Chris Froome’s lead in the Tour de France took a hit in today as two-time champion Alberto Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff team flew past the competition over the last 30 kilometers of the race, an aggressive move that cost Froome over a full minute in the overall standings. Froome now leads Bauke Mollema by 2:28 and Contador by 2:45.
Froome said that he wasn’t surprised by the tactical maneuver made by Contador’s team, saying it was “a reminder that [he needs] to stay awake at all times in this face.” Froome also spoke about the disappointment of having his lead cut so drastically.
There’s no such thing as a calm stage on the Tour de France. Having lost a minute there, that’s always a bitter pill to swallow because we’ve worked really hard already to get the advantage we had.
The winner of the 13th stage was Mark Cavendish, the British cyclist who was barely edged out by Marcel Kittel yesterday. Cavendish said that he needed to atone for his disappointing loss, saying that he owed a better performance to his teammates:
Yesterday they gave everything and I let them down. The Tour de France is the most incredible race in the world. It means so much to me. When I think about it, it makes me want to cry.
Cavendish is now third place in all-time Tour stage victories.
The hardest-hit today was Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, who lost a whopping 9:45 after suffering a punctured tire. Headed into the day in second place, Valverde is now outside the top 10.
[Source: USA Today]