With some cooler conditions and light rain coming down for the 14th stage of the 2012 Tour de France, the added variables could have had a number of repurcussions for the riders. But despite a wrist injury suffered earlier in the week, Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez battled to claim the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as the race entered the Pyrenees mountain range.
The Spaniard one of a new riders who broke away in the day's final ascent, the Mur de Peguere. It was the fourth time in his career he has won a stage at the Tour de France.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins is expected to keep the yellow jersey as he trailed a breakaway group that included Sanchez riders by more than 15 minutes.
Peter Sagan of Slovakia finished second, a full 47 seconds behind Sanchez. France's finished third in the same time.
Sagan and two other riders managed to escape from the pack after 22 miles on the descent, though eight riders, including Philippe Gilbert and Sanchez, broke away in pursuit and closed the gap. The second pack caught up with the yellow jersey's group after 34 miles.