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Tour de France 2012

Date range:
June 30 - July 22, 2012
  • Tour de France, Fra, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      6.4km
      Location
      Liège (ITT)
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Liège
      End location:
      Seraing
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Visé
      End location:
      Tournai
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Orchies
      End location:
      Boulogne-sur-Mer
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      214.5km
      Start location:
      Abbeville
      End location:
      Rouen
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Rouen
      End location:
      Saint-Quentin
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Metz
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      157.5km
      Start location:
      Belfort
      End location:
      Porrentruy
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      41.5km
      Start location:
      Arc-et-Senans
      End location:
      Besançon (ITT)
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Mâcon
      End location:
      Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      148km
      Start location:
      Albertville
      End location:
      La Toussuire - Les Sybelles
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      226km
      Start location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
      End location:
      Annonay Davézieux
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      217km
      Start location:
      Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
      End location:
      Le Cap d’Agde
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Limoux
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      158.5km
      Start location:
      Samatan
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      143.5km
      Start location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      222.5km
      Start location:
      Blagnac
      End location:
      Brive-la-Gaillarde
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      53.5km
      Start location:
      Bonneval
      End location:
      Chartres (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      120km
      Start location:
      Rambouillet
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 14, Stage 13: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Le Cap d’Agde 217km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Mark Robinson

Welcome to our live coverage from stage 13 at the 2012 Tour de France. After three days of mountains the riders have a flat stage today. But the 217km route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Le Cap d’Agde isn't the most straightforward.

  1. 10:57:44 BST

    The riders are rolling through the neutral zone. We'll be officially off and running in the next few minutes...

  2. 11:01:07 BST

    David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) triumphs on stage 12

    Yesterday's medium mountain stage was won by Garmin-Sharp's David Millar. It was the fourth stage win by a British rider in this year's Tour. You can read about how he achieved it and watch video highlights right here.

     

    TOP TEN FINISHERS - STAGE 12

     

    1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 5:42:46
    2 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:05
    4 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
    5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team
    6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:07:53
    7 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    8 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:54
    9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team

  3. 215km remaining from 217km

    11:02:31 BST

    • Start

    And we're off and racing in stage 13. There's an immediate breakaway of five riders here...

  4. 213km remaining from 217km

    11:04:20 BST

    The start of this stage is slightly downhill and the riders have gone off very fast. just waiting on confirmation of the break. It now appears that there are four of them, and that two riders have counter attacked.

  5. 11:09:07 BST

    OK the leading five riders are: Urtasun (EUS), Dumoulin (COF), Ladagnous (FDJ), Morkov (TSB) and Curvers (ARG)

  6. 206km remaining from 217km

    11:13:39 BST

    Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) and Bouet (AG2R-LaMondiale) have joined the leaders to make a seven-man breakaway. They are already nearly three minutes up on the peloton.

  7. 11:14:56 BST

    Bouet is comfortably the best placed in the overall general classification of these seven escapees. He is currently in 54th position but is over an hour behind the race leader Bradley Wiggins.

  8. 11:16:33 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    And speaking of the overall general classification, here's how the top ten stood this morning ahead of racing.

     

    TOP TEN OVERALL GC AFTER STAGE 12

     

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 54:34:33
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
    4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:19
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:06:15
    7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:57
    8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:30
    9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:31
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:51

  9. 11:18:17 BST

    Jerome Pineau (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has attacked from the peloton and gone off in pursuit of the leading seven.

  10. 11:19:50 BST

    VIDEO PREVIEW: You can watch Chris Boardman's video preview of this 13th stage and get all the information on what lies in store for the riders right here.

  11. 11:22:40 BST

    The Lotto train leads Greipel to the finish

    There's been a row festering between Lotto Belisol and Vacansoleil-DCM over the last week. It all relates to Andre Greipel's sprint train at last Friday sixth stage. It's been resolved, but not without some threats. What's it all about? Find out right here.

  12. 188km remaining from 217km

    11:26:35 BST

    David Millar was ecstatic after winning yesterday and said it was his proudest moment in cycling for ten years. He also said it bodes well for Great Britain's bid for glory at the Olympic road race in a couple of weeks. Millar, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and Wiggins - four of the five members of the Team GB road race team - have all won a stage at this year's Tour:

     

    "The day worked out perfectly. It's my proudest win since my Tour victory at Béziers in 2002 as winning a road stage is always more emotional than winning a time trial or a prologue. It's taken our team going through turmoil to bring out the best of me.

