LYON, France (Reuters) – Dane Soren Kragh Andersen timed his efforts to perfection to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France, 194.5 km from Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday.
The Team Sunweb rider attacked with just under three kilometers to go and never looked back as Slovenian Luka Mezgec took second and Italian Simone Consonni came in third, 15 seconds behind.
Slovenian Primoz Roglic kept the yellow jersey of the leader of the general classification before Sunday’s 15th stage, a 174.5 km trek in the mountains leading to the Col du Grand Colombier.
Three-time world champion Peter Sagan regained ground on points leader Sam Bennett when he finished fourth after the Irishman was abandoned early and could not fight for victory in the final.
Bennett, who seeks to become the first Irishman since Sean Kelly in 1989 to win the green jersey, leads with 262 to 219 for Sagan.
Sagan hopes to win a record-breaking eighth green jersey, but he has been far from his best this season.
His Bora-Hansgrohe team set a fast pace on an early climb to split the field and Bennett found himself left behind and unable to come back despite a long chase with his teammates Deceuninck-Quick Step, but Sagan was unable to bringing home victory.
There were several attacks on the short climb to Col de la Croix Rousse in the final, but Kragh Andersen was patient and jumped at the right time.
“I waited for the right moment. Some riders attacked but I waited. When I saw that there was a moment of calm I went there, ”said Kragh Andersen, who gave Sunweb his second win in this year’s Tour after Switzerland’s Marc Hirschi won the 12th stage in Sarran on Thursday.
“When I saw Marc win and me when I look at the dynamics of the team, it’s great. We talk to each other and we develop as a team. “