DIGNES-LES-BAINS, France -- Sprint specialist Oscar Freire of Spain has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, with Australia's Cadel Evans keeping the yellow jersey in the doping-battered race.
Freire prevailed in a sprint at the end of a 120.9-mile trek in hot weather from Nimes to Digne-les-Bains. Saturday's stage featured some small climbs in the last day before three punishing stages in the Alps.
The race has been marred this year by three riders that were
kicked out for doping violations.
Evans defended a 1-second lead over Frank Schleck of Luxembourg and a 38-second gap ahead of American rider Christian Vande Velde.