Peter Sagan has the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France won, of Bourg d’oisans and Valence. He sprinted faster than Kristoff and Démare. The ranking does not change: Thomas remains a leader for Froome and Dumoulin. The belgians Thomas De Gendt and Dimitri Claeys gave the stage color with a long breakaway, Philippe Gilbert tried in the final kilometre, still something beautiful, and Greg Van Avermaet was fifth.
After the Alps got the pack today in the rhone valley for the choose. A flat stage so, tailor-made for spurters à la Kittel, Cavendish, Gaviria or Greipel. Precisely tailored to the needs of riders who, for various reasons, the Tour had to leave. Good news for men who are already on an adventure dare to draw, such as Philippe Gilbert and the ever-aanvalslustige Thomas De Gendt.
De Gendt attacks
And yes: The Company also showed today. The stage had not yet begun, or our fellow countryman ran, in the company of Tom Scully. The duo was later company of Dimitri Claeys and Michael Schär, but it was never enough for a chance at a stage win and about 20 kilometers from the finish it was the way of escape is low.
Almost, because Michael Schär (BMC) refused to stubborn to bend and drove out of there on his own off. A bird for the cat, so it seemed, and although the qualified rider have just managed to increase his lead was his clock at five kilometers from the finish used to create texts.
We were given what was predicted: a sprint between Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Démare. Though it was almost even, otherwise run: no one else than Philippe Gilbert tried in the final kilometre, even with a late attack. Without success: at 400 metres beached his attempt. However, that sprint, so, and so it was again Sagan that the job is finished. The Slovaak gives as his green sweater some extra gloss with a third victory. Also note: Greg Van Avermaet finished fifth, Belgian champion Yves Lampaert was sixth.
The general classification does not change after this stage: Thomas (Sky) remains leader for team mate Froome (1m39s) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb, 1m50s) -click here for the full standings.
Saturday the riders will go 188 km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende, a ride with two climbs of second category and a summit arrival.
5. Van Avermaet
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