STAGE 13 Friday, July 12th, Tours > Saint-Amand-Montrond (173km)
A dull transition stage on the flat? Oh no, we get the crosswind action that was expected from the Mistral and the race is blown apart by the echelon action. Possibly the best non-mountain stage of the tour ever! [If you are into your road bike racing do yourself a favour and watch the highlights]
Rider 1: You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched to the front of the peloton when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Dutch Team when the wind is across the line”! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha…
Rider 2: Echelon time!
Hit the gutter and go! … the magic “E” world is in play
E C H E E C L H O E N L S O N #sbstdf—
Vis.Procrastinations (@visibleprocrast) July 12, 2013
Belkin "We planned for the day to happen like this". Sky "We were a bit surprised at how it unfolded today". Interesting contrast. #sbstdf—
Katherine Bates (@KatherineLBates) July 12, 2013
“You’ve got five seconds or it’s over. You’ve got five seconds or you won’t make it.”
— Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Today I saw 9 of the biggest hearts I've ever seen & 18 even bigger balls. 1 of the most beautiful wins I've been part of. Proud of #OPQS—
Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 12, 2013
Haven't seen a stage go that flatstick since, well, dunno. Quite a while. #sbstdf—
Saint Star (@cfsmtbation) July 12, 2013
(@laurenstendam) July 12, 2013
Stage 13 Results
01 CAVENDISH, Mark GBR (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) 3:40:08
02 SAGAN, Peter SVK (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING)
03 MOLLEMA, Bauke NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)
04 FUGLSANG, Jakob DEN (ASTANA PRO TEAM)
05 TERPSTRA, Niki NED (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP)
06 KREUZIGER, Roman CZE (SAXO-TINKOFF)
07 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto ESP (SAXO-TINKOFF)
08 TEN DAM, Laurens NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING)
09 CHAVANEL, Sylvain FRA (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 6
10 ROGERS, Michael AUS (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 9
GC after Stage 13
01 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 51:00:30
02 MOLLEMA, Bauke NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 2:28
03 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto ESP (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 2:45
04 KREUZIGER, Roman CZE (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 2:48
05 TEN DAM, Laurens NED (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 3:01
06 FUGLSANG, Jakob DEN (ASTANA PRO TEAM) + 4:39
07 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal POL (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 4:44
08 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander COL (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 5:18
09 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe FRA (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 5:39
010 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquin ESP (KATUSHA) + 5:48
Tonight is cheese and a glass of white wine as we mop up a growing cheese remainders container.
Les Vaches du Tour Stage 13: Round-up
#TrollDJ – Stage 13
♫ Armin Van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like :: Opening mointage
♫ Steve Balbi – From Love to Dust :: a montage of roadrash and crunching carbon fiber frames
♫ The Rolling Stones – Stop Breaking Down :: mechanical collection feat. Cav visiting the mobile cobbler.
♫ Modest Mouse – Float On :: Even if things get heavy, we’ll all float on. (before the wind!)
♫ Birds of Tokyo – This Fire :: the touch paper is lit, the echelons form and it’s game on!
♫ Paul Green & The Other Colours – Alive, Not Just Living :: you’ll know your alive if your trying to chase back on tonight
♫ Trampled by Turtles – Trouble :: Well “Trouble” does seem to be a good summary. Bertie in some real drama.
♫ Tijuana Cartel- Frequent Flyers :: Valverde is going to lose a lot of time here
♫ One Republic – Good Life :: field art and roadside entertainment montage
♫ Miles Kane – You’re Gonna Get It :: and Cav takes his 25th TDF stage win
♫ David Bowie – Set The World On Fire :: well the cross wind certainly set an ordinary flat stage on fire.
Toby Forage (@foraggio) July 12, 2013
Cycling Central’s signature Tour de France podcast team, the Sag Wagon, returns to the airwaves in 2013 with a mix of the quirky, the mundane, and lots of talk of Chateaux. Brought to you by host Sam Pang and regular David Culbert, first timer Annabelle Drew joins the team this year for buckets of laughs. Every day of the Tour from midday AEST. Enjoy!
Important Argonaut fashion news;
Is there a hairdresser around after the stage to Lyon tomorrow to give me a @marcelkittel undercut haircut? I lost the bet, man of my word.—
Koen de Kort (@koendekort) July 12, 2013