Stage summary04.07.2013 in 17:42Impey creates history on a day Greipel takes the win
For the first time since the stage to Alpe d'Huez in 2008, one team-mate has passed the yellow jersey of the Tour de France to another team-mate. Simon Gerrans had two glorious days in the lead of the 100th edition but in the final kilometre of the 176.5km stage that finished in Montpellier, he watched on as his South African team-mate Daryl Impey raced ahead to 13th place and thus the lead in the general classification. It happened in the same city where a South African first won a stage of...read more
interview04.07.2013 in 19:08Peter Sagan: "I'll still be up there in the third week..."
Peter Sagan has finished second in three stages but he's still confident about winning the green jersey as he has a plan for the whole Tour not just the first week. He's yet to win a stage but he knows why...read more
interview04.07.2013 in 18:50Pierre Rolland: "If the shirt goes, it goes..."
Judging by the fact that he turned up on day one as leader of the King of the Hills, it's clear that Pierre Rolland would like to be the King of the Mountains... but he's now aware that he's got to pace himself.read more
interview04.07.2013 in 18:32Vacansoleil: no holiday in the sun...
On what was easily the hottest stage of the 100th Tour de France so far, the Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM relegated the TTT champions Orica-GreenEdge in the team classification with thanks to the youngest rider in the race, Danny van Poppel, who earned a second top 10 placing (eighth) in his debut in the Tour. The Spanish veteten Juan Antonio Flecha was 14th and Sergey Lagutin rounded out the top 50. The sprint specialists opened up such a gap that 16 riders finished with a five-second...read more
interview04.07.2013 in 18:19Daryl Impey: "I like to think that we are sharing it..."
Daryl Impey started the stage ranked second overall behind his team-mate Simon Gerrans. He had to finish just seven places ahead of the Australian and he would become South Africa's first Tour leader. Impey was 13th in Montpellier after leading out Orica-GreenEdge's sprinter, Matt Goss; Gerrans was 48th... and history was made.read more
interview04.07.2013 in 18:05Greipel: "I'm really proud to win again"
In 2012 there were three sprinters who each won three stages each: Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and André Greipel. All three of them won their respective national championships the weekend before the 100th Tour de France and, so far, two of them have claimed a stage victory in the opening week. Cavendish got his turn in Marseille and in Montpellier it was Greipel who was first to the line... Sagan wears yellow but admitted that it was impossible to beat the German in stage six.read more
Sporting stakes03.07.2013 in 19:17Shorter, flatter... faster?
After the undulations on the island of Corsica come a few days where the sprinters show their style. As we saw in stage five, it's the job of the stars to finish off the work done by others. Even the winner in Marseille, Mark Cavendish, admitted that he didn't do very much; he just happened to beat the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Peter Sagan and André Greipel because he felt an obligation to pay back his team-mates for their efforts over almost 230km.
The formula for sprint stages...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 14
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