Germany’s Heinrich Haussler won the 13th stage of this year’s Tour de France with Spain’s Amets Txurruka second. Haussler came in more than four minutes ahead of Txurruka and France’s Brice Feillu, who took third.
Rinaldo Nocentini comfortably retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey as no attacks took place on the five climbs of the day. Thor Hushovd takes back the green jersey though.
Haussler had moved with six other riders after only three kilometres and he dropped them one by one to finish on his own after a 197-km ride in the rain and cold.
Astana rider Levi Leipheimer did no start the stage due to a broken wrist. Leipheimer was 1 of 4 Astana riders in the top 10 of the GC.
Stage 13 Results
1 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team -4:56:26
2 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi - 0:04:11
3 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel - 0:06:13
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step - 0:06:31
5 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram - 0:06:43
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
7 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin – Slipstream
9 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia – HTC
10 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
General classification after stage 13
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale – 53:30:30
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin – Slipstream - 0:00:46
5 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
6 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia – HTC - 0:01:00
7 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Slipstream - 0:01:24
8 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:49
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:01:54
10 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne - 0:02:16
Links to news sites…
“Haussler escapes to claim Tour’s 13th stage
Alps fail to cause major changes on GC
Having finished second in two of the year’s biggest races this season, Heinrich Haussler made amends for his near misses in the Tour of Flanders and Milano-Sanremo during the Spring with victory on stage 13 of the Tour de France in Colmar.
First it was a stage win in the 2005 Vuelta a España, then another in the 2007 Dauphiné Libéré before the pair of runner up placings earlier this year. A Tour de France stage win was the obvious progression for Cervélo’s punchy rouleur with a penchant for mixing it on the lower-category climbs. Consider that box ticked after his marvellous efforts today.” Read more from CyclingNews…
“Tour’s yellow jersey battle trumped by ‘Racing Kangaroo’
By Justin Davis (AFP)
COLMAR, France — Australian-born German Heinrich Haussler claimed his maiden stage win on the Tour de France Friday as rainy conditions put a dampener on an anticipated battle for the yellow jersey.
Haussler was part of an early breakaway on the 200km stage from Vittel to Colmar in the hilly Vosges region before he went off on his own with two climbs still to negotiate.
After coming over the summit of the category one-rated Col du Platzerwasel in the company of Sylvain Chavanel the Cervelo team rider attacked on the descent to quickly open up a gap on the Frenchman.
Quick Step all-rounder Chavanel battled in vain on the Col du Bannstein, but the gap grew and grew as Haussler’s steady rhythm took him up and over the 2.1km hill and then over the 8.7km long Col du Firstplan.” Read more from the AFP…
“Haussler wins as Armstrong stays third
(CNN) — Lance Armstrong lost key Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer but stayed in third place in the Tour de France as Heinrich Haussler of Germany won the 13th stage run off in appalling conditions on Friday.
Leipheimer pulled out before the start of the 200 kilometer run from Vittel to Colmar, his right wrist in plaster after a late crash on the previous stage.
The American is a close friend of Armstrong and was not without hope of overall victory himself as he sat only 39 seconds behind the leader in fourth place before his withdrawal.” Read more from CNN International…
“Haussler solos to stage 13 win
Cervélo rider attacks and descends his way to stage victory, as Nocentini keeps the jersey
On a 200km stage, Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo TestTeam) was off the front for 195km. Most important, he was off the front at the very end of the day.
Haussler went clear with six others just 5km into a rainy day that featured five categorized climbs. After 60km it was only he, Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel-Euskadi) off the front. After Perez Moreno was dropped on a climb, and Chavanel was dropped on a slippery descent, Haussler simply put his head down and went it alone.
“I love this type of weather,” said Haussler, an Australian-born German. The stage finished just a few kilometers from the German border.” Read more from VeloNews.com…