That's it from me for another day. Ah well, Tommy Voeckler didn't quite pull it off. Bring on tomorrow though. We are heading back into the mountains. The Pyrenees mountains. For four days. That's the way the Tour organisers want to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the race going through the hills that separate France and Spain and that's fine by me. We start with a 184.5km ride from Revel to Ax 3 Domaines. It's fairly flat for the first 120km or so and then the road goes up, sharply. There's the Hors category Port de Pailheres and a summit finish up the cat-one slope to Ax 3 Domaines. It promises to be a belter so make sure you're here in good time for the 1100 start. Thanks, as always, for your company and I look forward to more of the same tomorrow.
And here's the confirmed Stage 13 results:
1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz/Astana) 4h 26m 26s
2. Mark Cavendish (GB/HTC Columbia) +13
3. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita/Lampre) same time
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Sky) same time
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Caisse d'Epargne) same time
Here's the top 10 in the overall standings:
1. Andy Schleck (Lux/Saxo Bank) 63h 08m 40s
2. Alberto Contador (Esp/Astana) +31"
3. Samuel Sanchez (Esp/Euskatel) +2'45"
4. Denis Menchov (Rus/Rabobank) +2'58"
5. Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel/Omega Pharma-Lotto) +3'31"
6. Levi Leipheimer (US/RadioShack) +4'06"
7. Robert Gesink (Ned/Rabobank) +4'27"
8. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa/Katusha) +4'58"
9. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Caisse d'Epargne) +5'02"
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Liquigas) +5'16"
TOUR DE FRANCE 2010 AFTER STAGE 13:
Yellow jersey: Andy Schleck (Lux/Saxo Bank)
Green jersey: Alessandro Petacchi (Ita/Lampre)
Polka dot jersey: Anthony Charteau (Fra/Bbox)
White jersey: Andy Schleck (Lux/Saxo Bank)
In the overall standings, there is no change with race leader Andy Schleck finishing in the main bunch alongside Alberto Contador to maintain his 31-second advantage.
Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen takes fourth place after another great lead-out by Britain's Geraint Thomas while Thor Hushovd finishes eighth. So Petacchi retakes the green jersey on 187 points, two ahead of Hushovd, with Cavendish up to third on 162 points.
Mark Cavendish wins the race for second, some 13 seconds behind Vinokourov. Cav outsprints green jersey rival Alessandro Petacchi on the line.
1615: VINOKOUROV WINS STAGE 13 OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE 1614:
Vino under the 1km barrier. Still time for the peloton, but it's looking good for the big man.
We are inside the final 2km and Vino has his head down and going for glory. Voeckler has been swallowed up. It'll be a long 2km for Vino, although his lead is up to 19 seconds while the peloton sort themselves out.
Can the Astana rider make this stick? He has a nine-second advantage over Voeckler, who in turn is about five seconds in front of the chasers. There's a 3km flattish section into Revel remember, so maybe not all over yet for the sprinters.
And Vinokourov has gone for it. He's only a dozen or so seconds in front of the peloton as he goes under the 5km to go banner. Voeckler is chasing him down the slope.
Ballan, with gritted teeth continues to power up the hill and is first over the top, but Vinokourov is on the chase and catches him up as Ballan suddenly starts riding through treacle. Nic Roche is leading a group of chasers. And Tommy Voeckler has a pop off the front of the peloton.
Roche doing the chasing with Barredo and Cunego in his wheel, but BMC rider Ballan is still 30 metres or so further up the hill. Cunego falling back to the peloton. HTC Columbia continue to dominate the pace. Vinokourov leaps out the peloton on the attack.
Maxime Monfort and Mick Rogers and Bernie Eisel are marshalling the front of the peloton for HTC. The green jersey of Thor Hushovd comes up towards the front, with the yellow jersey of Andy Schleck in his wheel. Not a huge pace, which will suit the sprinters. But there goes Alessandro Ballan with Barredo and Ireland's Nic Roche having a dig to try and keep up.
Enough is enough then and here comes the peloton. Fedrigo, Chavanel and Flecha glance over their shoulders and they are caught just inside the last 10km. So, who is going on the attack? HTC stay out front at the moment.
Riders are reaching the bottom of the final cat three climb of the day. Remember, there's still eight-and-a-bit kilometres to go once they reach the top. Astana's Jesus Hernandez has a spectacular over the handlebars tumble towards the back of the peloton. Looks like he touched the wheel of a team-mate. He looks a little bewildered as he scrapes himself up off the Tarmac.
