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.
This is today's stage. It rolls through the French countryside all day and then heads into the extinct volcanoes of the Massif Central.
🚩 @Chatel_Guyon - Puy Mary Cantal 🏁📏 191,5 km🎬 Discover the 3D route of this long and hard day on the saddle.🎬 Découvrez le parcours 3D de cette étape des volcans !#TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/zPgTPeWOG3September 11, 2020
Remi Cavagna of Deceuninck-QuickStep is the local Enfant du Pays, the local rider.
🎙🇫🇷 @remicav "I live 400m away from here.You've got to be in the front here. It'll be tough for me in the final. I'll have to be in the front and there'll be a battle so I'll do my best"#TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/ZHzYoZGal7September 11, 2020
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.
🚩 Here they go! Stage 13 is underway!🚩 Et c'est parti, la course est lancée !#TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/T8peFH6yH2September 11, 2020
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.
🇫🇷 #TDF2020 Important GC day with lots of climbing. That means rollers before the start. pic.twitter.com/OtOsuW49K0September 11, 2020
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.
After a high-tempo start, 5 riders have managed to stay in the breakaway: Après un départ très rapide, 5 hommes tentent de créer l'échappée :🇫🇷 @BenoitCosnefroy 🔴⚪🇫🇷 @remicav 🇩🇪 @simongeschke 🇮🇪 @DanMartin86 🇫🇷 @alafpolak1 #TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/jRPuaQMbdxSeptember 11, 2020
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.
⛰ The 5 leaders reach the Col de Ceyssat with an advantage of 1'20'' over the peloton. 🇩🇪 @simongeschke scores 10 points.⛰ Les 5 leaders passent au Col de Ceyssat avec 1'20'' d'avance sur le peloton. 🇩🇪 Simon Geschke marque 10 points. #TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/ayrxz3IrqQSeptember 11, 2020
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.
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.
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.
🚴♂️ The chasers have joined the leading group. We now have one 17-man breakaway.🚴♂️ Les poursuivants ont rejoint le groupe de tête. L'échappée compte à présent 17 coureurs.#TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/9pVytayUedSeptember 11, 2020
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%.
🇫🇷 #TDF2020The situation in the race is now more clear. The 17 leaders have a 5'44" gap over the peloton which is led by Tony and Amund. pic.twitter.com/nu8pXjHLaKSeptember 11, 2020
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.
What a struggle this stage is for @Sammmy_Be green jersey @LeTour #TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/nAKAxrdMrhSeptember 11, 2020
Jumbo-Visma are in control in the peloton.
90km to go
The riders can enjoy flatter, descending roads now but the climbs will soon return with the Côte de l'Estiade.
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.
🇫🇷 A fall in the peloton saw a scare for local lad 🇫🇷 @romainbardet, but he and the others including @NairoQuinCo have managed to set off again.🇫🇷 Romain Bardet a chuté avec d'autres coureurs dont @NairoQuinCo. Il sont repartis, entourés de leurs équipiers.#TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/bLkQNYR403September 11, 2020
🇫🇷 A fall in the peloton saw a scare for local lad 🇫🇷 @romainbardet, but he and the others including @NairoQuinCo have managed to set off again.🇫🇷 Romain Bardet a chuté avec d'autres coureurs dont @NairoQuinCo. Il sont repartis, entourés de leurs équipiers.#TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/bLkQNYR403September 11, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 9:50
This is the quiet before the storm, with the riders in the break carefully watching each other before the final shakedown.
The GC riders and their teammates are also biding their time for the final climbs.
The break is on the Côte d'Anglards-de-Salers climb, the fifth of the seven climbs in the stage.
It is only 3.5km long but climbs at 6.9%.
Neilson Powless (EF Education First) has edged clear on the climb, opening EF's tactics for the finale.
The have three riders in the 17-rider attack with Martinez the protected rider for the finish.
Behind the peloton has hit the 10:00 mark. The stage will now surely be won from the breakaway today.
