A very though 37,5 kilometres long time trial was the 13th stage in the Tour de France. The first 7k went uphill, followed by a flat section with a very fast descent and a 3k long final climb to the finish in La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc. Especially after yesterday’s finish on Mont Ventoux, a few riders would have liked a flat TT today.
Sam Bennett, the sprinter from BORA – ARGON 18 was today the first rider who rolled down the start-ramp in Bourg-Saint Andéol.
“It was very windy today, on the first climb was tailwind, then heavy crosswind. The descent was extremely fast with the time trial bike I reached over 90 km/h. I was equipped with a rear disc wheel and in the front it was a normal wheel with a height of 40mm. This combination was today the best for me.” – Sam Bennett
The TT-specialist from BORA – ARGON 18, Jan Bárta, started at 12:48pm. Jan showed his qualities and was after the first intermediate time on 17th place with the same time as Fabian Cancellara. Jan was able to improve significantly during the race and finished at the 11th place with a gap of +2’31’’.
Also for Emanuel Buchmann it was a good day again. Emu reached today the 56th place with a gap of + 5’32’’ and he moved to 20th place in the GC.
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) raced the fastest time at every intermediate split. He could won the stage with a lead of 1’03’’ to the second placed Chris Froome who will wear again tomorrow the yellow jersey.
“Today it was extremely difficult to ride because of the strong wind. You had to be focussed all the time to stay on your bike, a really heavy time trial. For me the course was better than a completely flat time trial, but it was also difficult to find the rhythm. Right from the beginning the course went uphill and then it was so strong wind on the descent. Today it was a good day for me, but I even gave not everything and could save energy for the upcoming mountain stages.” – Emanuel Buchmann
11th place – Jan Barta (+ 2’31’’)
56th place – Emanuel Buchmann (+ 5’32’’)
102th place – Bartosz Huzarski (+ 7’09’’)
110th place – Andreas Schillinger (+ 7’20’’)
144th place – Paul Voß (+ 8’21’’)
159th place – Patrick Konrad (+ 8’39’’)
160th place – Sam Benett (+ 8’40’’)
170th place – Shane Archbold (+ 9’05’’)
177th place – Cesare Benedetti (+ 9’40’’)