Tour de France 2022 – The summary of the 13th stage – Winner of Mads Pedersen, Denmark still celebrating

It’s Denmark day!

The fact of the day

At least 30% of the Danish riders present at the Tour de France 2022 will have won a stage. There were ten of them, so three hit the target. 30% … This leaves you wondering, especially when you know that the French contingent amounts to 32 units for … no success so far (see below). If the party was magnificent in Denmark with the Grand Departure from Copenhagen and the first three stages, this second week of the Tour becomes a national holiday for the Danes.

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Tuesday: Magnus Cort Nielsen (Education First) in Megève. Wednesday: Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) in the Alpe d’Huez. And this Friday, then, Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo) in Saint-Etienne, at the end of a breakup of which, no doubt, he was the strong man. What a festival! “Denmark, a generation in the wind,” we wrote just before leaving Copenhagen in an article that evoked this generation “that has the wind in its sails.” It is an understatement to say that this 109th edition is in the process of being confirmed.

Three wins, however, are not the first for Danish cycling in the Grande Boucle. It had already happened in 1994, again with three different pilots, Bo Hamburger, Bjarne Riis and Rolf Sorensen. Then, in 1996, with Riis (twice) and Sorensen again. But this time, Denmark combines the bib (three winners in three stages) and the yellow jersey, well installed on the shoulders of Jonas Vingegaard. Not to mention the fact that there are still eight days of racing left … These last four days will therefore mark the history of Danish cycling, perhaps living its golden age.

Mads Pedersen

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The big losers: the French

Thirteen stages and still a zero point for the French. In view of the forces present, the best tricolor occasions are in a breakaway but the French pilots are struggling to appear there, like this Friday towards Saint-Etienne, or to shine there. Neither Benjamin Thomas (7th in Megève) nor Thibaut Pinot (4th in Châtel) managed to get on the podium during the 9th and 10th stages. The Tour is moving forward and the Blues are looking forward to it. However, by definition, opportunities will become rare for the French clan, which will want to avoid zero as in 1926 and 1999.

The picture

Launched in a late chase behind a six-rider breakaway, the BikeExchange took risks downhill, in the final of the 13th stage towards Saint-Etienne. Illustration with this fall narrowly avoided by Amund Grøndahl Jansen. The movement of his rear wheel was reminiscent of that of Joseba Beloki during his terrible fall when he arrived in Gap in 2003. Fortunately, everything ended much better for the Norwegian …

The fear of the day for Jansen

We liked it

The confidence and power of Mads Pedersen. It was he who started the trio with Wright and Houle on the last day of the day to let go of the annoying Küng, Ganna and Jorgenson. And when he threw his sprint almost 300 yards from the line, he knew he was strong enough above his opponents to allow his first success on the Tour.

Watching Caleb Ewan get up after his fall. The Australian pocket sprinter is so unlucky on the big laps that we obviously thought about retiring when we saw him go ashore with two teammates. Back on the bike, he can still hope to raise his arms on a Tour that looks like a brave galley for him.

The Tile: Ewan fell while his team was leading the hunt

We didn’t like it

Calvary by Victor Lafay. The Cofidis pilot had been fighting for a few days and was released again very early this Friday between Bourg d’Oisans and Saint-Etienne. The only good news? That his ordeal ended with his abandonment.

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The tactics of speed teams. To be totally honest, we didn’t understand everything between the action of the Alpecin-Deceuninck at the start of the day, that of the Quick-Step in the middle and the doomed attempt of the BikeExchange to return the platoon to the fugitives. in the last 30 miles.

The statement: Mads Pedersen

Approaching the last ten miles, I sought to split the getaway as it would have been difficult for me to control. I knew I was in good shape, but I had missed the first few chances at the start of the Tour.

Three statistics to remember 1.

Canada believed in it. Thirty-four years after Canada’s first and only stage victory on the roads of the Tour de France, Hugo Houle escaped on Friday and even competed in the sprint for victory with Mads Pedersen and Fred Wright. Unfortunately for Quebec, he was unable to do anything and had to settle for the podium of the day (3rd). Steve Bauer, winner of the 1st stage of the 1988 Tour in Machecoul, therefore remains alone on the list of winners. 6.

Warren Barguil left the race Friday morning. Not starting in this 13th stage, the Breton tested positive for Covid-19. The Arkea-Samsic rider is the sixth to retire from the race for a positive Covid test after New Zealander George Bennett (UAE), Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE), Australian Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange) and the Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën). ) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). 9.

Last year, eight different teams won at least one stage. This total has already been exceeded in this edition of 2022 as nine formations have already collected at least one branch. 13 steps are many. Thanks to Mads Pedersen, the Segafredo Trek has been added to the Saint-Etienne list. It joins Quick Step, BikeExchange, Jumbo Visma, Israel Premier Tech, UAE Emirates, Citroën AG2R, Education First and INEOS Grenadiers.

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The questionnaire of the day

The answer to Thursday’s questionnaire was Raphaël Geminiani. The “Great Rifle” won in Saint-Etienne in 1950.

Here’s today’s:

What was the name of this British driver who surprised Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet in Mende during the 2015 Tour de France?

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