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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France,
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 12, Stage 13: Tours - Saint-Amand-Montrond 173km

Cavendish wins stage 13 of the Tour de France

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
July 12, 2013, 15:01,
Updated:
July 12, 2013, 17:39

Yellow jersey wearer Froome loses 1:09

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins stage 13 of the Tour de France from a select, 14-man front group

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins stage 13 of the Tour de France from a select, 14-man front group

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Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) pulled back more than a minute on Chris Froome (Team Sky) during stage 13 of the Tour de France after crosswinds and echelons transformed a transfer stage into a battleground on the road to Saint-Amand-Montrond.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) beat Peter Sagan (Cannondale) to win his 25th Tour de France stage after a master class of aggressive racing in the wind but his superb performance was matched by that of Saxo-Tinkoff who cracked Team Sky and Froome in the finale of the stage.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was distanced and lost second place overall after puncturing mid-stage, then Saxo-Tinkoff split the front group again with 30km to go, distancing Froome. Team Sky did not have the riders to close the gap and Froome finished more than a minute behind Contador and Mollema. A flat stage had done as much damage as a mountain finish.

Froome's overall lead fell to 2:28 ahead of Mollema. Contador is now third overall at 2:45.

Cavendish celebrates Tour win number 25

Cavendish slapped his sides as he beat Sagan and crossed the finish line, seemingly proud to indicate the name of his team, who had ridden so well to help him win.

"It's incredible to win like that," he said.

"We talked about it a bit before the stage, we knew the wind was strong but we didn't know it was strong enough to break it. Then Gert (Steegmans) goes and kicked it off. We kept going and then Saxo went later. I'm so happy. The guys rode out of their skin today. It's incredible to be able to win that."

"I nearly missed the final split. Kwiatkowski got me half way across and then I shouted to him to move left. I sprinted and just managed to get in the echelon. When echelons form it’s similar to falling through ice... you've got five seconds to save yourself or it's all over. I sprinted across the gap, then we were gone. We're a Belgian team and we're used to racing in crosswinds. I knew I'd be able to get it if I stayed behind Sagan in the sprint and I did."

How it happened

The stage was expected to be another quiet day for most of the peloton, with the overall contenders saving their legs for Sunday's finish at Mont Ventoux and the sprinters determined to control the racing and then fight for the win.

An early break of six riders formed almost at kilometre zero, with Yohann Gene (Team Europcar), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskaltel), Luis Mate (Cofidis), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Cyril Lemoine (Sojasun) opening a four-minute lead.

They looked set to be off the front for much of the day but instead the race took a twist just before 100km mark. The hot canicule crosswinds of central France suddenly created waves in the cornfields and sparked echelons in the peloton.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step was the first to hit the front and work hard to force the split. Suddenly the race had come alive and other teams joined in, especially when the sprint teams up front realised that Kittel was not there.

The hard work of the front group meant the break was quickly caught and then the stage took another twist when Valverde punctured with 86km to go.

The Spaniard did not panic but perhaps underestimated the gravity of the situation and the risk he faced. He took a rear wheel from a teammate and got going again. However he lost 30 seconds and suddenly realised that with the front group riding hard and the side winds still blowing, he would have to fight to get back on.

Three teammates helped him chase and another dropped back from the front group but they did not have the speed to get back on. Belkin knew they had a chance to move up Mollema in the overall classification and so began to work even harder. It was a key moment in the stage but would not prove to be the biggest.

Valverde eventually drifted backwards and was caught by the Kittel group. Their teams led the chase, but they lost more and more time. Kittel lost out on the chance of another stage win, Valverde lost any hope of a good overall result. He finished 9:54 behind Cavendish and slipped to 16th overall.

Saxo-Tinkoff's audacious attack

With 31km to go, the tension seemed to ease upfront. Then suddenly the race exploded yet again thanks to the side winds. It was the most audacious attack of the day. Saxo-Tinkoff had been vigilant all day and suddenly hit the front hard causing yet another split. Contador was there and so too was Mollema but Froome was not with them and failed to get on the back of the echelon. He could only watch them surge away, while his teammates quickly tried to start a chase.

Cavendish and Sagan were in the front echelon of 14 riders, with several teammates and they also joined in the work. Greipel had missed it. The race for the stage and for the overall GC was on.

For 10 kilometres, Team Sky and other chasers managed to hold the gap to a handful of seconds but then suddenly the elastic snapped. Richie Porte had already been dropped from the front peloton and there were only three Team Sky riders to help Froome.

Up front, the Saxo-Tinkoff riders suddenly began to give absolutely everything, riding a team time trial to gain as much time as they could. Even Contador did some turns on the front. Behind Lotto Belisol tried to chase down the echelon, but the gap reached a minute.

In the final kilometre, the 14 riders in the echelon began to think about the stage win. Niki Terpstra tried a solo move for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, forcing Maciej Bodnar to chase him down instead of leading out Sagan.

Cavendish sat on the Slovakian's wheel and then jumped away in sight of the line to take his 25th Tour de France win. Sagan was second, with Mollema third.