     

    "Our Olympic team is made up of Tour de France stage winners and that should make it quite a force. I never thought I would see Britons dominating like this at the Tour."

  13. 11:28:50 BST

    Pineau has now caught up with the leaders. There's now eight of them and five of them are Frenchmen. That will delight the home supporters on Bastille Day.

  14. 11:31:18 BST

    Bastille Day is one of the most important in the French calendar and regularly falls during the Tour de France. It is a national holiday to mark the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789 - one of the key moments in the French Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and changed France forever.

  15. 185km remaining from 217km

    11:32:10 BST

    The leaders are now over four minutes clear of the peloton...

  16. 11:41:03 BST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    There's just the one categorised climb in today's stage, and it's a category three that comes 16km from the finish. There shouldn't be too much of a shake-up in the mountains classification today, then, and here's how the top 20 looked this morning before racing:

     

    KOM TOP 20 AFTER STAGE 12

     

    1 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 66 pts
    2 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 55
    3 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 39
    4 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 37
    5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 33
    6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 32
    7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 32
    8 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 29
    9 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 28
    10 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 20
    11 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 19
    12 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 18
    13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 18
    14 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 18
    15 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 14
    16 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 14
    17 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 14
    18 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 14
    19 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 14
    20 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 14

     

     

  17. 11:44:50 BST

    Check out @cyclingthealps preview of stage 13 from St-Paul-Trois to Cap d`Agde. Explore the route on a Google Map, with a Google Earth Tour or cycle it virtually! Watch profiles, Street View tours, detailed Google Earth tours and a lot more of each climb. Visit the website here.

  18. 11:45:48 BST

    It's overcast and very humid here today. Not ideal conditions for road racing.

  19. 179km remaining from 217km

    11:49:42 BST

    As stated, Bouet is the best placed in the GC of these eight. None of them are a threat to the leaders. Morkov has been part of several breaks at the Tour so far this year though. The Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider has popped up again.

     

    A lot of those early breaks on the flatter stages led him to mountain points and he held the KOM jersey for a large chunk of the first week until Chris Froome took it from him on stage 7.

  20. 11:50:58 BST

    As we approach the end of the first hour of racing, the gap has now crept over six minutes. Still, with over an hour of leeway, Wiggins and the main GC contenders won't care.

  21. 11:54:14 BST

    • Green Jersey

    Let's have a look at the overall situation in the points classification. Today's intermediate sprint comes at the 127km point. Liquigas rider Peter Sagan remains in possession of the green jersey and plenty are tipping him for the stage win today, which would see him extend his lead.

     

    TOP 20 POINTS CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 12

     

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 254 pts
    2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 198
    3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 181
    4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 129
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 100
    6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 96
    7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 95
    8 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 82
    9 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 68
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 67
    11 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 67
    12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 62
    13 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 62
    14 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 62
    15 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 58
    16 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 56
    17 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 56
    18 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 52
    19 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 50
    20 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 47

  22. 11:56:31 BST

    The only previous Tour de France stage winner in this breakaway is Dumoulin - achieved in wet conditions in Nantes in 2008. Dumoulin also boasts a top four finish this year after performing well in stage five's bunch sprint.

  23. 12:01:15 BST

    And the gap is now over nine minutes...

  24. 12:03:23 BST

    Average speed for the first hour was 41.8km/h...

  25. 12:08:13 BST

    Lance Armstrong's seven Tour wins are the most by any rider

    Away from the Tour, former US Presidential candidate Senator John McCain has waded into the USADA/Lance Armstrong row. Read what he has to say right here.

  26. 167km remaining from 217km

    12:09:42 BST

    That's 50km raced already today. Almost a quarter of the way through the stage. The peloton seems to have woken up a bit and has brought the lead down to under eight minutes now.

  27. 12:16:07 BST

    Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) rides to the prologue victory

    Meanwhile, at the Tour of Poland, local boy Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has seized the leader's jersey in the WorldTour event after stage four. Read about how he did it right here.