Under the 20km to go banner for our escapees who are gamely pushing on. The peloton yet to get themselves completely organised, wary of attacks no doubt once everyone does come back together. Could Fedrigo, Flecha and Chavanel be allowed to stay away over the top of Saint-Ferreol, or absorbed on the climb itself? It's going to be an intriguing finish.
DeGuzman on 606:
"Freire will fancy his chances fore sure. He isn't a sprinter and doesn't depend on having a train of team-mates pacing him. Nic Roche could be an outsider."
25km to go then. Lead staying at 35 seconds. Little uphill section coming up, followed by a short downhill and a bit of flat leading in to the final ascent of the day up Cote de Saint-Ferreol.
Here we go then, the business end of the day. Are you ready for the fireworks? Where do you see the attacks coming from? The leaders are 35 seconds clear with 28km to go. Let's give their names one more airing before they are caught. Great effort by Pierrick Fedrigo, Juan Antonio Flecha and Sylvain Chavanel but your time is (almost) up.
HTC continuing the hard work on the front. Milram's Roberts tucked in offering a bit of help. Yellow jersey of Andy Schleck is up near the front, keeping out of trouble. Race leaders are 43 seconds up the road.
The lead is under one minute as we get inside the last 35km. In the middle of all this, Flecha
has taken the six points for being first through the sprint line. Fedrigo was second for four and Chavanel picked up two points.
phildange on 606:
"Whatever happens today, I think we must congratulate the 3 men ahead because today the peloton drove a fast pace from the beginning, and they managed to resist very long. Chapeau! If they are caught, I'd fancy a puncher to escape, with the profile of the finish. Why not Vino, to do what he missed yesterday?"
tpott55 on 606:
"Tommy will have a pop at it today." I certainly hope so (see 1204)
HTC's Mark Renshaw, who was thrown out of the Tour a couple of days ago for his altercation with Garmin duo Julian Dean and Tyler Farrar a couple of days ago, is in Nice catching up with a few friends. He told Le Tour website: "I'm not watching the race. I'm actually eating an ice cream." On Cavendish's chances today, he added: "He'll be fine. I'm sure the instruction will be for Cav to stick with Thor (Hushovd) and follow him. They'll also have a plan for a lead-out and we should see Bernie (Eisel) stepping into the role I had until a few days ago." Lead chopped to 70 seconds, 38.5km left.
Coming up to the final intermediate sprint which comes at the top of a slight incline. We're about 6km from it and the gap keeps coming down. It's 90 seconds at the moment and we have 42km of the race remaining.
halfwheeler on 606:
"The bump with 8km to go will be interesting - the only interesting point on today's stage. Can the sprinters' teams stop any attacks?"
HTC still leading the peloton out. They are 104 seconds behind the leading trio. Former British cyclist, turned pundit, Chris Boardman points out that the last climb is only 2km long with a big ring. It goes straight into a descent and a 3km flat section. A situation not dissimilar to the Milan-San Remo which Cavendish won in 2009.
From Martin in Fife, via text:
"Not sure how Cav going for the green jersey is misguided (see 1500) given that he would have won it last year had he not been deducted points."
Lead dips under two minutes for the first time in many many kilometres. There's 50km to go to Revel. Le Tour website tells us that Lance Armstrong was outwitted in a two-man finish in Revel 15 years ago. Riding on his second Tour, the American was forced to lead out the sprint by Serei Outschakov and the Ukrainian then raced past to claim his only stage win.
If you give the page a little manual refresh, you can access our live commentary console up above. BBC Radio 5 live's Simon Brotherton, ably assisted by former pro cyclist Graham Jones, will talk you through the closing stages of today's race. I'll keep tapping away on the keyboard as well. The coverage begins at 1520 BST.
halfwheeler on 606:
"Cavendish targeting the green jersey was misguided and always destined to fail. He isn't a Zabel or a Hushovd or a Kelly and I doubt he'll ever win it. He is heading toward the record for most stage wins and should be happy with that because he'd have to tinker with his body shape in order to challenge for the most consistent rider jersey."
This lead is starting to come down at a fair pace. It's down to 2'15". Only a matter of time now. Could be interesting if they catch them too soon, we're bound to see attacks up the final climb of the day. If they get them in the next 20km, then we're looking at big bunch for the intermediate sprint as well. Great helicopter shot shows exactly how far in front the leaders are - they are in sight of the peloton as they are on one hugely long and straight road.
From Simon, via text:
"I don't know where all these lunch-tea-dinner hybrid words are coming from. To quote from Drax in Moonraker (James Bond) 'Britain's only contribution to world cuisine, afternoon tea' simples!"