Froome finished 1:09 behind and struggled to smile as he pulled on the yellow jersey. He has realised he will have to fight all the way to Paris if he wants to win the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
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    
Sprint - Saint-Aoustrille, 112.5km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 20  pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 17  
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 15  
4 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 13  
5 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 11  
6 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10  
7 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 9  
8 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 8  
9 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 7  
10 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6  
11 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 5  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 4  
13 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3  
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
15 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1  
Mountain - Côte de Crotz, 77.5km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
Best young rider
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:40:08  
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:09  
3 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
4 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
8 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr    
9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp    
11 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:43  
12 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:09:54  
13 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun    
14 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
15 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:07  
17 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
18 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:10:11  
19 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
20 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr    
21 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
22 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
23 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
24 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
25 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr    
26 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:19  
27 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 0:10:23  
28 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling    
29 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:13:36  
30 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
32 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
Most combative rider
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:00:30  
2 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:03  
3 Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:03  
4 Cannondale 0:01:22  
5 Garmin - Sharp 0:03:21  
6 BMC Racing Team    
7 Fdj.Fr    
8 Radioshack Leopard    
9 Katusha Team    
10 Lotto-Belisol    
11 Ag2R La Mondiale    
12 Sky Procycling 0:05:36  
13 Team Argos-Shimano 0:07:41  
14 Astana Pro Team 0:10:57  
15 Movistar Team 0:20:51  
16 Sojasun    
17 Orica Greenedge    
18 Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
19 Vacansoleil-DCM 0:29:36  
20 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
21 Team Europcar    
22 Lampre - Merida 0:29:49  
General classification after stage 13
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
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  
61 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:55:45  
62 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:56:30  
63 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:58:13  
64 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:58:56  
65 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:59:28  
66 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:59:52  
67 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:00:16  
68 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:01:32  
69 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:01:45  
70 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:03:02  
71 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:03:16  
72 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:03:24  
73 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:03:41  
74 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 1:03:51  
75 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 1:03:56  
76 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:04:16  
77 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:06:01  
78 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:07:37  
79 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:07:44  
80 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 1:07:50  
81 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:07:51  
82 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:08:02  
83 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:08:12  
84 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 1:08:16  
85 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:12:08  
86 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:13:18  
87 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:13:54  
88 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 1:14:44  
89 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1:15:24  
90 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:15:36  
91 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 1:16:01  
92 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:17:04  
93 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:17:09  
94 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 1:17:53  
95 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:19:16  
96 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:19:34  
97 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:19:45  
98 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 1:20:01  
99 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:20:15  
100 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:20:45  
101 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 1:21:39  
102 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 1:21:52  
103 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:24:04  
104 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 1:26:13  
105 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 1:26:21  
106 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 1:26:29  
107 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:26:38  
108 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:27:02  
109 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 1:28:08  
110 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 1:28:50  
111 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 1:29:16  
112 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:29:17  
113 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:29:39  
114 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 1:29:59  
115 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 1:30:05  
116 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 1:30:39  
117 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:31:01  
118 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 1:31:06  
119 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:31:09  
120 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:32:21  
121 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:37:13  
122 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:38:43  
123 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:39:15  
124 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:39:17  
125 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:39:43  
126 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:40:13  
127 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 1:40:33  
128 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 1:41:18  
129 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:42:03  
130 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:42:30  
131 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:43:00  
132 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:45:22  
133 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 1:45:23  
134 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:45:33  
135 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 1:46:19  
136 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:47:18  
137 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 1:48:05  
138 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 1:48:11  
139 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:48:18  
140 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:48:54  
141 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
142 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:48:59  
143 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 1:50:08  
144 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:50:54  
145 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:51:02  
146 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 1:51:34  
147 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 1:51:46  
148 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1:52:15  
149 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:52:27  
150 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:52:39  
151 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:52:54  
152 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling    
153 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:53:03  
154 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:53:44  
155 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:53:57  
156 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:54:45  
157 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:54:48  
158 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:05  
159 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:12  
160 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55:17  
161 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:55:47  
162 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 1:56:45  
163 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1:57:56  
164 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:58:04  
165 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:58:12  
166 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1:59:40  
167 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:00:43  
168 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:02:16  
169 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 2:04:22  
170 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:04:36  
171 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 2:05:25  
172 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:06:34  
173 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:07:48  
174 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:08:05  
175 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 2:08:30  
176 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:09:52  
177 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:12:27  
178 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:12:34  
179 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2:14:14  
180 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 2:14:16  
181 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:18:26  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 357  pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 273  
3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 217  
4 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 177  
5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 157  
6 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 110  
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 102  
8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 101  
9 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 87  
10 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 76  
11 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 72  
12 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 66  
13 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 65  
14 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 63  
15 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 58  
16 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 56  
17 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 56  
18 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 53  
19 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 53  
20 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 51  
21 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 47  
22 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 43  
23 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 43  
24 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 43  
25 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 43  
26 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 40  
27 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 39  
28 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 39  
29 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 38  
30 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 35  
31 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 33  
32 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 32  
33 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 32  
34 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 30  
35 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 30  
36 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 29  
37 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 28  
38 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 28  
39 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 27  
40 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 26  
41 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 26  
42 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 26  
43 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 26  
44 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 26  
45 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 25  
46 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 25  
47 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 24  
48 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 24  
49 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 22  
50 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 22  
51 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 22  
52 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 22  
53 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 21  
54 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 21  
55 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 20  
56 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
57 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 20  
58 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 19  
59 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
60 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 18  
61 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 18  
62 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 17  
63 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 17  
64 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 17  
65 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 17  
66 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 17  
67 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 16  
68 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16  
69 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16  
70 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 15  
71 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
72 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 15  
73 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 15  
74 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15  
75 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 14  
76 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14  
77 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14  
78 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 13  
79 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 13  
80 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13  
81 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 13  
82 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 12  
83 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11  
84 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 10  
85 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 10  
86 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 10  
87 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 9  
88 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 9  
89 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 9  
90 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 8  
91 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 8  
92 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 8  
93 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 8  
94 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 8  
95 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 8  
96 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7  
97 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 7  
98 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 7  
99 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 7  
100 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7  
101 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 6  
102 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6  
103 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5  
104 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5  
105 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 4  
106 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4  
107 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 4  
108 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 4  
109 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 4  
110 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
111 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3  
112 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3  
113 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 3  
114 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2  
115 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
116 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2  
117 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
118 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1  
119 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 1  
120 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 1  
121 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 1  
122 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1  
123 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol -3  
124 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol -4  
125 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida -5  
126 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team -5  
127 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar -5  
128 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team -5  
129 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp -5  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 50  pts
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 33  
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 28  
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 26  
5 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 21  
6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 15  
8 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 14  
9 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 14  
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 13  
11 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 12  
12 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12  
13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 12  
14 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
15 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 10  
16 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 8  
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 8  
18 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 6  
19 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 6  
20 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 6  
21 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 6  
22 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 6  
23 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 5  
24 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
25 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
26 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4  
27 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 4  
28 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
29 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2  
30 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 2  
31 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2  
32 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 2  
33 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 1  
34 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1  
35 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 1  
36 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
37 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1  
38 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 1  
39 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 1  
40 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
41 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 1  
42 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 1  
43 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
Best young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 51:05:14  
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:34  
3 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:08:27  
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:51  
5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:33:24  
6 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:39:41  
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:40:45  
8 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:44:12  
9 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:48:14  
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:50:13  
11 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:51:46  
12 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:53:29  
13 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:56:48  
14 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:09:10  
15 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:14:32  
16 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:19:20  
17 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 1:23:24  
18 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 1:24:32  
19 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:24:33  
20 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:26:25  
21 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1:34:59  
22 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:35:29  
23 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1:37:19  
24 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 1:45:24  
25 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 1:47:55  
26 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:48:10  
27 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:48:19  
28 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:50:21  
29 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:50:33  
30 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:59:38  
31 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:03:04  
32 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2:09:30  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 152:22:21  
2 Belkin Pro Cycling 0:02:32  
3 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:10:37  
4 Radioshack Leopard 0:14:47  
5 Movistar Team 0:16:14  
6 Katusha Team 0:22:09  
7 BMC Racing Team 0:31:42  
8 Garmin - Sharp 0:32:17  
9 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:39:41  
10 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:44:24  
11 Sky Procycling 0:44:59  
12 Fdj.Fr 1:10:42  
13 Team Europcar 1:13:33  
14 Lampre - Merida 1:14:01  
15 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:17:56  
16 Astana Pro Team 1:28:57  
17 Sojasun 1:46:47  
18 Vacansoleil-DCM 1:56:59  
19 Orica Greenedge 2:06:33  
20 Cannondale 2:29:37  
21 Team Argos-Shimano 2:53:24  
22 Lotto-Belisol 3:02:24  

