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Daniel Martínez powered to the first Grand Tour stage win of his career on a challenging stage 13 of the Tour de France as Egan Bernal lost time in the GC battle to Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar.
Stage 13 saw a select group of breakaway riders fight for the stage victory as the GC hopefuls battled for seconds a few minutes later. Up front, Martínez rode much of the finale alongside Lennard Kämna with Kämna’s Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Max Schachmann the lone rider off the front, but Martínez gradually closed down the gap on the steep Puy Mary finishing climb.
With two kilometers to go the catch was made, and then Martínez and Kämna pressed on to battle for the stage win between themselves. Martínez took an impressive victory at the line with Kämna settling for second and Schachmann taking third.
A few minutes down the mountain, a torrid pace from Jumbo-Visma blew the GC group apart, with Bernal finding himself in difficulty that became a real gap when Pogacar put in a big surge at the front. Roglic was the only one who could follow his compatriot, and Bernal was unable to keep the pace even with the first group of GC chasers, which included Richie Porte, Mikel Landa, and Miguel Ángel López. Roglic and Pogacar would ultimately pick up 38 seconds on Bernal, with Pogacar now moving into second overall. Guillaume Martin dropped from third to 12th overall on the day. Romain Bardet, who started the day in fourth, finished the stage, but will leave the race altogether after suffering a concussion in a crash.
A strong breakaway group get clear in the early goings of the 191.5-kilometer journey from Châtel-Guyon to Pas de Peyrol, and the peloton was content to let the escapees build a big advantage on the challenging parcours, with the gap at around eight minutes near the midpoint of the stage.
With around 90 kilometers to go, Bauke Mollema, Romain Bardet, and Nairo Quintana hit the deck in a crash. Bardet and Quintana remounted and rejoined the pack but Mollema did not, ultimately abandoning the race.
On the downhill run-in to the Côte d’Anglards-de-Salers with around 40 kilometers to go, Neilson Powless fired off the front of the breakaway group. Schachmann gave chase and linked up with the American with 30 kilometers to go, and then dropped him on the Col de Néronne. Martínez then took up the chase with Kämna joining him in pursuit up and over the penultimate climb and ultimately onto the final ascent. In the peloton behind, the Ineos Grenadiers hit the front and set a hard pace that shelled several riders out the back.
Martínez and Kämna closed down Schachmann on the Puy Mary climb and then Martínez powered to a convincing win over Kämna in the finale. A few minutes back, Jumbo-Visma applied further pressure to the GC group, and then a big surge from Pogacar blew what was left of the group to pieces. Pogacar and Roglic soared up the climb together and hit the line on the same time. Porte, Landa, and López were not far behind, with Bernal, Rigoberto Urán, Adam Yates, and Quintana battling to limit their losses a little ways farther back.
Pogacar’s strong ride saw him ascend into second overall, 44 seconds behind Roglic, with Bernal slipping to third, 59 seconds down.
Meanwhile, it was a very tough day for French fans. Guillaume Martin lost 2:46, tumbling from third to 12th. Romain Bardet arrived 2:30 back on Roglic, initially dropping from fourth to 11th, but after the stage his team announced that he would be leaving out of the race altogether due to a concussion in what will mark the first time he has ever pulled out of it his home Grand Tour.
Top 10, stage 13
1 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (EF Pro Cycling) 5:01:47
2 KÄMNA Lennard (BORA – hansgrohe) 0:04
3 SCHACHMANN Maximilian (BORA – hansgrohe) 0:51
4 MADOUAS Valentin (Groupama – FDJ) 1:33
5 ROLLAND Pierre (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM) 1:42
6 EDET Nicolas (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 1:53
7 GESCHKE Simon (CCC Team) 2:35
8 SOLER Marc (Movistar Team) 2:43
9 CARTHY Hugh (EF Pro Cycling) 3:18
10 DE LA CRUZ David (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:52
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 56:34:35
2 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:44
3 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:59
4 URÁN Rigoberto (EF Pro Cycling) 1:10
5 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 1:12
6 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 1:31
7 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 1:42
8 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren) 1:55
9 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo) 2:06
10 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 2:54
In other news
| Mollema abandons the Tour with multiple fractures
Bauke Mollema abandoned the Tour de France after hitting the deck alongside Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana midway through stage 13.
The 33-year-old Dutchman was taken to a hospital after his fall and has since been diagnosed with fractures to his radius, ulna, and scaphoid.
| Bardet out of Tour with concussion
Romain Bardet will not start stage 14 of the Tour de France after suffering a concussion in the same stage 13 crash that knocked Mollema out of the race.
“This stage on my home roads was the complete opposite of what I had hoped for. The crash was severe, downhill at high speed, and I struggled all the rest of the day,” Bardet said in a press release from the team.
“The medical examinations confirmed what I already suspected, and I am not able to continue in the race.”
Bardet underwent a brain scan at a hospital after the stage. Fortunately, the CET scan did not show any brain lesions, but Bardet will not be able to continue at the Tour, marking the first time in his career that he has pulled out of the race.
| Trek-Segafredo wins opening TTT at Giro Rosa
Trek-Segafredo took a narrow victory on stage 1 of the Giro Rosa, a 16.8-kilometer team time trial.
Trek set a time of 20:05 on the flat course in Grosseto, topping Boels-Dolmans by three seconds, with Mitchelton-Scott in third, five seconds down on the day.
Elisa Longo Borghini crossed the line first to earn the first race leader’s jersey.
Top 3, stage 1
1 Trek-Segafredo Women 20:05
2 Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 0:03
3 Mitchelton-Scott 0:05
Top 3, GC
1 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Trek-Segafredo Women) 20:05
2 WINDER Ruth (Trek-Segafredo Women)
3 VAN DIJK Ellen (Trek-Segafredo Women)
| Yates wins stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico
Simon Yates stormed into the race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico with a win on Friday’s stage 5.
With a challenging summit finish to close out the day, the 202-kilometer stage from Norcia to Sassotetto was one for the overall favorites after the initial breakaway was reeled in. Attacks and counterattacks whittled down the lead group on the final climb until Yates managed to open a real gap.
Yates held solo to win with a sizable advantage over Geraint Thomas, who led a trio of chasers over the line with Rafal Majka taking third on the day. With overnight leader Mike Woods losing 1:46 on the day, Yates took over the GC lead with three stages to go in the Italian race.
| The road races at Imola Worlds will be really hard
The UCI has unveiled the routes for both the road races and the time trials at the upcoming Road World Championships, which will be held in Imola, Italy, after plans to hold the event in Switzerland were called off.
In the road race, the men’s and women’s pelotons will take on a challenging circuit of 28.8 kilometers that starts and finishes at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Each lap features two main ascents, with the Mazzolano climb followed by the Cima Gallisterna. The men will race nine laps on the challenging circuit for a grand total of 258.2 kilometers and roughly 5,000 meters of climbing. The women’s race will complete five laps for 143 kilometers and 2,800 total meters of climbing. In other words, the climbers will like their chances for Worlds.
The UCI also unveiled the route for the time trial on Friday, and unlike the road race it will be a mostly flat affair that should favor big engines.
| Coming up at the Tour
The Tour’s 14th stage will be a tough one to predict. The 194-kilometer journey from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon could be one for the break, or it could be won by a punchy rider from the pack.
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Today’s featured image of Daniel Martínez winning stage 13 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.