Tour de France 2017: Stage 13



Good afternoon, Steph (@Pefo5) here with coverage of a short but sharp stage today. Just 101km distance in the Pyrenees with 3 category 1 bruisers to conquer. Richie Porte has apparently told the Aussie press he thinks Froome bonked yesterday on the final stretch which if true is an unusual error for him/Sky and won't happen again today. Anyway, here's the map:

And here's the lumps and bumps. I'm not sure if the organisers are having a laugh with us after having a feed zone in Titz on stage 2, today we have an intermediate sprint in Seix. What better way for the Tour to celebrate Bastille Day.

As the riders set off on the neutral roll out a quick mention of the overnight controversy which has become fairly standard this year. After the stage yesterday Rigo Uran and George Bennett were both given fines and time penalties for accepting water from fans on the last climb. It was later pointed out with video evidence that French stage winner Romain Bardet had done the same.

Instead of punishing him too the jury un-punished the other two. That's the crazy way the TdF rolls gang. Meanwhile the flag has dropped and with just 13km to the sprint Barguil and Voeckler has whizzed off the front. Fuglsang is already out the back. He's been riding with a fractured wrist and elbow so he shouldn't be there anyway.

The 2 breakers have a gap of 11s The final climb of today is the Mur de Peguere which in 2012 was the scene of carnage as someone had spread tacks on the road and there were 61 punctures and 28 of the cars got punctures too! No spectators will be allowed up there today.

Stacks of riders attacking and now catch Barguil and Voeckler. Not really any significant distance from the peloton yet. 1km to the sprint and Chavanel, Gilbert and de Marchi have kicked off and taken the big points. Behind them Matthews took 5th, Kittel 6th.

Arthur Vichot of FDJ has abandoned. That's their team decimated.

The 3 who broke away have 18 seconds and Poljanski and Burghadt (both Bora) are trying to bridge.

More attacks from the peloton including Amador (MOV) and Rolland (CAN). They're approaching the first climb, Col de Latrape. The 3 leaders have 1m03s over the peloton.

I can't believe Fuglsang is carrying on. Must be agony. He'll struggle with a tight time limit today.