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Cycling-Pedersen wins Tour de France stage 13, Vingegaard retains overall lead

Cycling-Pedersen wins Tour de France stage 13, Vingegaard retains overall lead

By Julien Pretot SAINT ETIENNE, France (Reuters) -Mads Pedersen claimed his maiden Tour de France win after a strong showing in the 13th stage, a…

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By Julien Pretot

SAINT ETIENNE, France (Reuters) -Mads Pedersen claimed his maiden Tour de France win after a strong showing in the 13th stage, a 193-km ride from Le Bourg d’Oisans on Friday.

The 2019 world champion won a three-man sprint to beat Britain’s Fred Wright and Canadian Hugo Houle, who were second and third, respectively.

“With a few kilometres to go it was still six of us so I had to shake things up,” said Pedersen, who first attacked from a six-man group with 12.5-km to go.

Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey after spending the day in the main bunch in searing heat as the Tour left the Alps.

“It was a very hot day, we had to drink a lot to stay hydrated all day. I’m happy for Mads, he deserves it,” Vingegaard said of his compatriot, the third Dane to win a stage in this year’s Tour after the overall leader and Magnus Cort Nielsen.

Vingegaard leads defending champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia by two minutes and 22 minutes, with 2018 champion Geraint Thomas in third place, a further four seconds adrift.The sprinters teams kept the breakaway group in check but the chase was disrupted when Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan suffered a crash 71km from the line.The Australian could not rejoin the peloton, leaving Jasper Philipsen’s Alpecin-Deceuninck team the only outfit working in front of the bunch to set up a massive sprint.They surrendered quickly, meaning the stage win would be contested between the breakaway riders.As the peloton […]

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