Daniel Felipe Martinez holds his stage on the Tour de France. The winner of the last Critérium du Dauphiné proved to be the strongest on the terrible slopes of the final of the Puy Mary climb. The Colombian was thus able to play off Lennard Kämna in the last 200 meters to raise his arms as the winner of a stage which also clarified the situation in terms of a general classification with an increasingly Slovenian accent. A stage which is, once again, part drum beating with Rémi Cavagna who made a point of honor to take the lead in his stronghold of Riom. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider thus formed the first breakaway of this 13th stage with a group of five riders leading the race including a certain Julian Alaphilippe, who however did not have the legs in the final to make the decision. Behind, a group of fourteen riders, including Peter Sagan, Matteo Trentin or Bryan Coquard, was able to break away from the peloton. In the climb of the Col de Ceyssat, only Marc Soler had the strength to make the junction with the head of the race while, at the same time, Benoît Cosnefroy was left behind, missing an opportunity to consolidate his polka dot jersey.
Bardet struck by a fall
If this 13th stage of the Tour is not the one that will climb the highest on this Tour de France, it will undoubtedly remain as one of the most demanding and which did not excuse the slightest error. While, in front, runners like Lennard Kämna, Hugh Carthy, Daniel Felipe Martinez or Maximilian Schachmann were able to catch up with the right wagon and then return to the breakaway near the ascent of the Col de Guéry to form a group of 17 runners in At the head of the race, the 100th kilometer of the course saw Bauke Mollema crash heavily and be forced to retire. A fall which also slowed down Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet, left somewhat stunned on his bike. A first mishap for the leader of the AG2R-La Mondiale team who then lost time in the end of the stage, like Guillaume Martin. The peloton, for its part, let slip the breakaway which, very quickly, realized that the winner of this stage was going to be part of this group of 17 riders. A breakaway that kept its unit in the Côte de l’Estiade but, 40 kilometers from the finish, Neilson Powless launched hostilities.
Martinez the strongest
The EF rider isolated himself at the head of the race before seeing Maximilian Schachmann catch up with him 29km from the finish line. The German finally let go of his escapade friend eleven kilometers further to tackle the successive climbs of Col de Neronne and then Puy Mary on his own. A blow which was followed late by a duo made up of Lennard Kämna, teammate of Maximilian Schachmann in the Bora-Hansgrohe formation, and Daniel Felipe Martinez. The German and the Colombian were for a time followed by Marc Soler but who no longer had sufficient energy to hang on. This duo could not make the junction with the leader of the race only 1600m from the finish line, a moment which was chosen by Lennard Kämna to place a first start to which Daniel Felipe Martinez easily responded. When time came back, Maximilian Schachmann had to admit defeat 700m from the finish line, finishing third in the stage. In front, Lennard Kämna placed a second start 600m from the finish before launching the sprint at 200m but the Colombian was decidedly too strong in this final to win with four seconds in advance. A race that was far from over for the favorites.
Bernal got down on his knees
Indeed, concerning the fight for the yellow jersey, it was the Ineos Grenadiers team which was the first to raise the tone from the slopes of the Col de Neronne, quickly reducing the peloton to its simplest expression, fifteen riders being in the wheel riders of the British formation. But this effort could not be materialized by Egan Bernal. Indeed, the defending champion was not able to follow the acceleration of Tadej Pogacar at the foot of Puy Mary. Only Primoz Roglic was able to follow his compatriot to finish the stage at his side. A trio of Richie Porte, Miguel Angel Lopez and Mikel Landa tried everything to keep pace with the Slovenian duo and concede only thirteen seconds at the finish line. For Egan Bernal, the toll is heavier. The Colombian lost 38 seconds in the operation and gives up second place as well as the white jersey to Tadej Pogacar who, like on the last Vuelta, looks like a solid rival for Primoz Roglic. A 13th stage which saw the general classification clear up but, above all, the French retreat. Indeed, Romain Bardet lost 2’35 “on the yellow jersey while Guillaume Martin’s disbursement amounted to 2’46”. As a result, the two Habs leave a Top 10 controlled by the Slovenes and the Colombians.