After missing out on the breakaway on stage 12, Alessandro De Marchi put in an aggressive display in the opening kilometers of stage 13 to make the early breakaway on the 101km stage.
Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) and Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) attacked to create a small gap on the peloton and after 9km of racing, De Marchi made a move and bridged to the duo.
The peloton came back together before De Marchi formed a new breakaway with Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep Floors) and Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie).
The trio extended their advantage to one minute on the run into the Col de Latrape and De Marchi attacked again to go solo over the summit.
On the descent and early slopes of the category 1 Col d’Anges, De Marchi held onto a 35-second advantage over the reduced peloton before he was caught by Mikel Landa
(Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) with 63.5km to go.
After holding the wheel for the following 3km, De Marchi dropped back to the yellow jersey group featuring Damiano Caruso.
The two BMC Racing Team riders continued in the 24-rider group until the Mur de Peguere, where they were distanced by the attacks from the General Classification favorites.
As the battle for the yellow jersey raged on ahead, Caruso continued to ride at his own temp and eventually crossed the line in 18th place, 4’08” behind stage winner Barguil, which was enough to hold onto 14th overall.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi:
“In the end, I can say that it wasn’t the right day because the breakaway didn’t go to the finish. I was there, I found the good move. But then when Contador and Landa moved, it wasn’t my place. I needed another race situation. We will see tomorrow; we will try again. At the Tour de France, you need the perfect day. We still have a lot of opportunities and we will fight until Paris.”
“It was really fast and brutal. From the start to the finish, it was all day à bloc and in the final climb I lost the wheel of the best GC riders and then I finished with my grupetto. The legs feel good but it wasn’t enough to stay with the best riders. We still have to work and I’m looking forward to the next days. Now, I have lost more time on GC so maybe I will have the chance to take a breakaway.”