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100th Tour de France - Stage 13 - Report, Results, Photos
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/12/2013
100th Tour de France - Stage 13 - Report, Results, Photos
 
2013 Daily Peloton


St Malo, 9 July 2013 - Stage 12 : Fougčres and Tours, 218km

Mark Cavendish earns morale boosting victory number 25 as peloton splits in the wind under relentless pressure from Omega Pharma Quickstep, Belkin and Saxo Tinkoff


Stage Result - Top 5

1. CAVENDISH M. OPQ 03h 40' 08''
2. SAGAN P. CAN 00' 00''
3. MOLLEMA B. BEL 00' 00''
4. FUGLSANG J. AST 00' 00''
5. TERPSTRA N. OPQ 00' 00''

The British SAS have a motto "He who Dares Wins". It would be difficult to imagine they would mind if that was applied to the events of Stage 13.

Few, except someone at the end of a bottle of wine, would have predicted the following from today's stage: a 25th win by Cavendish with neither Andre Greipel not Marcel Kittel within five kilometres of him; Alberto Contador gaining over a minute on Chris Froome; Alejandro Valverde losing eight minutes; the entire Omega Pharma Quckstep team winning the combativity award.

Well that's what happened after Omega Pharma Quickstep and Saxo Tinkoff shrewdly read the wind conditions and shredded the peloton with 30km to go and turned what was a transition stage with a sprint tacked on into a day of dramatic racing that left Chris Froome and the Sky Team looking very exposed with the mountains looming.

Marcel Kittel

Mark Cavendish wins Stage 13 © ASO/Tim De Waele

Cavendish's win which almost came as an anti-climax given the level of drama already played out was his 25th at the The Tour de France, "We talked about it a little bit, we knew the wind was strong but we didn't know it was strong enough to break it. I talked to Gert (Steegmans) about it at about 60km, then the next thing Gert goes and kicked it off then. It wasn't strong enough to break but we kept going and then Saxo went later. It's incredible I'm so so happy. The guys rode out of their skin today. It's incredible to be able to win that."

"I nearly missed it [the final split]. Kwiatkowski got me half way across and then I said 'move left move left' and he moved left. I sprinted and just managed to get in the echelon. When echelons start you have that feeling like falling onto ice, you have five seconds or its over and so I sprinted across. Then we were gone. We're a Belgian team and we're used to riding in cross winds. If I stayed behind Sagan I knew I'd be able to get it and I did."

Revised GC - Top 5

1. C. Froome
2. B. Mollema +2:28"
3. A. Contador +2:45"
4. R. Kreuziger +2:48"
5. L. Ten Dam +3:01"

How it all unfolded

Whether Omega Phama Quickstep pre-planned the mayhem or it was spur of the moment stuff remains the stuff of speculation for the moment. It can be no coincidence though that at the 56km mark seven OPQS riders appeared at the front of the peloton. Sure there was a break up the road, though not of any substance. A quick acceleration had the break caught by 96km, but what was more significant was the damage inflcicted on the peloton which had been split into three. The main GC contendors were still safely in the lead group, but Marcel Kittel was isolated in the second group with Ryder Hesjedal struggling in the third. It looked like this was meant.

Cavendish and Veelers Collision

Sylvain Chavanel leads Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish in the finish© ASO/C.Diais

The lead group was notable for the presence of most if not all the riders from the OPQS and Belkin squads. When Valverde punctured at the feedstop with 84km to go.He lost 37" and contact with the lead peloton which pushed its advantage. Valverde found himslef slipping back and was absorbed by the second peloton. The dynamics were looking interesting and it was easy to guess that with QPQS and Belkin looking at two different imperatives - Cavendish for the stage, Bauke Mollema for the GC there was an incentive to 'make hay while the wind blew' to mix metaphors.

