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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 13 of the Tour de France. Today is arguably  the hardest of the race with 4,400m of climbing in the Massif Central.

As the CN blimp takes height yet again, the riders are signing on in Chatel-Guyon. 

Everyone is nervous about the 119km stage. The GC contenders for the expected battle on the steep final climbs, their teammates who will play a vital support role, and even the sprinters, who will have to ride hard to finish inside the time limit. 

Jumbo-Visma is last to sign on, with Primoz Roglic in the leader's yellow jersey. 

He leads Egan Bernal (Ineos) by just 21 seconds and has gained all of them via time bonuses.  Today's stage is expected to see a fight for the time bonuses but also inspire some major attacks. 

Team Sunweb have also signed on. They are on a high after their impressive combined performance and Marc Hirshi's solo victory yesterday. 

 

To read our full stage 12 report and see our huge photo gallery and full results, click below. 

Tour de France: Third time a charm for Hirschi in Sarran (opens in new tab)

SARRAN CORRZE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 10 Arrival Marc Hirschi of Switzerland and Team Sunweb Celebration during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 12 a 218km stage from Chauvigny to Sarran Corrze 658m TDF2020 LeTour on September 10 2020 in Sarran Corrze France Photo by Sebastien Nogier

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This is today's stage. It rolls through the French countryside all day and then heads into the extinct volcanoes of the Massif Central. 

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Remi Cavagna of Deceuninck-QuickStep is the local Enfant du Pays, the local rider. 

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The riders have rolled out of Chatel-Guyon for the neutralised start. They face 6.9km before the depart fictif.

World champion Mads Pedersen needs some mechanical help to adjust his stem. He grabs the allen key and does it himself. 

This is another look at what the riders face. Like the television journalists interviewed, we expect a real battle for the stage win and amongst the GC contenders. 

Here we go! The flag drops and the stage is under way. 

We are expecting immediate attacks. 

190km to go

The attacks are coming thick and fast. 

Cavagna is up front, trying to join the break on his home roads.

Allez Allez!!!

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Five riders have got a gap and Tejay van Garderen is there for EF but other riders are chasing them. 

These images show how important today is. Jumbo and other teams warmed-up on rollers before the start, so they were ready for the fast start.

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Race on! Dan Martin is trying to go across to the attack. Alaphilippe too. 

Martin, Alaphilippe and De Marchi and others join the front group but the peloton is chasing. Bora is on the front and want to get into the attack.

Alaphilippe ups the pace in the attack, trying to shake out any weaker riders.

Behind Esteban Chaves is leading the chase and several riders are spat out of the back. This is already painful.   

There five riders left up front now: Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Geschke (CCC), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Dan Martin (Israel Star Up Nation).

But there lead is just 15 seconds.

The peloton is lined out and spread across several groups. Some of sprinters are trying hold on and survive. 

These are the five but the peloton is at 20 seconds, the elastic has not snapped just yet.   

Groupama-FDJ and others have missed the attack, so they will chase. 

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Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is trying to join the attack and is chasing solo. He faces a hard task, they're not going to wait for him, but he would add some power to the attack. 

But De Gendt is caught, despite Jumbo trying to block the peloton. A Total rider breaks their grip on the race and leads the chase. 

Jumbo and other GC teams seem happy to let the break go away. None of the riders are a threat to the yellow jersey. 

However the teams that missed the move will chase, their directeur sportif no doubt on the race radio telling to get themselves up the road and in the action.   

The Col de Ceyssat starts in 5km. It's 10km long and so should be decisive in deciding if the five-rider break sticks or is chased down.  

The five attackers lead the peloton by 1:30 but there are 13 chasers in the middle.

165km to go

The break leads by 1:45. There is a group of chasers but Pinot is on the move from the peloton too. This fast start is going to hurt everyone. 

As the climb hurts, Marc Soler (Movistar) is trying to go solo across to the Alpahilippe five. 

Behind there are other attacks from the peloton. Barguil is the latest to try, as behind the sprinters are distanced. 

