Tour de France: Stage 13 – Greipel


Andrea Greipel has won stage 13 beating Peter Sagan from a small group of the GC contenders, all that was left of the race after the crosswinds and the final cat 3 climb destroyed the hopes of the sprinters.

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| Prologue | Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 | Stage 8 | Stage 9 | Stage 10 | Stage 11 | Stage 12 |

Yellow Jersey: Bradley Wiggins | White jersey: Tejay van Garderen |
| KoM Jersey:  Kessiakoff | Green Jersey: Peter Sagan | Team: Radioshack Nissan


Summary

A small group dominated the stage and at one time had a lead approaching ten minutes.  Pablo Urtasun (EUS), Samuel Dumoulin (a previous stage winner, COF),Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Michael Morkov (STB) and Roy Curvers (ARG), Jimmy Engoulvent (SAU), Maxime Bouet (ALM) and Jerome Pineau were the riders but when the lead came right down, and with 50k still to go,  Michael Morkov did his level best to win solo on the anniversary of his father’s death.

It wasn’t to be for the Dane however as first BMC took it to the rest in the crosswinds, splitting the race wide open and then on the final climb, the pace skyrocketed as Evans attacked as did others before Vinokourov and Albasini escaped. Greipel’s team not only got their stage winner back to a very select lead group at the front behind the leading duo, but Lotto also got on the front to bring back the two leaders.

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As they did, Sanchez and a rider from Argos went clear but a fantastic effort from Bradley Wiggins to lead out Edvald Boasson Hagen saw the yellow jersey bring the leaders back within sight of the line, much to Sanchez’s dismay and from there, Greipel came off the back wheel of Boasson-Hagen’s to beat Peter Sagan by half a wheel or less to give the Lotto rider his third stage win.

Andre Greipel: “It was close until the end. I was dropped on the climb but I was going full gas on the way up and I had to do a sprint at the top to get in a small group and Lars Bak brought me back and then the team chased Vinokourov and Albasini.”

“Then, when Luis Léon Sanchez attacked I thought, ‘Okay, now it’s over…’ but I was happy that Sky was still there and I could work out how to win this stage because I think my team deserves it.”

“I think this was a really nice victory for the team. Jurgen van den Broeck was pulling to get the move by Vinokourov back and so I think I can only be happy with this team.”

“I chose the wheel of Boasson Hagen and it was a really crazy sprint with that last corner but I’m happy that I could stay in front. There was a bit of a headwind but I think Sagan is a really fast guy and that’s why he has the Green jersey; but we deserve this because we worked really hard for this victory.”

Bradley Wiggins: “Most of the time you’re doing the same effort whether you’re on front or 20th or 30th wheel with a finish like that with the wind doing what it was. There was no extra exertion doing the lead-out and it was just nice to help Eddie [Boasson Hagen] because he’s an absolute gentleman and I’d like to be able to pay him back in some way.”

“But obviously [André] Greipel proved once again that he’s the fastest man. It’s always difficult and it’s better at times when you’ve got a climb like that at the finish because you’ve got less guys. And the wind at the end wasn’t actually too difficult; the most difficult part of the day was getting to the climb in a good position because obviously a lot of guys were still there. Yeah, so it’s another step closer to Paris.”

“After the climb it was a lot easier because there weren’t as many riders in our group but it was a day when you really couldn’t take your eye off the ball and you had to keep concentrating. I had asked what the situation was with Cav and when Sean [Yates] said he wasn’t coming back, all our attention turned to Edvald and trying to help him out. It was a good stage.”

“Tomorrow, on paper, shouldn’t be a day when things get out of hand. But I think it’s a day for the breakaway again and we’ll just marshal everything on the last climb but it’s a long way to the finish after that.”

Stage 13
1 Andre Greipel Lotto – Belisol Team 04:57:59
2 Peter Sagan Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling @ same time
4 S̩bastien Hinault Ag2R РLa Mondiale @ same time
5 Daryl Impey Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
6 Julien Simon Saur – Sojasun @ same time
7 Marco Marcato Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
8 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team @ same time
9 Peter Velits Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
10 Danilo Hondo Lampre – ISD

Overall
1 Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling 59:32:32
2 Christopher Froome Sky Procycling 02:05
3 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas – Cannondale 02:23
4 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 03:19
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto – Belisol Team 04:48
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre RadioShack – Nissan 06:15
7 Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team 06:57
8 Janez Brajkovic Astana Pro Team 07:30
9 Pierre Rolland Europcar 08:31
10 Thibaut Pinot Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat 08:51

The Race
A second transitional stage in succession took the riders closer to the Pyrenees on France’s national holiday for Bastille Day. It was another long stage at 217km from St-Paul-Trois-Chateaux down to the resort town of Le Cap d’Agde.

