Tour de France 2018: Omar Fraile Wins Stage 14, Geraint Thomas Maintains Lead

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 21, 2018

Spain's Omar Fraile celebrates a she crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Mende on July 21, 2018. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Astana's Omar Fraile won Stage 14 of the 2018 Tour de France on Saturday, as he beat Julian Alaphilippe and Jasper Stuyven to the finish line at Mende.

General classification leader Geraint Thomas crossed the line alongside team-mate Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin, which means he retains the yellow jersey.  

Here's a look at the standings after Stage 14:

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📊 GC Top 10 after stage 14! 📊 Top 10 du général après l'étape 14 ! #TDF2018 https://t.co/j4g3tBiqFv

The crosswinds were again a factor and split the peloton. Fraile, Alaphilippe, Thomas De Gendt, and Anthony Perez moved toward the front of the leading pack and began to push on.

The leading group, consisting of 31 riders, were five minutes clear with 148 kilometres to go.

Meanwhile, BMC Racing's Patrick Bevin was forced out of the race due to illness:

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Too sick to keep going, @PaddyBevin quits Le Tour. Get well soon, Paddy! 🔚 Trop malade pour continuer, Patrick Bevin s'arrête là. Bon rétablissement, Paddy ! 🔚 #TDF2018 https://t.co/VN01kRjuhU

At the front the breakaway group extended their lead to eight minutes with 75 kilometres to go. Bahrain-Merida's Gorka Izagirre went it alone as the group headed toward the top of the Col de la Croix de Berthel.

Izagirre went over the summit as the leader but was quickly caught by Stuyven and Tom-Jelte Slagter, with the peloton a further 14 minutes back.

A large chasing group including De Gendt, Fraile and Philippe Gilbert then went after the trio as they headed into the final 30 kilometres.

An attack from Stuyven saw him move ahead Izagirre and Slagter, but he was caught by Fraile during the final climb at Mende.

Alaphilippe mounted a late attack, but he left his challenge too late, and Fraile won his first Tour de France stage by six seconds from the Quick-Step Floors rider, as well as more than 18 minutes ahead of the yellow jersey contenders.


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