Tour De France 2013 Stage 13 Tours To Saint Amand Montrond Review

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Updated: July 13, 2013

Mark Cavendish won his second stage of the year and his 25th stage win in The Tour De France on what was probably the best race of this year’s Tour. A great day of racing where strong favourite Contador lead a 14 man break-away, involving 6 Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders. Chris Froome lost 1 minute 9 seconds on his biggest rival, Alberto Contador. Froome still keeps the yellow jersey as Team Sky look like they’re slowly falling apart.

Within the first couple of kilometres there was a break-away that consisted of Yohann Gene (EUS), Ruben Perez Moreno (EUS), Luis Mate (COF), Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM), Kris Boeckmans (VCD) and Cyril Lemoine (SOJ). Omega Pharma-Quick Step profited from the wind to separate the peloton and gained an advantage over Marcel Kittel (ARG) so that he couldn’t get another stage win. Omega, Saxo-Tinkoff and Garmin were essential to the speed that they kept up to get away from Kittel’s group and close the gap on the leaders.

The six were caught up before the first climb, no-one seemed to be bothered by the single point on the category 4 climb except for current King Of The Mountain, Pierre Rolland, who went ahead of everyone else with ease to take first place. The rider who started second in the GC, Valverde (MOV), got a flat tyre which became costly as the peloton was advancing at rapid speeds and he couldn’t afford to lose valuable time if he wanted to finish the Tour on the podium, Valverde’s team-mates all waited for him to help him get to the peloton, they started well but when they started to really feel the pressure, their organisation went terribly long ending in them dropping into Kittel’s group.

The intermediate sprint was won by Andre Greipel (20 Pts), Cavendish (17 Pts) and Sagan (15 Pts).

Another gush of wind helped Contador make an attack on the peloton, 14

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riders were a part of the break-away group, including Sagan (CAN), Bodnar (CAN), Fuglsang (AST), Contador (TST), Bennati (TST), Kreuziger (TST), Roche (TST), Rogers (TST), Cavendish (OPQ), Chavanel (OPQ), Tepstra (OPQ), Mollema (BEL) and Ten Dam (BEL). It didn’t take long for Froome’s group to fall a few seconds behind the leader with Contador riding aggressively , 5 kilometres from the end, the leaders were 1 minute ahead of the yellow jersey group. Chavanel led the group until the last hundred metres where he let Cavendish go for the win jumping ahead of Sagan who kick started way too late, Sagan and Cavendish were the only sprinters who stayed at the front, with Kittel being caught behind early on and Greipel not being able to jump from the yellow jersey group that finished over a minute behind the leaders.

Stage Classification

1 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step 3:40:08
2 SVK P. Sagan Cannondale +0
3 NED B. Mollema Belkin +0
4 DEN J. Fuglsang Astana +0
5 NED N. Terpstra O.Ph.-Q-Step +0
6 CZE R. Kreuziger Saxo-Tinkoff +0
7 SPA A. Contador Saxo-Tinkoff +0
8 NED L. ten Dam Belkin +0
9 FRA Sy. Chavanel O.Ph.-Q-Step +6
10 AUS M. Rogers Saxo-Tinkoff +9
11 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +11
19 IRL D. Martin Garmin +1:09
26 GBR C. Froome Team Sky +1:09
59 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +1:54
63 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +2:39
131 GBR D. Millar Garmin +10:11
154 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +10:23

General Classification

1 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 51:00:30
2 NED B. Mollema Belkin +2:28
3 SPA A. Contador Saxo-Tinkoff +2:45
4 CZE R. Kreuziger Saxo-Tinkoff +2:48
5 NED L. ten Dam Belkin +3:01
6 DEN J. Fuglsang Astana +4:39
7 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step +4:44
8 COL N. Quintana Movistar +5:18
9 FRA J. Péraud AG2R +5:39
10 SPA Joa. Rodríguez Katyusha +5:48
11 IRL D. Martin Garmin +5:52
35 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +33:15
87 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +1:13:54
102 GBR D. Millar Garmin +1:21:52
131 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step +1:43:00
149 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +1:52:27
164 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +1:58:04

Team Classification

1 Saxo – Tinkoff 152:22:21
2 Belkin +2:32
3 AG2R +10:37
4 RadioShack +14:47
5 Movistar +16:14
6 Katyusha +22:09
7 BMC Racing +31:42
8 Garmin +32:17
9 Omega Pharma – Quick-Step +39:41
10 Euskaltel +44:24
11 Team Sky +44:59
12 FDJ.fr +1:10:42
13 Europcar +1:13:33
14 Lampre +1:14:01
15 Cofidis +1:17:56
16 Astana +1:28:57
17 Sojasun +1:46:47
18 Vacansoleil +1:56:59
19 Orica +2:06:33
20 Cannondale +2:29:37
21 Argos +2:53:24
22 Lotto +3:02:24

Points Classification

1 SVK P. Sagan Cannondale 357 Pts
2 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step 273 Pts
3 GER A. Greipel Lotto 217 Pts

Mountain Classification

1 FRA P. Rolland Europcar 50 Pts
2 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 33 Pts
3 AUS R. Porte Team Sky 28 Pts

Under 25 Classification

1 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step 51:05:14
2 COL N. Quintana Movistar +34
3 USA A. Talansky Garmin +8:27

 

“Tour De France 2013 Stage 13 Tours To Saint Amand Montrond Review” written by Seb True

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