Very exciting and tough stage 13 saw many battles on the final climb, which was extremely steep and difficulty. Riders on the final climb were all over the place with many riders remaining from the big breakaway of the day. Daniel Martinez took the glory of the stage win from the breakaway. Meanwhile, 2 kilometres lower on the mountain, the big fireworks started. And it started from who else than Tadej Pogačar!
Tadej was riding extremely well with strong attack that made everyone big difficulties. The only one capable of following the high pace was Primož Roglič. They soon started to cooperate together and gained nice advantage. On the stage lot of the ground lost Egan Bernal and lost white jersey, which is now on the shoulders of Tadej! Tadej is also second in GC with 44 seconds behind Primož.
Tadej’s statement after the stage: »It was a great day, and now I find myself in the white jersey again. I am also happy to have reached the finish line with Roglič: pedaling uphill with Primož reminded me of the sensations I experienced in last year’s Vuelta, it was an experience similar to that of the 13th stage of the Spanish race, when we arrived in Los Machucos. In the overall standings, I gained seconds on all the other riders, except Roglic, so I’m satisfied and I’d like to thank the team for giving me great support during the stage, I’m proud of my teammates.«.
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