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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 13, Stage 14: Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule - Lyon 191km

Tour de France: Stage 14

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 04:23,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 19:06

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule - Lyon 191 km

Rolling roads suit breakaway

Almost any rider who is not a sprinter, climber or GC contender is likely to have a X on this stage in their route manual. There are seven categorised climbs, all but one packed into the second half. The roads are rolling even before the first climb and it would be no surprise to see a sizeable break go clear. All of the teams who have come up with nothing so far will be determined to have a rider or two in the break. With a huge stage to Mont Ventoux to follow, the peloton is unlikely to commit to much of a pursuit, which should leave the breakaways to decide it between them. The last two fourth-cat climbs in Lyon will be critical to the final decision. A puncheur like Sylvain Chavanel could do a lot of damage on those hills, perhaps even managing to finish alone. Back in the peloton, although they are sure to be tackled at a fast pace, those ascents are not tough enough to trouble the GC contenders. Anyone who does find those climbs hard is in for a nightmarish Bastille Day run south…

Nicolas Portal: "I've not checked this one but a friend in Lyon says there's a tricky climb near the finish. You've got to be careful on these stages but the roads are wider than those on equivalent days at the Giro. That doesn't mean there's less tension, though, as there are so many sprinters who want to win."

Local history

The city that hosted the Tour's first stage finish, Lyon has not featured all that often on the route in recent decades. The last time the Tour finished in the city was in 2003, when Alessandro Petacchi, who retired a couple of months back, led the pack home in the centenary edition of the Tour de France.

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Tour de France 2013: Stage 14 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 14 profile

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Martin Houde More than 1 year ago
Sagan in the breakaway ? He could do it. They all waited for him in the classics, and he still managed to find his way into breaks.
Nardus Haasbroek More than 1 year ago
Chavanel, Sagan maybe even Gilbert? Wont mind it if anyone of these take a win. Specially Chavanel.
CP2013 More than 1 year ago
David Millar or Ryder Hesjedal because it looks like it could be a 10k ITT at the end and I'd like to see another Garmin win this Tour.
peter16x More than 1 year ago
Sagan
Michel Tagliati More than 1 year ago
Contador will be riding in the draft of Saxo-Bank superdomestiques and Froome will start to fail in recovery, as he does not have any reserves (fat) and turn catabolic due to his red efforts in the crosswind after the hard TT and no superdomestiques to lean on. Saxo have great climbers. Porte is the only one who can help, and he might have a good day. Rodriguez might wake up. Voigt is going to try and kill everyone on the first half =)
ceramiccyclist More than 1 year ago
Dangerous looking stage as far as the GC is concerned.
Coppistrong More than 1 year ago
I wonder if anybody, cudd agree that the wake of Valverde Flat, was in some way unfair: I did not see the stage fully, if Valverde had avoided the loss of air- wudd the GC be different? - anyway, today the willingness of the Peloton to give a breakaway, Large! unless sprint teams get help form GC teams ?!