 

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mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Cav gets it... But biggest win is for Conty so far, big time gained, and that too on a flat stage. What a shuffle in the top-5 Who said flat stages were boring? All manner of sub-plots kept today's racing interesting, a heart braking stage for many, and an excellent heartening stage for others. And possible heart-attacks for many watching all over the road. Just goes to show what a stiff breeze can do to a bike race, cyclists scattered all over France! Amazing teamwork by Saxo, OPQS and Belkin... Hope they have something left for the big mountains...
lakat47 More than 1 year ago
A little trick Contador learned from his teammate, Lance Armstrong. He got caught behind the split in a cross wind off the sea and watched LA breezing away from him, a dirty trick to a teammate but good show on opponents!
redwizard6 More than 1 year ago
Was thinking the same thing while watching. Lance burned that lesson into his brain the hard way. And it sure paid off today!
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Trouble was Armstrong and Contador were both cheating in that tour.
indurain666 More than 1 year ago
And now frome is, what is your point?
Dodge2000 More than 1 year ago
you're evidence is? That sophisticated doping ring at Sky that has enabled the team to get to the heady heights of 11th in the team competition and seen their riders dropped frequently this Tour. I am sure a doped up rider would have bridged that gap to the leaders and not lost a minute on this stage
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
Contador couldn't bridge the gap to LA.
fusty copy More than 1 year ago
Whats your proof?
Sillaz More than 1 year ago
What!? Can't you guys just spend some time talking about how interesting the stage was today without talk about doping!? Sad!
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Froome isnt. But good try.
go crazy More than 1 year ago
Froome clearly is, but good try.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Innocent until proven guilty. If he is doping, they will get him, like Lance, Contador, Valverde and others. Until then, he is innocent.
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
congrats- you get the a-hole award of the day for being the first to mention someone doping in this year's tour.
redwizard6 More than 1 year ago
That's not the point here. It was the tactic that worked, then and today. Tactics, not doping.
cristi1 More than 1 year ago
Now is cheating just Froome? :)))))
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Get over it already and enjoy today's race
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
Get over it Tony Hill, it will improve your life...don't dwell on that for too long...
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Ha,ha...just wanted to touch the nerve of someone who loved Lance and probably still belives he would have won if they all were playing on the same playing field. Which of course he would not have. I got over it when he finally got his dues! Must say it was a good stage to watch. Looking forward to Mont Ventoux.
rainwatrs More than 1 year ago
go away you twit!
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
why is he a twit for pointing out that Armstrong and Bertie are both dopers?!!
danjo007 More than 1 year ago
togers. you are atleast good for a laugh here. you always try to have the last word. you would be a horrible person to know in real life.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Riis knows this trick too... and predates Armstrong's stabbing Contador in the back with a secret strategy that they obviously didn't let Conti in on... anyway CSC, under Riis, did the exact same thing in Stage 2, 2004 Paris-Nice... Alain Gallopin (who lived in the area) told Riis about the cross winds there.. and they planned and managed get the ENTIRE TEAM into the break and just TTT'd all the way to the line... the ENTIRE TEAM!! Bobby Julich didn't make the cut initially, but managed to bridge as the slowed down slightly to let him get on... then they were on their way... lol...
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
A trick that Armstrong, Contador and Mr 60% all know! Are you talking about echelons, or something else?
danjo007 More than 1 year ago
be quiet mr i have to post on everything. noone cares
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Riis is the best strategist in cycling. And OPQuickstep aren't any dummies either. Love to see them put the fear into Froome. This year's Tour has had some great stages, but this one is an Instant Classic.
Matt Gain More than 1 year ago
Outstanding work by Saxo and OPQS. I'm just as impressed with the work of Belkin, Mollema and Ten Dam are both talented and hungry-a dangerous combination! (Thanks to Belkin for stepping in and supporting this team!!!) Valverde. . . I'm not a fan but feel for his long line of bad luck in the TDF. However I'm excited to see if Movistar protects Quintana then let's him run wild in the Alps! This race just got interesting again. . .fingers crossed everyone keeps chipping away at Froome and we might see some real fireworks in the coming days.
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
Incredible, best stage of the tour so far!
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
True, I can hardly breathe, just watching the race. I'm as out of breath as those riders now. And I have hardly any nails left for the rest of alps now... ;~)
Otis Farnsworth More than 1 year ago
That was far more exciting than a flat stage had any right to be. Excellent entertainment.
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
Yes - OPQS attack in the crosswinds at just over 100km to finish and distance Kittel. Then Valverde has a mechanical and Belkin attack to put time into him - then with a fragmenting peloton saxo attack and catch Froome napping and for the last 30km put over one minute into the yellow jersey at the finish. Utterly compelling - was that a flat stage?
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
And look at the result - 2 Saxo and 2 Belkin in the top 5... Wow...
dslacker More than 1 year ago
I think the peloton was split 43 ways at one point. More like a Classic than a Tour stage.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Incredible, the whole team of OPQS gets the combative award... Don't know if that's ever happened before. Excellent work indeed.
Zdeno Čeman More than 1 year ago
I wonder why canondalle didn't get this award at stage 7 when they relaying at front for more than 100 km, finishing with Sagan's win. They deserved it too!
Monika Mosna More than 1 year ago
100% agree with you Zdeno.
optica More than 1 year ago
