At the heart of a fairly calm day on the Tour de France, a major collective fall sent nearly 30 riders ashore this Friday, during the 13th stage. The Danish Soren Kragh Andersen found himself in a small ditch, for a rather impressive image. Simon Yates and Roger Kluge quit.
Even on a transition stage of the Tour de France, the riders must exercise the utmost vigilance. While the day was calm so far this Friday, for this 13th stage towards Carcassonne, a major collective fall sent many riders to the ground 61 kilometers from the finish, in a winding part.
Soren Kragh Andersen comes out of a small ravine
The peloton was agitated just before on an acceleration of Philippe Gilbert, the Belgian veteran of Lotto-Soudal. Tim Declercq, of the Deceuninck Quick-Step formation, who had been riding since the start of the day behind a breakaway of three riders, was notably involved. Like Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal), who had to give up. And Simon Yates (BikeExchange). That is to say the 31st and 32nd dropouts of this Tour de France.
Several runners were also sent into a small ravine, such as Soren Kragh Andersen. The Dane of Team DSM was seen climbing the small slope to reassemble his bike, necessarily being badly damaged. Winner of two stages in the Tour de France 2020, Soren Kragh Andersen has hit the road well.
In the process, the morning breakaway which featured Peirre Latour in particular was resumed. A sprint is expected in Carcassonne for this 13th stage of the Tour de France, where the big favorite of the day is named Mark Cavendish. In case of victory, the 36-year-old Briton would equal Eddy Merckx’s legendary record, with 34 stage successes on the Grande Boucle.