Now Ineos has taken over at the head of the peloton.
They are also starting their finale strategy.
35km to go
Max Schachmann goes after Neilson Powless.
In the break, most other riders are waiting and watching.
Alaphilippe has decided to use Cavagna to lead the chase up the Frenchman.
Neilson Powless (EF Education First)is first to the summit of the Côte d'Anglards-de-Salers.
Schachmann is 20 seconds behind him, with Marc Soler also on the move. Surprisingly Alaphilippe is waiting to make his move.
The other riders in the attack are only 10 seconds down on Schachmann.
Schachmann joins Powless up front as the easlier slopes of the climb towards the finish begins.
The peloton, at 10:00, is on the top of the previous climb.
Despite much debate about team strengths, Ineos are outnumbering Jumbo at the front of the bunch right now, 7 riders to 6.
The Col de Neronne comes with 15km to go but the road rises all the way now.
The Col de Neronne is only 3.8km long but is steep at 9.1%.
It is followed very quickly by the climb to the finish at Puy Mary on the Pas de Payrol.
It is steady at 5% for 3km but then kicks up at 11% in the final 2km.
This is what the riders will face in the final 15km. Black means over 10%!
Both the Giro Rosa and the mountain stage at Tirreno-Adriatico have finished.
If you want to know more, head over to our stage report pages for photos, results and more.
20km to go
The speed is rising in the break and in the peloton. We will have two thrilling races today, both on one finish.
Ouch. Powless cracks under Schachmann's speed. The German surges on alone, his head rocking under effort.
The rest of the break is 1:00 behind him. The strongest climbers will have to move soon or it will be too late.
Schachmann's mouth has dropped open as he goes deep.
Schachmann tries to recover and hold his speed on the rolling road. It will get very steep soon.
He leads the Alaphilippe chasers by 1:15.
Marc Soler is the first to accelerate in the chase group.
The race for the stage win is on!
🇫🇷 #TDF202015 km to go. Go @MaxSchachmann !!! pic.twitter.com/w1g6tlUu5TSeptember 11, 2020
Now Martinez surges. Kamna goes with him as Alaphilippe fades. He's done.
The pursuit of Schachmann is on but Kamna can sit on and wait. Great tactics by Bora.
Schachmann opens his jersey and puts his tongue out as he suffers out front.
Behind Ineos still boss the peloton, riding for Bernal.
They're approaching the Col de Neronne. Hold onto your seats, the fight for yellow is about to explode.
Alaphilippe kan het tempo van Martinez niet aan en haakt af pic.twitter.com/QAwxnYvjdKSeptember 11, 2020
Schachmann crosses the summit of the Col de Neronne some 40 seconds ahead of Martinez and Kamna.
Schachmann can recover on the 3km of flat roads and then has to suffer again on the steep climb to the finishline.
🇫🇷 #TDF2020 12 km to go. @MaxSchachmann in the lead, followed by @lennardkaemna and Daniel Felipe Martinez. What a race💪 pic.twitter.com/8kge4pGJPySeptember 11, 2020
The speed is hurting the GC group. Yates and G. Martin have been distanced.
Bardet has been distanced too.
The race is on in the GC group too.
Ineos are still setting the pace but Jumbo and Roglic are there.
Now Carapaz surges.
But he is pulled back and passed by Kuss, Dumoulin and Roglic.
Bernal is at on Pogacar's wheel.
There are just 10 or so riders in the GC group.
But no attacks yet on the steep climb of the Col de Neronne. It will surely all come down to the final 2km of the final climb now.
Adam Yates has fought back on with a great show of defiance.
5km to go
Schachmann is still solo out front. Martinez and Kamna are at 20 seconds. This will be close for Schchmann.
There are 14 riders in the GC group but Martin and Bardet will surely lose time and slip down the GC today.
Pelo Bilbao is leading the GC group to distance Martin and Bardet to help Landa rise in the top 10.
Schachmann pushes on, giving his all. but the final 2kms at 11% will kick in soon.