A quick reminder of what's to come. There's a fairly flat section for the next 55km or so with an intermediate sprint in the middle. Then there's the tricky 1.9km climb up Cote de Saint-Ferreol and then it's downhill for the last 8km into Revel. Apparently there's a tricky little left-right combination inside the last kilo which could make it interesting. Who is your money on today?
From Muddyv2, via text:
"Re 3pm food. middle meal is dinner, evening meal is supper in Scotland, therefore the correct term is Dinsup "
No points on offer for anyone in the peloton as the riders come over the top of the final category four climb of the day together. They are just 3'30" behind with 68km to go.
From Ringworm, via text:
"Surely the sequence is brunch, lunch and tunch?"
Over the Cote de Puylaurens for our leading trio. All three out of the saddle on the final few metres of the ascent and Chavanel
is over first, from Fedrigo and Flecha for the 3, 2, 1. Quick Step's Chavanel immediately takes an energy bar out of his back pocket and tucks in.
HTC duo Tony Martin and Maxime Monfort pushing the peloton's pace along and the lead drops under four minutes and we have a touch over 70km to go.
DeGuzman on 606:
"Would be so funny if they get (nearly) everything together before that last cat 3 col and there would be a good enough attack by riders on the ascent preventing a peloton sprint from happening."
From Howard in Cambridge, via text:
"Team Sky are 9th in team competition. Not bad for first TdF is it you armchair critics? Give 'em a break - they're up against the elite."
Milram take a rare turn on the front of the peloton with Australian Luke Roberts giving the Lampre and HTC boys a rest. It doesn't last long though and normal order is soon resumed. Out front, Flecha, Chavanel and Fedrigo are nearing the summit.
From Dan, via text:
"Re 14:00. It's lupper."
Pace upped a bit in the peloton. Lead drops to four minutes as the escapees reach the bottom of the category four climb up Cote de Puylaurens. It's a gentle 4.3km slope.
beanabeaner on 606:
"re 1400: linner surely?" Not sure about linner - I was brought up in Yorkshire and it was always tea in the evening and, thinking about it, dinner was my mid-day meal, so I guess I should really call it dintea.
And there was Lautrec. Looked a beautiful place, flanked by fields and fields of sunflowers. The Tour de France at its best. The race continues and the lead is down to 4'20" with 82km left. I would imagine the peloton will start reeling in Fedrigo, Chavanel and Flecha fairly soon.
Ray Silvester on 606:
"Is Cancellara called Spartacus or Sportacus.....his likeness to the 'Lazytown' character is uncanny."
Big Lampre train at the front of the peloton with a couple of HTC riders in amongst as the peloton winds its way through the Tarn department towards the town of Lautrec. The famous French artist who shares its name, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, was born just up the road in Albi.
We are halfway through the stage and the HTC Columbia rider Bert Grabsch is putting in a big turn on the front. You can keep up with his efforts, and the rest of his team
here on this natty real-time tracker.
He's producing in the region of 400-500 watts of power when he's on the front of the peloton, compared to Mark Cavendish's 200 watts tucked in behind.
Late lunch/early tea for the peloton who pick up their musettes in the feedzone. It's 3pm in France, so more of a mid-afternoon snack I suppose. If brunch is the meal that's not quite breakfast or lunch, what is a 3pm feed? Lunea? Doesn't have the same ring does it?
Very little happening on the road. Lead has dropped to 4'38". There's a wee
going on up in Scotland. Some place called St Andrews. There's live text and pictures of the third round on this website. Be sure to come back though.
CS on 606:
"There's a possibility of a stage win today if it all comes back together for Cav. Remember he's won San Remo which is hilly and the stage to Autun last year which is also very hilly. He also won a couple of stages in the 2008 Giro which had a similar run in."
We're riding predominantly south today as we approach the feedzone in Lombers. There's still more than 100km to go.
The pink and blue of Lampre continues to do all the work on the front of the peloton. I would imagine the HTC Columbia boys are delighted because they've done more than their fare share of chasing this Tour. Lead continues to hover around the five-minute mark.
Ray Silvester on 606:
"Iniesta, (see 1316) for a real warped sense of humour they then turn around after a rest day and go BACK up the Tourmalet from the opposite side with a mountain top finish. To my mind that means the organisers have bought the Tourmalet into play in all competitions....GC,KOM and Points."
Christophe Moreau, who is third in the King of the Mountains classification jumps out from the peloton near the top but my dream man Thomas Voeckler (see 1204) is having none of that and takes the final climbing point on offer to help his Bbox team-mate Anthony Charteau who is currently wearing the polka dot jersey.
