MENDE, France – Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome remained 1-2 throughout the Tour de France after the hilly 14th stage as an anticipated shakeup throughout the basic standings didn’t come to fruition on Saturday.
Spanish rider Omar Fraile gained the stage throughout the Massif Central by bursting from a bunch of breakaway riders on the ending climb.
Fourth-placed Primoz Roglic was the one basic contender to comprehend time, ending eight seconds ahead of Thomas, Froome, and third-placed Tom Dumoulin – with all four riders ending larger than 18 minutes behind Fraile, who remained far once more throughout the standings.
Thomas leads four-time champion Froome by 1 minute, 39 seconds. Dumoulin is third, 1:50 behind, and Roglic is fourth, 2:38 once more.
Fraile had time to rejoice sooner than crossing the street, ending six seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe, the Frenchman sporting the polka-dot jersey awarded to the Tour’s most interesting climber.
Jasper Stuyven of Belgium accomplished third, moreover six seconds once more, and three-time world champion Peter Sagan bought right here fourth.
It was the first career victory on the Tour for Fraile, who rides for the Astana group.
The hilly 188-kilometer (117-mile) route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende in southern France handed by means of the Ardeche gorges, home to cave work courting once more some 36,000 years.
Stage 15 on Sunday from Millau to Carcassonne is one different hilly leg sooner than the race’s second leisure day on Monday. Then come the Pyrenees and a most likely decisive specific individual time trial throughout the penultimate stage sooner than the usual finish in Paris subsequent weekend.