Martinez has a great chance here but has Kamna on his wheel.
Jumbo take over in the GC group as they also go over the top of the Col de Neronne.
3km to go
Martinez and Kamna can see Schachmann.
🇫🇷 #TDF2020 7 km. @tom_dumoulin setting the pace in the yellow jersey group as they cross the top of the Neronne. The leader is now on the Puy Mary. pic.twitter.com/sGY50OkqOESeptember 11, 2020
Here we go! Schachmann starts the steep 11% climb to the finish.
Schachmann seems to be fading.
Behind G. Martin is fighting to get back on.
Martinez and Kamna join Schachmann. Bora need a new tactic.
Kamna kicks but Martinez is quick to join him. Schachmann is dropped.
Kamna and Martinez will fight for this in the uphill sprint to the line.
They slow and so Schachmann gets back on.
There are big crowds here, some sadly without face masks.
Martinez leads into the final hairpin turn.
It's a 700m straight ride to the finish now.
It's Martinez v Kamna now.
Kamna kicks first but Martinez is on his wheel.
500m to climb.
350m to go.
Behind the GC battle has exploded.
Kamna and Martinez sprint it out.
Kamna kicks first but Martinez passes to win!
Behind Bernal has been distanced in the GC battle.
Roglic and Pogacar are together, with porte and other chasing. Bernal is further back. He could lose a chunk of time here.
Landa and Lopez are chasing Roglic and Pogacar with Porte.
Bernal seems to be suffering.
Last Km for GC riders.
Uran is behind Bernal, who is chasing alone.
Bernal is fighting to limit any loses. He's about 10 seconds back now.
Roglic goes to the front now and seems to be accelerating to gain as much time as possible.
Bernal seems to have cracked.
Roglic is spinning his way to the finish.
Bernal's head drops. He knows he's losing time.
Pogacar is suffering as he tries to stay with Roglic.
Roglic finishes with Pogacar. Start the clock to Bernal and the others.
Landa finishes 14 seconds down. Bernal loses 38 seconds to Roglic!
Bernal slumps over his bike. He went very, very deep to try to limit his losses.
EF rightly celebrate their stage win.
!!!!DANI MARTINEZ, WHAT A RIDE!!! Dani capped off a day of incredible teamwork and showed immense grit to take on the two Bora riders on the last climb. Congratulations Dani! pic.twitter.com/TiRiBF5PV1September 11, 2020
This is the top ten for the stage:
1 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Pro Cycling 5:01:47
2 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:04
3 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:51
4 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:33
5 Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:01:42
6 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:53
7 Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team 0:02:35
8 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:43
9 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling 0:03:18
10 David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:52 (edited)
The riders in the break dominated the top ten but the big changes occurred in the GC.
According to our calculations, Roglic now leads fellow Slovenian Pogacar by 44 seconds.
Bernal has slipped to third at 59 seconds. Uran is fourth at 1:10.
This is our new top ten on GC:
General classification after stage 13
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 56:34:35
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:44
3 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:59
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:01:10
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:12
6 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:31
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:42
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:01:55
9 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:06
10 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:54
Here's the moment Dani Martinez of EF celebrates his stage win at Puy Mary.
Here is a different angle.
Bernal's face was full of pain in the final kilometres. In contrast, Roglic seemed cool and in control.
The time limit is 48:17, so even the sprinter's gruppetto should not have any problems today.
This the moment Martinez knew he was going to win.
🚴 What a day's racing!Relive the last kilometre and 🇨🇴 @danifmartinez96's breathtaking finish at the Puy Mary!🚴 Quelle étape aujourd'hui !Revivez le dernier kilomètre avec le final époustouflant au Puy Mary et la victoire de 🇨🇴 @danifmartinez96 !#TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/n1QEXr6TxPSeptember 11, 2020
Dani Martinez climbs on the podium to celebrate his stage win. He wears a team issue pink and purple face mask.
