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Cavendish's 25th win after an epic GC bout
The 13th stage was one of back luck for the rider ranked second in the general classification; in the middle of a bout of action that was instigated by Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the 56km mark - and caused the peloton to split into three groups - the Movistar team leader had a rear puncture. Ultimately five team-mates waited for Valverde who suffered his mechanical at the 84km mark. He lost 37» to the yellow jersey's group that was paced by Belkin and Omega riders at a time when the second pelotonw as behind by 1'20».
After a furious chase, Plaza (MOV) lost contact with the Valverde sextet and this prompted the Movistar group to wait for the second peloton that still had a fair chase on its hands to catch the yellow jersey group. Valverde was the biggest loser from his misfortune but the race was on in earnest from the moment 84km to go mark and he ultimately trailed in almost 10 minutes behind the stage winner.
Yes, Mark Cavendish won. Of course he did. But this was far from a standard sprint stage. It was a huge bout by the GC rivals and one cunning team that, as a collective, won the 'Fighting Spirit' award. Omega Pharma started battle, a puncture knocked a favourite out, and the Saxo-Tinkoff kept on punching through to the end when it realised that Froome was vulnerable. This was a day when a sprinter won, but many of the GC specialists lost. Froome keeps his overall lead but it was anything but an easy task. He is now 2'28» ahead of second, Bauke Mollema with Alberto Contador edging closer to the overall lead, just 2'45» behind the Sky team's leader.
The best sprinter of this generation won his 25th Tour de France stage in St-Amand Montrond but it's not the sprint that this epic bout will be remembered for. This was a fight that knocked Valverde out of GC contention and benefited the Saxo-Tinkoff and Belkin teams enormously. The mountains await but the action continues as the 100th Tour races towards Lyon in stage 14.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over the world are going to be gathered together all across France for the always exciting Tour de France this summer. The 2013 edition of the race is going to be even more intriguing from an international standpoint, knowing that this is going to be the 100th time that this race has been run. Join us here at BookMaker Sportsbook, as we dive right into the ins and outs of Stage 13, as we have the best Tour de France betting coverage that you'll find on the internet!
2013 Tour De France betting action is set to take the world by storm this summer! On Friday, July 12th, the best cyclists in the world will get together for Stage 13 of the Tour de France, which will take run from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond, France. Coverage for this and all of the stages can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
Lucky for some, yet unlucky for most, Stage 13 is going to provide the cyclists with another relatively light day on the conquest to get to Lyon, a three-day jaunt that will cover nearly 600 kilometers. Day 12 of racing is a relatively easy run as well, and it is the shortest of the races in the trek from northern France to the heartland once again in Lyon.
There is absolutely no travel necessary for the cyclists, as they literally start where they left off at the end of Stage 12 in Tours for this stage on the third Friday of the Tour. To beat the Tour de France betting lines, riders are going to once again need to be more smart than skilled. Teammates and forming bonds with others is crucial on a stage with no inherent physical challenges outside of covering the distance.
There are just a couple of small climbs, most notably the ride to 158 meters above sea level just 10 kilometers from the finish. This stage is generally just a tad uphill at a very slow clip, as it only goes from the 95 meters above sea level at Tours to the high point of 158 meters at the Bruere Alli-Champs before cascading off down to the 48 meters at the Saint-Amand-Montrond.
Saint-Amand Montrond is dab smack in the middle of France, and the distance from the water tends to make this one of the warmer regions of the country. Mother Nature could play her role as well, and that is always a deciding factor on the Tour de France gambling odds.
In the end though, this is one of these stages that is completely up in the air. Look for whomever is wearing the yellow jersey at this point to be protected by his teammates, and the man who is in yellow should be trying to keep up with the pack of riders around him without doing anything spectacular. Whomever is chasing the green jersey though, is a much different story. Especially if someone like Alberto Contador or Peter Sagan is in green at this point through the first dozen stages, they could want to put on a good run in a relatively easy stage to beat the Tour de France wagering odds and ensure their status as the top point getter in the Tour.
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