Tour de France diary Saturday 16th July

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Mads Pedersen (22/1 Points Classification Outright) claimed victory on Friday’s stage 13 of the Tour de France as Jonas Vingegaard (2/7 Tour de France Outright) retained the yellow jersey.

Friday’s 192km stage came down to the final 250 metres as Pederson, Fred Wright and Hugo Houle went on the attack in a three-way sprint.

The trio were part of a seven-man breakaway at the beginning of the day but Pedersen had the most left in the tank as he surged to his first stage victory.

Pedersen, who was World Road Race champion in 2019, has his sights set on further glory in the remaining eight stages of the Tour.

“It’s incredible to finally take a win,” Pedersen said. “I knew my shape was really good and I definitely missed out on the opportunities in the first week.

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“In the last two weeks of this race there’s not a lot of chances for a guy like me.

“So to take the chance today and get the reward is really nice, not only for me but for the whole team. We came here with riders only for stages and now we have one so it’s such a relief.”

A rolling route between Le Bourg d’Osians and Saint-Etienne led to a quiet day in the General Classification in the first stage since leaving the Alps.

Vingegaard (18/1 Stage 14 Winner) remains the man with the yellow jersey and leads Tadej Pogacar (8/1) by two minutes and 22 seconds.

Saturday’s stage 14 goes from Saint-Etienne to Mende airfield and is 192.5km, with four category three climbs along the route before the category two Cote de la Croix Neuve, while sprint points are up for grabs in the town of Yssingeaux after 50km.

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Author: Lucas Carlson