Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) rode to a victory in Stage 13 of the Tour de France following a gutsy cat-and-mouse game against Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) during the steep ascent of Pas de Peyrol to the finish line at Puy Mary.

Le Tour de France Stage 13 Daniel Martinez
Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) held off Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) to win Stage 13 at Puy Mary. (Image: AFP)

Overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) padded his lead as distanced himself from last year’s champion, Egan Bernal, who slipped to third place in the general classification.

  1. Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) 5:01:47
  2. Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) +00:04
  3. Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +00:51

Colombia’s Martinez chased down EF Pro Cycling’s tandem of Germans, Max Schachmann and Kamna, before the final 40 km ascent toward Puy Mary. Max Schachmann had a sizable lead before both Lamna and Martinez caught him.

At that point, it was a two-rider race to the finish between Kamna and Martinez. Kamna made a move a little prematurely and Martinez counterattacked. Martinez dropped Kamna on the final push to win Stage 13.

Stage 13:  Chatel > Guyon-Puy Mary

The 191 km ride through cheese country included seven different climbs and a pair of Category 1 ascents that bookended the race. Less than 40 km into Stage 13, the riders had a steep climb up Col de Ceyssat.

The end of Stage 13 included a back-breaking climb to the top of Pas de Peyrol, where the riders faced another summit finish at Puy Mary.

Martinez won the Dauphine before the start of the Tour de France, so he came into Le Tour on top of his game. His tour didn’t start out exactly as he wanted, due to a crash.

“I had a week that wasn’t great, I didn’t have good sensations because I was still struggling after my crash but I knew I could win a stage all the same, and now I’ve done it,” said Martinez.

Kamna made his move with 200 meters to go and Martinez quickly responded. Kamna quickly fizzled out and Martinez overtook him with 50 meters to go to the finish.

“Today, I worked hard, I gave a lot on the last climb when I was with the two of them,” added Martinez. “I could see they had a bit less strength in the end, so I thought I could win it in the sprint.”

Kamna took second place and finished four seconds behind Martinez. Schachmann finished in third place and 51 seconds behind Martinez and Kamna.

Map 2020 Tour de France Stage 14
2020 Tour de France map of Stage 14 Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon. (Image: LeTour.fr)

On Deck: Stage 14 Clermont-Ferrand > Lyon

On Saturday, the peloton rides 194 km from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon in Stage 14. There are five climbs of note during this somewhat flat stage, including the painstaking ascent at Col du Bea. The riders will face that climb up to nearly 1,400 meters in the first third of Stage 14.

Before the finish line at Lyon, the riders will face a pair of modest Category 3 climbs, but they’re right on top of each other for a punchy finish.

Sprinters are favorites to win Stage 14. Oddsmakers pegged Peter Sagan and Wout Van Aert as potential winners.

  1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 56:34:35
  2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +00:44
  3. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) +00:59
  4. Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) +01:10
  5. Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) +01:12

Two French riders, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Romain Bardet (ALM), dropped out of the top 5. Martin fell from third place to 12th place. Bardet slipped to 11th place. He crashed on the descent of Montee de la Stele, but still finished the stage. Bardet suffered a concussion in the crash and had to drop out of Le Tour.

At the end of Stage 13, three Colombians sit in the top 5, including the reigning champion, Bernal. Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) moved into fourth place, but he’s 70 seconds off the lead. Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) seized fifth place in the GC, but he’s 1:12 behind Roglic.

Roglic’s odds to win Le Tour improve to -286 on DraftKings. Bernal saw his odds to win plummet to 8/1.

Tadej Pogacar, the Stage 9 winner, moved into second in the GC overall. The young Slovenian’s Tour de France odds improved to 7/2.

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