Absent Chris Froome, with deputy Richie Porte losing ground, Sky finds itself racing in one-day mode, hoping to catch a break
Van Garderen is battling a chest bug while defending his position on GC, hoping to recover on the rest day and make gains in the time trial
The race leader pads his advantage on the overall, Majka takes a hard-earned stage win, and Valverde finds himself losing ground
The sprinters' teams have had their say until now, but with the GC scattered and the mountains looming, there are more opportunities for escape artists
The team has taken four very different stage wins at this year's Tour, showing the squad's depth of talent
Talansky was hunting a stage win on Saturday, and he hasn't given up hope yet
The soft-spoken Colombian climber finds himself in a leadership role as the mountains loom and could prove the surprise of the 2013 Tour
Simon steals a march on the crumbling break but Trentin denies him the victory just inside the red kite
Graham Watson snaps the showdown in stage 14 of the 2012 Vuelta a España
The Sky rider is finding the Vuelta a tough slog, but he's not waving the white flag just yet
Rodriguez took everything Contador threw at him, and gave as good — actually, better — than he got
The big loser on the day: Chris Froome, who couldn't follow the attacks
Pierre Rolland says he's sorry for an attack that race leader Bradley Wiggins called "uncouth"
Luis Leon Sanchez, once thought a potential GC rider, contents himself with snagging stages
It's another installment of "Breakfast with Bernie."
The race director says nail-throwing spectators caused some 30 flats on stage 14
The Rabobank rider gives the slip to green jersey Peter Sagan and strongman Philippe Gilbert
American grand-tour rookies Andrew Talansky, Matthew Busche fight to make it to Madrid in 2011 Vuelta a España
For Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo) and Matthew Busche (RadioShack), making it to the finish line in Spain's capital on September 11 would mean more than a personal milestone; it would prove that both have the grit to not only finish their grand-tour debuts, but do so against a brutal course in harsh conditions.
Karsten Kroon (BMC) and Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervélo) were both involved in a heavy crash on the descent off the Cat. 2 Puerto de Ventana in Saturday's 14th stage at the Vuelta a España.
Graham Watson shoots stage 14 of the 2011 Vuelta a España.
Rein Taaramae, who's been close to big wins since turning pro in 2008, proved Saturday that youthful exuberance sometimes pays off. He bravely fought all the way to the line, losing David de la Fuente (Geox-TMC) in the final kilometers to solo home for the biggest win of his young, but promising career.
For Quick Step's Tom Boonen, who only returned to racing at the Tour of Poland after crashing out of the 2011 Tour with a concussion, getting through the Vuelta is essential for him to have any chance of winning the rainbow jersey a second time.
- 1. Rein Taaramae, Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, 4:39:01
- 2. Juan José Cobo, Geox-TMC, at 0:25
- 3. Fuente David De La, Geox-TMC, at 0:29
- 4. Wouter Poels, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 0:40
- 5. Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky, at 0:45
- 1. Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky, 55:54:45
- 2. Christopher Froome, Team Sky, at 0:07
- 3. Bauke Mollema, Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:36
- 4. Juan José Cobo, Geox-TMC, at 0:55
- 5. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard-Trek, at 0:58
Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) rode alone to victory in stage 14 of the Vuelta a España as race leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and teammate Christopher Froome pummeled the other GC favorites on the final climb.
HTC-Highroad sprint adviser Erik Zabel and VN's Brian Holcombe discuss the new intermediate-sprint structure and how it affects team strategy.
Andrew Hood and Brian Holcombe recap stag 14 of the 2011 Tour de France.
For the sprinters, stage 14 is all about hanging on.
A RadioShack team car driven by Johan Bruyneel was pulled over during Tursday’s stage 12 — apparently on suspicion of drunk driving.
The top-ranked American in the Tour de France, Tom Danielson, found himself in trouble Saturday on the final climb in the Pyrenees of this year's race. Garmin-Cervélo's surprise GC leader held tough, though, losing almost a minute but moving up the leaderboard heading into the final week of the Tour.
Andrew Hood weighs in with another in his series of Tour de France notebooks.
No one is more surprised at Thomas Voeckler’s success in the 2011 Tour de France than Thomas Voeckler himself
No one was more surprised that Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) kept the yellow jersey Saturday than Voeckler himself.
Casey B. Gibson and his camera bag were on hand as the peloton tackled a tough 14th stage of the 2011 Tour de France.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran boosted the fortunes of British outfit Team Sky by taking over the Tour de France white jersey after the tough 14th stage on Saturday.
Alberto Contador warned yellow jersey rivals Andy and Fränk Schleck that his campaign is alive and kicking after surviving the tough 14th stage of the Tour de France Saturday.
Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won the mountainous 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday as Thomas Voeckler mounted a surprising, spirited and successful defense of his yellow jersey.
LOURDES, France (VN) — Will Plateau de Beille once again play king-maker at the Tour de France?
LOURDES, France, July 15, 2011 (AFP) - Andy Schleck insists the winner of Saturday's 14th stage on the Tour de France to Plateau de Beille will not necessarily be crowned yellow jersey champion this year.