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2012 Tour de France - Stage 13
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 7/14/2012
2012 Tour de France - Stage 13
 
Stage 13 of the 2012 Tour de France appeared to be the final chance for the sprinters' before the race returns to the mountains and enters the Pyrenees Mountains. After a final 25 kilometers of many attacks and several splits in the peloton, German sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won his third stage in the 99th Tour de France, barely out sprinting green jersey holder Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Pro Cycling) took third on the stage while his British teammate, Bradley Wiggins, kept the overall lead in the French grand tour.

The stage 13 breakaway got away early once again and featured eight riders: Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-BigMat), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano), Jérôme Pineau (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale). The group of eight built a maximum advantage of over nine minutes before being caught within the final 25 kilometers.

As the breakaway's gap began to go under two minutes, Michael Mørkøv attacked his breakaway companions and went on the solo attack in an effort to stay away to the finish line and bring both his team and sponsors TV coverage. As the peloton accelerated up the only category 3 climb of the day in the final 25km, Mørkøv's gap between to close and was eventually caught by a peloton led by BMC Racing and Lotto-Belisol.

Inside the final 20 kilometers of the stage, attacks began to fly out of the peloton with Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) making the first attack after the category three climb. Orica-GreenEdge rider Michael Albasini followed the rider from Astana and the two put in a maximum advantage of 20 seconds. The duo was brought back into the peloton within the final 10 kilometers of the stage.

As the peloton roared to the finish line within the final 15 kilometers, the group was led by Lotto-Belisol who were setting up a sprint lead out for German Andre Greipel, but inside the final 5 kilometers no men from Lotto were left at the front of the peloton and team Sky took control in an effort to lead out their Norwegian national road champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen. In the final 2 kilometers race leader Bradley Wiggins took to the front of the peloton with Boasson Hagen on his wheel, but in the final 500 meters Boasson Hagen couldn't keep the speed and was passed by Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan.

Stage 13 Results
1. GREIPEL A. LTB 04h 57' 59''
2. SAGAN P. LIQ +00' 00''
3. BOASSON HAGEN E. SKY +00' 00''
4. HINAULT S. ALM +00' 00''
5. IMPEY D. OGE +00' 00''
6. SIMON J. SAU +00' 00''
7. MARCATO M. VCD +00' 00''
8. GILBERT P. BMC +00' 00''
9. VELITS P. OPQ +00' 00''
10. HONDO D. LAM +00' 00''

General Classification After Stage 13
1. WIGGINS B. SKY 59h 32' 32''
2. FROOME C. SKY +02' 05''
3. NIBALI V. LIQ +02' 23''
4. EVANS C. BMC +03' 19''
5. VAN DEN BROECK J. LTB +04' 48''
6. ZUBELDIA H. RNT +06' 15''
7. VAN GARDEREN T. BMC +06' 57''
8. BRAJKOVIC J. AST +07' 30''
9. ROLLAND P. EUC +08' 31''
10. PINOT T. FDJ +08' 51'

 
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