13 Jul 2013

Cavendish wins 13th stage as Froome's lead cut

5:57 am on 13 July 2013

British sprinter Mark Cavendish won a drama-filled 13th stage of cycling's Tour de France, as Spain's former two-time winner Alberto Contador narrowed his deficit to yellow jersey holder Chris Froome.

Cavendish's second win of the 100th edition of the race and 25th of his career saw him dominate a two-up sprint with Slovakian Peter Sagan.

Contador, who began the day in sixth place behind Froome, finished with the same group of riders a minute and eight seconds ahead of Froome after the Briton and his Sky team were dropped in windy conditions in the closing 31 kilometres.

The big loser was Alejandro Valverde of Spain who started in second place but dropped 10 minutes behind due to trouble with his bike.