Tour de France 2023: Rodriguez wins in Morzine, Vingegaard retains yellow

Carlos Rodriguez - Tour de France 2023: Rodriguez wins in Morzine, Vingegaard retains yellowfoto: Cor VosTadej Pogacar goes solo on the Joux Plane, but Jonas Vingegaard comes clawing back inside the lasts 2 kilometres. The two stars look at each other and Carlos Rodriguez regain contact on the plateau after the summit. He strikes on descent and solos to triumph. Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard finish in second and third, while the Dane retains yellow. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 14th stage 2023 Tour de France

1. Carlos Rodriguez (spa)
2. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 0.05
3. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
4. Adam Yates (gbr) + 0.10
5. Sepp Kuss (usa) + 0.57
6. Jai Hindley (aus) + 1.46
7. Felix Gall (aut) .t.
8. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 3.19
9. Simon Yates (gbr) + 3.21
10. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 5.57

11. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
12. Tom Pidcock (gbr) + 8.40

GC after stage 14
1. Jonas Vingegaard (den)
2. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 0.10
3. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 4.43
3. Jai Hindley (aus) + 4.44
5. Adam Yates (gbr) + 5.20
6. Sepp Kuss (aus) + 8.15
7. Simon Yates (gbr) + 8.32
8. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 8.51
9. Felix Gall (aut) + 12.26
10. David Gaudu (fra) + 12.56

Race report
The peloton is still bunched at kilometre 5 when a huge crash takes place. Pedrero and Meitjes are forced to pull out, while the race is neutralised for 25 minutes.

The race re-starts and Lars van den Berg attacks on the Col de Saxel. Alaphilippe and Neilands join the Dutchman before Alexey Lutsenko and Daniel Felipe Martínez also make it across.

Alaphilippe leaves the others behind in the run-up to the Col de Cou. Some 20 riders join him in the climbs. Among them Giulio Ciccone, Mikel Landa, Neilson Powless, Matej Mohoric, Hugo Houle, Gorka Izagirre, Matteo Jorgenson, Michael Woods, Hugo Houle, Alex Aranburu, Guillaume Martin, Thibaut Pinot, Tobias Halland Johannessen and Michal Kwiatkowski. The peloton, led by Jumbo-Visma, reaches the summit 30 seconds later.

Ciccone, Landa, Woods, Aranburu and Pinot attack on the Col du Feu. Woods and Ciccone leave the others behind with 1.5 kilometres to climb before the Italian is the first rider to reach the summit. Pinot, Landa, Poels, Woods and Aranburu track him down on descent, while Martínez, Martin, Houle, Izagirre and Lutsenko bridge across on the Col de Jambaz.

Ciccone speeds up on Col de la Ramaz and Woods follows his move in intially, but the Canadian is dropped with 9 kilometres left to climb. The Jumbo-Visma led peloton gobbles up all other attackers until the soloist is also caught.

Pidcock drops from the GC group in the final 2 kilometres of the Col de la Ramaz. He reaches the summit with a 35 seconds deficit, while Simon Yates loses contact on descent. He returns with Gall, Harper and Martin before the Joux Plane.

UAE Emirates moves to the front on the climb before Van Aert reclaims the lead. The Flemish powerhouse sets the pace for a while and Simon Yates can’t follow.

The lead group is down to Vingegaard, Kuss, Pogacar, Yates (Adam), Hindley, Rodriguez and Gall in the last 9 kilometres of the Joux Plane. Gall and Hindley lose contact with 5.5 kilometres left to climb.

Yates accelerates roughly 1 kilometre later and only his leader Pogacar and Vingegaard follow. He serves a launch pad, as the Slovene attacks another 800 metres later. Vingegaard keeps on fighting. The gap hovers at 5 seconds for a few kilometres before the Dane regains contact 1.6 kilometres under the top.

The tempo drops and when Pogacar speeds up to sprint for the bonification seconds at the top he is hindered by a motorbike. Instead, Vingegaard gains a time bonus of 8 seconds, Pogacar takes 5, and Rodriguez 2. Because the two big stars were looking at each other after they re-united both Yates and Rodriguez regain contact on the plateau after the KOM sprint. The Spaniard leaves the others behind on descent.

Rodriguez holds off the chasers and wins the biggest race in his young career. He also moves up to third place overall, while Pogacar bests Vingegaard in the sprint for second place.

The Dane stays in yellow, 10 seconds ahead of the Slovene. What a Tour!

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