News | Tour de France • July 14, 2023
Pogačar attacks to take precious seconds on the Grand Colombier
Gap to yellow jersey shortens to 9”
Tadej Pogačar succeeded in sprinting with an impressive acceleration and speed in the final 400 meters of the summit arrival of stage 13 of the Tour de France.
After 17,7 km of the climb of the Grand Colombier (average of 7%), which was led by UAE Team Emirates’s riders (Soler, Grossschartner, Majka and Adam Yates) . The Slovenian champion still had enough strength in his legs to make a move and pull-out a gap of 4” on Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma).
Pogačar was 3rd in the stage, obtaining a time bonus of 4”, preceded for 50” on the finish line only by two members of the main breakaway of the day, namely the winner Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos-Grenadiers) and the second place Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny).
In the top ten of the stage there was also Adam Yates, 10th at 1’18” from the winner.
In the general classification, Pogačar is at 9” from the leader Vingegaard and he still wears the white jersey; Adam Yates is 6th at 5’04”.
Pogačar: “Kwiatkowski was amazing today, but in the end the day was successful for us as well and we took a bunch of seconds, so it was a good stage with a brilliant team performance: everybody in the team can take a lot of confidence and extra motivation from today.
The Tour is still long, this situation is good for us, now we will go day by day and try to chip away at the seconds.”
Stage 14 will kick-off from Annemasse and will reach Morzine les Portes du Soleil over 151, 8 km.
Stage 13 results
1. Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos-Grenadiers) 3h17’33”
2. Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny) +47”
3. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +50”
10. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) + 1’18”
General classification after stage 13
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumvo-Visma) 53h48’50”
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +9”
3. Jai Hinley (Bora-hansgrohe) +2’51”
6. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) 5’04”