  28. 12:22:55 BST

    There were no non-staters this morning so yesterday's field is in tact. Gap is 7:05 and steadily coming down for now.

  29. 12:24:18 BST

    • Crash

    CRASH: Yukiya Arashiro (EUC) has hit the deck. But he is quickly back up and has already rejoined the peloton.

  30. 12:25:42 BST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Bauke Mollema of Rabobank had to abandon the Tour after Thursday's stage, having suffered a serious crash in the first week. But something good came of it: he was home in time for the birth of daughter Julien. Congratulations to him...

  31. 12:32:53 BST

    We're hearing reports that Team Sky's Aussie duo Michael Rogers and Richie Porte were booed by Australian fans at the start this morning, who were clearly upset by their support for Bradley Wiggins at the expense of Cadel Evans. What are they supposed to do? Ignore team orders?

  32. 150km remaining from 217km

    12:33:51 BST

    150km to go for the leaders. The gap has come down to just over six minutes.

  33. 12:38:11 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Orica-GreenEdge have been doing most of the work at the front of the peloton for the last 35km. Clearly they have their eyes on a stage victory today for their number one sprinter Matt Goss.

  34. 12:43:21 BST

    Morkov, Urtasun and Bouet were part of the breakaway group on the first stage of the Tour and they stayed in the lead for over 180km. Looks like the same thing is on the menu for them today.

  35. 12:45:05 BST

    I mentioned earlier that Morkov has been part of lots of early breaks this year. Well it's official - he has spent more km in breaks than any other rider - 622km. That number will obviously increase after today's stage is finished.

  36. 140km remaining from 217km

    12:47:39 BST

    Gap is continuing to fall. Perhaps the peloton is looking to reel the leaders in before the intermediate sprint, which comes in just under 50km. There's plenty of time for them to do this.

  37. 12:56:08 BST

    Team manager Johan Bruyneel has finalized Radioshack's 2010 roster.

    Bruyneel's statement follows on from a statement from USADA yesterday, which you can read more about right here.

  38. 132km remaining from 217km

    12:57:26 BST

    Back to the action - and the gap is continuing to tumble. Almost down to the four-and-a-half minute mark now...

  39. 13:01:44 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Wiggins is now the overwhelming favourite with the bookmakers to win the 2012 Tour de France, and they think that the only man who might stop him is his teammate Froome.

     

    LATEST ODDS:

     

    Wiggins: 1/6

    Froome: 5/1

    Nibali: 20/1

    Evans: 33/1

    The rest: 150/1 or bigger

  40. 13:06:18 BST

    • RadioShack-Nissan's 2012 Jersey

    ABANDONMENT: Tony Gallopin (RadioShack) has finally admitted defeat in his battle with illness and has quit the race in the middle of stage 13.

  41. 13:08:32 BST

    Average speed for the second hour was slightly higher than the first - 42.5km/h

  42. 122km remaining from 217km

    13:10:56 BST

    The final part of today's stage takes place along France's south coast, so there's every chance that wind could play a part...

  43. 13:13:42 BST

    And today's finishing town, Cap d'Agde, is one of southern France's busiest seaside leisure resorts. There is bound to be a huge turnout at the finish today on Bastille Day.

  44. 13:17:17 BST

    Gap appears to be stablising now. It hasn't come down by much over the last 10km.

  45. 13:20:54 BST

    Bjarne Riis has claimed that the race is far from over yet. In an interview with the host broadcasters this morning he stated that the "weakness" shown by Wiggins in his press conferences, and in stage 11 on Thursday when Froome looked to be stronger, will give hope to Nibali. He also said that Cadel Evans shouldn't be written off yet.

  46. 115km remaining from 217km

    13:21:27 BST

    • Feed

    The leaders have just passed through the feeding station...

  47. 13:22:40 BST

    • Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    It's the turn of Vacansoleil-DCM to do some work on the front of the peloton. Orica-GreenEdge appear to be taking a bit of a breather for now.

  48. 13:26:12 BST

    We're roughly 25km from the intermediate sprint now. The leaders appear to have it their own way in terms of the larger points on offer. Can't see the peloton catching them before we get there.

  49. 13:28:28 BST

    Morkov is the best placed of the leaders in the points standings in 20th place. If he takes the maximum 20 points on offer he can reach the fringes of the top ten.

