Blel Kadri became the first French rider to win a stage at this year’s Tour de France on Saturday, claiming victory after a breakaway as the race entered the Vosges Mountains.
The uphill finish of the 161-kilometer (100-mile) ride from Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine ski resort shook up the overall standings, leaving mostly strong climbers on top.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the yellow jersey, gaining time on all of his main rivals, except one – and the most important – Alberto Contador of Spain, who gained three seconds on the Italian leader by winning their two-man race for second place. Contador was more than two minutes behind Kadri.
With his first Tour stage win, Kadri emerged from a five-man breakaway that chiseled out a lead of as many as 11 minutes.
The ride featured three mid-grade climbs in the first of three days in the mid-sized Vosges range near the German border.
None of the breakaway riders threatened Nibali’s yellow jersey. The highest-placed among them began the stage nearly 26 ½ minutes back.
(FRANCE 24 with AP)
Date created : 2014-07-12