Tour de France stage 14: Carcassonne › Quillan, 183.7km.

Richard Carapaz will head into a key mountain stage of the Tour de France fifth overall after a gruelling stage 14.

The fight to get into the breakaway dominated the early part of the stage, ensuring a frantic pace from kilometre zero. Geraint Thomas, Dylan van Baarle and Michal Kwiatkowski all attempted to escape the peloton, however, each time they attempted to split the bunch, they were pulled back, with the first 75km of the stage punctuated with numerous cat-and-mouse moves before the break finally escaped with 107km to go.  

Once the break was up the road, the pace in the peloton subsided, allowing a group to gain a significant lead, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) winning the stage from the break and another escapee Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) finishing 11th, five minutes ahead of the other GC riders in the peloton to go second overall.

This result moves Carapaz fifth ahead of Sunday's key mountain stage which finishes in Andorra.
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Richard Carapaz

"Today has been a hard day. The first part of the stage was explosive with a lot of attacks and it was really difficult for a breakaway to form. But when the break was consolidated it meant the final was calmer than previous stages, although it was still a hard day. 

"Tomorrow we will face an important stage. The climb in Pas de la Casa will be key because it is at high altitude, so it may be a good day for us."
Overall standings:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 56:50:21
2. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +4:04"
3. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) +5:18"
4. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +5:32"
5. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:33"