From LeTour.com: The view of jean-françois pescheux
An appetiser: "We have reached the Pyrenees! But this is more of an appetiser than a mountain stage proper. Things will get going at kilometre 116 with the ascent to the Port de Lers, with 11.4 km at 7%. Then comes the Mur de Péguère, which is making its Tour debut and could deal some serious damage too: some sections are close to an 18% gradient, with 10.8% at the finish! Nevertheless, the distance to Foix will make great climbers hesitate. In my opinion, this is more of a stage for all-rounders such Voeckler and Chavanel. Or maybe a 50 man strong group with the freshest riders in it..."
Morning thought from the World Champon:
The remaining 163 riders will travel 191 kilometers today from Limoux to Foix. After some early back and forth and numerous attacks, the break of the day features :Philippe Gilbert, Cyril Gautier, Gorka Izaguirre, Peter Sagan, Sebastien Minard, Eduard Vorganov, Sandy Casar, Steven Kruiswijk, Luis Sanchez and Martin Velits. As none were seen as a threat to the GC, their lead went out quickly and they were 10 minutes ahead of the peloton at the 72km mark. With just about 75 km remaining, the 11 escapees have begun the second climb of the 14th stage with an advantage of 14'15" on the peloton.
And so it continued, with not a lot of excitement coming from the peoloton so far. From twitter:inrng
|Slow stage= cat pic?|
|1||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||59:32:32|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:02:05|
|3||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:02:23|
|4||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:03:19|
|5||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team||0:04:48|
|6||Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan||0:06:15|
|7||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:06:57|
|8||Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team||0:07:30|
|9||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:08:31|
|10||Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:08:51|