Starting from the correct breakaway, the Trek-Segafredo rider won the 13th stage this Friday, in Saint-Etienne, after a long confrontation with the peloton. Jonas Vingegaard remains yellow.
Mads Pedersen, premiere! Starting in the correct and very offensive getaway all day, the Dane of Trek-Segafredo took the victory this Friday, in the 13th stage of the Tour de France 2022. His first victory in the Grande Boucle and in one of the three big rounds. The former world champion (2019) dominated Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Hugo Houle (Israel Premier Tech) in the sprint. He also escaped but fell for the leading trio in the end, Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) took the places of honor.
The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of the Dane Jonas Vingegaard. On Saturday’s program, 192.5 km between Saint-Etienne and Mende.
The fact of the day:
This 13e the stage was a story of arm wrestling. The getaway took shape but a group of seven strong men managed to escape: Quinn Simmons (Trek) with her partner Mads Pedersen; Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech); Fred Wright (victorious Bahrain); Filippo Ganna (Ineos); Stefan Küng (FDJ); Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar). In numerical superiority, the Trek-Segafredo took control of this break through the youngest of this 2022 Tour: Quinn Simmons. The young American let go of all his strength for his teammate Mads Pedersen. Excellent strategy, as the Dane was the strongest of the day ahead. Quinn Simmons had risen, they were six ahead when Pedersen attacked leaving Kung, Jorgenson and Ganna at the time. Only Fred Wright and Hugo Houle were able to keep up with the Danish. In a three-way sprint, the first striker of the day was imperial and easily got rid of his last opponents.
The Trapped Section
In front of these seven brave ones, it was the formations Lotto-Soudal, for its sprinter Caleb Ewan, and Alpecin, for Jasper Philipsen, that took control of the platoon. The strategy was simple: drive very hard on the plane and drive hard on the blows so as not to tire Ewan and Philipsen. The difference, therefore, varied between 1’30 and 2’30 between the men of head and the platoon. Yes, but now Caleb Ewan fell hard 70 miles from the finish line, which caused the Lotto’s plans to be revised. The Australian released, it was the BikeExchange formation of Matthews and Groenewegen who tried one last time, in vain … 2’30 ahead of the escape, the peloton will never return. The leading teams had no interest in rolling, so the offensives were rewarded.
The number of the day
34. This is the temperature of the day between Bourg d’Oisans and Saint-Étienne. The riders have once again suffered the scorching heat today on the Tour course. Cans in abundance, ice packs … Any solution was welcome to lower body temperature. Unfortunately for them, the heat should not subside in the next few days.
Eight of the day:
This is probably the turning point of this 13th stage. While the clash took place largely between the breakaway and the Lotto-Soudal formation, which led the peloton, the Belgian team’s sprinter fell sharply on a left turn. It took him a long time to get up, shocked by his misfortune, and he could not influence the race as he would have liked. Lotto-Soudal stopped filming later.
Statement of the day:
Mads Pedersen the winner of the day: “We had 10 km left, we were 6, I didn’t want too many people on arrival so we had to attack. It was a gamble but it went well for me. Are the Danes in force? Yes, the investment is beginning to pay off. After the first week I started to feel good, it gave me confidence. I had confidence in my shot today. I was in the big group, Quinn (Simmons) came back and attacked, so I followed her wheel. He then made a great effort and allowed us to increase the difference with the peloton. Then he gave up but it is also thanks to him that I won today. »
Picture of the day:
The Tour de France is also this … A sometimes amazing landscape to cheer on the runners. Here is a strange straw building blocking a model of his bicycle. The seven riders who formed the getaway of the day could not even take advantage, the pace was too fast …
The classification of the 13th stage:
1. Mads Pedersen (DEN / TRE) the 192.6 km in 4 h 13:03.
2. Fred Wright (GBR / BAH) at 0 seconds.
3. Hugo Houle (CAN / ISR) 0.
4. Stefan Küng (SUI / GFJ) 30.
5. Matteo Jorgenson (USA / MOV) 30.
6. Filippo Ganna (ITA / INE) 32.
7. Wout van Aert (BEL / JUM) 5:45.
8. Florian Senechal (FRA / QST) 5:45.
9. Luca Mozzato (ITA / BBH) 5:45.
10. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA / INT) 5:45.
The general classification after the 13th stage:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN / Jumbo) 50:47:34.
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE) at 2:22.
3. Geraint Thomas (GBR / INE) 2:26.
4. Romain Bardet (FRA / DSM) 2:35.
5. Adam Yates (GBR / INE) 3:44.
6. Nairo Quintana (COL / ARK) 3:58.
7. David Gaudu (FRA / GFJ) 4:07.
8. Thomas Pidcock (GBR / INE) 7:39.
9. Enric Mas (ESP / MOV) 9:32.
10. Alexander Vlasov (RUS / BOR) 10:06.
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