Tour de France 2022: stage 13 to Saint-Étienne – live! | Tour de France

Key events:

162kim to go: The front five are caught and Ineos Grenadiers rider Filippo Ganna powers up the 900m climb with Stefan Kung and Matteo Jorgenson on his wheel.

164km to go: The five-man group including Danny van Poppel, Pierre-Luc Perichon, Mads Pedersen, Luca Mozzato and Taco van der Hoorn have a 15-second lead on the first climb of the day. Van der Hoorn looks to have already burnt one match too many and starts going backwards.

166km to go: Three kilometres from the Category 3 Cote de Brie, the peloton regroups. Mads Pedersen and Taco van der Hoorn launch another attack with three other riders.

171km to go: Peter Sagan bridges the gap between the bunch and what currently passes for the breakaway.

173km to go: Our five-man jailbreak has a lead of about 15 seconds over a peloton that is motoring along at over 60km per hour.

175km to go: Kamil Gradek, Taco van der Hoorn and Jeremy Lecroq were the original escape party and the quintet have a lead of a few seconds on the chasing bunch.

175km to go: Still no breakaway but a trio of as yet unidentified riders have put a few metres of asphalt between themselves and the bunch. They’re joined by two more, Matis Louvel and Nils Pollett.

185km to go: Riding at an average speed of 54km per hour, Swiss Groupama-FDJ rider Stefan Kung is up near the front, looking to escape the bunch. It’s all very cagey at the moment.

187km to go: No breakaway has escaped yet but the front of the peloton is well strung out with a long line of riders riding two abreast or in single file.

A cyclist watches live coverage of the race in a bar in Vizille.
A cyclist watches live coverage of the race in a bar in Vizille. Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP

187km to go: A couple of Ineos Grenadiers riders, Luke Rowe and FIlippo Ganna, are among a group of riders who try to attack the bunch. Nothing comes of their attack. Now Mads Pedersen tests the waters for a second time.

They’re racing: A wave of the flag from Christian Prudhomme sends the riders on their way and Trek–Segafredo’s Mads Pederson is off like a bat out of hell. He puts some distance between himself and the front of the bunch but is quickly reeled in.

The roll-out has begun: The peloton is whirring along behind the official race car, waiting for the semaphored signal to begin racing, which will come in a little under three kilometres.

Warren Barguil withdraws after positive Covid test

France’s Warren Barguil became the latest rider to pull out of the Tour de France after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of stage 13, his team Arkea-Samsic said on Friday.

Barguil is the sixth rider to leave the race due to a positive test for the virus since the start on 1 July. “Our seven other riders have all tested negative,” Arkea-Samsic wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for everything [Warren].” Barguil becomes the 18th rider to leave this year’s Tour, for one reason or another, leaving 158 riders in the peloton.

Warren Barguil
Warren Barguil of Arkea-Samsic will not be at the start of today’s stage. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
Tadej Pogacar
In second place on General Classification, Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates still has the white jersey for best young rider. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA
Wout van Aert
Wout Van Aert of Jumbo-Visma will be hoping top hoover up more points in his quest for the green jersey today. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Simon Geschke
Simon Geschke of Cofidis is in the polka-dot jersey for King of the Mountains after four days in the Alps. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Top 10 on GC after stage 12

  • 1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) 46hrs 28mins 46secs
  • 2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +2mins 22secs
  • 3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +2mins 26secs
  • 4. Romain Bardet (Fra/DSM) +2mins 35secs
  • 5. Adam Yates (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +3mins 44secs
  • 6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea Samsic) +3mins 58secs
  • 7. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +4mins 07secs
  • 8. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +7mins 39secs
  • 9. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +9mins 32secs
  • 10. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus/Bora-Hansgrohe) +10mins 06secs
Jonas Vingegaard
Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma remains in the lead going into today’s stage. Photograph: Lairys Laurent/ABACA/REX/Shutterstock

Stage 12 report: In one of the most remarkable exhibitions of climbing and descending seen in the modern Tour de France, Tom Pidcock set out his stall as a future contender by becoming the youngest stage winner at Alpe d’Huez, wrote Jeremy Whittle.

Stage 13: Le Bourg D’Oisans to Saint Etienne (192.6km)

The transitional road from the Alps to the Massif Central is well trodden, and this stage has enough climbing to make it hard to control the race, writes William Fotheringham. The early break is odds-on to succeed. The battle to get into the winning move will be intense, and the flat finish favours a specialist stage hunter with a sprint, such as Denmark’s Magnus Cort Nielsen or Mathieu Van der Poel if he’s still in the race. [Narrator’s voice: “Mathieu van der Poel is not still in the race.”]

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