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Gallery: Mads Pedersen wins from the break on breathless 2022 Tour de France Stage 13

15 Jul 2022

After two days of fireworks in the high Alps, Stage 13 of the 2022 Tour de France was always likely to be a day of regrouping for the main GC favourites.

But the Tour entertains on many levels, and the hot weather, a lumpy parcours, crosswinds and the small matter of 2,000km of riding already in the riders’ legs made for another breathless day of racing as the peloton covered 192.6km between Bourg d’Oisans to Saint-Etienne.

A break of seven riders would eventually establish themselves after a frenetic start, but the threat of crosswinds kept the tension, and the pace, high in the peloton behind and the gap remained inside 3 minutes.

With 50km to go the peloton briefly ceased hostilities but then BikeExchange-Jayco hit the front on their new 2023 Giant Propels, and the deficit to the break started to evaporate in the heat and crosswinds.

But with no other teams lending a hand the chase faltered, and with 15km to go and the gap still above 2 minutes the light blue BikeExchange train peeled off and the issue was settled, leaving the breakaway to fight for the stage between them.

That was the cue for everything to kick off at the front of the race. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), the best sprinter in the group, powered off the front on a late uncategorised climb, with only Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech) able to take his wheel.

Wright and Houle both tried to jump clear themselves late on, but in the end the sprint was a formality for Pedersen and the Dane had time to sit up and celebrate a hard-earned stage win well before the line.

Join us as we look back on the best of the day’s action through the lens of photographer Pete Goding.

After yesterday's exploits, Ineos Grenadiers' Tom Pidcock had every reason to look pleased with himself.

It was another gorgeous (and hot day) at the Tour.

Some mixed messaging from the fans here.

Spoiler alert: Mads Pedersen was looking strong atop his stunning 2023 Trek Madone.

Jonas Vingegaard's yellow jersey wasn't threatened today. 

Today's parcours had plenty of lumps but provided a brief respite from the high mountains.

It came down to these three in the end, but the final outcome never looked in doubt.

Given where it started, it must be gratifying how well this Tour is going for the Danes.

Mads Mads Mads!

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