Rublon escapes peloton, while race for third heats up
Christophe Rublon from the rarely-talked-about AG2R La Mondiale team won Stage 14 in the Tour de France, the first day in the Pyrenees. It was a sweet victory for the Frenchman– his first stage win in a grand tour. Rublon got in a break of nine riders early in the 114-mile race over two difficult mountains. Rublon dropped them all on the dizzying climbs to Ax 3 Domaines. “Last night I wouldn’t have bet a Euro on me,” he said.
Behind Rublon, the battle for third place was stirring. Top contenders Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador played games of cat and mouse– marking each other’s moves and concerned with no one else. So, other main players took advantage and went ahead of them, including Russia’s Denis Menchov of team Rabobank, who finished second in the stage and is now third in the overall standings.
There are two more days of racing in the high mountains before Wednesday’s rest day.