Tour de France stage 13 report: Kwiatkowski prevails on Grand Colombier

Tadej Pogačar wrung a few more seconds out of Jonas Vingegaard to tighten the overall classification.

Michał Kwiatkowski held off a furious chase for a solo stage victory atop Grand Colombier. Photo © Dion Kerckhoffs / Cor Vos

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by Joe Lindsey 14.07.2023 Photography by
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Michał Kwiatkowski put in a sterling climbing performance on the massive Grand Colombier climb to win stage 13 of the Tour de France. The Polish rider, who in recent years has raced mostly in a support role to his Ineos Grenadiers team’s GC ambitions, went clear of the breakaway low down on the climb to solo to the win. Tadej Pogačar attacked inside the final 500 meters to gain back a few seconds on Jonas Vingegaard. The Danish rider still holds yellow, but with a slim and slowly dwindling gap.

Brief results

  1. Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) 3:17:33
  2. Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny) @ :47
  3. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) @ :50
  4. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) @ :54
  5. Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 1:03

General Classification

  1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 53:48:50
  2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) @ :09
  3. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2:51
  4. Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 4:48
  5. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) @ 5:03
Despite superior numbers, UAE didn’t make much of a dent in Kwiatkowski’s lead until Adam Yates surged to the front. Photo © Bernard Papon / Cor Vos

Brief notes and analysis

What’s next: stage 14 preview

There’s no rest for the weary now that we’re in the Alps. Saturday’s 159 km ride from Annemasse to Morzine les Portes du Soleil features five categorized climbs, including two Cat. 1s and an ascent of the hors categorie Col de Joux Plane (11.7 km at 8.5% average) to cap it off before a rollicking descent to Morzine. With so many climbs on order, it’s likely a day for a breakaway, especially for EF Education-EasyPost’s Neilson Powless to defend his KOM lead from challengers. The descent – which is as technical as it is fast – will possibly complicate things for the GC, but with just a kilometer or so of flat terrain before the finish, we may see some aggressive racing over the top of the Joux Plane. GC teams may try to seed the break with top descenders – your Wout van Aerts, for instance – as a way to help team leaders. It will make for a nervous, high-stakes day of racing.

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Speaking of the Joux Plane descent, CPA head Adam Hansen promised several weeks ago to do what he could to ensure its safety, including working with the ASO to fix the road surface where necessary and reconning the route himself to post video. Here’s his ride down:

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