Chicago Tribune (Sunday)

Mollema wins Tour’s hilly 14th stage

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Tadej Pogacar will head into the final week of the Tour de France with a commanding advantage to retain cycling’s elite title after he was unchalleng­ed on the 14th stage won by Bauke Mollema on Saturday. Pogacar’s remaining rivals — all well behind in the standings — held off from attacking the defending champion during the hilly stage that sets up more serious tests in the Pyrenees. Pogacar’s UAE Team Emirates stayed comfortabl­e at or near the front of the peloton through the 184-kilometer (114-mile) trek from Carcassonn­e to Quillan in southern France, content to let the breakaway group dispute the stage victory. The Slovenian holds a four-minute lead over Guillaume Martin. The French rider, who was in the breakaway group, moved from ninth overall to second. Rigoberto Uran, Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz are all more than five minutes off Pogacar’s pace. Pogacar has kept the yellow jersey since he took control of the race on Stage 8 in the Alps. With 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic and other potential contenders out of the race, Pogacar has had little trouble.

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