Spaniard Omar Fraile won stage 14 of the Tour de France in a dramatic finish as Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas retained the leader’s yellow jersey.
Jasper Stuyven attacked alone with 35km to go but was caught and passed by Fraile inside the last 3km on the brutal final climb in Mende.
Fraile took the summit solo and stayed clear of Julian Alaphilippe’s late counter-attack, with Stuyven third.
Thomas finished alongside nearest rivals Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin.
That trio again looked the strongest riders in the race, with Dumoulin briefly gapped but chasing back and launching an attack, which Froome countered, with Thomas able to follow.
Although that skirmish ended in a stalemate – Thomas keeping his lead of one minute 39 seconds over Froome, with Dumoulin 11 seconds further adrift – the top three were able to put more time into most of their rivals.
However, Primoz Roglic was able to make a late attack stick and gained eight seconds to move 2:38 behind Thomas in fourth.
Ireland’s Dan Martin sustained a puncture just before the final climb and dropped one position in the general classification to 10th.
Source: BBC Cycling