Lampre continue to push the pace on the front - their man Petacchi may fancy his chances in the run-in, although Hushovd is a decent climber for a sprinter and let's not forget Cavendish who has shown he can do short climbs if the carrot of a stage win is dangling.
nips out from behind Chavanel to take the four points on offer for summiting first. Team Sky's Flecha is not as bothered and sits in their wheels to take two.
Riders are going uphill again. The category three Cote d'Ambialet is not proving too taxing. With the way the stage is panning out, the sprinters will be keen to keep in touch as it's looking set for a bunch finish. Should be an interesting haul up the final climb. It's only 2km long, but it is steep in places with an average gradient of 6%.
UrlaubInPolen on 606:
"Today's stage looks like being the usual borefest like we got in stages 4-6. The break has gone, it's not threatening and immediately HTC-Columbia and Lampre have got on the front and started winding it back in. They'll get it to 2 or 3 minutes, then leave them hanging there until the last 10-15km. Then there will be a sprint, Cav will win, everyone will be all congratulatory about what a great race it was and what a great champion Cav is, and we'll all forget that nothing whatsoever happened for four hours."
The leading trio have won six stages between them on the Tour de France over the years. Chavanel won in Montlucon in 2008 and has of course won twice this year. His fellow Frenchman Fedrigo won in Gap in 2006 and St Gaudens last year. Spaniard Flecha's sole stage win came in Toulouse in 2003. Lead is just over 4'30".
Are we in for a bit of rain today? The peloton has just whizzed past a herd of cows in a field. Half were standing, half were lying down. Lead chopped by another 15 seconds.
mysticshrimp on 606:
"Armstrong has done his best to entertain us by continually falling off his bike. It's a fine contribution, but perhaps he'll try to sign off with something more vertical in the mountains?"
Predominantly downhill for the next 15km or so until we reach the bottom of Cote d'Ambialet. That's the next climb. It's the longest of the day at 5.2km with a gradient of 4.6%. It's the first of today's category three hills. Great shot of HTC's Tony Martin in aerodynamic pose leading the peloton.
Team Sky's Sean Yates tells Le Tour website: "I'm not exactly going to pull (Flecha) from the break. It could keep going and it would be a shame to miss out on the win. We'll have to see what happens but this was not part of our original plan." Lead holding steady around five minutes.
UrlaubInPolen on 606:
"The Team Classification (see 1236) is about the first three riders to finish each day, regardless of their GC position. Radioshack and Caisse d'Epargne are at the top because of having Paulinho and Kiryienka in the break a couple of days ago."
takes the six points for cruising over the intermediate sprint line in Saint-Jean-Delnous ahead of Flecha and Chavanel. None of our leading trio are involved in the green jersey classification, so current incumbent Thor Hushovd will be reasonably content in the peloton. Lead at eight seconds over five minutes.
Familiar sight of Lampre and HTC Columbia tapping out the pace on the front of the peloton. The leaders are 150km from the finish in Revel. Lead has dropped by 30 seconds, but probably more to do with the peloton descending from Begon while the trio up front are on a bit of road going upwards.
Katusha sprinter Robbie McEwen is not expecting to be needed today. He said: "I don't see it being a bunch sprint. I remember this finish from 2005, it's pretty tough. It seems to look like a typical breakaway day." Talking of which, the breakaway is still six minutes up the road. They are 5km from the first intermediate sprint.
pigeons in the park on 606:
"I really like Boasson Hagen, but he's not a grade A sprinter. He was a great lead-out man, but he's not got the speed of the "real" sprinters. EBH will never, never win a conventional sprint against Cav, Petacchi, Farrar and he's not got the superb tactical brain of Hushovd, Robbie MacEwen, and especially Óscar Freire."
From Jack, via text:
"Although Sky's tactics have left something to be desired we Brits have to face up to the truth: Wiggo was NEVER going to do well in this Tour, he's not the rider for it. Last year's result was a product of an easy Tour; it flattered Bradley. He's not a year on year GC contender and it's not his team's fault that he's disappointed this year"
From Simon in London, via text:
"Does anyone know how the team standings are calculated? Is it purely on GC performance?"
Here's a bit from Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins: "I keep pushing on day after day. I'm feeling pretty good. I still feel I can climb into top 10 regardless of what people think. There is the third week to go and this race can tip up on its backside. The Pyrenees is where it will happen."
Bbox rider Fedrigo
is first up the 3.1km ascent. Chavanel has to settle for two points and Flecha one. Intermediate sprint coming up in about 10km.
