Stage 14 | Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes | Tour de France 2016
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Caley Fretz of VeloNews to discuss a long, hot, windy 14th stage of the Tour de France.
With a headwind predicted for much of the day, the 208.5-kilometre stage from Montélimar to the Parc des Oiseaux (bird park) at Villars-les-Dombes started 15 minutes earlier than planned.
But it was still a long, mostly leisurely day for the peloton as they let a four-man group containing Martin Elmiger, Jérémy Roy, Alex Howes and Cesare Benedetti lead for most of the stage.
Elmiger and Roy were the last to be caught 3.5-kilometres from the line before Etixx-Quick Step set up the sprint for Marcel Kittel.
The German initially looked strong but was passed by Mark Cavendish who clinched his fourth stage victory of this Tour and 30th in his career.
There was a minor controversy over whether Cavendish veered off his line or impeded Kittel and Richard, Lionel and Caley discuss whether the jury made the right decision.
They also discuss the jury’s critical decision from a few days ago at Mont Ventoux, when Chris Froome, Bauke Mollema and Richie Porte were brought down by a motorbike and the jury decided to take the times for the general classification at the point of the incident.
We hear from Roger Hammond, Mark Cavendish’s sports director at the Dimension Data team, about their fifth stage victory of this Tour, and from Matt White of Orica-Bike Exchange about having Adam Yates lying third overall going into the Alps.
There’s also an appearance by Daniel Friebe and the daily award of the Pédaleur de Charme award.
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