  50. 13:32:26 BST

    The sun is out now. Weather seems to be improving as we head south and get closer to the coast.

  51. 13:32:56 BST

    Having said that, we are hearing reports of cross winds at the finish. That will complicate things for the riders.

  52. 13:34:13 BST

    The riders have about 50km along the coast before the finish. So they could be exposed to those winds for the last 70 minutes or so.

  53. 105km remaining from 217km

    13:35:31 BST

    We have now passed the halfway point. The riders have been out there for almost two-and-a-half hours.

  54. 13:43:07 BST

    The reactions of the Australian fans at the start line morning weren't isolated - they occured at the finish yesterday too. Read all about that here.

  55. 13:45:32 BST

    • Saur - Sojasun's 2012 Jersey

    One of our escapees, Engoulvert, has been in good form this season. The 32-year-old won the overall classification at the Four Days of Dunkirk earlier this year. He also had an individual stage victory there and won the prologue at the Tour of Luxembourg.

  56. 97km remaining from 217km

    13:46:20 BST

    Sun has disappeared again now. Gap coming down again and is well under five minutes.

  57. 13:51:21 BST

    Temperature are now reaching 80 degrees on the road...

  58. 13:55:13 BST

    Just a couple of kilometres away from the intermediate sprint now...

  59. 13:58:50 BST

    And the eight leaders have reached the sprint. Will Morkov try and sprint for the points?

  60. 14:03:03 BST

    • Green Jersey

    And the answer to that is a resounding 'no' - here's the top eight places in the sprint:

     

    1. Urtusaun (EUS) 20pts

    2. Curvers (ARG) 17pts

    3. Pineau (OPQ) 15pts

    4. Ladagnous (FDJ) 13pts

    5. Engoulvent (SAU) 11pts

    6. Dumoulin (COF) 10pts

    7. Bouet (ALM) 9pts

    8. Morkov (STB) 8pts

  61. 14:04:09 BST

    • Crash

    CRASH: Peter Velits hits the floor back in the main peloton. He's back on his feet and off in pursuit of them again

  62. 14:06:54 BST

    • Liquigas-Cannondale's 2012 Jersey

    Unsurprisingly Sagan (Liquigas) led the peloton through the intermediate sprint checkpoint and takes the most points he could have hoped for.

     

    FULL RESULTS OF INTERMEDIATE SPRINT:

     

    1. Urtusaun (EUS) 20pts

    2. Curvers (ARG) 17pts

    3. Pineau (OPQ) 15pts

    4. Ladagnous (FDJ) 13pts

    5. Engoulvent (SAU) 11pts

    6. Dumoulin (COF) 10pts

    7. Bouet (ALM) 9pts

    8. Morkov (STB) 8pts

    9. Sagan (LIQ) 7pts

    10. Greipel (LTB) 6pts

    11. Goss (OGE) 5pts

    12. Impey (OGE) 4pts

    13. Cooke (OGE) 3pts

    14. Eisel (SKY) 2pts

    15. Rogers (SKY) 1pt

  63. 83km remaining from 217km

    14:08:42 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    The gap is coming down rapidly again now. Orica-GreenEdge are back at the front of the peloton as they seek their first stage win of the Tour. This could be the last chance for Goss to notch one.

  64. 14:12:37 BST

    I'm going to leave you in the capable hands of Susan now for the next 30 minutes while I get some lunch...

  65. 14:13:55 BST

    Susan here, and looking at Peter Velits paying a visit to the race doctor's car.

  66. 77km remaining from 217km

    14:16:45 BST

    We see Mark Cavendish (Sky) in the peloton. He will most certainly be looking to take another sprint win today.

  67. 14:18:45 BST

    Who helped Peter Velits back up to the bunch? His twin brother, Martin, for one, along with Bert Grabsch, who incidentally also has a brother who was a pro cyclist, Ralf.

  68. 73.8km remaining from 217km

    14:22:01 BST

    The gap is falling dramatically now, and is currently at 2:22.

  69. 14:27:08 BST

    Christophe Kern (Europcar) is doing his best to catch up with the peloton. We don't know why he has fallen back.

