Risoul, France (4E Sports) – Fresh from a second-place finish in the 13th stage, Poland’s Rafal Majka clinched his first career stage victory at the Tour de France by winning Saturday’s Stage 14 by 24 seconds ahead of overall leader Vincenzo Nibali.
Majka finished the completed the 177-kilometer trek on the second day of Alpine climbs from Grenoble to Risoul in five hours, 8 minutes and 27 seconds.
“This is my first pro victory. I was always coming second, third, etc. I needed to win some big stage at the Tour de France,” Majka said.
With his second-place finish, Nibali further tightened his grip on the yellow jersey, adding a minute to his overall lead.
Nibali is now 4:37 ahead of Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, with Frenchman Romain Bardet another 13 seconds back. Thibaut Pinot of France and Tejay Van Garderen are 5:06 and 5:49 behind Nibali, respectively.
“From the team car, I was told, ‘If you still have something in the tank, go for it’. I was looking at gaining some time over Alejandro Valverde. I heard that he cracked after I left him,” Nibali said.
On Sunday’s Stage 15, riders will tackle a 222-kilometer ride from Tallard to Nimes.