Gonzalez Wins Stage 14 of Tour

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07/20/2004| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill

Gonzalez Wins Stage 14 of Tour

Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) has won Stage 14 of the Tour de France.

Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) has won Stage 14 of the Tour de France. The 2002 Vuelta a Espana winner rode away from nine companions in the last eight km to win the flat, 192.5-km run from Carcassonne to Nimes in 4:18:32. Nicolas Jalabert (Phonak) outsprinted Christophe Mengin (La Francaise des Jeux.com) for second at 0:25. Thomas Voeckler (Brioches La Boulangere) remains the maillot jaune.

During the first two hours of the stage, a series of attacks occurred. At 100 km, ten men--Mengin, Jalabert, Santiago Botero (T-Mobile), Pierrick Fedrigo (Credit Agricole), Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), Marc Lotz (Rabobank), Inigo Landaluze and Egoi Martinez (both from Euskaltel), Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Liberty Seguros), and Gonzalez--escaped. Because of the number of teams represented and because no danger men were in the break, a chase never developed.

With 25 km left, the escape's lead had ballooned to more than 13:00. Some of the fugitives began to miss turns in preparation for late-stage attacks.

With 10 km left, Gonzalez de Galdeano made the first move. Gonzalez  caught him and countered. That attack failed, but a succession of attacks followed. When a move by Fedrigo failed, Gonzalez jumped. His erstwhile companions were racing for second place.

In the overall, Voeckler leads Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service) by 0:22 and Ivan Basso (CSC) by 1:39. Tomorrow will be the Tour's second rest day. Stage 15 will follow. The hilly, 180.5-km ride from Valreas to Villard-de-Lans will feature a Category 1 ascent and two Category 2 climbs in the last 65 km, along with an uphill finish. The stage is tailor-made for one or more escapees. Who will make the break? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!

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