Tour de France

In a foreshadowing moment before Sunday’s stage, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC team checks his front tire. Enlarge photo

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In a foreshadowing moment before Sunday’s stage, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC team checks his front tire.

FOIX, France – A brief look at Sunday’s 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France:

STAGE: A 118.7-kilometer route out of Limoux and into the Pyrenees mountains featuring two major climbs and a technical downhill 25 kilometers from the finish in Foix.

WINNER: Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain. Sanchez was among a group of five riders who broke away on the final ascent of the day, the Mur de Peguere. He then made his decisive move 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the finish to claim his fourth Tour stage win. Several dozen riders punctured their tires on tacks, scattered across the road during the descent of the Mur de Peguere. French police are investigating what appeared to have been an act of vandalism. Defending champion Cadel Evans had three flats.

YELLOW JERSEY: Briton Bradley Wiggins retained the race lead ahead of Sky teammate Christopher Froome. who is 2 minutes and 5 seconds behind. Italian climber Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:23 off the pace.

TODAY’s 15th stage: A flat 98.5-mile stage between Samatan and Pau tailored to give sprinters one more chance for a stage win before two very difficult mountain stages.

Associated Press