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Tour de France stage 13 AS IT HAPPENED: Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne to Grand Colombier

Live updates from the thirteenth stage of the 2023 Tour de France on Bastille day

Bonjour, 

Welcome to our coverage of stage 13 of the Tour de France.

Today's stage is 137 kilometres in length between Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne and the summit of the Grand Colombier. We're potentially in for general classification fireworks on the hors categorie final climb.

Will this be the day that Tadej Pogačar takes the yellow jersey from the shoulders of Jonas Vingegaard? The Slovenian rider is just 17 seconds from the race lead.

Get in touch with me via Twitter - @thewlistt and let me know who you think will take the stage honours this afternoon. 

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Bastille day on the Grand Colombier

Tom Pidcock

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It's Bastille day in France, so expect to see thousands of French fans on the roadside cheering for Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and co later today.

Tom Pidcock won on Alpe d'Huez on Bastille day last year. Will a British rider match his achievements in 2022 on the Colombier?

Tour de France stage 13 - Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne > Grand Colombier 137.8 kilometres

Tour de France 2023 route profiles

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Before the racing gets underway shortly, let's take a closer look at the parcours for stage 13.

The riders should be relatively untroubled on the 137.8 kilometre route before they reach the base of the final hors categorie climb.

It's relatively flat before the road goes uphill on an unclassified climb where the riders will take on the intermediate sprint at Hauteville-Lompnes.

Afterwards its downhill into the valley as they head for the base of the Colombier which will start after about 119 kilometres of racing.

It will almost certainly be a day for the general classification riders. Expect to see Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard going at each other after a relatively quiet day on the GC front yesterday. 

Thibaut Pinot

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Here's Thibaut Pinot signing a few autographs at the rider sign on this morning.

France will go absolutely crazy if he somehow pulls off a stage win today.

My colleague, Tom Davidson, wrote this beautiful piece about Pinot earlier this season. 

Jonas Vingegaard

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We're just moments away from the neutralised start in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne.

Here's a reminder of how things stand in the general classification going in to today.

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma, in 50-30-23
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, at 17s
3. Jai Hindley (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 2-40
4. Carlos Rodríguez (Esp) Ineos Grenadiers, at 4-22
5. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain Victorious, at 4-34
6. Adam Yates (GBr) UAE Team Emirates, at 4-39
7. Simon Yates (GBr) Jayco AlUla, at 4-44
8. Tom Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 5-26
9. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 6-01
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 6-33

Right! We're off!

The riders have just rolled out for the neutralised section which will last for four kilometres.

Once Christian Prudhomme waves the flag for the official start, expect to see multiple French riders battling to get in the day's breakaway.

Nerves will be jangling throughout the peloton as they roll towards the official start.

Jonas Vingegaard holds the yellow jersey, but by literally just 17 seconds.

Jumbo-Visma will almost certainly have to do something today if they want to keep Vingegaard in yellow and extend that lead over Tadej Pogačar. 

It's 29 degrees out on the road today.

Warm, but arguably perfect racing conditions.

We've got 1.5 kilometres to go until they cross through kilometre 0 and the battle for the breakaway gets going. 

Andrey Amador (EF Education-EasyPost) has a flat front tire.

He's been in the breakaway twice in recent days.

EF have the King of the Mountains jersey on the shoulders of Neilson Powless. It's hard to see him up at the front contesting for the stage win today. 

Here's Julian Alaphilippe wishing everyone a happy Bastille day! 

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Here we go! Christian Prudhomme has just waved them off from the sun roof of his car!

It's Lotto-Dstny that make the first move, sending two men on the attack with Victor Campenaerts and another rider.

It actually look like it's EF Education-EasyPost's James Shaw who was straight onto that. 

136km to go: Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) is right up at the head of the peloton too in his French national champions jersey. 

135km to go:

The road is completely flat for the first 50 km or so.

It's going to take some serious speed to get away at the moment. 

134km to go:

If one man has the speed and power to break the elastic to the peloton then it's Rémi Cavagna (Soudal Quick-Step)

Cavagna has powered away from the peloton and has an Uno-X rider and a rider from TotalEnergies on his wheel. 

133km to go:

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) has made it across to that front trio.... looks like Esteban Chaves has joined him as well as Biniam Girmay (Intermarché–Circus–Wanty)

So the two EF riders are Bettiol and Chaves.... initially looked like James Shaw but that's definitely Alberto Bettiol. 

132km to go:

The peloton has swiftly shut that move sparked by Cavagna down.

All of the riders who had initially got up the road have been quickly brought back in. 

But Cavagna has gone again! Wow... he doesn't mess about that guy. 

131km to go:

Cavagna has been brought back once more but it's EF having a go again this time.

James Shaw and Amador are the two riders to try something and they've got Jasper Philipsen of all riders with them along with Julian Alaphilippe on their wheel. 

125km to go:

Pierre Latour and an Uno-X rider are the next two to try and make the jump!

The Uno-X rider is Jonas Abrahamsen. 

123km to go:

That move has been sniffed out by the bunch and now it's Cavagna once again trying to get up the road!

Cavagna is absolutely determined to be in the breakaway when it eventually goes today.

Omar Fraile (Ineos Grenadiers) Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) have joined him.

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) is there too.

Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) is also up the road in that group. There's a decent amount of firepower there, so they should be able to maintain and then push on a bit of a gap. 

116km to go: That group has now been shut down so we're back to square one yet again! 

115km to go:

Another small group of riders has jumped and has got about 13 seconds over the bunch.

Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Max van Gils (Lotto-Dstny), Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) and Mike Teunissen (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty) are there and it looks like another Ineos rider may be trying to catch them. 

112km to go: Those guys have now been caught by a handful of other riders as they look to push on.

There's another couple of EF riders in there, Kasper Asgreen for Quick-Step and a handful of others.

If they get some cohesion then this will be it. 

109km to go: Alright this is definitely it!

I'll have a full list of the riders in the break in just a moment.

They've got 28 seconds on the peloton and it's rapidly rising. 

108km to go:

Here's the breakaway in full:



Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers)
Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ)
Alberto Bettiol and James Shaw (EF Education-EasyPost)
Kasper Asgreen (Soudal Quick-Step)
Matej Mohoric and Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious)
Jasper Stuyven (Lidl-Trek)
Adrien Petit ,Mike Teunissen and Georg Zimmerman  (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty)
Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)
Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech)
Luca Mozzatto (Arkea-Samsic)
Pascal Eenkhorn and Max van Gils (Lotto-Dstny)
Cees Bol and Harold Tejada (Astana Qazaqstan)
Anthon Charmig (Uno-X)
Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies)

They've got about 1-21 over the peloton being led by UAE Emirates at the moment.