Quintana moves into 2nd, Valverde into 4th and Movistar Team head the team overall standings.
Mende produced fireworks again in the Tour de France and brought another interesting gain for the Movistar Team riders, which saw its GC leader Nairo Quintana jumping onto 2nd overall after the 178.5km stage fourteen from Rodez to the top of La Croix-Neuve (Cat-2).
The Movistar squad put one of its riders, Jonathan Castroviejo, into a 20-man break which ended up fighting for the stage win, with Steve Cummings (MTN) making up the gap to Pinot (FDJ) and Bardet (ALM) over the top to claim the victory into the final sprint. The escape's gap over the main field -always around 6', eventually almost 4' to the leading favourites- helped the squad directed by Arrieta and Chente riding always calm and together behind and increase their lead in the teams' classification, now almost 14' over Sky. Yet, the biggest strike from the Blues would come from behind into the decisive ascent, when Quintana chose to go ahead halfway through its slopes.
Despite Froome (SKY) quickly reacting to successive moves from Nairo, the Colombian's efforts quickly dropped back Tejay van Garderen (BMC), finishing 39" behind Quintana and losing his second place in the GC -Nairo now 3'10" behind Froome, the American at 3'32"-. After them, Valverde, who initially tried to follow Quintana and Froome, later went on his own rhythm, chased down Contador (TCS) and attacked him to finish barely 4" behind the duo, sitting now 4'02" behind Froome in the overall standings and just 30" away from Van Garderen.
Two stages are still remaining before the rest day, the first one -the 15th in the 'Grande Boucle- set to connect Mende with Valence across 183km, with two small ascents in the opening part plus L'Escrinet (Cat-2) crested just under 60k before the finish. Report taken from Movistar Team News blog