Winners and losers in GC shakeup after Stage 13 –

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The Yellow Jersey contenders returned to the podium on Friday, 13, after a few days of calm in the GC Battle of the Tour de France.

Massif Central’s relentless ascent and heavy roads dashed the chances of French duo Guillaume Martin and Romain Bardet, and the super-step summit over Puy Marie ended with Primoise Rosalie and Tadej Pogar clocking a handful of seconds over their rivals. Ineos Grenadiers worked very fast during the final hours of the race, with Egan Bernal not able to react after losing by 38 seconds to his Slovenian rivals.


Meanwhile, ahead of him, Daniel Martinez had a stunning stage win, bowling out a pair of Bora-Hansgro riders on the final climb to reward an aggressive day of racing by the team.

There’s so much to talk about, so let’s get to the Round Table Conference!

Did the Inios Grenadiers go wrong today, or did Bernal not have legs?

Bernal slipped to third place. Photo: Photo by Stuart Franklin / Getty Image

Fred Dreyer (@freddrier): It seems that Bernal did not have to climb the stairs to follow Rosalie. Credit Inos Grenadiers with feet to do some damage on the front side of the stage. But this squad is not as strong as Jumbo-Wisma right now, and Bernal actually seems to be a few watts behind Rosalie, especially on steep stuff.

Jim Cotton (@ jim_c_1985): I think it’s mostly the latter. Pogačar was isolated for a long time, but was able to surf the wheels of the Ineos Grenadiers first, and then punch with Jumbo-Wisma and still Roglič in the final. Jumbo-Wisma replaced the punches in the final 10 kilometers, but you’d expect Bernal to be able to hide in the wheels and chase Rosalie and Pogker when they were separated from the group. Is this a glimpse of a rift? Let’s see.

Dan Cavalry (@browntiedan): Yes and yes Now that we are about halfway to the Tour, it seems clear to me that the Ineos Grenadiers do not have the power to support Bernal’s defense of their Tour title. Bernal did not have legs today, so he may not get the support he needs in this race. Of course, we’ve seen Sky / Innos come back at the last minute first, so I won’t count them yet.

Should EF Pro Cycling go for all stages, or continue moving to GC for uran?

Daniel Martinez captured two Bora-Hansgrohe riders in the final.
Daniel Martinez captured two Bora-Hansgrohe riders in the final. Photo: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Donation: Not yet, but I think if Euran loses time in the next two stages, it’s time to hunt down the stages in particular. Apparently, the team has a lot of talent, able to fully animate the stages, but with Uran dropping by about a minute, the GC feud will begin to fade away over the weekend, if not with Uran Rosalie and Pogkar Can hang on, especially if Nairo Quintana continues to ride strong and Egan Bernal is fading.

Fred: Urine now sits in fourth position, 11 seconds away from the podium. If he continues his steady ride on the tour, he is in an ideal position to ride third overall, should Bernal continue to falter. I think EF’s tour is now a resounding success after Dani Martinez’s stage win. But getting Rigo to land on the podium would be a heavy, year-enduring result for the Pink team.

Gym: EF Pro Cycling showed today and in previous stages that they have the talent to get on the front foot and fight in a breakaway. With high mountains to come, the likes of Higuita, Martinez and Carthy will be in their element. However, when I don’t see Uran in Bern, Rosalie, or Pogkar in a psycho-mango fight, his team definitely doesn’t want to leave him. All it takes is an unfortunate disaster that runs to a podium slot for her to be among the top three. Therefore, I say go in a few select steps and get Rigo back. The best of both.

We saw a reshuffle in GC with Martin and Bardet, both well out of contention now – after two more difficult phases this weekend, how do you see things until Monday?

Romain Bardet lost seven places on Friday, his GC over.
Romain Bardet lost seven places on Friday, his GC over. Photo: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Gym: The current top three of Bernal, Rogali, and Pogker will still hold the top slots, though not necessarily in the same order. I think the main difference occurs in the group of Urain, Porte, Landa, Lopez, Yates and Quintana, currently ranked fourth to ninth. If someone is going to make a big move in that flock, I would say that one or more of Landa, Porte and Lopez, will be brought back in time for the rest.

Fred: Martin and Bardet are now out of the GC picture, but that means Landa and Porte are now scoring one in the top-5. The question is whether Bernal stays around in the top-5, or if he falls out altogether. On Monday I expect Roglič to still appear yellow with Pogačar in the second, then a large gap in Bernal, which may lose another minute. Meanwhile, I see Landa and Porte going 8-9 to 5-6.

Donation: French hopes for the podium seem to have dashed again. Roglič and Pogačar seem to be on a different level than everyone else, so I hope they will open the gap even more once the weekend has been called. And never count nairo; He is looking strong this year and has played smart so far. It is quite likely for me that Quintana has podium-worthy legs this year.