Tour de France 2013

June 29 - July 21, 2013, Porto-Vecchio, France, Road

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 20 of the Tour de France. The finish if the 100th Tour de France in Paris is just a day away, with the 125km mountain stage from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz the last chance for riders to move up overall in the general classification and fight for the climber's polka-dot jersey and the team prize. 

  1. 13:31:15 CEST

    Here we go! The riders are in the neutralised section of the stage and waiting for the racing to begin.

  2. 13:34:06 CEST

    The sun is shining as the riders pass the edge of the lake. It's currently 25C. 

  3. 13:35:43 CEST

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) is in the yellow jersey again as race leader. He has a 5:11 margin on Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) but the Spaniard could be passed by Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

    Chris Froome (Sky) remains firmly in the yellow jersey with one day remaining in the Alps

  4. 13:39:37 CEST

    Froome also leads the polka-dot climber's competition but Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) wears the jersey and polka-dot shorts because he is in second place, one point down on Froome.

  5. 13:40:06 CEST

    The flag drops and the racing begins.

  6. 13:40:57 CEST

    Rolland is the first to attack. He is chasing a few points on the early climbs to win the polka-dot jersey.

  7. 119km remaining from 125km

    13:45:34 CEST

    We now have five riders with a 34 second lead.

  8. 13:48:37 CEST

    N o, a four man group in the lead, with a five man chase group. Teh first four are Jens Voigt (RadioShack), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).

  9. 13:51:31 CEST

    That group has a 32-second lead over a chase group of five: Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha).

    The peloton is back at 1:03 already.

  10. 13:55:01 CEST

    It looks like Orica-GreenEdge's Svein Tuft is already falling back from the peloton. That is not a good sign.

  11. 13:59:45 CEST

    There are in fact six in the chase group, with Igor Anton as the sixth man.

  12. 14:02:31 CEST

    • Climb

    The lead group has already gone over the first climb of the day. That was the Cat. 3 Cote du Puget, with Rolland dashing out to take the points. That finally gives hm the KOM jersey in his own right again.

  13. 14:07:27 CEST

    With just over 109km to go, the two lead groups have merged. That gives us nine riders in the lead, with a 1:27 gap on the peloton.

  14. 14:08:35 CEST

    There are actually quite a lot of climbs today. Here they are, courtesy of

     Km 12.5 - Côte du Puget5.4 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 2

     Km 17.5 - Col de Leschaux3.6 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% - category 3

        Km 43.0 - Côte d'Aillon-le-Vieux6 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3

        Km 51.0 - Col des Prés (1 142 m)3.4 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% - category 3

        Km 78.5 - Mont Revard15.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 1

        Km 125.0 - Annecy-Semnoz10.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% - category H

  15. 14:10:07 CEST

    Movistar is leading the chse and keeping the group on a long line, as the gap is down to 1:16.

  16. 14:10:48 CEST

    Anton is not willing to let Rolland win the next mountain ranking, and takes off to gain the points.

  17. 14:13:28 CEST

    Movistar would like to have Nairo Quintana win this stage, and also move up to second in the GC.

    Best young rider Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

  18. 14:16:27 CEST

    • Movistar

    Both Quintana and his team are determined to hold on to his good ranking today.

  19. 14:18:36 CEST

    After two climbs in quick succession, we now have a small break. The next highlight is the intermediate sprint at km 33.5.

  20. 14:21:49 CEST

    We are on some very narrow roads today.

  21. 14:24:15 CEST

    This group is not really getting away. Flecha doesn't like that and does his best to up the speed.

  22. 14:26:50 CEST

    • Green Jersey

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has pretty much wrapped up the green jersey for this year's race.

    1     Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling     380     pts
    2     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     278      
    3     André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol     227      
    4     Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     177      
    5     Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha     157    

  23. 14:30:16 CEST

    And here is why Anton took those mountain points. HIs teammate Mikel Nieve came into the stage only 5 points behind Rolland, who was in second place. So Euskaltel doesn't want Rolland to get any more points, and hopes that Nieve can perhaps win the closing climb to take the polka-dots.

  24. 14:32:23 CEST

    Fourth in that ranking, by the way, is Quintana, who was only one point behind Nieve. So conceivably he too could take the jersey if he wins the stage today.

  25. 91km remaining from 125km

    14:34:45 CEST

    The lead group now has a gap of only 58 secnds as the peloton comes to the sprint. Greipel took the next remaining points. Flecha was the first across the line for the lead group.