Total agreement....bit of a classic.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Team CSC did this in 2004 Paris-Nice and locked up the GC on stage 2... EXCEPT they did one better in that they had the ENTIRE team in the break and all TTT'd all the way to the line.. That's why you want a real 'road man' like Bjarne Riis in the team car.. and a Belgian squad like QuickStep, that rides in these conditions all the time as allies doesn't hurt... and not Bailsford...
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
You really are a Sky hater aren't you Martineau. You are always on here having a dig. Brailsford has done everything to promote anti-doping, whereas Riis is a proven doper who was known as Mr 60% for his crazy blood values. Your bias is quite frankly embarassing, given you seem to support proven dopers.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Riis is an admitted former doper and Bailsford is a .....
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
You correctly identify the need for a real road man to give support to Sky but your posts today are demonstrating your anti-Sky prejudices. It's not their fault that they have so much difficulty in finding someone of quality in the former professional peloton whom they feel confident to employ in the current climate. They would not be likely to touch Bjarne Riis with a barge-pole, would they? What fun that would give to their detractors.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Actually it is their fault. They made their own rules. It's why Garmin's (public) approach to clean riding is better than Sky's (public) approach. They could have made their own move for Nicolas Roche or held onto Michael Rogers. They could have brought Bernard Eisel to the Tour. They chose not to sign the guys they made the split for Saxo today, and they chose not to bring they're experienced riders to the Tour.
rickpaulos More than 1 year ago
Real class there. Attacking when your competitor has a crash/mechanical. Hum, didn't we see that a few years ago by the same guy?
velogeek More than 1 year ago
OPQS and Belkin rode for their sprinters because Kittel was caught out. Sky did nothing to instigate or contribute, and then OPQS attacked again forcing them on the defensive.
fantastic_dan More than 1 year ago
OPQS rode for their sprinter - Belkin rode to make sure Valverde never got back on.
Arnoldus More than 1 year ago
Belkin has no sprinter in the tour, so they rode to take advantage of Valverde's misfortune. Mixed feelings for me (being Dutch). But i do remember moments where riders of Belkin/Rabo where struck by misfortune and no one stopped either. So I can understand them a bit.
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Valverde and Movistar made many mistakes. He broke a spoke, maybe because he was biding his time on the side of the road - potholes. Then he changed his wheel instead of a bike. Then his team was killed by trying to close a 30s gap instead of cooperating with Argos & Co who where chasing as well. Even Rui Costa chances were thrown away. And finally, he just gave up, losing 10 instead of 3 minutes. Belkin did indeed race with the goal of creating chaos, but they were there too when Saxo launched their surprise attack. So no mixed feelings, just great racing.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
My mistake. Either way, Sky were languishing. Saxo smelled blood in the water and forced a second split. Tactical masterpiece that got Contador much closer to yellow.
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
Arnold, Belkin reed reeds hard op kop...daarna kreeg Valverde pas materiaalpech...dus waarom zo zuur?
everydayfatrider More than 1 year ago
@gaz753 - Valverde couldn't change bikes because the team cars were behind the chasing group. He did the right thiing taking a wheel, they just couldn't chase back on in the cross winds with OPQS and Belkin at full gas. I thought they might wait for him instead of giving the Lotto group more help for the chase, but I guess it worked out.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
everydayfatrider - he could have just taken a teammates bike...
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Arnoldus - when the race is on, you can't wait... Valverde messed up.. he should have just taken one of his teammates bike and he would have gotten back on for sure.. Not only that, Movistar have a team policy of NOT WAITING... EVER.. they don't do it and are disliked a little for it... so this is a little payback maybe..
BuckRogers More than 1 year ago
Like when Valverde, a la Piti, pushed the pace in the Vuelta on Evans when he punctured a few years ago?
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
Bingo
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Movistar says straight up they don't do that 'waiting thing'... live by the sword, die by the sword.. chickens coming home to roost and all that...
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Exactly as it should be - especially in a situation where they were already racing.
rums ranger More than 1 year ago
BuckRogers, spot on. Trust a fellow Velominatus ;-)
Kwyjibo More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, it was hard to watch Valverde lose all that time, especially since he talked about making it onto the podium as a "dream" just before the tour started. You work hard to hang onto Froome in the mountains and ride a decent time trial, and then you just get a flat at the wrong time. Oh well... that's the Tour for you. I'm pretty sure Belkin was not at the front for the sake of their sprinters. Mollema and Ten Dam were lying in 3rd and 6th overall, so they had everything to gain by pushing the pace. I was happy to see Saxo-Tinkoff put pressure on Sky. Strange how I once disliked Contador, and now I'm routing for him.
tralala More than 1 year ago
it's the human nature of rooting for the underdog. that was schleck's fanbase until not so long ago:))
optica More than 1 year ago
Looks like being 2nd on GC isn't healthy for staying in competition....First Porte now Valverde
climb4fun More than 1 year ago
Not really for Contador - anybody(almost) but sky
rainwatrs More than 1 year ago
Hmmm. . . I've never had a flat at the right time myself.
redwizard6 More than 1 year ago
The split had already happened and the attacking had started when Valverde flatted. Not like they waiting until the flat and then attacked. That's a Big difference.
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone who has kept his eyes open....Valverde was unfortunate to have his material break down but the real race was already going on by that time....Belkin and OPQS were already pushing before Alejandro broke his spoke....
anthonyz More than 1 year ago