Sagan joined the chase to try to be up front for the intermediate sprint after 111km It was a big ask and indeed, Sagan has faded and dropped back to the peloton. 

Soler can see the five attackers now but other chasers are also trying to get across.  

Half way up the Col de Ceyssat, Soler joins Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Simon Geschke (CCC) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Behind Dani Martinez (EF) has gone solo to join the first group of chasers.. However they're 1:00 behind and will need to make a huge effort. to go across. 

Crash for Quintana. But it's Dyer, not Nairo. He gets up and going again. 

Jumbo are leading the peloton and seem happy to let the six-rider break and for some of the chasers to make to them. 

Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) has been dropped from the attack and has dropped back to the chase group. He's leading the KOM competition but will likely miss out on any of the 36 points up for grabs today. 

Cosnefroy only has 36 points and so could see his jersey under threat from today. 

The five attackers are Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

The chasers are not closing the gap and could soon be caught by the peloton.

This is thrilling racing from the very start. It's a sign of what could come later on. 

EF are trying to split the chasers, with Hugh Carthy working hard for Martinez.

Sivakov is with them, as is David de la Cruz.

Now Carthy and Martinez press on alone as the summit of the Col de Ceyssat nears.

The two EF riders are 50 seconds behind the attack at the summit. The chasers are being closed down by the yellow jersey group. 

The five attackers are trying to recover on the descent of the Col de Ceyssat. It has been a painful opening hour of racing. 

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) went on the attack from the start

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) went on the attack from the start (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the roads widen, Carthy and Martinez are pulled back by the chase group. 

They're at 45 seconds but are being chased by the peloton at 1:20. 

The gruppetto has formed behind and is at 5:00.  

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation went deep to join the attack

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation went deep to join the attack (Image credit: Getty Images)

The break turns right and begins the Col de Guéry climb. It's 7.8km long at 5%. It could see the chasers caught by the peloton.

It was a fast stage in the hills from the very start

It was a fast stage in the hills from the very start (Image credit: Getty Images)

140km to go

Jumbo has eased up on the front of the peloton after 50km of high-speed and very intense racing. They take food and chat, with their gap going up to 2:30.

We will now see if the chasers join forces with the five attackers to form a strong breakaway. 

The pace eased when yellow jersey Roglic stopped for a natural break. That was a sign to the peloton to ease up and they did. 

The chasers are Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Neilson Powless (EF Education First), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic).

There are 3 EF in the group and they are just 35 seconds down on Rémi Cavagna and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Marc Soler (Movistar).

Max Schachmann (Bora) and Romain Sicard (B&B) have also got into the chase group  as the Col de Guéry hurts. 

They are at 30 seconds now. We could soon have a front attack of 16 riders. 

 

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) has also managed to join the chase group after a solo effort. 

He joins Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martínez, Neilson Powless (EF Education First) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie). 

They are only  10 seconds behind the five atttackers: Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)

130km to go

We have one big attack now, with the peloton at 5:30.

The attackers are Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martínez, Neilson Powless (EF Education First) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie) and Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ).

As the summit of the Col de Guéry nears, Rolland surges away to take maximum points. Could he become a threat to Benoît Cosnefroy. 

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The peloton is now 6:00 behind the attackers, with Tony Martin riding tempo for  Jumbo. 

The yellow and black 'killer wasps' are lined out behind him, with Ineos behind them.   

The riders enjoy the descent but will soon be climbing again on this roller coaster stage. 

Next up is the Montée de La Stèle. It's 6.8km long at 5.7%.  

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The attackers start the Montée de La Stèle climb and Hugh Carthy edges away. This is the first shakeout of the 17-rider attack. 

Carthy has been joined by Valentin Madouas (Groupama) and they leads the other 15 attackers by 30 seconds.

Perhaps for team tactical reasons, Carthy has eased up and slipped back to the attack group. 

Madouas has pushed on alone and reaches the summit first.   

Back in the peloton, the sprinters and especially green jersey wearer Sam Bennett is fighting to stay on.   

