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Tour de France at a glance

July 19, 2014

RISOUL, FRANCE (AP) — A brief look at the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday:

Stage: The last of two days in the Alps, a 177-kilometer (110-mile) roller-coaster taking in three major climbs including the 2,360-meter Izoard, the highest peak on the Tour.

Winner: Rafal Majka, a Pole riding for Team Tinkoff Saxo. After five hours, Majka crossed 24 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Vincenzo Nibali. Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud was third, 26 seconds behind.

Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali made it fit even more snug, as he put more time between him and his nearest rivals. The Sicilian known as The Shark is 4:37 ahead of Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and 4:50 ahead of France’s Romain Bardet.

Quote of the day: “This is for Alberto, we would have liked to have him here.” - Bjarne Riis, manager of Tinkoff-Saxo, dedicating Rafal Majka’s stage victory to Alberto Contador. Contador had to abandon the race during Stage 10 after breaking his leg in a bad crash.

Stat of the day: 24. Both the margin in seconds of Majka’s stage victory over Nibali, and Majka’s age. He turns 25 in September.

Next stage: Sunday’s 15th stage is a mostly flat but lengthy 222 kilometers (138 miles) across the lavender fields of Provence from Tallard to Nimes in southern France. The weather report is for storms and wind, which could add danger to a likely bunch sprint finish.

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