Latvians finish the second hundred in the 14th stage of the…

first_imgOn Saturday, in the 14th stage of the tour, the athletes competed for 194 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon, which included three fourth and one third and second ascents.Krag Andersen (“Sunweb”) completed the distance the fastest on Friday, spending four hours 28 minutes and ten seconds. This was the second victory for his team this week after Mark Hirsch’s solo victory on Thursday.The second place in the group finish was won by Slovenian Luka Mezgecs, the third – “Cofidis, Solutions Credits” rider Simone Konsonni, who was 15 seconds behind the winner.Primožs Rogličs (“Jumbo-Visma”), the leader of the overall rating, finished 29th in the big group.Both Latvian drivers finished side by side. The herringbone, who fell in the middle of the distance between the 70th and 80th kilometers, ranked 137th, but Neilands – 138th in the competition of 158 athletes 19 minutes and 48 seconds behind the winner.“That’s the kind of thing you dream about,” Andersen said after crossing the finish line.“BORA – hansgrohe” had a big impact on the race, as they almost reduced the pellet to half the normal size. It made driving in the mountains a lot harder, but it changed everything because all the sprinters were left behind, ”said Andersen.Slovakian Peter Sagan aimed at the shirt of the most active cyclist before the mountain stages, he was fourth in the finish, but he was a little short of the first place in this rating. Irish Sam Bennett (“Deceuninck – Quick Step”) is 43 points ahead of the seven-time most active driver of the “Tour de France” in the fight for the green shirt.Slovenian Roglič is still in the lead, 44 seconds ahead of his closest follower, Tadej Pogačar (UAE), and Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) is 15 seconds slower, finishing 24th.Herringbone loses a little more than two hours to the leader, taking the 74th place, but Neiland is almost two hours and 40 minutes left from Slovenia, taking the 93rd position in the overall standings.“It was a high-level race,” said former springboard jumper Roglich. “I thought it would be easier today, but as you can see, it wasn’t.”“We will see what happens tomorrow. As usual, we will just try to survive, ”said Rogličs.Skujiņš still retains the fourth position with 24 points, but Neilands takes the 40th place with two points.In the sprinter test, Skujiņš has dropped to 28th place with 47 points, but in Neiland’s account ten points, which allows him to take the 95th position.In the team’s overall standings, the leader of “Trek-Segafredo” represented by Skujiņa “EF Pro Cycling” loses 29 minutes and 27 seconds and takes the fourth place.On Sunday, riders will compete in a 174.5-kilometer distance from Lyon to the summit of Granollombie, with two first-class ascents and a top-class ascent to the finish hill.For Neiland, this is his debut in France, but Skujiņš is participating in this competition for the third year in a row.The Tour de France, which is rightly considered one of the largest sporting events in the world, is celebrating its 107th anniversary this year.Last year, Skujiņš finished ninth in the 17th stage, but in 2018, he finished fifth in one of the stages, as well as rode in the mountain king’s shirt for several stages. Last year, Skujiņš finished in the 81st position in the overall rating.The last time two Latvians were together in the Tour de France was in 2002. At that time, Arvis Piziks and Raivis Belohvoščiks each rode in their team.In total, the French tour is scheduled for 21 stages this year, finishing on September 20 in the Champs Elysées.last_img