Thank you for actually tell it like it happened.
Michael Wong More than 1 year ago
"wating (sic) until the flat and then attacked". That's *exactly* what happened. Belkin did only the teeniest amount of work before Valverde went down. Like one pull on TV. Then when Valverede went down the whole team immediately moved to the front and put the hammer down. Belkin worked exclusively to capitalize on Valverde's misfortune. Granted, Movistar might not have caught back on anyway, but still pretty classless tactics by Belkin. And then Belkin barely worked in Saxo's break.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Movistar as a team policy state they will not wait in situations like this... they have done and stated this many times.. ask Cadel Evans about this... trust me... no one in the peleton will wait around for a Movistar rider...
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Interesting. I wasnt aware of this fact. Please post more decent and interesting stuff like this, rather than constantly mud-slinging at teams / riders that have gone out of their way to be clean.
Michael Wong More than 1 year ago
Waiting is one thing. Attacking is another.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Nor should they wait in a situation like this - the race was already flying - they're supposed to slow for a mechanical ?
SaKiwi More than 1 year ago
chill out chris, you have a bone to pick with everyone lol. it's a comment section and everyone has the right to say what they like. If you know the riders are clean then that's all that matters right?? your not going to change anyones mind via CN. thanks
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
Boooo for the thumbs down you received. You are correct. I do not like Contador, not because he is non-Anglo. I absolutely love Spain. As a former military man, Contador is not the kind of guy I would want on an op with me. He is not an honorable guy. He pulled the same act with Schleck and the "I didn't see he had a mechanical when the replay showed him looking directly at him and taking off. I will be the last one on earth to defend the 7x fraud, but AC did his best to sabotage the fraud, but he ruined a teammates chances, Kloden, in the process. What happened to the gentleman's behavior exhibited in cycling. Indurain, for one, "gave" so many stage wins to others because he had yellow or was about to get yellow. Look at all the second place mountaintop group finishes to Rominger, Chiapucci etc and his behavior shined through. The fact that he won his two non-TT Tour victories before he won the Tour (89 & 90) . He never won a road stage during his reign as champion. That says class.
bbbici More than 1 year ago
dunno if you've ever raced bikes at an elite level before, but I can assure you there is no stopping for guys who flat or throw a chain. the only reason one might not attack are issues not related to bike handling, maintenance, or operation, such as hitting an idiot spectator, dog, or tacks purposely strewed on the road.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
There is a gentleman's agreement that the yellow jersey doesn't get attacked if he flats, and that has been put into play quite a few times in recent memory. But Valverde wasn't in yellow. Either way, it wouldn't have worked without OPQS pushing hard to break and whittle down the field for Cav.
Jacanuk More than 1 year ago
What? the yellow doesn't get attacked on flat? when did that "agreement" happen and who decided that because its a load of BS, of course the yellow can be attacked on the flat, why do you think the yellow has a team with him. The reason you dont see attacks like we did today is because they rarely succeed on flat.
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
In middle of a Grand Tour on a 5 or 5 Hour mountain stage you can afford to apply the gentlemens agreement and wait for the misfortune of the yellow jersy - as Ullrich did for Armstrong. I am sure there are countless other examples where this has happened. Yet in 2010 Contador looked staight at Scheck when he chain dropped and put on the gas. AC seems like a nice guy in normal circumstances but when the chips are down and the TDF is on the line it can be revealling. Didn't look good at all for AC's reputation that day.
DirtyWorks More than 1 year ago
FYI, Contador has gifted a number of stages in the past on his way to GC podium.
BigFatCoward More than 1 year ago
he did a great favour in the giro in 2011 for tirolongo in thanks for previous hard work when they were team mates. whatever you think of him that was a bit of class.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
And why I, among others, will remember that stage where it would otherwise be forgotten.
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
Valverde is not in yellow, so nobody's going to slowdown. I think your forgetting that Schleck's team did the same to Contador when he had a mechanical on the cobbles several years ago. They threw down the hammer with Fabian leading the way. Payback is a B#&&h.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Fabian was going for the stage win. He had that stage circled from the start of the Tour. All 190+ other guys weren't going to wait so Fabian could get his stage win. If there's blame on Schleck there it's in not calling off his teammate. I believe Cancellara did win that stage.
rockets More than 1 year ago
Thor Hushovd won that stage. Nobody waits for anyone on cobbles.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Cant really see the relevance of a comparison between Andy's chaindrop and todays great racing... No way the same.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
You guys are an amusing lot, I will surely give you that. Not saying the chain drop was a fair comparison, just saying AC is not a super nice guy. He is also a "proven" doper. If you have a history of riding with USPS/Discovery, Astana and then ride for Riis, you have an awful lot of stink on you. Yes, I did ride at a very competitive level, not nearly at these guys' level and have been an avid watcher and follower of professional cycling for 25 years. I am no novice or "newbee" to the sport. That I get 15+ thumbs down for expressing my own opinion says a lot about the biases of so many folks here. What is wrong with having an opinion? It isn't even one that's totally out of line. Please don't equate Indurain's generosity with AC, it is insulting. I don't blast Cavendish, even though I don't personally care for him and the worship is often over the top. Talk about biases: let's see who wins the last stage in Paris, that's prestige....so and so got in his way etc. FWIW, please don't tell me today's stage was a great accomplishment for him. Tactical brilliance? Absolutely! But please don't insult anyone's intelligence by thinking he won by out sprinting anyone special. It's like Abdujaporov winning in a stage 1 breakaway in 1991. Then you've got the anti-Frrome group who dont like him because he wasn't born in Britain. My son was born on a military base in a foreign country, yet nobody implies he is any less American than those norm here. I respect people who ride hard, ride clean and make for interesting racing, so hats off to all the other cyclists, including Cav, who make it the greatest sport in the world.....along with soccer (football) as my daughter is on scholarship at university and actually played in GB one summer representing her home team.
