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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After 14 stages, the overall leaderboard is as follows:
|Bradley Wiggins||Great Britain||64:41:16||SKY|
|Christopher Froome||Great Britain||+00:02:05||SKY|
|Jurgen Van Den Broeck||Belgium||+00:04:48||LTB|
|Tejay van Garderen||United States||+00:06:57||BMC|
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.