It was also hot with temperatures of 30 degree’s C in the morning which meant there was going to be plenty of bottle carrying for the Sky riders including Mark Cavendish as their team leader, Bradley Wiggins spent his sixth day in the yellow jersey. The Green jersey for Peter Sagan was looking more secure after the race jury not only relegated Aussie Matt Goss in the sprint at the end of stage 12, but also took away 30 points.
That was a significant blow for Matt Goss and his green jersey ambitions. “Relegation would have been fine – I’d have lost a couple of points,” Goss told LeTour.fr this morning, “but a 30 point penalty… well, I’ve seen a lot worse incidents get a lot less in other races but anyway…”

“It was a bit over the top – a bit too much of a penalty but… whatever,” said Goss, “I’ve got to deal with it and move on. I’ve seen the video because they showed it plenty of times on TV but there was plenty of road there I think. [Sagan] was coming at me, he had his head down and I had my head down and I think there was a bit more of an overcompensation than was needed and a bit more acting than was needed but I can’t change anything, so – whatever.”

While Matt Goss and his team settled into the stage which was deemed to be a sprinter’s one, there has been an immediate attack by Burghardt (BMC) who was joined by four more riders. Jimmy Engoulvent (SAU) and Maxime Bouet (ALM) then counter attacked and joined them as did Jerome Pineau.

The peloton was happy with the make up of the break with none of them close to the GC contenders and so the break soon had over nine minutes lead. Orica-GreenEdge showed they had plenty of motivation for a stage win despite the unjust treatment of Matt Goss and the Aussie team was soon at the front of the bunch to chase back the break.

This they did and as the lead came right down, Danish team pursuiter Michael Morkov, showed it isn’t just the likes of Bradley Wiggins who can take their track pursuiting to success on the road. With still 50k to go, the Saxobank rider took flight from the break, looking to win the stage for his father who died five years ago to the day. “I want to win this stage to honour him” said Morkov pre stage.

While the Dane did his thing out front, Sagan did his back in the peloton, taking the points for the Green jersey with Goss a few places behind him losing even more points in that competition. The chase for Morkov and the break was getting ever quicker and with the bunch getting more nervous, three teams were getting their trains together at the front, BMC on the right side protecting Cadel Evans, Sky in the middle protecting Wiggins and Orica GreenEdge on the left for Goss.

BMC then made the race even tastier as they moved over to the left and drilled it, splitting the peloton and leaving as little rooms as possible for riders to follow them. Echelons followed and GC contenders caught at the wrong end of the peloton were distanced. It was mayhem but made great viewing!
One more obstacle lay in front of the riders, Mont Saint-Clair and it was to be the undoing for many sprinters wanting that stage victory. Katusha’s Caruso, BMC’s Evans and even Jurgen Van Den Broeck were at the front. The acceleration by Evans gapped the Sky riders but they were cruising and soon were back on the wheels.

Any attempts at shaking up the GC was gone but the stage victory was still on offer and Vinokourov (Astana) attacked the peloton with 16km to go and was chased down by Tour of Britain winner Michael Albasini (GreenEdge). The two then went full gas with the best race face going to Albasini who was giving it everything to try and reach the stage ahead of the peloton.

Lotto though had numbers in the chase group and they pursued the leaders making the junction with only a few kilometres left but in doing so, used up all their riders leaving Greipel on his own. No matter, as Sanchez from Rabobank had gone clear with an Argos rider, and it was Sky who took up the chase. The Yellow jersey himself brought the leaders back before the sprint for the stage victory unfolded with success for Greipel ahead of Sagan.

