Tour De France 2012 Stage 14 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJuly 15, 2012

LA BASTIDE SUR-L'HERS, FRANCE - JULY 15:  Bradley Wiggins (2L) of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling defends the race leader's yellow jersey with the help of teammates Mark Cavendish (L) of Great Britain, Bernhard Eisel (2R) of Austria and Michael Rogers (R) during stage fourteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Limoux to Foix on July 15, 2012 in La Bastide Sur-L'Hers, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France with a time of 04:50:29, navigating the path from Limoux to Foix 47 seconds faster than second-place finisher Peter Sagan.

The race was marred by tacks that were scattered on the road about 25 miles from the finish line. Over 30 riders had to stop and deal with flat tires.

Current leader Bradley Wiggins didn't relinquish his yellow jersey and now leads countryman Christopher Froome by two minutes and five seconds for the overall lead.

Wiggins didn't just show his cycling skill today, he showed some sportsmanship as well. When Cadel Evans caught a bit of bad luck and found himself waiting for a wheel after his fell victim to the patch of tacks, Wiggins asked the main pack to slow down to give Evans a chance to make up the time he had lost.

In the end, as we often see in these stages that include big climbs, there was a group that pulled away from the field. Sanchez found himself ahead of the group, followed by Peter Sagan, Sandy Casar, Philippe Gilbert and Gorka Izaguirre Insausti.

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Overall Leaderboard

After 14 stages, the overall leaderboard is as follows:

Rider Country Time Team
Bradley Wiggins Great Britain 64:41:16 SKY
Christopher Froome Great Britain +00:02:05 SKY
Vincenzo Nibali Italy +00:02:23 LIQ
Cadel Evans Australia +00:03:19 BMC
Jurgen Van Den Broeck Belgium +00:04:48 LTB
Haimer Zubeldia Spain +00:06:15 RNT
Tejay van Garderen United States +00:06:57 BMC
Janez Brajkovic Slovenia +00:07:30 AST
Pierre Roland France +00:08:31 EUC
Thibaut Pinot France +00:08:51 FDJ




Unfortunately, Stage 14 was more about the act of sabotage than it was about Sanchez's victory. This was clearly no accident, as the tire punctures were fast and frequent.

Not only did the act jeopardize the race, it could have seriously injured one of the riders. The tacks were scattered just before a long descent that riders reached nearly 70 mph.

Cadel Evans was the first victim, and was forced to wait for one of his teammates to give him a rear wheel. Fortunately for him, Bradley Wiggins slowed the group for him.