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Tour de France 2014 Stage 10: Nibali prevails at la Planche, back in yellow as Contador pulls out

Tour de France 2014 Stage 10: Nibali prevails at la Planche, back in yellow as Contador pulls out

The speculations around an expected duel between Chris Froome and Alberto Contador have completely vanished. Five days after the defending champion, the Spaniard has been forced out of the race after crashing badly before the real fight between the favorites begun. Following the sad exit of the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo, the super favorite of the Tour de France became Vincenzo Nibali who caught the last attacker Joaquim Rodriguez with 1.2km to and took the yellow jersey back after the beautiful interlude of Tony Gallopin.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 9: A day of glory for Tony & Tony

Tour de France 2014 Stage 9: A day of glory for Tony & Tony

For the first time, Tony Martin has won a different stage than a time trial at the Tour de France but it looked like a time trial as he used the mid mountains stage in the Vosges to ride away with Alessandro De Marchi for 90 kilometres and solo for 59 kilometres! It was an enormous exploit by the German world champion for time trial but not the only amazing achievement of this eventful day as Frenchman Tony Gallopin took over from Vincenzo Nibali in the overall lead.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 8: Kadri delivers the first French victory

Tour de France 2014 Stage 8: Kadri delivers the first French victory

Blel Kadri of AG2R-La Mondiale was the only survivor of the breakaway. Therefore, he delivered the first French stage win of the 2014 Tour de France whereas the battle of the giants gave a little advantage to Alberto Contador who moved up to the top ten on GC. But the Spaniard only regained three seconds from Vincenzo Nibali who reached a new summit: the 200th day of an Italian in the lead of the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 6: Greipel crowned in Reims

Tour de France 2014 Stage 6: Greipel crowned in Reims

Germany’s André Greipel claimed stage 6 in Reims – the town where the kings of France were crowned – as his compatriot Marcel Kittel was left down by a mechanical in the last two kilometers. Vincenzo Nibali retained the lead on another rained soaked day with echelons on the roads chosen to remember World War I in the presence of the French president François Hollande.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 5: Boom wins, Nibali triumphs, Contador struggles, Froome pulls out

Tour de France 2014 Stage 5: Boom wins, Nibali triumphs, Contador struggles, Froome pulls out

The legendary stage of the north of France including some cobbled sections has seen the abandon of defending champion Chris Froome who has crashed on two occasions… before the pavés. On a rain soaked day of racing, Lars Boom took a valuable victory in Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut, Vincenzo Nibali retained and increased his lead in the overall ranking while Alberto Contador lost more time than most of the other GC contenders.