rums ranger More than 1 year ago
" That I get 15+ thumbs down for expressing my own opinion says a lot about the biases of so many folks here." Dude - this thread is the most civilised and intelligent thread since the tour started. It's (normally) like arguing with twenty or so demented crows. You could have probably passed comment on the weather and still got " FROOM IS A CHEATAR" in response :-)
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
It wasn't a great accomplishment for Cavendish to win the sprint maybe (although Sagan was still there), but it was a 5 hour bike race. Once the gap started growing there was probably only a 15-20% chance he doesn't win, but he got himself in that move (after it split I might add, how come no one else was able to bridge?). Thanks for your service!
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Cavendish made no excuses when losing to Kittel so i fear there is a bit of green eyed jealousy when you talk about Cavendish.In fact if you heard what mark said about Kittels win the stage before maybe you might have a differant view? He said he deals in facts and Kittel was simply the better sprinter on the day and deserved to win. Hardly the words of someone who always looks for excuses.
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Sorry..stuck the above post on the wrong list. Your right about Contador.
Jacanuk More than 1 year ago
Either your just trolling or what the .... are you talking about? Contador didn´t attack anyone today except Froome long after all the Valverde problems happend.
TGeneC More than 1 year ago
Disagree! Read the update: "15:41:28 CEST Valverde made a huge mistake by not taking a teammate's bike. He could have quickly got back up to the group but wasted time by changing his rear wheel." - Valverde had the opportunity to take a teammates bike but he elected to wait for a 15 second wheel change. Very poor tactical call either by the DS or Valverde himself. Awful timing for an event he could not control, but the dynamics were already in play and there were at least three different hands being played all at the same time. In order for that front group to slow and wait for him there would have had to be agreement among several teams - all working for their own designs - and the group was already if full speed mode when he flatted. OPQS was driving and then Belkin took over when they realized that he was already off the back. Maybe Froome could have intervened, but for what? He could now sit back and allow another team to distance his closest rival. OPQS isn't in the GC race and for them to sit up would have allowed a dangerous rival to have a chance to catch back up. Nope, bad luck and tactical decisions trump "etiquette"...
tralala More than 1 year ago
froome doesn't have the influence of a cancellara in the peloton. he'd probably be laughed at atm if he told anyone to slow or do something.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
and at that... Thor Hushovd said he almost punched Cancellara in the face for convincing the front group to wait...
tralala More than 1 year ago
that's the trick. making other do something they don't like and respecting the decision no matter the consequences for them. and on that note making bets on cycling is the worst gamble ever. many things like team orders, someone gifting away the victory etc. can happen which don't make sense.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
But Fabian and RS led out Thor on the cobbles the (next?) day.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Froome might could have reeled in Belkin and Saxo if they have any respect for him. Omega Pharma was trying to make sure Kittel and Goss didn't get back in the group though, and they could care less what the Yellow Jersey says on a flat stage.
amadeusj More than 1 year ago
belkin had been riding hard and supporting opqs already before valverde had the mechanical. they wanted to split the field and cause chaos. its one of their strengths as a dutch team.
Jacanuk More than 1 year ago
I think your mistaken Belkin for Contador. Saxobank didn´t do jackshit to Valverde and they just held their position and keeping Contador safe. so drop your insinuation.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
It's simple - the RACE was ON ! And just about everyone in either of the initial main groups had every reason to keep it on. The wind caused the breaks, and there was no reason to nullify them.
eurotrash More than 1 year ago
^^^That's why they call it "bike racing" and not "weekend club ride"
roosink More than 1 year ago
Sorry velogeek, but that is nonsense. Belkin rode for their 2 GC riders - Mollema and ten Dam - to distance Valverde. Which sprinter does Belkin have in this Tour anyway?
REDLANTERN More than 1 year ago
May have been a really stupid move for SaxoBank. They may have hurt themselves in addition to Movistar. Burnt a few matches for sure. Ventoux coming up. Riding full gas like that into the wind? Froome may have been caught sleeping, but if he did not work at the front, then he just gained advantage on the speed bumps coming up. It really seems that they are fighting for second but set up Ten Dam for a high GC in the process
Trafficrider More than 1 year ago
Saxo rode hard for 30km in a flat stage. That's not anywhere near what SKY must do to defend. This move is very much to Contador's advantage. Movistar will be concentrating on the White Jersey now.
REDLANTERN More than 1 year ago
I guess we will find out Sunday... Is Froome spent or wuz he playin' possum?
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
