Puy Mary, France, Sep 11 (efe-epa).- Colombian rider Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) won Stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday, just beating Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line atop the extinct Puy Mary volcano on a day that saw leader Primoz Roglic extend his lead over the other contenders.
Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) began the stage with an advantage of just 3 seconds over Colombia’s Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), last year’s Tour winner.
But by the time the riders completed the 191.5km (119mi) from Châtel-Guyon to the summit of Puy Mary, Roglic was up 44 seconds over the man in second, Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), and by 59 seconds over Bernal, who dropped to third.
Martinez, the Colombian time-trial champion and winner of the 2020 Criterium du Dauphine, made it to the top of the Category 2 climb 4 seconds faster than Kamna for his first-ever stage victory in the Tour.
Another Bora-Hansgrohe rider, Max Schachmann, had launched an attack on the penultimate climb of the stage, but saw himself overtaken by Martinez and Kamna 1.6km from the finish and came in 51 seconds behind the Colombian.
“When I won the Dauphine, I had very good legs, and I recovered quite well for the Tour. When the Tour started my sensations were still good, but I fell and lost a bit of time. Mentally that was hard. I let some more time go and then I tried to seek out stages that suited me. I managed to win today,” the 24-year-old Martinez said afterward.
Roglic, who triumphed last year in the Vuelta a España, was 12th for the stage, just ahead of Pogacar, 21, who vaulted ahead of Bernal in the Best Young Rider competition.
Frenchmen Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Romain Bardet (AG2R) fell out of the top 10 overall after beginning the stage in third and fourth, respectively.
Their losses translated into gains for the Colombian trio of Rigoberto Uran (EF), Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), now occupying the fourth through sixth spots.
Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who spent several days in the yellow jersey, is seventh, followed by Spaniard Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) and Australia’s Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo).
Rounding out the top 10 is Enric Mas (Movistar) of Spain.
Bauke Mollema, the captain of the Trek-Segafredo team, abandoned the Tour after being hurt in a crash 86km from the finish of Friday’s stage. The 33-year-old Dutchman started the day 13th in the General Classification.
“It was a really nice day, I’m super happy. As long as you can gain time, every second is to your advantage. Honestly I expected Tadej to be good before the start of the Tour I knew he is super strong,” Roglic said.
“We did nationals together and from last year we already saw he can do really big things in the Vuelta, so it was no big surprise. I’m really happy at the end we were two Slovenians at the top,” the Tour leader said.
The riders will travel 194km from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon for Saturday’s Stage 14. EFE