Dani Martinez of EF Pro Cycling has won a tough Stage 13 of the Tour de France at Puy Mary, getting the better of fellow breakaway rider Lennard Kämna in a two-man sprint at the summit finish. On a brutal final climb, back in the overall contenders’ group, only Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates was able to stay with race leader Primoz Roglic of Jumbo Visma, with defending champion Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers, 21 seconds off the yellow jersey this morning, losing more than half a minute.
Today’s 191km stage from Châtel-Guyon was widely considered the toughest of this year’s race, featuring seven categorised climbs and 4,400 metres of climbing.
It also packed a brutal one-two punch in the finale, with the Category 2 Col de Neronne, covering 3.8km at an average gradient of 9.1 per cent, followed by the summit finish on the Puy Mary, covering 5.4km at 8.1 per cent, but averaging 15 per cent over the final 2km.
Max Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe crested the Col de Neronne alone, having earlier chased down a solo attack by Nielson Powless of EF Pro Cycling from what had been a 17-man break full of quality riders, with an advantage of around 30 seconds on his closest pursuers.
Those were another EF Pro Cycling rider, Dani Martinez, and his own team mate, Kämna, who with Schachmann up the road unsurprisingly sat on the Spaniard’s wheel.
Martinez caught Schachmann with 1.5km remaining, with Kämna immediately attacking, a move that distanced his struggling team-mate, though Martinez was able to respond.
Schachmann got back on briefly, before finally throwing in the towel around 600 metres from the line leaving Kämna and Martinez to fight it out for the stage win.
Result and reaction to follow.