with a finish on the Grand Colombier, an outdoor category climb. A day later is the second rest day.

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