TDF 2022:- Stage 14: Saint-Étienne - Mende, 192.5km ***Spoilers***

Stage 14: Saint-Étienne - Mende, 192.5km

Start Time 12-15CET.

Mende. Croix Neuve or Montée Jalabert, a climb that became mythical in 1995 when the Jaja put Banesto and Miguel Indurain in troubles after a crazy long range team attack from ONCE.
Race leader Miguel Induráin had a 2:27 lead over second-place Alex Zülle, with top Frenchman Laurent Jalabert in sixth overall, more than nine minutes back. This year’s stage route is not the same as then, being 30 kilometers shorter, but it’s just as difficult, with 3,400 meters (over 11,000 feet) of vertical gain. The opening section has some long hills ideal for attacks where 27 years ago Jalabert began a dangerous breakaway that grew to six-strong, two of them his ONCE teammates.
They gained 10 minutes, putting Jalabert in the virtual yellow jersey, as the stage passed through Le Puy-en-Velay and Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas.
Jalabert eventually won the stage, consolidated his green jersey, finished almost six minutes ahead of the GC leaders and moved into third overall.



Usually, when Le Tour finishes in Saint-Étienne the town also hosts the stage start on the following day. Three years ago the race travelled on lumpy terrain to Romain Bardet’s birthplace, Brioude, where Daryl Impey outgunned Tiesj Benoot in a two-up sprint.
The route never climbs very high, but the physical demands on the riders will be almost unceasing as they race from Saint-Étienne to Mende. This trek through the departments of Loire, Haute-Loire and Lozère will push the most robust riders into action. Then, on the Jalabert Montée de la Croix Neuve leading up to the airfield above Mende.



The Climbs.







Final Kms.

The riders plunge down a 20 kilometres descent and then it’s time for the Côte de la Croix Neuve.
The middle section of 2 km at 12,8% is simply terrible, so there will be time gaps among the GC riders.. The climb will be topped with only 1,4 km to go, where the road sweeps down to reach the airport above the city.





What to Expect.

The route descends from the gun, but only short, and then the Côte de Saint-Juste Malmont is sure to inspire a flurry of attacks. Following a rolling section, with two short downhills, the next climb appears after 36 kilometres. So the breakaway should form during this opening and is likely to succeed.
Behind, the GC riders will firstly be looking to surviveand limit time gaps, but those with the best legs may force the issue.

Saint-Étienne

Population: 174,000
Specialities: Pilat wines (Côte-Rotie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Château-Grillet), bugnes, sarasson.

SAINT-ÉTIENNE AND CYCLING

Shunned by the Tour before the war because of its central position in France, Saint-Étienne has since redeemed itself and has hosted the Grande Boucle on 25 occasions since 1950, often for memorable finishes. The names of the winners in town (Geminiani, Bobet, Hinault, Herrera or Zoetemelk) speak for themselves. One of the most memorable episodes of the Tour's passages in the Forez was undoubtedly the end of the “friendly” rivalry between Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond in the 1986 edition. The individual time trial around Saint-Étienne was the Badger's last stand, his 28th and final stage victory. His victory over his team-mate and rival was however too narrow (25") to allow him to threaten the American and claim a sixth Tour title two days later in Paris. The passing of the baton, as we know, was not easy, and LeMond’s crash in this time trial led him to accuse his team-mates of sabotage in favour of Hinault. The Breton swore that he had made a pact to ensure LeMond's victory and that he stuck to it.
For the last visit of the race in town, Thomas De Gendt strengthened his reputation as the eternal long-distance escapee. The Belgian rider won after a 200-km solo attack.



Côte-Rotie


Km 68.3

ROSIERES (Pop: 1,570)

In the commune is the remarkable natural site of the Corboeuf Ravines, a fragile canyon of multicoloured clays. Sometimes called the Colorado of the Auvergne, the site can be discovered on foot from Rosières by following the Galoche path.



