Tour of Spain – Mads Pedersen wins the 13th stage ahead of Bryan Coquard

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Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) fully deserves this one! Very often placed – he notably finished second three times at the start of Vuelta – but never a winner since the Grand Départ in Utrecht, the former world champion offered himself the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain this Friday. Intractable in the false uphill finish, the Dane – more than ever green jersey – easily outstripped the Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Cofidis), which thus achieved its best result since the start of this 2022 edition.

Video – Mads Pedersen holds his victory in the Tour of Spain!

Quentin Pacher, a second French rider in the top 6

Gone far too far, the German Pascal Ackerman (UAE Team Emirates) still took third place. Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe) completed the top 5 of the day, while Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) crossed the line in sixth position. No changes are to be reported in the general classification, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and all of its major rivals – including Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), who made the news before the start of the stage – having finished in the peloton.

A trio at the head of the race

After the mountain stage towards the Penas Blancas, the day before, the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain, disputed between Ronda and Montilla (168.4 kilometers), offers a good profile for a massive explanation between the sprinters. But before attending the outcome of this day, several riders want to take the breakaway. We finally find three men in the lead: Julius van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) and Joan Bou (Euskatel-Euskadi). The breakaway manages to quickly take the field on a peloton controlled by three teams, in this case Team BikeExchange-Jayco, Cofidis and Trek-Segafredo. 100 kilometers from the finish in Montilla, the pack is thus just over 2 minutes behind the leading trio.

Breakaways can’t do anything against the peloton, Mads Pedersen untouchable

The breakaway accelerates frankly a few kilometers further, which allows the leading riders to see their lead exceed 3 minutes. 2′ at the 40 terminals, 1′ under the 25 kilometer sign, 30″ at 20 terminals from the finish… the scenario is however classic, with a peloton which leaves no hope for the day’s fugitives. Just after the sprint intermediate – crossed in fourth position by Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), which inflates its total of 13 points in the classification of the green jersey – Julius van den Berg gets caught up.

Joan Bou and Ander Okamika resist as for them a little longer, but they surrender to just under 10 terminals from the goal. Despite the road rising somewhat, the pace is high in the last 5km, with all fast men wanting to be perfectly placed before the massive pack. The finish is on a false rising flat, which does not scare the Pascal Ackerman (UAE Team Emirates), who launched their effort more than 400 meters from the line. He is followed like his shadow by Mads Pedersenwho took advantage of the wake of the German to widen a crippling gap on the rest of the peloton, before overtaking with ease Ackerman to afford his first victory on this Vuelta. A bit far at the time of Ackermann’s attack, Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) takes second place after making his punch speak in the last 250 meters.

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