Soren Kragh Andersen takes stage 14 in Tour de France

Soren Kragh Andersen takes stage 14 in Tour de France

DANIEL MARTINEZ SCORED a first Tour de France stage win for USA team Education First today as Slovenia's Primoz Roglic extended his lead at the top of the overall standings after a titanic mountain struggle.

The eventual winning move came from Andersen, with the Sunweb rider counter-attacking with three kilometres to race.

"I have no words, I feel emotional", said Andersen after the race. 'I dreamed about this but it's hard to say that you're good enough before you've done it'.

With team-mates covering the front of the chasing bunch, the Dane soloed his way to victory, with Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec finishing second, a quarter of a minute later, with Simone Consonni of Cofidis third.

Triple world champion Peter Sagan regained some ground on points green jersey Sam Bennett when he finished fourth after the Irishman was dropped early on and could not fight for victory in the finale.

Roglic, the former ski jumper, remained 44 seconds ahead of his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, and 59 clear of Egan Bernal, the defending champion.

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A tough 174km mountain stage will take place tomorrow, with stage 15 taking the peloton from Lyon to the Grand Colombier. Hirschi won Stage 12 in a solo ride.

Hirschi and another Sunweb rider, Tiesj Benoot, also led with surging bursts in the dynamic closing stages that helped set up Andersen's decisive move.

Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team kept the pace high all day in order to drop Bennett on the climbs, preventing the expected break from getting away and instead setting up a chaotic finish on the streets of Lyon.

"This is a very hard Tour de France and I'd like to thank my teammates for their fantastic job, not only today but every day since the start in Nice".

The stage started in Clermont-Ferrand, the home of Romain Bardet, but without the local favorite who sustained a concussion in a crash on Friday.

A two-man breakaway by Stefan Küng and Edward Theuns approached the climb five minutes clear, and Küng crested it alone with the peloton three minutes back.

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