Tour De France 2012 Stage 13 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2012

LE CAP D'AGDE, FRANCE - JULY 14:  Andre Greipel (R) of Germany riding for Lotto-Belisol reaches for the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan (L) of Slovakia riding for Liquigas-Cannondale as Greipel wins stage thirteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d'Agde and Sagan takes second place on July 14, 2012 in Le Cap d'Agde, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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German Andre Greipel claimed the best time in the Tour de France's 13th stage after he was able to hold off Slovakian Peter Sagan in a frantic sprint for the finish line that gave fans a photo finish for the win. Greipel finished the stage with a time of 4:57:59.

Greipel was relieved to get the win for his team, noting his very narrow margin of victory with

It was close until the end. I was dropped on the climb but I was going full gas on the way up and I had to do a sprint at the top to get in a small group and Lars Bak brought me back and then the team chased Vinokourov and Albasini. Then, when Luis Léon Sanchez attacked I thought, ‘Okay, now it's over...' but I was happy that Sky was still there and I could work out how to win this stage because I think my team deserves it.

Greipel has now earned the win in three stages of the Tour, winning stages three and four in addition to 13.

Overall race leader Bradley Wiggins was able to retain his yellow jersey and now holds a 2:05 lead over SKY Procycling teammate Christian Froome on the overall leaderboard.

Wiggins finished 12th in the stage, while Froome wasn't far behind and finished 15th.

Full results for Stage 13 can be found here.


Overall Leaderboard

After Stage 13, the overall classification leaderboard looks like this:

Rider Country Time Team Age
1. Bradley Wiggins Great Britain 59:32:32  Sky 32
2. Christopher Froome Great Britain 59:34:37  Sky 27
3. Vincenzo Nibali Italy 59:34:55  LIQ 27
4. Cadel Evans Australia 59:35:51 BMC 35
5. Jurgen Van Der Broeck Belgium 59:37:20 LTB 29
6. Haimar Zubeldia Spain 59:38:47 RNT 35
7. Tejay van Garderen United States 59:39:29 BMC 23
8. Janez Brajkovic Slovenia 59:40:02 AST 28
9. Pierre Rolland France 59:41:03 EUC 25
10. Thibaut Pinot France 59:41:23 FDJ 22



The 217 km stage provided plenty of flat spaces for sprinters to take advantage. However, it was Greipel's ability to stick with the pack on the Mont Saint-Clair climb 14 miles from the finish line that set Greipel apart from other sprinters.

The highlight of the entire stage was definitely the final sprint, as both Greipel and Sagan were neck-and-neck down the stretch. Greipel was able to pull off the victory by half a wheel length. The dramatic finish can be found at the end of the highlight.

Riders will resume the tour with the mountainous 191 km Stage 14 on July 15 at 8 a.m.