Serguei Ivanov of Team Katusha broke away from a 13 man group of breakaway riders to solo to his second ever tour stage win. American George Hincapie looked as though he all but had the yellow jersey, but missed out on the jersey by only 5 seconds when the peloton ramped up the pace near end of the stage.



Stage 14 Results
1 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha - 4:37:46
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale - 0:00:16
3 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo TestTeam
4 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
5 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
6 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC
7 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
8 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
10 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram - 0:00:22





General classification after stage 14
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 58:13:52
2 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:00:05
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
4 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
5 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux - 0:00:43
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:46
7 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:00
9 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:24
10 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:49


Full results here..



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"Ivanov solos into Besançon
Hincapie challenges Nocentini's yellow

Eight years after his first stage victory in the Tour de France, Russian stalwart Serguei Ivanov and American veteran George Hincapie showed what the old hands of the Tour are capable of, the former taking the win in Besançon while the latter almost took the second yellow jersey of his long career.

The 34-year-old Russian did it the hard way, the day's efforts clearly visible after crossing the line in the capital of the Doubs départment. Off the front for most of the 200 kilometres of today's journey from Colmar, Ivanov timed his late-stage attack perfectly to take Katusha's first Tour triumph." Read more from CyclingNews...

"Ivanov wins Tour's 14th stage, Nocentini keeps lead

BESANCON, France - Russia's Sergei Ivanov, riding for the Katusha team, won Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour de France with Rinaldo Nocentini narrowly retaining the overall lead.

The Russian national champion made a stage-winning breakaway move 11 kilometres out to hold off Ireland's Nicolas Roche, who came in 16 seconds behind.

New Zealand's Hayden Roulston and Martijn Maaskant of the Netherlands took the minor placings in this 199 kilometre run marked by tragedy with the death of a spectator following a collision with a police motorbike along the route.

Ivanov was adding this to his first stage victory on the Tour de France eight years ago." Read more from the AFP...

"Spectator killed in cycling's Tour de France

(CNN) -- The death of a spectator overshadowed an intriguing 14th stage of the Tour de France which saw Rinaldo Nocentini desperately cling on to the leader's yellow jersey in cycling's premier event.

A woman died after being hit by a police motorcycle on Saturday afternoon in Wittelsheim, a village in Alsace in northeastern France which is 40 kilometers from the start of the race's leg from Colmar to Besancon.

French police told CNN that two other people were injured and taken to hospital.

The Tour released a statement on its official Web site saying the 61-year-old woman was hit when she crossed the road after a group of cyclists passed, then the motorcycle slid and injured two other spectators. A 36-year-old is in hospital with neck pain, and a 61-year-old has a broken leg" Read more from CNN International...

"Russia's Ivanov wins Tour stage; spectator dies
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BESANCON, France - Serguei Ivanov of Russia has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The day's ride was marked by the death of a fan who was hit by a police motorcycle escorting the cyclists.

George Hincapie of the United States finished soon after Ivanov in a small breakaway group Saturday and could take the overall leader's yellow jersey from Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy. Nocentini trailed in the main pack minutes behind.

Lance Armstrong and 2007 winner Alberto Contador began the day seconds behind Nocentini. They were also behind the breakaway riders.

A police motorcycle struck a woman crossing the course route early in the 124-mile stage from Colmar to Besancon. Two other people were injured." Read more from the AP...