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Stage Report: Another day of excitement on the 2020 Tour de France with two battles on the final Summit of the day. At the front it was between Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) and Lennard Kämna (BORA-hansgrohe). Behind; Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) took the others on for the GC along with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates. Martinez won the stage and Roglič and Pogačar gained time on the other hopefuls. Slovenia one and two overall.
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Good and bad day for the Colombians
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Stage 13, Roglič looking good
Stage 13 Route:
ASO describes the stage route: “Stage 13 starts from Châtel-Guyon, the hometown of Rémi Cavagna, the strong rouleur of Deceuninck-Quick Step, and finishes at Puy Mary, a volcanic climb in the Massif Central. It’s the territory of Romain Bardet who gave his name to a bike path RBX (Romain Bardet Experience) very appreciated by fun riders. There’s a total elevation gain of 4400 metres in that stage, it’s the biggest of all 21 stages this year! It means the favourites could use the terrain to fire up the race. But attackers like Julian Alaphilippe who have evidenced their ambitions yesterday will try to make the most of the hardest stage in the Massif Central. Auvergne is also the historical region Alaphilippe hails from, even though he’s from a less mountainous part than this one. Defending champion Egan Bernal believes the finish atop the Puy Mary is suitable for differences between the favourites of the 107th Tour de France.”
With seven climbs on the menu, the attackers knew that there would be opportunities, the attacks came thick and fast from the start and on the first climb, the Cat 1 Col de Ceyssat. After the climb: Julian Alaphilippe and Rémi Cavagna from Deceuninck – Quick-Step were the engine of an early breakaway of five.
The break tried to form early
Simon Geschke, Daniel Martin and Marc Soler joined, then chase group of twelve then managed to cross on the Col de Guéry: Warren Barguil, Hugh Carthy, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Neilson Powless, David De la Cruz, Nicolas Edet, Lennard Kämna, Maximilian Schachmann, Valentin Madouas, Pierre Rolland, Romain Sicard and Pavel Sivakov. The seventeen soon had more than 7 minutes on Jumbo-Visma, which had control of the peloton.
Jumbo-Visma were not keen on the early break, but eventually let it go
The cooperation was not great at the front. There were some attacks for KOM points, while some saved their strength for a possible stage victory, others to possibly help their team leader later in the stage. Egan Bernal had Sivakov, De la Cruz for Tadej Pogacar and Barguil to help Nairo Quintana.
Alaphilippe was keen to get in the action… again
90 kilometres before the finish, there was a crash in the peloton. Two involved were Romain Bardet (4th overall) and Nairo Quintana (5th), but they were able to continue on their way. Bauke Mollema had to abandon and was taken to hospital. The peloton slowed down a bit, so that the gap with the leading group increased to over 11 minutes.
EF’s Hugh Carthy also wanted to be up front
So it was now a battle on two fronts. After a solo attack by Powless, the leading group exploded on the Côte d’Anglards-de-Salers. Schachmann joined the American and then rode Powless off his wheel on the first metres of the Col de Neronne (3.8km at 9.1%). Schachmann was more than a minute ahead of the pursuers, as Sivakov waited to help Bernal later in the stage.
Was a rider from the big break going to take the day?
In the chase group, Martínez and Kämna were the best climbers. The Colombian had to close the gap on the steep Neronne, because Kämna had Schachmann at the front. The gap at the top of the Neronne was reduced to 27 seconds.
It certainly looked like the break was going to stay away
With a lead of 20 seconds, Schachmann then started the final climb of the Puy Mary (5.4km at 8.1%), but Martínez and Kämna were getting closer and closer. The EF climber had to do all the chase work. At 1.6 kilometres from the top, Schachmann was caught. Martínez was able to answer an acceleration from Kämna, this allowed Schachmann to return.
A day of two races – The break and the GC men
The victory would be decided on the very steep last kilometre. Martínez was forced into the lead by the two Germans, but Schachmann couldn’t hang on. Kämna jumped 600 metres from the line, but again he could not get rid of Martínez. The Colombian was then the fastest in the sprint.
The peloton had their own battle
In the peloton, INEOS Grenadiers took over on the Côte d’Anglards-de-Salers, about 40 kilometres from the finish. The British team set a higher pace than that of Jumbo-Visma and thinned the peloton considerably to 15 riders.
Max Schachman went solo
Guillaume Martin and Romain Bardet was dropped from the GC group on the steep slopes of the Neronne, due to the hellish pace from INEOS Grenadiers. Richard Carapaz then opened the attack, sending Tom Dumoulin and Sepp Kuss (the last two men for Roglič) into action. They brought the Ecuadorian back and then set their own pace.
Martinez was on the hunt for the win
Dumoulin and Kuss kept the pace high on the plateau to the foot of the Puy Mary. Pogačar then put in his move on the final climb, putting Egan Bernal, Rigoberto Urán and Nairo Quintana into trouble. Pogačar and Roglič got together as the best GC riders, although Porte, López and Landa were not far behind. Bernal was was losing time.
BORA-hansgrohe had the numbers, but Martinez had the legs
The Slovenian tandem rode hard in the last, steep kilometre to Puy Mary. Roglič crossed the line as the best of the top riders and strengthened his yellow jersey, with Pogačar in the same time. Bernal lost 37 seconds to the two Slovenians on the line.
Martinez was too good for Kämna in the end
Roglič and Pogačar took time out of everyone
Tour de France Stage 13 Result:
1. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) EF Pro Cycling in 5:01:47
2. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:04
3. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 0:51
4. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:33
5. Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM at 1:42
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis at 1:53
7. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC at 2:35
8. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 2:43
9. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Pro Cycling at 3:18
10. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates at 3:52
Tour de France Overall After Stage 13:
1. Primož Roglič (Slov) Jumbo-Visma in 56:34:35
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slov) UAE-Team Emirates at 0:44
3. Egan Bernal (Col) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:59
4. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling at 1:10
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic at 1:12
6. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana at 1:31
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:42
8. Mikel Landa (Spa) Bahrain-McLaren at 1:55
9. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 2:06
10. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 2:54.