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ST14: Tour de France:: Montélimar - Villars-Les-Dombes (Parc des Oiseaux) 208.5 km

Today stage at Tour de France has been characterized by a strong headwind in the race direction that kept the daily escape in a ‘reasonable’ advantage while the peloton controlled the situation driving everyone to a bunch sprint.

The stage victory has gone to the British, Mark Cavendish, at his fourth stage win in this Tour de France. The other British, Christopher Froome, has kept the Yellow Jersey.

In this day, quite calm for our riders, we had a chat with one of the most expert riders of the Astana Pro Team: Andrey Grivko, Ukrainian, 32 years (he will be 33 in the next August), he is at his 9th participation to Tour de France: “I really like this race, it is difficult, many times really difficult, but it is the top for a cyclist – explained Grivko – this year we are here to help our captain, Fabio Aru, to do the best possible in the GC, at the moment he is 10th but I’m sure he will improve his position in the last week of race, starting from tomorrow’s difficult stage…”

“My condition is good, I’m satisfied because I’ve arrived well prepared to the race and from tomorrow it will start the most important part for our Team: I’m ready to help!” continued the Ukrainian.

“Fabio is very young but also very strong and my job at his side is to help him in the flat stages like today to avoid any risk to fall or to loose time, I believe I can say we did a good job until now and we are all looking forward to the mountain’s stage of the last week, where Fabio should do really good!” concluded Grivko.

Tomorrow, 15th stage from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz (160 km) with 7 mountain prizes and some other climbs. The last one of those (Lacets du Grand Colombier) will end at 14 km to the finish line.

 

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