1 Andre Greipel Lotto – Belisol Team 04:57:59
2 Peter Sagan Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling @ same time
4 S̩bastien Hinault Ag2R РLa Mondiale @ same time
5 Daryl Impey Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
6 Julien Simon Saur – Sojasun @ same time
7 Marco Marcato Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
8 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team @ same time
9 Peter Velits Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
10 Danilo Hondo Lampre – ISD @ same time
11 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
12 Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling @ same time
13 Janez Brajkovic Astana Pro Team @ same time
14 Kevin De Weert Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
15 Christopher Froome Sky Procycling @ same time
16 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team @ same time
17 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto – Belisol Team @ same time
18 Andr̩as Kl̦den RadioShack РNissan @ same time
19 Nicolas Roche Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
20 Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team @ same time
21 Matthieu Sprick Argos-Shimano @ same time
22 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
23 Pierre Rolland Europcar @ same time
24 Jurgen Roelandts Lotto – Belisol Team @ same time
25 Chris Anker Sorensen Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
26 Maxime Monfort RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
27 Egoi Martinez De Esteban Euskaltel – Euskadi @ same time
28 Simon Gerrans Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
29 Eduard Vorganov Katusha Team @ same time
30 Chris Horner RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
31 J̩rome Coppel Saur РSojasun @ same time
32 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil Rabobank Cycling Team @ same time
33 Thibaut Pinot Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
34 Mickael Cherel Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
35 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa Movistar Team @ same time
36 Denis Menchov Katusha Team @ same time
37 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha Team @ same time
38 Michele Scarponi Lampre – ISD @ same time
39 Christian Vande Velde Garmin – Sharp @ same time
40 Frank Schleck RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
41 Robert Kiserlovski Astana Pro Team @ same time
42 Pierrick Fedrigo Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
43 Vladimir Karpets Movistar Team @ same time
44 Michael Rogers Sky Procycling 00:09
45 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana Pro Team 00:46
46 Adam Hansen Lotto – Belisol Team 01:08
47 Lars Ytting Bak Lotto – Belisol Team 01:19
48 Yukiya Arashiro Europcar 01:45
49 Thomas Voeckler Europcar @ same time
50 Michael Albasini Orica – GreenEDGE 02:29
51 Amaël Moinard BMC Racing Team 08:03
52 Francis De Greef Lotto – Belisol Team 08:36
53 Laurens Ten Dam Rabobank Cycling Team @ same time
54 Jens Voigt RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
55 Michael Morkov Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
56 Juan Jose Haedo Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
57 Maxime Bouet Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
58 Bram Tankink Rabobank Cycling Team @ same time
59 Koen De Kort Argos-Shimano @ same time
60 Yauheni Hutarovich Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
61 Marcel Sieberg Lotto – Belisol Team @ same time
62 J̩r̩my Roy Equipe Cycliste FDJ РBigMat @ same time
63 Sylvain Chavanel Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
64 Martin Velits Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
65 Matthieu Ladagnous Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
66 Ruben Perez Moreno Euskaltel – Euskadi @ same time
67 Mark Cavendish Sky Procycling @ same time
68 Baden Cooke Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
69 Davide Malacarne Europcar @ same time
70 Bert Grabsch Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
71 Jonathan Cantwell Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
72 Samuel Dumoulin Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
73 Romain Zingle Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
74 Andriy Grivko Astana Pro Team @ same time
75 Yaroslav Popovych RadioShack – Nissan @ same time
76 Fabrice Jeandesboz Saur – Sojasun @ same time
77 Daniel Oss Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
78 J̩rome Pineau Omega Pharma РQuickstep @ same time
79 Cyril Lemoine Saur – Sojasun @ same time
80 Borut Bozic Astana Pro Team @ same time
81 Roy Curvers Argos-Shimano 11:11
82 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team 12:31
83 Aleksandr Kuschynski Katusha Team @ same time
84 Michael Schar BMC Racing Team @ same time
85 Andrey Kashechkin Astana Pro Team @ same time
86 Yuri Trofimov Katusha Team @ same time
87 Giovanni Bernaudeau Europcar @ same time
88 S̩bastien Minard Ag2R РLa Mondiale @ same time
89 Jean-marc Marino Saur – Sojasun @ same time
90 Jimmy Engoulvent Saur – Sojasun @ same time
91 Stuart O’ Grady Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
92 Brett Lancaster Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
