Stage 14 - 117,5 km - Mountain - Tarbes > Tourmalet Barèges

For this year's Tour de France we've teamed up with The Velocast to share with you their nominated Conquistador of the Day. During their daily stage review podcast, Scott and John will announce the rider who they feel deserves a special mention for their efforts that day.

For his heroics as a mountain domestique, enabling teammate Thibault Pinot to take the stage win today's Conquistador of the Day is David Gaudu of Groupama - FDJ.

 

David Gaudu Groupama - FDJ mountain domestique stage 14 Tour de France 2019 Tourmalet

Photo credit: ASO / Pauline BALLET

 

"Today I'm going to give it to David Gaudu. He did an absolutely brilliant job for his team leader. Even to the point of going high up, a little bit ahead, to set-up that possibility that Thibault Pinot would use him as a springboard, but also pushing a really strong Jumbo-Visma.

Laurens De Plus, George Bennet and Steven Kruijswijk incredibly impressive today. If we go by team support I think Jumbo-Visma are in a really good position to put Steven Kruijswijk on the top step when we get to Paris. They are riding incredibly impressively.

But Gaudu just did the perfect work of a mountain domestique. Almost as strong as his leader. Tactically perfect. Was there whenever Thibault Pinot needed him and actually set-up the win. He saved so much energy for Thibault Pinot that he is as much a part of the win as Pinot's legs are today. An exemplary example of a mountain domestique and for me Conquistador of the Day."

 

Thibault Pinot Team Groupama FDJ winner stage 14 Tour de France Tourmalet

Photo credit: ASO / Thomas MAHEUX

 

STAGE SUMMARY FROM ASO

Thibaut Pinot claimed his third stage win in the Tour de France after Porrentruy 2012 and L’Alpe d’Huez 2015 as he stormed to victory at the top of Tourmalet while Julian Alaphilippe, second on the line with a deficit of six seconds, retained the yellow jersey and extended his lead over Steven Kruijswijk and Geraint Thomas.

 

Photo credit: ASO / Thomas MAHEUX

 

17 riders in the lead, including Nibali and Sagan

164 riders took the start of stage 14 in Tarbes. One non-starter: Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe). Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was the first man to attack after the flag off postponed 6.5km further than planned. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) went across to him, forming a duo of former team-mates at Liquigas (from 2010 to 2012). With 96km to go, it became a group of 17 riders with the addition of Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Lennard Kämna (Sunweb), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane, Romain Sicard and Rein Taaramëe (Total Direct Energie), Ilnur Zakarin and Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Elie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic). Groupama-FDJ and Deceuninck-Quick Step set the pace at the head of the peloton after counter-attackers Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis) and Simon Geschke (CCC) were reeled in. The time gap was stabilized under three minutes before climbing to the first category col du Soulor.

 

Photo credit: ASO / Thomas MAHEUX

 

Tim Wellens first at col du Soulor

Nibali reacted to an attack by Wellens 2.5km before the col du Soulor. Gesbert made it across. Nibali showed some interest for the polka dot jersey as he tried to go solo before the summit but Wellens outsprinted him way before the line while the category one climb had made some damage in the yellow jersey group with Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) among the riders unexpectedly dropped as Ineos and Movistar succeeded to Groupama-FDJ at the helm. Nibali, Wellens and Gesbert kept going in the valley leading to the Tourmalet. Wellens also passed first at the intermediate sprint with 37.5km to go while Movistar put the hammer down at the head of the peloton. The leading trio was caught by five chasers. One of them, Sicard, counter-attacked with 35km remaining.

 

Photo credit: ASO / Thomas MAHEUX

 

Gesbert, Barguil and Gaudu in action at the Tourmalet

Sicard started climbing to the Tourmalet alone but Gesbert passed him 16km before the summit and continued solo. A Breton rider succeeded to another one as Gesbert got caught with 10.5km to go and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) escaped 9.5km before the top. He stayed away for 4km. A third Breton rider attacked 4km before the end: David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). Jumbo-Visma, the only team with three riders in the 12-man group, brought him back. 12 climbers remained at the front 3km before the end: Pinot, Landa, Fuglsang, Bernal, Thomas, De Plus, Bennett, Kruijswijk, Alaphilippe, Urán, Buchmann and Barguil. Being the defending champion, Thomas was the most notable rider to lose contact before the top. Pinot accelerated 250 metres before the finishing line. Buchmann and Bernal were last to resist but the Frenchman upped the speed again and powered to victory with a 6’’ difference to Alaphilippe who took one more step in the lead of the overall ranking as he extended his advantage over all of his other rivals.

 

 

 

Conquistadors of the Day - Tour de France 2019

Stage 01 - Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)

Stage 02 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 03 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 04 - Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 05 - Marcus Burghardt (BORA - hansgrohe)

Stage 06 - Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)

Stage 07 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo - Visma)

Stage 08 - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Stage 09 - Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 10 - Luke Rowe  (Team INEOS)

Stage 11 - Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe)

Stage 12 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 13 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 14 - David Gaudu - (Groupama - FDJ)

 

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