Froome wasn't playing possum, as his team looked cooked. There was no need to chase down Contador given his 4 minute lead, so losing one minute is exceptable, as their is another ITT coming up. The problem for team Sky is that there are several teams who will likely gang up and attack them like crazy in the mountains. If they can continue to isolate Froome, they can hopefully make him crack as well. Now it's just a matter of seeing if it can be done.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Froome is strong, but his team is garbage... they all got dropped AGAIN!! As strong as Froome is he's not going to be able to overhaul the entire Saxo team single handidly.. and throw in Sagan, Chavanel, Mollema, Ten Dam, Fuglsang, Terpstra etc... Sky burned off their entire team trying to get the Contador group back.. what are you talking about?? kdogg64 - 4mins is now 2mins and change.. that's huge.. they erased more that half of Froome's TT gains in on stage with team work... and the next TT is a mountain TT with two Cat 2s.. big difference...
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
It's easy to get cooked when you reduced in numbers and are riding clean!
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
That's the most important question asked here today...is het spent? Is he playing hide-away? What about his teammates? Ritchie Porte for example? Kennaugh? Doesn't look too promising I.M.H.O....
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
I think it's been firmly established that Froome's team can't help him... two experienced power houses are out of the race Kirienka and Boasson Hagen.. Sitsou was dropped today, Porte dropped... any any opportunity Saxo can work as a team they can overhaul Froome and Froome showed his inexperience today BIG TIME.. maybe his ego has swollen.. why was he not glued to Contador's wheel? that's his biggest challenger... that's all he has to do for the rest of the race and he didn't know to do it...
Reg Oakley More than 1 year ago
I think it was an opportunity too good for Saxo to resist. Full marks to them for taking such an initiative. Very telling that Froome didnt expend an iota of energy in lessening the erosion to his lead. Wonder if Contador sensed Froome was having a bad day and exploited it. Full marks anyway for Saxo and also Cavendish for reading the race so well. See Mark has the combativity award for the day.
Dodge2000 More than 1 year ago
A minute plus gained on the yellow is never a bad move for anyone wanting to win. How else would Contador get nearly 4 mins back?
blueisola More than 1 year ago
There was little chance that Contador would be taking out a minute on Froome in the mountains on any given stage, so this was a brilliant moment of opportunity. How much life did this stage just inject into the race?!?! Love seeing Ten Dam so high up in GC. The guy has been a complete unheralded workhorse for years; nice to see some just desserts coming his way.
Michael Wong More than 1 year ago
Too bad he would be a workhorse in today's break.
andykad79 More than 1 year ago
Trust Pistolero to make the tdf interesting. Forget about winning or losing. But today's stage was the best compared to the previous ones !
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
He seems to have found ways of winning in the past.
TGeneC More than 1 year ago
Belkin and OPQS did almost all of the work up until SaxoBank launched their move - with nearly the whole team represented. All Contador had to do was ride in the draft. So the workers worked and the GC contender sat in and conserved. Froome & his few teammates also had to ride hard to limit losses. I don't see that anyone got away without having to expend a lot of effort on a team level. Belkin burned matches to solidify their GC spot and eliminate a rival, but then got an armchair ride in the last 30km. SaxoBank burned matches to gain time but had the numbers to even out the workload. Sky burned matches to limit losses (but now have another psychological blow to deal with). They ALL had to sacrifice, but the tactical game was hugely in favor of Belkin and Saxobank.
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
Froome didn't do anything today...his few capable teammates did the work....some other teams without any GC goals did the work - why was that? Can't answer that question.... (as for Lotto-B, they were ofcourse hoping to win the stage)....very, I repeat very disappointing performance by the race leader today...Hope he gets better the next couple of days...
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
His critics generally prefer him to appear superhuman so they can cut him down with their withering remarks. What do expect him to be better than he was today? He is only human, as people will realise, and does not have the benefit having no pressure.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Froome's mistake was not being on Contador's wheel. His form was fine. He didn't do any work to erase the gap because (A) it didn't change the GC battle much other than giving Contador and Mollema a better chance and (B) he couldn't put a significant dent in that gap by himself anyway. He made one tactical error today. It says nothing about how strong he is. His team on the other hand...
Scott Bentrup More than 1 year ago
According to the article above: "Even Contador did some turns on the front." Even if all he had to do was "ride in the draft" on a day like this, that was probably a ton of work. If it were so easy, Froome wouldn't have been dropped.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
And (unmentioned by Phil & Paul) in the final breakaway AC rode up and down the line of riders talking, gesturing, and encouraging riders on Saxo as well as Cannondale and OPQuickstep.
bjohal More than 1 year ago
All neutrals saw Contador do his part at the front. Only some non Contador fans saw that too. A few non Contador fans had their eyes shut in the last 30Km.
theredbaron More than 1 year ago
AC and Saxo took the opportunity that was presented. They cannot race for tomorrow or any other day. Rest assured Sky burnt some matches too in the chase, not to mention (probably) a bit of a psyche blow.
geekonabike More than 1 year ago
Sky was really missing Vasil Kiryienka (time cut in Mtns) today, Without Vasils big motor we're likely to see more days like today.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
and Boasson Hagen is gone too.. these guys are looking really weak at this point... and not just legs, but experience... Froome is pretty much on his own and he showed today that he's still pretty green...
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Just goes to show how much Wiggins is missed and that what he achieved last year was no fluke.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Sky rode just as hard as Saxo, or did you not notice they burned off everyone trying to catch back on?
dslacker More than 1 year ago
EVERYONE in the top teams had to work extremely hard for over 100K - not just SaxoBank. I believe the minute they gained (for 2 riders) was worth it.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Amazing that Conty took turns himlsef to get some time back, but on the other side we saw Froome hit his wall, and was unable to help his team cover the gap. Sky's gonna suffer a lot with this, physically but more importantly phsychologically.