93 Matthew Goss Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
94 Pieter Weening Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
95 Steven Kruijswijk Rabobank Cycling Team @ same time
96 George Hincapie BMC Racing Team @ same time
97 Tyler Farrar Garmin – Sharp @ same time
98 Fredrik Kessiakoff Astana Pro Team @ same time
99 Gregory Henderson Lotto – Belisol Team @ same time
100 Julien Fouchard Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
101 Christian Knees Sky Procycling @ same time
102 Dominik Nerz Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
103 Yohann Gène Europcar @ same time
104 Bernhard Eisel Sky Procycling @ same time
105 Vincent Jerome Europcar @ same time
106 Federico Canuti Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
107 Alessandro Vanotti Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
108 Sandy Casar Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
109 Kenny Van Hummel Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
110 Yann Huguet Argos-Shimano @ same time
111 Dries Devenyns Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
112 Albert Timmer Argos-Shimano @ same time
113 Pablo Urtasun Perez Euskaltel – Euskadi @ same time
114 Anthony Roux Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
115 Luca Paolini Katusha Team 14:04
116 Kristjan Koren Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
117 Patrick Gretsch Argos-Shimano @ same time
118 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
119 Guillaume Levarlet Saur – Sojasun @ same time
120 Blel Kadri Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
121 Ivan Basso Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
122 Marcus Burghardt BMC Racing Team @ same time
123 Sylvester Szmyd Liquigas – Cannondale @ same time
124 C̩dric Pineau Equipe Cycliste FDJ РBigMat @ same time
125 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo Movistar Team @ same time
126 Christophe Riblon Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
127 Luis Angel Mate Mardones Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
128 Arthur Vichot Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat @ same time
129 Kris Boeckmans Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
130 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte Movistar Team @ same time
131 Joan Horrach Rippoll Katusha Team @ same time
132 Nick Nuyens Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
133 David Millar Garmin – Sharp @ same time
134 Nicki Sørensen Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
135 Marco Marzano Lampre – ISD @ same time
136 Karsten Kroon Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
137 Jan Ghyselinck Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
138 Simone Stortoni Lampre – ISD @ same time
139 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank @ same time
140 Levi Leipheimer Omega Pharma – Quickstep @ same time
141 Steven Cummings BMC Racing Team @ same time
142 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Pro Team @ same time
143 Daniel Martin Garmin – Sharp @ same time
144 Rafael Valls Ferri Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
145 Grega Bole Lampre – ISD @ same time
146 Ruben Plaza Molina Movistar Team @ same time
147 Nicolas Edet Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
148 Richie Porte Sky Procycling @ same time
149 Vladimir Gusev Katusha Team @ same time
150 Dmitriy Fofonov Astana Pro Team @ same time
151 David Zabriskie Garmin – Sharp @ same time
152 Jean-christophe Peraud Ag2R – La Mondiale @ same time
153 Johan Vansummeren Garmin – Sharp @ same time
154 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team @ same time
155 Brice Feillu Saur – Sojasun @ same time
156 Jorge Azanza Soto Euskaltel – Euskadi @ same time
157 Gorka Izagirre Insausti Euskaltel – Euskadi @ same time
158 Vasil Kiryienka Movistar Team @ same time
159 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis – Le Credit En Ligne @ same time
160 Cyril Gautier Europcar @ same time
161 Jelle Vanendert Lotto – Belisol Team @ same time
162 Sebastian Langeveld Orica – GreenEDGE @ same time
163 Christophe Kern Europcar 14:12

OVERALL

1 Bradley Wiggins Sky Procycling 59:32:32
2 Christopher Froome Sky Procycling 02:05
3 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas – Cannondale 02:23
4 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 03:19
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto – Belisol Team 04:48
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre RadioShack – Nissan 06:15
7 Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team 06:57
8 Janez Brajkovic Astana Pro Team 07:30
9 Pierre Rolland Europcar 08:31
10 Thibaut Pinot Equipe Cycliste FDJ – BigMat 08:51
11 Andr̩as Kl̦den RadioShack РNissan 09:29
12 Frank Schleck RadioShack – Nissan 09:45
13 Nicolas Roche Ag2R – La Mondiale 10:49
14 J̩rome Coppel Saur РSojasun 11:27
15 Chris Horner RadioShack – Nissan 12:41
16 Denis Menchov Katusha Team 17:21
17 Maxime Monfort RadioShack – Nissan 17:41
18 Egoi Martinez De Esteban Euskaltel – Euskadi 18:04
19 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa Movistar Team 19:02
20 Chris Anker Sorensen Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank 20:12

 

 

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