Ryder Hesjedal wins stage 14 of Vuelta a Espana

Ryder Hesjedal grinds out win on steep final climb as Chris Froome gains time on rivals

Ryder Hesjedal on stage fifteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) won stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana from a break, while Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) survived a late attack from Chris Froome (Sky) to hold onto the red jersey.

Hesjedal will be happy to make the headline for racing reasons, having been accused of ‘motorised doping’ earlier this week. Somewhat ironically, he seemed to gain the advantage of motorised vehicles through the camera bikes that clogged up on the climb’s narrow roads, but the gradients of La Camperona were so steep that his brief bit of drafting was unlikely to have been any help.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.