(AP) LE CAP D'AGDE, France -- Bradley Wiggins doesn't think the Tour de France needs a "boss" of the pack. At least not him.
But the Brit is taking charge and showed leadership Saturday with a bold if unsuccessful effort to help a teammate win Stage 13 -- instead won by Germany's Andre Greipel.
Wiggins finished the windy and flat 134.8-mile ride from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d'Agde with his top rivals to retain the yellow jersey for a seventh consecutive day.
Greipel earned his third stage victory this Tour -- by half a wheel's length ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan. Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway was third.
Wiggins, with Sky teammate Boasson Hagen on his back wheel, led a speeding bunch of riders around a sharp final bend to overtake two breakaway riders, hoping to set up the Norwegian for a win.
Instead, a crafty Greipel held close to Boasson Hagen, and then outsprinted him to the line. In Tour lore, such bold displays are unusual from the bearer of the yellow jersey.
"I tried to repay Edvald in some way, because he's been solid this Tour for me -- and all season," said Wiggins, noting that the Norwegian had escorted him in the Alps earlier this week.
The top standings didn't change: Wiggins leads second-place Sky teammate Christopher Froome. Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:23 back, and defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia is 3:19 back in fourth.
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Stage 13 Results
1. André Greipel - Lotto Belisol Team - 4:57:59
2. Peter Sagan - Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Sky Procycling
4. Sébastien Hinault - AG2R La Mondiale
5. Daryl Impey - Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
6. Julien Simon - Saur - Sojasun
7. Marco Marcato - Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
8. Philippe Gilbert - BMC Racing Team
9. Peter Velits - Omega Pharma-Quickstep
10. Danilo Hondo - Lampre - ISD
General classification after Stage 13
1. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 59:32:32
2. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling - 0:02:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:02:23
4. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:03:19
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team - 0:04:48
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:06:15
7. Tejay Van Garderen - BMC Racing Team - 0:06:57
8. Janez Brajkovic - Astana Pro Team - 0:07:30
9. Pierre Rolland - Team Europcar - 0:08:31
10. Thibaut Pinot - FDJ-Big Mat - 0:08:51
Full results here..
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"Greipel wins 13th stage, Wiggins still in yellow
By Justin Davis (AFP)
LE CAP D'AGDE, France - Germany's Andre Greipel claimed his third victory of this year's Tour de France as Bradley Wiggins of Britain held on to the yellow jersey at the end of the 13th stage.
Greipel, who rides for Lotto, finished just ahead of Slovakian sprint rival Peter Sagan (Liquigas) in a tight finish in which Wiggins astonishingly tried to set up Sky teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Norwegian Boasson Hagen could only finish third on the 217 km stage which began in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, but Wiggins said it was payback time.
"Edvald's done a lot of work for me in the mountains, so we tried to pay him back by setting him up there at the finish," said the Englishman.
Greipel, meanwhile, was quick to praise the teammates who kept him at the front for a tough, late climb, helped eliminate some of his rivals and set him up for the finish.
"I'm really happy with this victory," said Greipel, one of the few sprinters able to successfully negotiate the Mont Saint Clair climb whose summit was 20 km from the finish.
"The team did a great job for me today. It's amazing. You can be really happy with just one victory in the Tour de France, but this one is a bit special because of the Mont Saint Clair being there near the finish." Read more from AFP...
"Greipel holds off Sagan for third stage win as Wiggins keeps yellow
(CNN) -- Germany's Andre Greipel sprinted to his third stage win of this year's Tour de France Saturday as Bradley Wiggins kept hold of the race leader's yellow jersey for the sixth day.
Team Lotto's Greipel held off green jersey points leader Peter Sagan at the finish in Le Cap d'Agde after 217km from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux.
Briton Wiggins showed his strength by powering to the front of the bunch in the closing stages, attempting to hand victory to his Team Sky teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen, who eventually finished third.
The decisive moment on a largely flat stage came with 23km to go on the short but steep Mont Saint Clair where the bunch splintered under pressure.
Wiggins reacted to an attack by defending champion Cadel Evans to haul in the Australian but behind a number of the specialist sprint riders, including world champion Mark Cavendish of Team Sky, quickly lost ground." Read more from CNN International...
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