Km 86.2

CHADRAC (Pop: 2,500)

Château de Polignac

The owners of the castle since the 11th century, the hereditary viscounts of Velay took the name and made it their residence until the beginning of the 17th century. The fortress, which occupied a strategic location commanding the roads to the west and north of Le Puy, could house 800 soldiers in addition to the family and its servants. Well protected in their fortress, the lords of Polignac were able to become the masters of the country.



Mende

Population: 13,100
Specialities: herb sausages, croquants de Mende, aligot, cheese (Pélardon), honey

MENDE AND CYCLING

Laurent Jalabert was the first to win at the top of the côte de la Croix Neuve in 1995. Ten years later, the peloton made its return to the Gévaudan, led by an inspired escapee, Marcos Serrano. Then, in 2010, Joaquim Rodriguez, took off in turn in view of the aerodrome that served as a setting for the final scene of Gérard Oury's film Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At. He won ahead of compatriot Alberto Contador, who had already triumphed on this climb twice in Paris-Nice (2007 and 2010).
In 2015, the French pair of Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet, too busy watching each other, were countered and outwitted in the last kilometre by the Britain’s Stephen Cummings. In 2018, the victory went to Spaniard Omar Fraile, who had to part with his breakaway companions Julian Alaphilippe and Jasper Stuyven in the final kilometer to win ahead of them.
Christophe Laurent, who took part in the Tour in 2004 and 2006, was born and still lives in Mende. The town is also the home of the Tour du Gévaudan.



Croquants de Mende


Herb sausages, aligot















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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,394
    Cummings to inspire one of the IGD riders to follow in his footsteps?
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
    Anyone but a Dane*. Please, my nerves and liver can't take much more.



    Or some whippersnapper mtb rider
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560

    Anyone but a Dane*. Please, my nerves and liver can't take much more.



    Or some whippersnapper mtb rider

    Shiiiiiiiiit. Tom Pidcock has just spotted that bangers and mash is a local speciality
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,800
    edited July 2022





    I really liked the John "gladiators ready" Anderson tribute kit.

    And that win was very funny.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
    DK TV just did a section on that Cummings mugging, Inc an interview with him today. I loved that win!
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
    This has to be a break day. Jumbo won't want to leave bonus seconds up for grabs on that finish, where Pogacar will definitely attack, and UAE have no chance of controlling the break on that parcours
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
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  • No idea how but Pog managed to get in a split and Jonas had to make a big effort on his own to close.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,800
    Pogacar attack!

  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
    Blimey, Jumbo Visma caught napping there 😱

    Pogacar got away in a group which included van Aert and Vingegaard had to chase alone

    Pog is bloody going for it
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,800
    Only 182km to stay away.
  • WvA was marking him but rest of Jumbo were missing. Pog tries again!
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    The race is in bits as usual.

    Pogacar attacking Vingegaard already!
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • r0bh
    r0bh Posts: 2,226
    No sign of Thomas anywhere near the front
  • Ewan is in for a long day
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Just in. What's happening....pog attacking?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Chr15t the peloton is in bits!
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960

    Just in. What's happening....pog attacking?

    Surprise, surprise, Kirby hasn't got a clue what has happened or why.
    In fairness, neither does Kelly or Dan Lloyd.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Where's jumbo?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • r0bh
    r0bh Posts: 2,226
    Looks like Caleb Ewan will be climbing off imminently
  • G is with Pog and Jonas. Early break reabsorbed. Powless & Juul-Jensen off the front
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,560
    Roglic dropped from whatever the peloton is
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Have the legs fallen off jumbo?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Only WvA !????
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    Not sure about Jumbo’s tactics.
    They seem intent on shutting things down at the expense of Roglic who has been left to fend for himself.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    They should let vlasov go
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188

    Certainly looking warm near the finish... Police car on fire

    The police have blamed Liverpool fans
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  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,105

    G is with Pog and Jonas. Early break reabsorbed. Powless & Juul-Jensen off the front

    Thanks.
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  • DeadCalm
    DeadCalm Posts: 4,105
    PCS showing a virtual classification with Thomas losing time.
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188

    Not sure about Jumbo’s tactics.
    They seem intent on shutting things down at the expense of Roglic who has been left to fend for himself.

    Roglic isn’t a concern for them anymore
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