  26. 14:37:27 CEST

    There are all kinds of ways that a number of riders could win the KOM jersey -- and it almost all depends on who wins the stage today to pick up all those points.

  27. 14:39:55 CEST

    It looks as if the tension is gone in the race for the green jersey, as it has been decided already anyway. At the intermediate sprint a few minutes ago, Sagan, Cavendish and Greipel all casually rolled up to the line before all making a jump to take the points. Why not have a little fun?

  28. 14:41:38 CEST

    • Puncture

    A mechancial for Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ).

  29. 14:44:01 CEST

    Jeannesson is working his way back up through the team cars and the motos. Not an easy task on a narrow road.

  30. 14:48:34 CEST

    We think it is safe to say that world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was not particularly looking forward to this stage. He tweeted, "annecy-annecy. Aso can I wait here? I promise to finish in the last group!"

  31. 82.5km remaining from 125km

    14:50:12 CEST

    They have now started up the third climb of the day, the Cote d'Aillon-le-Vieux. It was a short one, and Rolland sprints out to take the points.

  32. 14:50:44 CEST

    Two points for Rolland and one for Riblon. No more were available.

  33. 14:54:50 CEST

    Burghardt has punctured and at least momentarily fallen out of the lead group.

  34. 78km remaining from 125km

    14:55:21 CEST

    The gap is now down to 47 seconds.

  35. 14:58:23 CEST

    And now it is time for the next climb! This is the Col des Pres, also cat. 3.

  36. 14:58:48 CEST

    Roman Kreuziger, 4th in GC, is the next to puncture.

  37. 76km remaining from 125km

    14:59:24 CEST

    Burghardt has just made it back up to the lead group.

  38. 15:02:06 CEST

    • Blanco

    Is Sky team principal Dave Brailsford worried about the outcome of the race Not at all, he tells us in this video.

  39. 15:06:04 CEST

    Once agin we have a sprint for the montai points. Rolland nearly knocks down Anton, and the Euskaltel rider complains about it afterwards.

  40. 15:07:37 CEST

    Tony GAllopin of RadioShack has destroyed his chain. He can only wait until the team car comes up to help.

  41. 15:08:58 CEST

    There is now a 10km long descent, followed by, what else, the next climb.

  42. 68.7km remaining from 125km

    15:12:46 CEST

    • Movistar

    Movistar continues to lead the peloton, only 55 seconds behind the break group.

  43. 15:17:52 CEST

    Let us not forget that there are two ranked climbs tomorrow in the final stage. They are only cat. 4, with one point each, but the way things are going, they might play a role!

  44. 63.4km remaining from 125km

    15:20:10 CEST

    "Oldie" Jens Voigt leads the break group at the moment.

  45. 15:21:16 CEST

    Gallopin is having a hard time getting back. He had quite a gap to make up and at the same time, Movistar is pushing the pace up front.

  46. 15:25:12 CEST

    Voigt doesn't want the group to get caught and pulls them up the next climb.

  47. 15:26:24 CEST

    The lead group is falling apart, with Brutt the first to go.

  48. 15:27:55 CEST

    Voigt is now alone in front, and has a gap of 1:38.

  49. 15:30:04 CEST

    • Team BMC

    Gilbert and van Garderen, both BMC, have jumped from the peloton in pursuit of Voigt and the former lead group.

  50. 15:31:20 CEST

    Here are our gaps:


    former break group at 0:49

    Gilbert and van Garderen at 1:09

    Peloton at 1:50

  51. 15:34:50 CEST

    Movistar is happy to see Voigt go on alone, as he is no threat to any of their goals. They have let him build up a 2:31 gap now.

  52. 15:40:02 CEST

    The Movistar team seemed to want control the racing but the riders up front are not giving up easily.  

  53. 15:41:54 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (OPQS) has been dropped with several other sprint. He is hoping to win in Paris on Sunday but knows he will have to fight to finish  today's stage inside the time limit.

    "We’re not there yet. Today might be one of the hardest days in the Tour de France so really I’m not thinking about Paris yet. We have to get through today and then we can start to think about tomorrow," he said at the start of the stage.

    "It’s been difficult. Compared to last year it’s been about 40 per cent more in terms of climbing meters. It’s taken its toll and yesterday was about survival and it’s been tough for everybody." 

  54. 15:44:39 CEST

    Laurens ten Dam (Belkin) is locked in one of several fights for places in the top ten overall but like many riders is tired after three tough weeks of racing. 

    "I feel tired but everyone is tired after a three week Tour. Talansky is someone I have to watch but I have to go up as fast as I can." he told Cyclingnews at the start.

