Sergei Ivanov Wins Stage 14, 12th Stage Win for Oakley
Katusha’s Sergei Ivanov won Saturday’s stage 14, a mostly flat transition stage from Friday’s day in the mountainous Verges region and Sunday’s first day in the Alps.
Ivanov attacked his 11 breakaway companions in the final 11 kilometers and used his time trial skills to roll away to an impressive win.
His breakaway companion, Oakley’s George Hincapie, almost snagged the yellow jersey from Rinaldo Nocentini, finishing just five seconds too late to take the lead.
After the race, officials relegated Cavendish to the back of the pack, saying he failed to hold his line in the finish. Thor Hushovd was given the points for 13th place, giving the Norwegian an 18-point lead in the green jersey competition.