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Team Sunweb's Soren Kragh Andersen earns surprise Tour de France victory

Danish rider takes Stage 14 honours while overall leader Roglic remains 44 seconds ahead of UAE Team Emirates' Pogacar

Denmark's Soren Kragh Andersen soloed to victory after a frantic run into Lyon on Stage 14 of the Tour de France on Saturday.

Primoz Roglic, the overall leader, had a drama-free day to finish safely and keep the yellow jersey he claimed last Sunday.

He remains 44 seconds ahead of his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, of UAE Team Emirates, in second place and 59 clear of defending champion Egan Bernal.

After two sharp climbs and several attacks in the last 10 kilometers, Team Sunweb's Andersen broke away with three kilometres left to finish 15 seconds ahead of the chasing pack.

It meant a second victory for his team this week after Marc Hirschi's solo win on Thursday.

As the stellar Tour for Slovenia continued, Luka Mezgec took the sprint for second and Simon Consonni was third.

Peter Sagan finished only fourth on a stage he targeted to close the gap in the points classification to green jersey wearer Sam Bennett.

"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 but I’m just amazed and full of emotions.

"I had really good legs the whole day but you never know how good the other guys are.

"It took a long time in the Tour for me to have confidence in myself but I knew that if I was suffering then they were also suffering. I just went for it."

Race leader Roglic admitted he had not been epecting such as tough day's racing.

"I thought it would be easy today but it was full gas racing," he said. "At least it didn’t last so long and our team didn’t have to work all day. It’s the Tour de France and another day behind us."

Updated: September 12, 2020 08:43 PM

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