  55. 53km remaining from 125km

    15:46:42 CEST

    Voigt is past the mid-way point on the Mont Revard. He leads the peloton by 3:20.

  56. 15:53:33 CEST

    Voigt is still rocking his way up the climb.

    Behind him is Igot Anton (Euskaltel) at 25 seconds. further back are: Rolland, Riblon, van Garderen, Gilbert, Burghardt, Brutt, Gautier and Clarke.

    Alexis Vuillormoz (Sojasun) has got across to them.

  57. 15:57:29 CEST

    Anton is closing the gap on Voigt. The gap is just 15 seconds with the chasers further back at 2:00.

  58. 15:58:54 CEST

    Some fans run alongside Voigt and one pushes him. Voigt quickly pushes his hand away.

  59. 15:59:24 CEST

    Voigt gets a drink from his team car as he crests the summit of the climb.

  60. 16:00:29 CEST

    Anton also goes over the top. The BMC team has 3 riders in the move behind, with Gilbert leading the group.

  61. 16:00:59 CEST

    Rolland accelerates in search of mountain points.

  62. 16:01:45 CEST

    Rolland scores six more points, extending his virtual lead in the climber's competition.

  63. 16:03:18 CEST

    Rolland will have to wait until after the stage to know if he has done enough to win the polka-dot jersey. 50 points got to the first rider at the finish today with other points up for grabs on the HC climb.

  64. 16:04:21 CEST

    Voigt is tucked down on his bike on the long fast descent, trying to hold a high speed.

  65. 16:07:02 CEST

    Cyclingnews editor Daniel Denson spoke to Ryder Hesjedal this morning after his long attack during Friday's stage. His season is far from over.

    "I feel a little tired after yesterday," he said.

    "I wanted to try and push it, see how far I could take it but my stomach started to fall apart after the Madeleine. After this race I’ll go San Sebastian, Colorado and the Canadian races."

  66. 16:09:54 CEST

    Roman Kreuziger needs a wheel change on the descent but is quickly back on his way.

  67. 16:13:17 CEST

    Voigt is on a mission today. However he now faces 25km of flat roads on his own.

  68. 16:18:54 CEST

    Barry Ryan spoke to Geraint Thomas at the start in Annecy. He knows today's decisive final climb.

    "We did a recon on it after the Dauphiné," he said.

    "It’s a short day but a tough day and the last big push for the team. The brief for us is the same as the past few days – control the early break, ride a good tempo on the front and then leave it to Froomey, Richie and the boys on the final climb. I think there’s going to be some fireworks up there and it’s going to be great for the fans." 

  69. 25km remaining from 125km

    16:24:01 CEST

    Anton has now been caught by the chasers, leaving Voigt solo upfront with a lead of 1:45.

  70. 16:24:48 CEST

    The race is likely to come back together on the last climb to the finish. It is a brute of a climb: 10.7km at 8.5%.

  71. 16:29:47 CEST

    Two Katusha riders are leading the peloton but Movistar is also up there. We can expect an attack from Quintana on the final climb as he tries to snatch second overall from Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff).

    Saxo-Tinkoff and Radioshack are also fighting for the team prize.


  72. 16:34:06 CEST

    Burghardt has been dropped but Gilbert is giving it everything to help catch Voigt and set up van Garderen.

  73. 16:36:18 CEST

    Gautier is helping Gilbert, to benefit Rolland as he tries to hold off the peloton and grab some final mountain points. 

  74. 14km remaining from 125km

    16:39:48 CEST

    Movistar is setting a scorching pace at the head of the peloton. It's as if they are about to attack the Poggio during Milan-San Remo.

  75. 16:40:24 CEST

    Team Sky is back on the front, with Ian Stannard doing a big turn on the front.

  76. 16:41:43 CEST

    Lots of riders are being dropped, including Cadel Evans (BMC), Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky).

  77. 16:42:44 CEST

    Van Garderen has accelerated after Voigt, blowing the chase group apart.

  78. 16:43:18 CEST

    Team Sky is also causing problems in the peloton, with Contador out of position. 

  79. 16:44:18 CEST

    The climb has yet to start in earnest but van Garderen kicks again to distance Rolland and Vuillermoz.

  80. 10km remaining from 125km

    16:47:32 CEST

    Voigt is on the climb now, with the chasing trio at 45 seconds. But the peloton is about to catch them.

  81. 16:49:11 CEST

    The peloton splits after Costa does a long turn.

