Tour de France

MTN-Qhubeka's Cummings wins TDF Stage 14

2015-07-18 18:14
Stephen Cummings (AFP)

Mende - Stephen Cummings celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in style for his South African team MTN-Qhubeka by taking a historic first Tour de France stage victory on Saturday.

Qhubeka became the first ever African team to take part in the Tour this year and Briton Cummings gave them a historic victory on the 178.5km 14th stage from Rodez to Mende - and that on the international day to honour Mandela.

And on a day in which Britain's Davis Cup tennis team took a 2-1 lead over France, Briton Cummings stole a march on a pair of Frenchmen to win the stage as compatriot Chris Froome retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

The stage victory looked to have come down to a battle between Frenchmen as Romain Bardet attacked on the brutal final climb - 3km long at an average 10.1 percent gradient - ahead of the finish.

Thibaut Pinot emerged from the remainder of a 20-man breakaway group to chase down his countryman but once he caught Bardet, the two started playing cat-and-mouse in the final kilometre.

Cummings arrived like a freight train and blasted straight past the Frenchmen before taking off for the line.

The Frenchman hesitated a second too long before deciding to chase and Cummings won by 2 seconds from Pinot, with Bardet another second further back.

Five minutes further down the climb, the peloton and overall favourites arrived, where hostilities were launched by Nairo Quintana.

Twice he accelerated clear with first reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali chasing him down.

However, the second time only Froome could match the Colombian's pace and the Britain even snatched a second off Quintana in the sprint to the line.

The Colombian did at least move up to second overall at 3:10 as Tejay Van Garderen had been dropped further down the climb and lost 40 seconds to sit third at 3:32.

Spaniards Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde, as well as Nibali, all lost time to the lead pair as well.

Valverde is fourth at 4:02 with Contador up a place to fifth at 4:23 and Nibali also up a place to eighth at 8:17.

Results from the 14th stage of Tour de France a 178.5km ride from Rodez to Mende on Saturday:

1. Stephen Cummings (GBR/MTN) 4hr 23min 43sec
2. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) at 0:02sec
3. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:03.
4. Rigoberto Uran (COL/ETI) 0:20.
5. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN) 0:29.
6. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 0:32.
7. Ruben Plaza (ESP/LAM) 0:32.
8. Bob Jungels (LUX/TRE) 0:32.
9. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 0:32.
10. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:33.
11. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM) 1min 07sec
12. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/IAM) 1:10.
13. Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA/BSE) 2:00.
14. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 2:12.
15. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA) 2:12.
16. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 2:12.
17. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 2:43.
18. Michal Golas (POL/ETI) 3:25.
19. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 3:25.
20. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 4:15.
21. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 4:16.
22. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 4:19.
23. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 4:34.
24. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 4:45.
25. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 4:55.
26. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 5:06.
27. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 5:06.
28. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 5:06.
29. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 5:06.
30. Geraint Thomas (WAL/SKY) 5:06.
31. Mathias Frank (SUI/IAM) 5:06.
32. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 5:06.
33. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 5:06.
34. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 5:22.
35. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 5:25.
36. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 5:25.
37. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 6:26.
38. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 6:26.
39. Daniel Teklehaymanot (ERI/MTN) 6:26.
40. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 6:26.
41. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF) 6:26.
42. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 6:26.
43. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM) 6:50.
44. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 7:21.
45. Jan Brta (CZE/BOA) 7:21.
46. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 7:21.
47. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LOT) 7:21.
48. Stef Clement (NED/IAM) 7:33.
49. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SKY) 7:33.
50. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 7:58.
51. Serge Pauwels (BEL/MTN) 7:58.
52. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 8:09.
53. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 8:32.
54. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 8:44.
55. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM) 8:44.
56. Laurens ten Dam (NED/LNL) 8:44.
57. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/BSE) 9:11.
58. Danilo Wyss (SUI/BMC) 9:44.
59. Tiago Machado (POR/KAT) 9:44.
60. Martin Elmiger (SUI/IAM) 9:44.
61. Michael Schr (SUI/BMC) 9:44.
62. Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM) 9:44.
63. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 9:44.
64. Simon Geschke (GER/GIA) 9:44.
65. Wilco Kelderman (NED/LNL) 9:44.
66. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 9:44.
67. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT) 9:44.
68. Reto Hollenstein (SUI/IAM) 9:44.
69. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 9:44.
70. Bram Tankink (NED/LNL) 10:09.
71. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 10:09.
72. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUC) 10:23.
73. Rafael Valls (ESP/LAM) 11:00.
74. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) 11:00.
75. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 11:00.
76. Jrome Coppel (FRA/IAM) 11:31.
77. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE) 11:42.
78. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE) 11:42.
79. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 11:55.
80. Leopold Knig (CZE/SKY) 12:12.
81. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 12:19.
82. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/MTN) 12:39.
83. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOA) 12:39.
84. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LOT) 12:39.
85. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC) 12:39.
86. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 12:39.
87. Alberto Losada (ESP/KAT) 12:39.
88. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 12:39.
89. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 12:39.
90. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA) 12:39.
91. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 12:39.
92. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST) 12:39.
93. Nlson Oliveira (POR/LAM) 12:39.
94. Jos Mendes (POR/BOA) 12:39.
95. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 12:39.
96. Angelo Tulik (FRA/EUC) 12:43.
97. Gregory Rast (SUI/TRE) 13:13.
98. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 13:13.
99. Julian Arredondo (COL/TRE) 13:13.
100. Stijn Devolder (BEL/TRE) 13:13.
101. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) 13:41.
102. Florian Snchal (FRA/COF) 13:47.
103. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 13:47.
104. Winner Anacona (COL/MOV) 13:49.
105. Alexandre Geniez (FRA/FDJ) 14:18.
106. Ian Stannard (GBR/SKY) 14:18.
107. Nathan Haas (AUS/CAN) 15:12.
108. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI) 15:12.
109. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN) 15:12.
110. Matteo Bono (ITA/LAM) 15:12.
111. Adriano Malori (ITA/MOV) 15:12.
112. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE) 15:12.
113. Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE) 15:12.
114. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 15:12.
115. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 15:12.
116. Jos Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 15:12.
117. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN) 15:12.
118. Georg Preidler (AUT/GIA) 15:12.
119. Frdric Brun (FRA/BSE) 15:12.
120. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/COF) 15:12.
121. Benot Vaugrenard (FRA/FDJ) 15:12.
122. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) 15:12.
123. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 15:12.
124. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/CAN) 15:12.
125. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI) 15:12.
126. Pieter Weening (NED/ORI) 15:12.
127. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ) 15:12.
128. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN) 15:21.
129. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC) 15:21.
130. Filippo Pozzato (ITA/LAM) 15:21.
131. Laurent Didier (LUX/TRE) 15:25.
132. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 15:52.
133. Damien Gaudin (FRA/ALM) 15:52.
134. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/ETI) 16:11.
135. Julien Vermote (BEL/ETI) 16:11.
136. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) 16:11.
137. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 16:11.
138. Tom Leezer (NED/LNL) 16:11.
139. Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL/COF) 16:20.
140. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 16:20.
141. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 16:40.
142. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 16:40.
143. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 16:40.
144. Jos Herrada (ESP/MOV) 16:46.
145. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 17:01.
146. Mark Renshaw (AUS/ETI) 17:14.
147. Mark Cavendish (GBR/ETI) 17:14.
148. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/ETI) 18:46.
149. Matteo Trentin (ITA/ETI) 18:46.
150. Bryan Naulleau (FRA/EUC) 18:46.
151. Paul Voss (GER/BOA) 18:46.
152. Michael Andersen (DEN/TIN) 18:46.
153. Matthias Brandle (AUT/IAM) 18:48.
154. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 19:09.
155. Sbastian Langeveld (NED/CAN) 19:09.
156. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 19:09.
157. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA/FDJ) 19:09.
158. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 19:09.
159. Tyler Farrar (USA/MTN) 19:09.
160. Daniel Martin (IRL/CAN) 19:09.
161. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT) 19:16.
162. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/LNL) 19:24.
163. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 19:24.
164. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/MTN) 19:24.
165. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/KAT) 19:24.
166. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/CAN) 19:24.
167. Andr Greipel (GER/LOT) 19:24.
168. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LOT) 20:17.
169. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 20:17.
170. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/BOA) 20:17.
171. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOA) 20:17.
172. Peter Kennaugh (GBR/SKY) 20:56.

Did not finish
. Steve Morabito (SUI/FDJ) Retired
. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/GIA) Retired

Did not start
. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG/BSE) .

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