Netherland’s Bauke Mollema crosses the perform line to lift the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France biking urge, finishing in Quillan, France, on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (AP Photograph/Daniel Cole)
QUILLAN, France—Tadej Pogacar will head into the final week of the Tour de France with a commanding aid to retain biking’s elite title after he became as soon as unchallenged on the 14th stage gained by Bauke Mollema on Saturday.
Pogacar’s last competitors are all successfully within the back of within the standings—held off from attacking the defending champion all around the hilly stage that sets up more severe assessments within the Pyrenees.
Pogacar’s UAE Crew Emirates stayed overjoyed at or almost about the entrance of the peloton throughout the 184-kilometer (114-mile) dash from Carcassonne to Quillan in southern France, direct to let the breakaway team dispute the stage victory.
The Slovenian holds a four-minute lead over Guillaume Martin. The French rider, who became as soon as within the breakaway team, moved from ninth overall to second. Rigoberto Uran, Jonas Vingegaard, and Richard Carapaz are all more than five minutes off Pogacar’s paddle.
Pogacar has kept the yellow jersey since he took preserve watch over of the urge on Stage 8 within the Alps. With 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic and other doubtless contenders out of the urge, Pogacar has had tiny trouble defending his aid within the total classification all around the last week.
Mollema, a rider for Trot, claimed his second occupation stage victory on the Tour when he broke away on the manner down from the fourth of the day’s five climbs. Mollema’s other Tour stage lift became as soon as in 2017.
Mollema region off off on the windy descent through sheer gorges from the Cote de Galinagues. He rapid powered away to assemble an insurmountable lead and rode all on my own the final 42 kilometers (26 miles) up and down the category-two Col de Saint-Louis.
With out a opponent in survey when he crossed the toll road in correct over four hours, Mollema had time to raise his palms and soak up the applause. Patrick Konrad edged Sergio Higuita to perform second, over a minute within the back of.
“I became as soon as feeling correct so I thought, ‘Let’s plod from a ways,’” Mollema acknowledged. “I had the self belief I would possibly presumably wander on my own and preserve going for an extraordinarily lengthy time. On the entire I will paddle myself in fact successfully. When I got to the tip of the final climb with 50 seconds, I knew I would possibly presumably compose it.”
On Sunday, the riders hit the Pyrenees with a 191-kilometer (118-mile) wander initiating in Ceret and finishing within the diminutive mountain-sure nation of Andorra. The dash entails three category-one climbs. After a leisure on Monday, the peloton will face three more days within the hills and mountains almost about the Spanish frontier.