Nibali Keeps Yellow Jersey As Froome Crashes Out

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Updated: July 9, 2014

A wet second day in France and full of cobbles has pulled out expected surprises and made it a thrilling race. Sky’s hopes of having their main rider retain his title vanished after two crashes early on in today’s race, after having also fell in yesterday’s race. Luckily for everyone two of the cobbled roads were removed from the race, although a lot of riders were victims to the cobbles.

Early on there was a quick breakaway consisting of nine riders including Martin and Westra. During that time Froome crashed 29 km into the race, but got back on his bike and with the help of Richie Porte, caught up with the peloton.

Tony Martin and Janier Acevedo both fell in the leading group, Martin got back on his bike quick enough to not be caught by the peloton whereas Acevedo was caught up. Froome later crashed at 85 km, forcing him to forfeit from the whole Tour.

The leading group took the points at the intermediate sprint with Westra taking 20 points, Simon Clarke (17 Pts), Matt Hayman (15 Pts), Tony Martin (13 Pts), Sam Dumoulin (11 Pts).

After becoming the favorite straight after Froome’s forfeit, Contador suddenly started to struggle on the cobbles and fell behind early on the cobbles. Talansky fell very memorably on the cobbled sector 7, going into a spectator, head over wheels. 

Boom and Vanmarcke both broke from the yellow jersey group/peleton with over 35 km to go. With 26 km left, the peleton caught up with all in front of them. On the second cobbled section, riders were attacking and taking the lead but being reigned in quickly. Nabili stormed away before the last cobbled bit, followed by Fuglsang and Boom. On the last cobbled bit, Boom made his move and ended the race 19 seconds ahead of second place Fuglsang.

Nibali, Sagan, Lemoine and Kwiatkowski all kept their respective jerseys from yesterday, (Yellow, Green, Red-Dotted and White (has white jersey because Sagan has the green jersey)).

Stage Classification 

1. NED    BOOM Lars BELKIN PRO CYCLING 03h 18′ 35”
2. DEN    FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 18′ 54” + 00′ 19”
3. ITA     NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 18′ 54” + 00′ 19”
4. SVK    SAGAN Peter CANNONDALE 03h 19′ 36” + 01′ 01”
5. SUI     CANCELLARA Fabian TREK FACTORY RACING 03h 19′ 36” + 01′ 01”
6. BEL     KEUKELEIRE Jens ORICA GREENEDGE 03h 19′ 36” + 01′ 01”
7. POL     KWIATKOWSKI Michal OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 03h 19′ 42” + 01′ 07”
8. NED    WESTRA Lieuwe ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 19′ 44” + 01′ 09”
9. ITA     TRENTIN Matteo OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 03h 19′ 56” + 01′ 21”
10. FRA     LEMOINE Cyril COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 03h 20′ 20” + 01′ 45”

General Classification

1. ITA    NIBALI Vincenzo ASTANA PRO TEAM 20h 26′ 46”
2. DEN   FUGLSANG Jakob ASTANA PRO TEAM 20h 26′ 48” + 00′ 02”
3. SVK   SAGAN Peter CANNONDALE 20h 27′ 30” + 00′ 44”
4. POL   KWIATKOWSKI Michal OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 20h 27′ 36” + 00′ 50”
5. SUI   CANCELLARA Fabian TREK FACTORY RACING 20h 28′ 03” + 01′ 17”
6. BEL   VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO-BELISOL 20h 28′ 31” + 01′ 45”
7. FRA   GALLOPIN Tony LOTTO-BELISOL 20h 28′ 31” + 01′ 45”
8. AUS   PORTE Richie TEAM SKY 20h 28′ 40” + 01′ 54”
9. USA   TALANSKY Andrew GARMIN – SHARP 20h 28′ 51” + 02′ 05”
10. ESP   VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 20h 28′ 57” + 02′ 11”

 

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