Majka Wins Tour Stage in Alps; Niboli Widens Yellow Jersey LeadMichael Sillup
Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo won the 14th stage of the Tour de France through the Alps as Vincenzo Nibali of Astana extended his overall lead by finishing second.
Majka, from Poland, finished the 177-kilometer (110-mile) stage from Grenoble to Risoul near France’s border with Italy in five hours, eight minutes and 27 seconds. Niboli, an Italian, finished 24 seconds later and widened his race lead over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of Movistar by a minute to 4 minutes and 37 seconds.
The stage had three major climbs, with the second, Col d’Izoard, the highest at 2,360 meters (7,742 feet) in elevation. The cyclists rode 66 kilometers of the stage on the three climbs.
Organizers consider tomorrow’s 222-kilometer stage from Tallard to Nimes to be flat. Riders have a rest day after that before three consecutive mountain stages in the Pyrenees. The race ends July 27 in Paris.