Tour de France: Martínez wins stage 13

Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) won stage 13 of the Tour de France atop the steep slopes of the Puy Mary in the Massif Central. The Colombian triumphed from the early break, crossing the line first after a battle between EF Pro Cycling and Bora-Hansgrohe played out over the final 40km of the race.

Martínez dispatched Bora-Hansgrohe men Max Schachmann and Lennard Kämna on the final climb, with Schachmann having earlier left behind Martínez's teammate Neilson Powless to make a solo bid for glory.

"I'm really really happy. I love climbing in the mountains," Martínez said. "I did a good job today. I'm really happy to come back at the Tour and I feel the stage went incredibly well."

Schachmann was caught by Martínez and Kämna just 1.6km from the line, and was dropped soon after, leaving the duo to do battle on the double-digit inclines of the final kilometre. Kämna just missed out in the sprint, while Schachmann trailed in third place, 52 seconds later.

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) solidified his grip on the race lead, crossing the line with compatriot Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) as Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) struggled on the finishing climb. The Colombian lost 38 seconds to Roglič and fell to third overall, 59 seconds down, as Pogačar moved up to take second overall, 44 seconds back.

"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," Roglič said. "It was a really nice day, I'm super happy [to gain time on Bernal] - as long as you can gain time, every second is to your advantage."

How it unfolded

Stage 13 of the Tour de France would see another showdown for the GC men, finishing as it did atop the steep slopes of the Pas de Peyrol on Puy Mary in the Massif Central. Seven classified climbs filled out the stage, including three third-category tests, two second-category hills and two first-category climbs, including the finisher (5.4km at 7.7 per cent).

As ever at the Tour, attacks flew from the very start of the day, with names such as Tejay van Garderen (EF Pro Cycling) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) among those attempting to get away.

The opening 19km saw a different group emerge, though, with king of the mountain leader Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) joined by Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of Julian Alaphilippe and Rémi Cavagna, plus Simon Geschke (CCC Team) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

That quintet quickly established themselves as Jumbo-Visma settled into a rhythm at the head of the peloton, though a larger group jumped away and managed to get across to the leaders over the opening 50km.

Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Max Schachmann, Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Hugh Carthy, Daniel Martínez, Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie) and Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) all bridged the gap, making it a strong 18-man break of the day.

Cosnefroy's presence in the break was a short one, dropping from the group on the category 1 Col de Ceyssat. The remaining 17 riders had a 5:30 advantage over the next climb, the third-category Col de Guéry, while the second-category Montée de La Stèle – 106km from the line – saw Carthy and Madous briefly strike out before being brought back.

A long, up-and-down descent to the intermediate sprint followed, with the group extending their advantage to seven minutes in the meantime.

There was drama in the peloton with 86km to go as Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) were involved in a crash in the peloton, with the Dutchman forced to abandon as a result of his injuries.

The gap to the peloton edged out to just over nine minutes as the race rolled through the valley and up the category 3 Côte de l'Estiade, with the break sweeping up the intermediate sprint points along the way.

Powless drifted off the front on a downhill midway between the Estiade and day's fifth climb, the Côte d'Anglards-de-Salers. Schachmann set off in pursuit on the climb, joining the American with 30km to run, and then dropping him on the uphill run to the day's penultimate climb, the Col de Néronne (3.8km at 9.1 per cent).

On the climb, and with 14km to race, Martínez headed off in pursuit, with both Kämna and Soler jumping on his wheel, followed by Soler, though the Spaniard didn't hold on for long. Schachmann passed the summit 35 seconds ahead on the chase duo, 55 seconds up on the rest of the break, and 8:35 up on the peloton.

Ineos Grenadiers had taken charge there, pushing the pace and dropping Bardet and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), among others, on the Néronne. Up front, Schachmann hit the final climb to Puy Mary – 5.4km at 8.1 per cent and an even steeper finish – 20 seconds up on the chasers.

He would be caught inside the final two kilometres, with Martínez overcoming the German's teammate Kämna on the run to the line.

Further down the climb, the Slovenian duo of Pogačar and Roglič had blown the peloton apart on the harsh gradients of the final kilometres. Bernal, who had seen his team do so much work earlier on, was put in trouble immediately, dropping behind a chase group of Porte, Landa and López.

