Tour de France Stage 14: Schleck refuses to be drawn in by Contador's tactics
Alberto Contador tried rapid acceleration and sudden braking in an attempt to drop the Luxembourger, Andy Schleck, during the Tour de France Stage 14. But Schleck didn't take the bait.
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Despite not having a contender for the general classification, this is turning out to be one of the most successful Tours for French riders in more than a decade.Skip to next paragraph
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Team Ag2r’s Christophe Riblon’s win is the fourth stage win by a Frenchmen in this Tour, the most since 1997, when six stages were won by the hosts.
“I don’t know why I can say,” a breathless Riblon told French television after the stage. “It’s truly incredible.”
A redemptive ride
Many former general classification hopefuls continued to fade today. Lance Armstrong lost 15 minutes and 14 seconds, as did HTC-Columbia’s Michael Rogers, the winner of this year’s Tour of California.
Hitting the climb to Ax-3 Domaines ahead of the yellow jersey, Sastre — who won the 2003 stage finish here — charged ahead before being caught and left behind with just less than 1.9 miles remaining.
For Sastre, who crashed in this year’s Giro D’Italia, a three-week race in May, and in Stage 6 of this Tour de France, just making a move was a little slice of redemption.
“Today was a special day,” he said, sitting in a folding chair after the race. “Maybe I’m not going to win the Tour de France, but I’m here to fight.”
Armstrong, in a rare appearance on French television after the race, echoed his fellow former champion.
Asked if he was thinking about calling it quits, 38 minutes and 44 seconds off the pace set by Shleck, Armstrong said: “I’ve never been a quitter and I won’t do that now.”
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