  70. 14:29:12 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Orica-GreenEdge is driving the field along, leading the chase. We suspect that their sprinter Matt Goss feels he has something to prove by winning today.

  71. 66.5km remaining from 217km

    14:29:53 BST

    Kern has now caught up with the peloton again.

  72. 14:30:36 BST

    Mechanical for PIneau, but the team car is quickly there.

  73. 63.5km remaining from 217km

    14:33:55 BST

    The gap has dropped to two minutes, and that seems to scare the group. Several riders have done their best to pick up the speed, and it looks like one has taken off.

  74. 14:34:35 BST

    It is Michael Morkov of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, who has built up a tidy little lead for himself.

  75. 14:36:00 BST

    He now has 17 seconds on his former break-mates.

  76. 14:38:10 BST

    • Green Jersey

    A mechanical for Sagan. But one doesn't really have to worry about him getting back up to the peloton.

  77. 14:39:18 BST

    Morkov now has about 30 seconds on the break, with the field about two minutes behind them.

  78. 14:40:18 BST

    Some words between a jury car and a Liquigas car.  We think it is probably good that we could not hear them, as it did not appear to be an entirely friendly conversation.

  79. 54km remaining from 217km

    14:43:54 BST

    Morkov haas 36 seconds on the chase group, and the field is at 2:41.

  80. 14:46:51 BST

    This would be a real boost for Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, if Morkov could stay away and win this stage. With Alberto Contador absent due to his doping-related ban, the team wasn't really expected to do much at this Tour.

  81. 49km remaining from 217km

    14:50:00 BST

    Morkov is pulling away -- at least from the field. The gap is up to nearly three minutes again.

  82. 14:51:20 BST

    We still see Orica-GreenEdge spanned in front of the field. Hope they have something left over for the finale.

  83. 14:53:28 BST

    And now Mark is back, to take you all the way to the end!

  84. 14:55:59 BST

    Thanks Susan. Bold move by Morkov while I was away. Will be fascinating to see how things develop over the final hour and a bit...

  85. 14:58:54 BST

    And we can see the coast for the first time now. Cross winds are about to come into play...

  86. 40km remaining from 217km

    15:01:14 BST

    Morkov now has a lead of 1:09 with 40km to go...

  87. 15:04:52 BST

    Sky and BMC dominating the front of the peloton now...

  88. 15:05:35 BST

    And the average speed for the fourth hour of racing was the fastest yet today - 47.2km/h

  89. 15:08:56 BST

    Yellow jersey wearer Bradley Wiggins loves his clothes - the peloton knows that. Today sees the launch of his clothing range with British casualwear manufacturer Fred Perry. No yellow jerseys in the range as far as we can tell. Perhaps he doesn't want to tempt fate...

  90. 32km remaining from 217km

    15:10:24 BST

    And the peloton looks to be breaking up. The cross winds have already started to take their toll it appears...

  91. 15:12:26 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    Orica-GreenEdge are also back at the front of the pelton now...

  92. 15:14:02 BST

    Morkov is 1:00 clear of the chasers and 1:40 clear of the peloton. I doubt it will be too long before the peloton swallow up those seven chasers. Some of the riders are losing touch with the peloton though and it's down to about 70 riders now.

  93. 28km remaining from 217km

    15:16:37 BST

    Riders really hugging the coastline now. Temperatures up to 28 degrees...

  94. 15:18:02 BST

    The only categorised climb of the day is now only about 3km away now. It's not very long, at 1.6km, but it has an average gradient of 10%. Will anyone try to attack?

  95. 15:19:48 BST

    Real test coming up for Morkov. He's bound to be in pain up this climb after riding on his own

  96. 15:20:30 BST

    • Crash

    CRASH: Polka dot jersey holder Kessiakoff hits the deck in a large pile up at the back of the peloton...

  97. 15:20:48 BST

    Anthony Roux is still on the floor after that...

  98. 15:21:22 BST

    And Morkov is on the Mont St Clair climb...

  99. 15:24:16 BST

    And as expected Morkov is really struggling

  100. 15:25:13 BST

    Van den Broeck and Evans have attacked from the peloton. They have passed Morkov...

  101. 15:26:09 BST

    Wiggins has quickly bridged the gap and moved alongside them. This hill is really steep. Nearly at the top. Nibali also in touch...

