Tour De France: Mads Pedersen Outruns Sprinters To Claim Victory

The Dutch cyclist managed to create a gap between him and the others, coercing Wright to take second, and Houle to settle for third at stage 13.
Mads Pedersen

With just 300 meters to go, a trio formed in front of Trek-Segafredo’s breakaway man, who had decided to go for the win today. But on 15th July, Friday, all the efforts against him failed, as the young man launched a sprint and dashed pass the trio. He fought off  Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech) and Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) to hold his fort until the finish line.

In the blink of an eye, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) won stage 13 at Saint-Etienne. He was also chased by Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). They all tried their luck by attacking Pedersen, but terribly failed. The chase was even more thrilling than stage 12.

Only Houle and Wright were able to stick to the man in the chase. They tried to outrun Pedersen, collectively as well as individually, but to no use. The Dutch cyclist managed to create a gap between him and the others, coercing Wright to take second, and Houle to settle for third.

The overall classification remains the same. The GC leader Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) is leading at 2:22 while Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) follows him at 2:26. On the third we have Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).

Talking about his striking win, Pedersen said:

It’s incredible to finally take a win [at the Tour]. I knew the shape was really good. I definitely missed out on some opportunities in the first week

He continued to say:

For a long time I thought it was a mistake to be in the break, because we only had two minutes, but in the end it paid off. Today it was super hard for everyone. Everyone was really on the limit

The Tour now heads to Mende for stage 14, on Saturday. 

Results

POSRIDERTEAMTIME
1 Mads PedersenTrek-Segafredo04:13:03
2Fred WrightBahrain Victorious+ 00
3Hugo HouleIsrael-Premier Tech+ 00
4 Stefan KüngGroupama-FDJ+ 30
5Matteo JorgensonMovistar Team+ 30
6Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers+ 32
7Wout van Aert Jumbo-Visma+ 05:45
8Florian SénéchalQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team+ 05:45
9Luca MozzatoB&B Hotels-KTM+ 05:45
10Andrea PasqualonIntermarché-Wanty-Gobert+ 05:45

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Featured Image Via YouTube/ Eurosport France


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