With 32km to go teh coup de grace was adminstered whne Saxo Tinkoff which also managed to get six men into the lead peloton massed at the front and floored it. A split developed immediately. For a few seconds it hung there, giving Cavendish just enough time to launch himself across. Then the break was gone like an escape pod leaving a doomed mothership. Froome was isolated, as he had been with increasing frequency over recent days, the extent of which was measured by the 1'09" eventually lost to Contador.

Despite his reputation taking a hit over recent days, or perhaps because of that fact, when Cavendish summoned what little energy must have remained in a duel against Sagan it would have taken the most churlish person to begrudge Cavendish a very fine win. It also came not in a mass sprint with a burly lead out train, but at the end of a day where sheer audacity and courage tore up the 'rule book', where bloody-minded determination to win removed all thought of playing safe. Everyone in the lead group can take credit for giving back Grand Tour bike racing its soul. Cavendish won, but nobody there with him lost.


Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de France 2013

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Links

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Stage Results - Full

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:40:08
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
5 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:06
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:09
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:11
12 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:17
13 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19
14 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:53
15 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:01:09
16 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
17 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
18 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
19 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
20 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
22 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
24 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
25 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
26 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling  
27 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
28 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
29 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
30 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
31 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha  
33 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
34 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
35 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
36 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
37 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
38 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
39 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
41 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
42 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha  
43 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
44 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
45 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
46 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
47 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
48 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
49 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
50 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol  
52 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
53 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
54 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
55 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
56 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
57 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp  
58 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:37
59 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:54
60 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 0:02:14
61 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 0:02:15
62 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:34
63 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:39
64 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:43
65 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:03:32
66 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:04:30
67 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:05:29
68 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
69 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:54
70 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
71 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
72 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
73 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
74 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
75 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
76 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
77 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha  
78 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
79 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge  
80 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
81 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
82 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
83 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
84 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
85 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
86 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
87 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
88 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
89 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
90 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
91 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun  
92 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun  
93 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
94 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun  
95 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol  
96 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
97 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
98 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
99 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
100 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
101 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
102 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
103 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
104 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
105 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun  
106 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
107 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
108 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
109 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling  
110 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
111 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
112 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
113 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
114 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida  
115 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
116 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
117 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
118 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
119 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
120 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:10:05
121 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:07
122 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
123 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
124 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
125 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
126 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
127 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:10:11
128 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
129 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha  
130 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
131 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp  
132 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
133 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
134 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
135 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
136 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
137 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
138 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
139 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
140 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
141 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
142 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
143 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
144 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
145 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha  
146 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
147 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
148 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 0:10:19
149 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
150 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
151 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
152 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
153 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:23
154 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling  
155 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:11:47
156 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:13:36
157 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
158 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
159 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
160 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
161 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
162 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
163 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
164 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
165 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
166 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
167 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
168 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
169 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
170 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
171 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
172 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp  
173 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
174 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
175 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
176 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
177 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
178 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
179 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
180 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
181 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNF Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  

Overall standings - Top 60

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 51:00:30
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:28
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:45
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:48
5 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:01
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:39
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:44
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:05:18
9 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:39
10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:05:48
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:05:52
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:06:54
13 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:07:28
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:08:32
15 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:10:16
16 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:10
17 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:13:11
18 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:14:22
19 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:50
20 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:14:57
21 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:16:49
22 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:18:36
23 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:19:43
24 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:19:59
25 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:35
26 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:21:01
27 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:21:54
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:25:33
29 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:26:42
30 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:30:04
31 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:30:17
32 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:31:29
33 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:32:14
34 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:32:48
35 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:33:15
36 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 0:33:40
37 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:33:43
38 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:34:13
39 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:36:05
40 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:36:43
41 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:37:40
42 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:37:48
43 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:38:08
44 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:38:36
45 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:38:42
46 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:40:49
47 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:41:24
48 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:43:47
49 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:44:25
50 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:44:38
51 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:44:49
52 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:45:29
53 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:47:09
54 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:48:49
55 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:48:56
56 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:52:32
57 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:52:58
58 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:53:32
59 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:54:51
60 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:54:57

 



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