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Sagan takes third win at Tour as Thomas keeps lead on stage 13

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Peter Sagan wins stage 13 tour de france 2018

Peter Sagan won his third stage of this Tour de France, while Geraint Thomas kept the overall lead over teammate Chris Froome on Friday.

Sagan won a sprint finish to claim Stage 13, a 169.5-kilometer leg from Bourg d’Oisans to Valence in less than four hours.

“This stage was a piece of gold for us,” Sagan said, comparing Friday’s relatively flat to the three previous days in the Alps, which saw several of the event’s top sprinters miss the time cut.

“It’s fantastic. I mean also with the flat stage and a flat stage everyone recovered a little bit in the group. I think everyone was happy that it was a relaxed stage. I’m very happy to have won today. It was very nice for me, and thanks to all my teammates, who did a very good job.”

After overzealous fans marred Thomas’ win on Thursday atop the Alpe d’Huez peak, the otherwise complete calm of Friday’s leg was briefly disturbed by a man on the roadside who tossed a smoke bomb into the center of the peloton as it passed by with 16 kilometers left.

Besides spitting out yellow smoke, the bomb appeared to do no harm.

Thomas had no trouble maintaining his advantage of 1 minute, 39 second over defending champion Froome on the flat ride that came after three grueling days in the Alps.

Tour de France 2018 – stage 13 results (Bourg d’Oisans – Valence):

1 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

3:45:55

2 Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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3 Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)

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4 John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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5 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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6 Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors)

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7 Magnus Cort (Astana)

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8 Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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9 Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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10 Taylor Phinney (EF Education First-Drapac)

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11 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

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12 Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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13 Jacopo Guarnieri (Groupama-FDJ)

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14 Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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15 Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)

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16 Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)

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17 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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18 Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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19 Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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20 Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton – Scott)

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General classification after stage 13:

1 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

53:10:38

2 Chris Froome (Team Sky)

+01’39”

3 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

+01’50”

4 Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+02’46”

5 Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

+03’07”

6 Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+03’13”

7 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+03’43”

8 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+04’13”

9 Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

+05’11”

10 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

+05’45”

11 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+09’07”

12 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

+09’09”

13 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+09’37”

14 Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton – Scott)

+15’28”

15 Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)

+16’31”

16 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

+18’39”

17 Tanel Kangert (Astana)

+20’41”

18 Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

+21’12”

19 Warren Barguil (Fortuneo – Samsic)

+23’55”

20 Rafal Majka (Bora – hansgrohe)

+30’46”