  102. 15:26:44 BST

    Michael Albasini has made his move to the front for Orica-GreenEdge, joining the leaders...

  103. 21km remaining from 217km

    15:29:17 BST

    And they've started their descent. The pelton should bunch back together probably? Who knows? Nibali could well attack again here on the descent...

  104. 15:32:36 BST

    And there are now about 25 riders in the main peloton at the front. Four from Lotto-Belisol. Greipel could be a threat for the win. Cavendish doesn't seem to be in the leading group.

  105. 15:33:52 BST

    There's a large chase group behind the peloton. They are about a minute back from the yellow jersey group at the front. Froome and Rogers are there with Wiggins.

  106. 13km remaining from 217km

    15:39:08 BST

    Five Lotto-Belisol riders are now at the front. Smart money must be on Greipel...

  107. 15:40:05 BST

    Looks like Cavendish's group are not going to be a threat. They are dropping off and are now almost two minutes back. Wiggins still in this large main group. Gilbert there too.

  108. 15:40:43 BST

    And Albasini and Vinokourov have gone clear. They have put about 20 seconds into the Wiggins group.

  109. 10km remaining from 217km

    15:42:31 BST

    10km to go for these two leaders. Can't see them holding off the chasers

  110. 15:45:59 BST

    There's a 180 degree turn coming up just 300m from the finish here. Let's hope the riders stay upright...

  111. 6km remaining from 217km

    15:47:18 BST

    6km to go here for the two leaders. Just 12 seconds ahead of the yellow jersey group, who have Lotto poised for the bunch sprint.

  112. 4.5km remaining from 217km

    15:48:50 BST

    The leading pair are edging slightly further ahead...

  113. 15:50:07 BST

    Lots of these riders are struggling with the wind and the pace set by Lotto in the peloton...

  114. 15:50:35 BST

    They're about to swallow up the two leaders now...

  115. 15:52:25 BST

    And Luis Leon Sanchez attacks in the final 2km...

  116. 15:53:49 BST

    Final km - Wiggins trying to set it up for Boasson Hagen

  117. 15:54:18 BST

    Greipel takes the win

  118. 15:54:34 BST

    Sagan in second, that was very close

  119. 15:55:52 BST

    RESULT  - STAGE 3

     

    1 Greipel

    2 Sagan

    3 Boasson Hagen

  120. 15:57:19 BST

    Lotto really set that up for Greipel once again. He took his revenge on Sagan for the beating he gave him in stage 6 last Friday. Sagan almost matched him but Greipel just held off his challenge to win by the narrowest of margins.

  121. 15:58:16 BST

    Incredible pace shown by Wiggins to close down the break of Sanchez for his teammate Boasson Hagen, but the Norwegian couldn't match the searing pace of Greipel and Sagan at the death.

  122. 15:59:23 BST

    TOP TEN FINISHERS - STAGE 13

     

    1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 4:57:59
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:00
    3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:00
    4 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:00
    5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:00
    6 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:00
    7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:00
    8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:00
    9 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:00
    10 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD 0:00:00

  123. 16:02:09 BST

    That final climb really took its toll on some of the world's best sprinters there - namely Goss and Cavendish. Goss had plenty of help from his teammates, but Cavendish didn't. All credit to Greipel for hanging in there, though he did have four colleagues with him.

  124. 16:03:07 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    TOP TEN IN OVERALL GC AFTER STAGE 13

     

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 59:32:32
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
    4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:19
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:06:15
    7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:57
    8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:30
    9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:31
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:51

     

     

  125. 16:09:51 BST

    That's all for our live coverage of stage 13 from the 2012 Tour de France.

     

    It was an impressive third stage win of the race from Lotto-Belisol's Andre Greipel as he exacted revenge on Peter Sagan (Liquigas) for a narrow defeat in Metz last Friday. The finish was even closer this time round.

     

    Bradley Wiggins, who tried to set the race up for his teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen in the closing metres, easily retained his yellow jersey and consolidated the time gap between him and his rivals.

     

    We'll have a full report on today's action plus photos, video highlights, results and reaction right here as soon as we get them.

     

    Join us tomorrow for more live coverege from stage 14 when the riders will be in the foothills of the Pyranees.