Nibali Wins Alpine Stage, Porte Cracks

afpVicenzo Nibali won stage 13 into the ski town of Chamrousse. Photo by AFP.

Sicily’s Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) claimed his third stage win at the Tour de France today, annihilating his rivals and solidifying his yellow jersey lead. Nibali rode with 20 of the cream-of-the-crop riders up the final climb but dropped them all and rode solo in the last mile of the 122-mile race from Saint Étienne to Chamrousse.

porte cracksPorte, number seven, gets some help from his teammate but it was already too late. He could not keep up the pace with the lead group.

It was a really bad day for Australian Richie Porte (Sky), who bonked in the searing heat of the final climb and lost more than eight minutes to Nibali. Porte started the day in second and is no longer a contender for the podium and not even the top ten.

stage 13 GC

 

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