Boyd Wiebe More than 1 year ago
And perhaps Froome arrived at the Tour in top shape and Contador's style is to ride into shape for the final week we might be into an exciting Tour after all.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
When I made a similar suggestion about Contador not do long ago it received some negative reaction and everyone said it was because he was unable to risk being caught . However I think you may be right and I see you are receiving some support. it was just an observation I made - not as a supporter. But nobody can deny his form today.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
*.. Contador not long ago..
Uncle_Tod More than 1 year ago
Not to mention the numbers advantage in the mountains, Froome has 6 guys to aid him, Contador has 8, much more efficient to spread out your rider usage on the high mountains. This Tour is still wide open.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Also Saxo have been a man down for a few days now Problem for Froome is that the 6 team mates he has all seem to be tired or riding while carrying injuries (Thomas). He'll have to work very hard to earn this Tour, especially if Saxo and Belkin decide to forge an alliance and find the right occasion to attack him. The terrain should be there for attacks in the next 10 days If Belkin rode for the lower steps on the podium that would be a pity for fans... Today as well, they pushed only to distance Valverde, but neither Mollema nor Ten Dam went in front to help Saxo when they had distanced Froome - not a single meter...
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Belkin raced damned hard for a long time - I don't think they had anything left to help Saxo-Bank at the end.
Tony Hill More than 1 year ago
Belkin don't want to do deals with Contador if they have an intereast in winning themselves. I would not trust him as far as i could throw him. I have a feeling Contador will already be sounding out Moviestar, and their climbers, and offering them some inducement to help him.
Otis Farnsworth More than 1 year ago
Froome didn't hit the wall, he was stuck in the peloton with no support. What's he going to do, launch a pointless, tiring solo effort?
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Yes. Cav did just that.
Dodge2000 More than 1 year ago
not quite. Cav caught the end of the break with a mad dash sprint. Froome didn't have the position to do the same and missed the opportunity. With no willing or able to really push then he had a choice of limit his loses or go for broke with a solo chase after a talent rich breakaway. Would never have succeeded. As Cav and Kennaugh said after, if you don't catch it straight away then you don't stand a chance
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
that's huge point though... why was he so out of position? they guys is really showing his lack of experience... and his teammates with experience (the real road men) are gone...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
you got 5 or seconds That's all...otherwise u screw
rockets More than 1 year ago
Most riders were out of position as the race had settled and the team cars were allowed back in the gap. BMC were on the back getting drinks, Froome seemed to be by himself near the front. Froome didn't try real hard to catch them. He has a big enough time buffer at the moment. However being in yellow is hard work on the team. Froome should be sitting on his nearest rivals. In 2011 Evans said his main opponent was Contador, thats why he seemed to follow Contador evry time he made a move. He knew he would beat the Schlecks in the timetrial.
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
Cavendish made a fantastic effort to bridge, but he did have a little help from Kwiatkowski to get there.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Kwiatkowski isn't there just to be pretty in White. He's been one of the truly great ones this Tour.
Reg Oakley More than 1 year ago
He should have joined in with his team mates to defend his Jersey if he really is capable of defending it. I cant imagine any other yellow jersey in recent memory sitting in the middle of a chase group whilst a major opponent was drawing away. His presence for one thing would have been a motivator for his team mates.
Dodge2000 More than 1 year ago
The quality of the other teams this year looked like it would be an interesting TDF. Sky are barely in the top 10, with Saxo, Belkin and until today Movistar showing a massive improvement in performance
chrisdwyer More than 1 year ago
Someone more cynical might be suspicious about that, but all the cynics are busy Sky-bashing.....
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Indeed. Had Sky pulled off a 'stunt' like Bertie Conty did today, there would be all sorts of doping accusations flying around. Eventhough Sky dont dope, and Saxo have two well known dopers in their team!
Andy McGlothlin More than 1 year ago
I think you're wrong about that. There's a difference in how suspicious it looks for one rider to dominate a climb the way Froome did, then nearly beat the world champ in an ITT, and getting the best of everyone in a wind aided split. That move was sheer tactics and team work. Almost any 10 guys in this field could have pulled it off had they the intent and the opportunity. I get your point. There's plenty of accusations going on in these threads. I just think you're wrong about this stage.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
But can they do the same to Froome on Ventoux or in the next TT ? In a couple of days Froome will be extending his lead again. Froome lost one third of his lead and did not have to ride hard like the front group.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Don't think attacking Froome on the ascent to Mont Ventoux would be the best tactic - I'd say the best scenario is attack him early in one of the later mountain stages, hoping he's isolated from teammates, maybe he has to respond to attacks one after the other and then he has to eventually let ten Dam and Kreuziger go, and does not find collaboration in other teams competing for minor places of GC - then he'll really have to do all on his own and dig deep - possibly also on flat stints among passes But that's a series of coincidences difficult to happen
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
If the team is weak, he will take a serious beating the second time up Alpe d'Huez.....
dslacker More than 1 year ago
The way this Tour is going, there will be attacks on Ventoux as well as the Alps. I'm not seeing so many "The Tour is over!" comments here after today.