The Irishman is pushing a big gear and could soon be dropped on the Montée de La Stèle climb.

The peloton reaches the summit of the Montée de La Stèle some 7:00 back on the attackers. 

with 100km to race, they have time and road to pull them back but that will depend on if the GC riders want to fight for the time bonuses.

There are 8,5 and 2 seconds up for grabs on the penultimate Col de Neronne, with 11km to go, with then 10, 6, 4 seconds awarded at the summit finish of the Puy Mary.

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Jumbo-Visma are in control in the peloton.

Jumbo-Visma protect Primoz Roglic

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90km to go

The riders can enjoy flatter, descending roads now but the climbs will soon return with the Côte de l'Estiade.

The peloton chased hard in the Massif Central

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Crash!

Bardet and perhaps Quintana are involved.

Uff. Bardet went down hard. He's back on his bike chasing but that must have hurt.

Quintana is also going again and chasing in a small group with Bardet. But they are 1:00 back on the peloton.

Bardet does not seem injured or blooded. Neither does Quintana. 

The peloton seems to have eased, to sportingly wait for them. 

Bauke Mollema (Trek) was also caught in the crash. Sadly he has been forced to retire. 

80km to go

The break reaches the intermediate sprint point and sweeps up the points, with Alaphilippe taking maximum points.

The gap to the peloton is up to 8:00 as Bardet and Quintana get back on after the crash.  

This was the moment of the crash. Ouch.  

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The peloton rolls through the Intermediate sprint point some 8:00 behind the attack.   

We can see that Bardet crashed on his right side, as did Quintana. They have some minor cuts and road rash and some tears in their jersey and shorts.

Due to the COVID-19 rescheduled season, it's another busy day of racing, with stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico.  It is also the opening TTT stage of the women's GiroRosa in Italy.

Here on Cyclingnews we will have full reports, results and photos from both races.  

To read more about Mollema's abandon, click below.

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Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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Egan Bernal is spotted by TV in the peloton. He is with his Ineos teammates and jokingly indicates he is suffering by holding out his tongue and putting his thumb under  his chin. 

Is he joking or serious? He seemed to be joking but we will find out on the final climbs. 

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Jumbo-Visma set the tempo in the peloton on the Côte de l'Estiade. The bunch is 8:52 down on the escapees, who will be fancying their chances of fighting out the stage win among themselves. 

Situation

Break:

Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martínez, Neilson Powless (EF Education First) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie) and Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)

Peloton at 9:00

Pierre Rolland beats Valentin Madouas to the mountains points atop the Côte de l'Estiade. They were the only two men from the break to show any interest in contesting the prime. Julian Alaphilippe, king of the mountains in 2018, was content to sit in the group and leave them to it.

There are three more classified climbs on the agenda today – the category 3 Côte d'Anglards-de-Salers, the tough category 2 Col de Neronne and the final haul to the finish at Puy Mary.

There is plenty of rugged and rolling terrain amid those categorised ascents. Dan Martin, Julian Alaphilippe, Max Schachmann and the rest of the escapees are working together smoothly for the time being and one would expect them to maintain a united front until they get a lot closer to the Col de Neronne.

The Jumbo-Visma-led peloton crests the summit of the Côte de l'Estiade some 9 minutes down on the break. 

Sam Bennett was distanced just near the top of that climb but the green jersey has two Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates for company and he should latch back on before the road climbs again.

A delegation from UAE Team Emirates has joined Jumbo-Visma on the front of the peloton - a signal, perhaps, of Tadej Pogacar's intentions on this afternoon's steep finale.

Ineos and Egan Bernal, meanwhile, are content to follow in the wheels for now. Sivakov is up the road in the break but the 9-minute gap means that he could be of limited use to Bernal later in the stage unless he is ordered almost to a halt to wait for his leader, in the manner of the late Michele Scarponi's sacrifice on behalf of Vincenzo Nibali on the penultimate day of the 2016 Giro.