Timings show that Roglic and Pogacar gained the following gaps in their GC rivals:
Porte (+13) Landa (+13)
Bernal (+38) Uran (+38)
A. Yates (+40) Quintana (+40)
G. Martin (+2.46)
Indeed, Poor G. Martin has dropped from third overall to 12th at 3:14.
Martinez spoke of his stage win.
“I had a week that wasn’t great, I didn’t have good sensations because I was still struggling after my crash but I knew I could win a stage all the same and now I’ve done it," he said.
"When I won the Dauphiné, I had very good legs, and I recovered quite well for the Tour. When the Tour started my sensations were still good, but I fell and lost a bit of time. Mentally that was hard. I let some more time go and then I tried to seek out stages that suited me. I managed to win today."
"Today, I worked hard, I gave a lot on the last climb when I was with the two of them. I could see they had a bit less strength in the end, so I thought I could win it in the sprint."
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) was obviously happy with his day when speaking to French television.
“It was a really hard day, full gas first hour, then the peloton slowed down a little bit," he said.
"When Ineos started pulling it was really hard. Then in the final climb I decided to try and go. With Primoz we managed to keep the distance and it’s was really a good day to take some seconds."
"I saw Primoz today was again super strong in the final. It was hard to follow in the final 500m. He’s in very good shape. I don’t know what will happen in the Alps but I will keep fighting.”
Sam Bennett is the last rider to finish the stage and os lives to fight another day and can continue his battle with Peter Sagan for the green jersey.
🇮🇪 @Sammmy_Be has arrived with his @deceuninck_qst teammates!🇮🇪 @Sammmy_Be est arrivé avec ses coéquipiers !#TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/BIyHgMu7ZTSeptember 11, 2020
Primoz Roglic was also happy with his day.
"I saw the final climb for the first time but it's a nice one, it's steep. I saw it already from the bottom because right away the road is short but hard to come to the top," he explained.
"It was a really nice day, I'm super happy. As long as you can gain time, every second is to your advantage. Honestly I expected Tadej to be good before the start of the Tour I knew he is super strong.
"We did nationals together and from last year we already saw he can do really big things in the Vuelta, so it was no big surprise. I'm really happy at the end we were two Slovenians at the top.
"It's not just me, I have the jersey, but our whole team - everyone needs to do his job - and all together so far we're doing a really nice race."
This is Roglic and Pogacar as they finish the stage together.
Lennard Kamna tried to fight for the stage victory but could not match Martinez in the mountain top sprint finish.
"I wanted to drop Martinez because I’m not the fastest sprinter. But in the end he was also really strong and so I couldn’t do anything else. I think I accelerated well but i was standing still afterwards," he said post race.
"It is what it is. I can’t change the result. I just hope I can maybe win one."
Bora's numerical superiority counted for little against Martinez's sprinting superiority.
"It was good to have Max up the road, I could save energy in the wheel in the valley because I didn’t need to pull and afterwards I could stay in the wheels. It was the best thing he could have done for me and it also gave himself a big chance for sure," Kamna said.
"I would just liked to have like to finish it off."
Max Schachmann was disappointed after attacking solo and going close to victory.
"We wanted to win as a team. I thought I could have a real chance but Martinez showed his strength and so deserved to win," he said sportingly.
"We made the tactical plan during the stage and so I knew he (Kamna) was coming across and so knew he had a good chance. It was close but it is like it is.
"After my crash and collarbone problem at Il Lombardia, I’m feeling better and better. I’m happy my old shape is coming back. I’ll take two or three rest days now and see how my legs feel in the last week."
Egan Bernal also talked after his ride, accepting his time loss.
“I did my best, but the others were stronger than I was. I couldn't do more than this," he said.
"I felt very good all day. I looked at my numbers from today's stage and they were almost my best ever. The rest simply went faster.
"We have to see what will happen in the coming days. From now on I will look at it day by day. We must continue to focus and manage our efforts. In any case, I'm not giving up. We have to keep morale high and we do our best."
After losing time, Bernal also lost the best young rider's jersey to Tadej Pogacar.
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