Why are short stages so exciting? Tour de France riders and teams have their say

The 2017 Tour de France's short 101-kilometre stage 13 provided one of the best stages of the race so far – should there be more of them?

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In a Grand Tour world of 200-kilometre sprint stages, mountain passes and time trials, short and punchy 100-kilometre days stand out. The Tour de France riders and their teams explain why they are so entertaining.

In stage 13 yesterday, 101 kilometres to Foix, cyclists broke free immediately and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) launched a long-range attack at 65 kilometres remaining.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.