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Latvians finish the second hundred in the 14th stage of the “Tour de France”; Krag is victorious in the finish line

On Saturday, in the 14th stage of the tour, the athletes competed for 194 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon, which included three fourth and one third and second climbs.

Krag Andersen (“Sunweb”) completed the distance the fastest on Friday, spending four hours 28 minutes and ten seconds. This was the second victory for his team this week after Mark Hirsch’s solo victory on Thursday.

Second place in the group finish went to Slovenian Luka Mezgecs, third place – “Cofidis, Solutions Credits” rider Simone Konsonni, who were 15 seconds behind the winner.

Primožs Rogličs (“Jumbo-Visma”), the leader of the overall rating, finished 29th in the big group.

Both Latvian drivers finished side by side. The herringbone, who fell in the middle of the distance between the 70th and 80th kilometers, ranked 137th, but Neilands – 138th in the competition of 158 athletes 19 minutes and 48 seconds behind the winner.

“That’s the kind of thing you dream about,” Andersen said after crossing the finish line.

“BORA-hansgrohe had a big impact on the race, as they almost halved the pellet to its normal size. It made driving uphill a lot harder, but that changed everything, because all the sprinters were left behind,” said Andersen.

Slovakian Peter Sagan targeted the most active cyclist’s shirt before the mountain stages, finishing fourth, but he was a little short of the first place in this rating. Irish Sam Bennett (“Deceuninck – Quick Step”) is 43 points ahead of the seven-time most active rider in the Tour de France in the fight for the green shirt.

Slovenian Roglič is still in the lead of the overall standings, who is 44 seconds ahead of his closest follower Tadej Pogačar (UAE), but Bernals (“INEOS Grenadiers”), who finished in 24th place at this stage, is still 15 seconds slower.

Herringbone loses to the leader a little more than two hours, taking the 74th place, but Neiland is almost two hours and 40 minutes left from Slovenia, taking the 93rd position in the overall rating.

“It was a high-level race,” said former springboard jumper Roglich. “It seemed easier to me today, but as you can see, it wasn’t.”

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow. As usual, we will just try to survive,” Roglich said.

Skujiņš still retains the fourth position with 24 points, but Neilands takes the 40th place with two points.

In the sprinters’ test, Skujiņš has dropped to 28th place with 47 points, but in Neiland’s account ten points, which allows him to take the 95th position.

In the team’s overall standings, the leader of “Trek-Segafredo” represented by Skujiņa “EF Pro Cycling” loses 29 minutes and 27 seconds and takes the fourth place.

On Sunday, riders will compete in a 174.5-kilometer distance from Lyon to the top of the Gran Columbia Mountains, which will include two first-class ascents and a top-class ascent to the finish hill.

For Neiland, this is his debut in France, but Skujiņš is participating in this competition for the third year in a row.

The Tour de France, which is rightly considered one of the world’s largest sporting events, is celebrating its 107th anniversary this year.

Last year, Skujiņš finished in the ninth place in the 17th stage, but in 2018 he was in the fifth place in one of the stages, as well as several stages in the mountain king’s shirt. Last year, Skujiņš finished in the 81st position in the overall rating.

The last time two Latvians were together in the “Tour de France” was in 2002. At that time, Arvis Piziks and Raivis Belohvoščiks each rode in their team.

In total, the French tour is scheduled for 21 stages this year, finishing on September 20 in the Champs Elysées.

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