The Colombian fought doggedly, but to no avail as Roglič hardened his grasp on the overall race lead. He and Pogačar finished together, 6:05 after Martínez, with Porte the best of the rest of the GC men as Bernal shed over half a minute.

Porte, Landa and López also gained time on Bernal, while Urán finished with him and Quintana lost two seconds to his countryman. Bardet and Martin, meanwhile, both finished over two and a half minutes behind Roglič and Pogačar.

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Full results
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Pro Cycling05:01:47
2Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:00:04
3Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:00:51
4Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:01:33
5Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:01:42
6Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis00:01:53
7Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team00:02:35
8Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team00:02:43
9Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling00:03:18
10David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates00:03:52
11Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:31
12Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma00:06:05
13Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates00:06:05
14Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo00:06:18
15Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren00:06:18
16Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team00:06:21
17Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:06:29
18Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers00:06:43
19Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling00:06:43
20Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott00:06:45
21Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic00:06:45
22Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team00:06:57
23Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:07:15
24Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers00:07:34
25Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma00:07:34
26Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:07:49
27Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:08:35
28Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team00:08:44
29Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis00:08:51
30Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:09:25
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren00:09:25
32Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren00:10:14
33Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:10:14
34Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:10:26
35Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers00:10:26
36Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:10:59
37Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:12:41
38Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:14:24
39Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo00:14:24
40Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:14:24
41Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates00:16:13
42Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale00:16:51
43Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:18:24
44Roman Kreuziger (Cze) NTT Pro Cycling00:18:24
45Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ00:18:24
46Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:18:24
47Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:18:24
48Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:18:24
49Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team00:18:24
50Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers00:18:58
51Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling00:19:02
52Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers00:20:05
53Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers00:20:05
54Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:20:05
55Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic00:21:40
56Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis00:21:40
57Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team00:21:40
58Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:23:11
59Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma00:23:11
60Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo00:23:11
61Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:23:11
62Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team00:23:11
63Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation00:23:11
64Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:23:11
65Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team00:23:11
66Dayer Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic00:23:11
67Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team00:23:11
68Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott00:23:11
69Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain McLaren00:23:11
70Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling00:23:11
71Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team00:23:11
72Harold Alfonso Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana Pro Team00:23:11
73George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma00:23:59
74Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:23:59
75Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates00:24:20
76Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:24:34
77Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ00:24:34
78Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation00:24:53
79Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:26:33
80Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:26:33
81Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:26:33
82Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling00:27:05
83Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:27:05
84Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:27:05
85Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb00:27:23
86Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:27:28
87Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers00:28:10
88Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott00:28:10
89José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team00:28:10
90Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott00:28:10
91Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic00:28:10
92Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team00:28:10
93Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers00:28:10
94Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:28:10
95Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb00:28:10
96Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:28:10
97Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma00:28:10
98Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:28:10
99Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis00:28:31
100Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo00:28:31
101Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:29:12
102Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb00:29:12
103Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates00:29:53
104Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team00:29:53
105André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation00:30:01
106Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:30:01
107Michael Gogl (Aut) NTT Pro Cycling00:30:01
108Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:30:01
109Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team00:30:01
110Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren00:30:01
111Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis00:30:01
112Jerome Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:30:01
113Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team00:30:01
114Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation00:30:01
115Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:30:01
116Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:30:01
117Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:30:01
118Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:30:01
119Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:30:01
120David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:30:01
121Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation00:30:01
122Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team Sunweb00:30:01
123Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling00:30:01
124Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling00:30:01
125Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott00:30:01
126Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb00:30:01
127Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team00:30:01
128Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma00:30:01
129Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott00:30:01
130Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:30:17
131Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:30:17
132Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:30:17
133Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo00:30:17
134Casper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb00:30:23
135Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling00:30:23
136Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:30:28
137Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:30:34
138Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation00:31:00
139Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:31:03
140Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb00:31:03
141Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team00:31:06
142Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe00:31:12
143Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe00:31:12
144Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:31:12
145Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:31:12
146Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal00:31:16
147Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis00:31:18
148Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis00:31:18
149Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:31:18
150Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:31:18
151Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal00:31:18
152Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates00:31:24
153Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren00:31:40
154Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb00:31:45
155Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie00:32:52
156Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:34:12
157Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:34:21
158Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:34:21
159Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:34:21