COL DU TOURMALET, France – Thibaut Pinot led a French one-two ahead of overall leader Julian Alaphilippe to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France, a 117.5km mountain trek from Tarbes on Saturday.
The Groupama-FDJ rider jumped away from a small group 200 metres from the line to beat yellow jersey holder Alaphilippe and third-placed Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands by six seconds.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas lost contact one kilometre from the finish and crossed the line in eighth place, 36 seconds off the pace.
His Ineos teammate, Colombian Egan Bernal, was fifth, eight seconds behind Pinot, who claimed his third career stage win on the Tour.
The in-form man of the first week, Pinot had lost one minute and 40 seconds when caught at the wrong end of a bunch split on the eve of the rest day last Monday, and he had promised he would use his ‘rage’ to bounce back.