  82. 16:50:14 CEST

    There are only eight riders in the front group. Mollema is not there.

  83. 16:50:38 CEST

    Valverde goes on the attack to perhaps set up Quintana.

  84. 16:51:30 CEST

    Kreuziger is suffering is distanced from the front group. He could lose his fourth place overall.

  85. 16:52:37 CEST

    Up there are: Valverde, Froome, Quintana, Porte and Rodriguez.

  86. 16:53:17 CEST

    Voigt is caught and passed. It was a heroic but crazy attack.

  87. 16:53:30 CEST

    Here we go!

  88. 16:53:51 CEST

    Rodriguez and Quintana attack and open a gap.

  89. 16:54:38 CEST

    Froome waits a moment but then accelerates away, leaving Contador for dead. Froome spins his gear with fury, his arms sticking out.

  90. 16:55:47 CEST

    Rodriguez and Quintana manage to join him but don't have the same speed in their legs. However if they can gain time on Contador, they can finish on the final podium with Froome.

  91. 16:57:16 CEST

    Quintana needs 21 seconds to move past Contador into second overall.

  92. 16:58:54 CEST

    Rodriguez needs 47 seconds to move past Contador.

  93. 16:59:46 CEST

    However the trio already have 37 seconds as Kreuziger catches Contador and begins to help him.

  94. 5km remaining from 125km

    17:02:40 CEST

    Rodriguez is now virtually third overall. Contador needs to fight if he wants to avoid finishing fourth or worse.

  95. 17:06:48 CEST

    Purito Rodriguez is still dragging Quintana and Froome along. They look more and more like the riders of the final podium in Paris.

  96. 17:08:05 CEST

    Contador's chase group is at 1:30. He's suffering like crazy.

  97. 17:08:31 CEST

    Valverde is between the groups.

  98. 17:09:18 CEST

    Upfront Froome wacks a spectator running alongside him.

  99. 17:09:58 CEST

    Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) joins the Contador group. This could lift him up into the top ten overall.

  100. 17:11:47 CEST

    Talansky needs to gain ten seconds on ten Dam and Kwiatkowski. He should do it.

  101. 2km remaining from 125km

    17:12:36 CEST

    Just 2km left to go and the riders will be able to see Paris and the end of the Tour from the summit and the finish.

  102. 17:13:44 CEST

    Will Froome try to win the stage or let Quintana or Rodriguez take it?

  103. 17:14:39 CEST

    Froome seems a bit ragged in his pedal action but accelerates away. #nogifts

  104. 17:15:25 CEST

    But they come back together and now Quintana attacks and opens a gap.

  105. 17:15:51 CEST

    Quintana is going to win the stage and secure second overall.

  106. 17:16:08 CEST

    Just 500m to go.

  107. 17:16:40 CEST

    In his debut Tour, Quitana will also take the polka-dot jersey as best climber.

  108. 17:17:31 CEST

    Quintana wins the stage! Rodriguez takes second just behind, with a tired but happy Chris Froome just behind.

  109. 17:18:27 CEST

    Froome head is rocking but he quietly waves his fist in a sign of victory as he crosses the line.

  110. 17:19:32 CEST

    Valverde finishers fourth at 1:40. Porte is just behind him and is smiling all the way to the finish.

  111. 17:20:06 CEST

    Talansky comes home next, leading in Contador at 2:28.

  112. 17:21:13 CEST

    Contador has tumbled off the podium today, while Talansky should make it into the top ten. What a ride in his first Tour de France.

  113. 17:21:59 CEST

    Despite Contador's problems, Saxo-Tinkoff looks set to win the team prize. Small consolation in truth.

  114. 17:23:28 CEST

    Quintana has been confirmed as the winner of polka-dot jersey. He's hit the jackpot today with the stage win, second overall, the best young rider's white jersey and the best climber's polka-dot jersey.

  115. 17:28:59 CEST

    Quintana hugged teammate Valverde and Froome hugged his team staff with a big smile.

  116. 17:36:52 CEST

    As the gruppetto finishes some 18 minutes down, we'll wrap up today's live coverage.

  117. 17:37:48 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) finishes pulling a wheelie as he hits the line.

  118. 17:38:33 CEST

    We'll have a full report, a huge photo gallery, news, exclusive videos and interviews on Cyclingnews. 

  119. 17:40:24 CEST

    Join us on Sunday for full coverage of the final stage to Paris on Sunday. The racing starts at 5:45 local time with the finish at 9:45pm.

    It should be a spectacular finale to the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

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