Sanchez captures Tour de France 14th stage

Rabobank Cycling Team rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain holds up his arms as he wins the 14th stage...

Rabobank Cycling Team rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain holds up his arms as he wins the 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Limoux and Foix, July 15, 2012. (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

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FOIX, FRANCE - Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez captured Stage 14 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while Britain’s Bradley Wiggins held on to the yellow jersey.

Sanchez completed the 191-kilometer trek from Limoux to Foix in a time of 4 hours, 50 minutes and 29 seconds. He finished 47 seconds ahead of four riders, including Peter Sagan of Slovakia.

Wiggins finished the stage in 15th place, one spot ahead of defending champion Cadel Evans. The pair were part of the peloton that crossed the line 18:15 behind Sanchez.

Evans endured a stressful moment when he had to wait for help at the top of the final climb, the category one Mur de Peguere, after one of his tires was punctured. Wiggins decided to keep the tempo down and allow Evans catch up. There were reports of tacks being scattered on the road, leading to a succession of punctures, but the attempted sabotage wound up not changing the time gaps among the general classification contenders.

Wiggins remains 2:05 head of countrymate Christopher Froome, while Italian Vincenzo Nibali is still third, 2:23 behind. Evans sits fourth overall, 3:19 back of Wiggins.

Monday’s Stage 15 is a 158.5-kilometer jaunt from Samatan to Pau.


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