Just another transitional stage? Don't you believe it
Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) left his breakaway companions behind to take victory on stage 14 of the Tour de France, after he stole a march on the French pairing of Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
Further back, the GC battle was red-hot as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) attacked and initially dropped the yellow jersey, but Chris Froome (Team Sky) rode his own tempo to bridge back to the Colombian. In the end the Brit won out and added another second to his overall lead.
The big news of the day happened earlier in the stage, but didn’t come to light until after the finish. Froome revealed that he’d had urine thrown over him by a spectator calling him a doper, as this year’s Tour continues to become ever-more acrimonious.
Sunday’s stage sees the race go from Mende to Valence, which could be a stage for the sprinters, but only if they survive the second category climb at 57km from the finish.