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Former world champion Mads Pedersen won the 13th stage between Bourg-d’Oisans and Saint-Étienne on Friday. Not worried today, his Danish compatriot Jonas Vingaard keeps his yellow jersey.
For once, the Danes are honoring the Tour de France in this year when the Grand Départ started in Copenhagen. After the Magnus Cort-Nielsen show and Jonas Vingaard’s takeover, it’s the turn of Mads Pedersen (Trek) to win a stage on Friday 15 July.
The yellow jersey remained the property of his compatriot Jonas Vingaard (Jumbo), who finished this stage in the peloton, a few minutes from the breakaway.
The strongest of the breakaway
A promise on paper to the sprinters, the thirteenth stage between Bourg-d’Oisans and Saint-Étienne finally smiled on a group of adventurers. For the victory, Pedersen settled his last two breakaway companions in front of the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, the lair of the “Greens”. Briton Fred Wright took second place ahead of Canadian Hugo Houle.
The peloton came out of the Alps at high speed despite the heat exceeding 30 degrees. A breakaway of seven riders formed in two stages: Ganna, Küng and Jorgenson from the 30e km, then Houle, Pedersen, Simmons and Wright 21 kilometers longer.
The Lotto teams, until the fall of its Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, and Alpecin provided themselves to control the gap of around two minutes. The pursuit stopped 47 kilometers from the finish before BikeExchange decided to relaunch the pace and then capitulated after 15 kilometers.
Up front, Pedersen brought the first attack twelve kilometers from the line and kept Wright and Houle with him. In the sprint, the Dane decided clearly on Wright to claim his first Tour success.
The Dane gleaned the 24e success of his career which includes a peak, the world title in 2019 in Harrogate, in the cold and the rain, quite the opposite of the conditions encountered on Friday in Saint-Étienne.