Venendert wins 14th stage of Tour de France

Added by on July 16, 2011

Jelle Vanendert won stage 14 of the 2011 Tour de France on Saturday, beating Samuel Sanchez ,who had previously won stage 12, by 21 seconds.

The 14th stage, the third through the Pyrenees, featured a number of climbs, including one category three, two category two climbs, two category ones, and one category HC (hors catégorie or very difficult) climb. The stage’s final climb occurs in the final 15.8km of the stage and has an elevation of about 1,200m; the length of the stage is 168.5km.

This is Vanendert’s first career stage win occurs despite his own doubts of retaining his lead in the race’s mountains and not being considered a threat to finish on the podium or change the overall standings.

William Bonnet of France withdrew from the race.

The leaders in the various standings are as follows:

  • Overall: Thomas Voekler of France at 61h 4min 10sec
  • Points: Mark Cavendish with 264 points
  • King of the Mountains: Jelle Vanendert with 74pts
  • Team: Team Leopard-Treck with 182h 46min 31sec
  • Youth: Rigoberto Uran with 61h 12min 5sec