Voigt Wins Stage 13 of Tour; Pereiro Dons Yellow Jersey
Jens Voigt (CSC) has won Stage 13 of the Tour de France.
Jens Voigt (CSC) has won Stage 13 of the Tour de France. The German took a two-up sprint from Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d?Epargne) to win the 230-km, rolling run from Beziers to Montelimar in 5:24:36. Sylvain Chavenel (Cofidis) finished third at 0:40, and Pereiro, who began the day 28:50 behind Floyd Landis (Phonak) in the general classification, took the yellow jersey from him.
<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The day was another scorcher. Salvatore Commesso (Lampre) made an early escape that was shut down before Voigt, Pereiro, Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), Andriy Grivko (Milram), and Chavanel and Arnaud Coyot (both from Cofidis) attacked. The peloton did not chase, and the break?s lead ballooned to 24:30 at 160 km.
Phonak began to ride harder tempo because the Swiss squad wanted to keep the yellow jersey. The break?s advantage, however, continued to grow. The fugitives led by 26:20 at 177.5 km and by 28:00 at 195.5 km.
Attrition took its toll, and the seven-man break was down to five when the escape reached the day?s final climb, the Category 4 Cote de Villeneuve-de-Berg. Grivko attacked and was dropped by Quinziato?s counter. With four km left, Voigt and Pereiro dropped Chavanel and Quinziato. In the last km, Voigt attacked, but Pereiro clawed back to the CSC man?s wheel. Voigt then bested the Spaniard in the sprint.
In the overall, Pereiro leads Landis by 1:29 and Cyril Dessel (Ag2r) by 1:37. Stage 14 should play out much like Stage 13, but the yellow jersey will not change backs. The 180.5-km, rolling ride from Montelimar to Gap will feature two Category 3 climbs and two Category 2 ascents. With the heat and the riders? desire to save themselves for the Alps at work, a small group will probably get away again. Who will be in it? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!