Tour de France 2011 (14 stage) overview: Jelle Vanendert wins race, Thomas Voeckler holds yellow jersey and Laurens ten Dam crashes (scroll down for videos).
Belgian Jelle Vanendert prevailed the Tour of France on Saturday (July 16, 2011) by claiming the 14th stage, the last of the Pyrenees. The stage was exhausting but turned out to be extremely spectacular as well.
Jelle Vanendert, the runner of the Omega Pharma-Lotto team won the stage after ending the 168.5 km-long trip between Saint-Gaudens and Plateau de Beille in 5 hours, 13 minutes and 25 is seconds. The avarage speed was 32.35 km/hour. Thus the 26-year-old wrote a history page as he brought a prestigious victory for his team at just his second participation in Le Tour.
The 14th stage did not change the overall standings. Frenchman Thomas Voeckler from Europcar team still remained the bearer of the yellow jersey.
Crash incident Laurens ten Dam
Saturday’s stage did not lack the accidents. Rabobank runner, Dutchman Laurens ten Dam fell off his bike and rolled over during the descend of Col d’Agnes. The crash occured just 53 km before the end of the race. Ten Dam managed to cross the finish line revealing severe damages of his nose. After the end of the stage he went to a hospital in Foix for a check but there were no fractures found.
Despite his serious face injuries, brave Laurens had the stength to line up at the start of the 15th stage today.
Video: Laurens ten Dam – accident Col d’Agnes (Tour de France 2011): crash moment
Video: Interview with Laurens ten Dam on his crash fall (14th stage Tour de France 2011)