Here's Team Sky's Sean Yates
on their plans: "Ambition is always the same: to do the best we can. Results are not there on paper but the main thing is we are doing everything we can. It's not for the want of trying. Today is more or less likely to be a sprint. Edvald (Boasson Hagen) has not had the support. We've had a split agenda so it's been difficult and that's been our handicap." Leaders out to nearly six minutes as they go over Begon.
Over the top of Mergals we go. Chavanel
, who is the best-placed of the leading trio in the King of the Mountains classification (11th with 36 points) is first, although he is too far back (Anthony Charteau is top with 107) for the three points to be too significant. Fedrigo and Flecha pick up two and one respectively.
From Rohan in London, clearly not doing research for his dissertation, via text:
"Sky only made one decision which turned out to be unlucky. Had the rain fallen at the end of the prologue (as predicted) then Wiggins would have been sitting pretty at the top of the GC."
The lead is allowed out to four minutes as Chavanel, Fedrigo and Flecha approach the top of the first climb. The pace is high as they've gone through 23km in the first half hour or so.
Chavanel, Fedrigo and Flecha are 80 seconds clear on the ride down from Luc-la-Primaube. They are 18km or so into today's stage and approaching the bottom of the first climb - a 3.7km climb up Cote de Mergals. It's a category four and is immediately followed by a similar ride up the Cote de Begon.
From Sid, via text:
"Team Sky's tactics have been very questionable on their debut tour. Wiggins starting his prologue early. Sky doing the pacemaking up the mountain in stage 8 for no gain. It seems Wiggins' pure focus on the tour has really backfired."
I was dreaming about the 13th stage of Tour de France last night - a sure sign I've done too many of these live texts. According to my wife's superstitions you can't tell anyone your Friday night dream before mid-day on Saturday. Something to do with the bad stuff you forget from your dream coming true. Anyway, I digress, it's now past mid-day, Thomas Voeckler was the winner. Strangely, he's not in the breakaway, although his Bbox team-mate Fedrigo is and they are now 25 seconds clear. The 10 who were chasing are back with the peloton.
Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel, Bbox's Pierrick Fedrigo and Team Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha have had a dig. They are 10 seconds clear of a group of 10 who have also split from the peloton.
An escape or sprint finish? This from Cofidis sporting director Francis van Londersele, speaking to Le Tour website: "The problem is, I'm afraid (Lampre's) Petacchi will want his team to ride so he can try to win the sprint and take back the green jersey (from Thor Hushovd)." Three men on the attack.
From Mol_Daze_Etty, via text:
"How significant will Contador's time gain yesterday prove to be? This tour is shaping to be the closest man v man battle since 1989. Then Le Mond dominated the time trials and Fignon in the mountains. Except on the stage to Briancon where Le Mond caught Fignon by surprise when he attacked near the top of the last climb and took 13 seconds. Described at the time as a psychological boost; it looked a little more significant when Le Mond won the Tour by just 8 seconds.
We're off and racing in Rodez and attacks galore off the front. Lance Armstrong's disastrous Tour continues as he took a tumble in the neutral zone - he must have had half-a-dozen spills this year already.
UrlaubInPolen on 606:
"(Sky) have split the team going for multiple goals, and so far, the inevitable result has happened - the dedicated sprint teams have outsprinted them, and the dedicated GC teams have outridden them on GC."
Ray Silvester on 606:
"It's a day tailor-made for Boasson-Hagen and Sky really need something to resurrect a dismal tour."
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The peloton is travelling through the neutral zone in preparation for a slightly uphill start at 1145. Then we've got a couple of cat four climbs, followed by an intermediate sprint and a category three hill before the feedzone. Then it's on to the third cat four climb of the day, the second intermediate sprint and a cat three hill before the sprint down into Revel.
Stage 13 of this year's race, a 196km ride from Rodez to Revel features five categorised climbs, but none worse than a cat three. It's more of a transitional stage to get the riders down to the Pyrenees and shouldn't cause too many problems. What to expect? Is this the day a breakaway will succeed? Could it be another sprint finish, although a category three climb 8km from the end could prove a hindrance.
Morning all. Contador's attack on the steepest climb of this year's race helped him claw back 10 seconds on race leader Schleck, but the Spaniard is still 31 seconds behind his Luxembourg rival. Astana's Contador called it "a huge psychological blow", while Schleck, who rides for Saxo Bank, did not seem unduly concerned - he prefers the longer climbs and said he was expecting to lose a few seconds to Contador on stage 12.
Who was the winner out of yesterday's little tussle up to Mende? Two-time winner and defending champion Alberto Contador clearly decided he needed to show Andy Schleck, the young pretender to his throne, who was boss with his little burst up Montee Jalabert.