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Stage 13: Bourg D’Oisans - Saint Étienne, 182.6Km

Start Time 13-05CET.

The 13th stage of the Tour de France goes from Bourg d'Oisans to Saint-Étienne. The race adds up to 192.6 kilometres. It’s fair to assume that an important episode in the battle for the green jersey will be played out in the home of Les Verts, the nickname of Saint- Étienne’s illustrious, green-shirted football team. A profile without any significant difficulty should, in theory, allow the teams that are focused on sprint finishes to make hay today.
That said, Côte de Saint-Romain-en-Gal, with its 7,7 km at 4,5%, could prove to be hard for the pure sprinters. On stages of this type, breakaway riders tend to have little room for manoeuvre, but they can still hope for the best.

Bourg d’Oisans mostly serves as the start hub after a stage to L’Alpe d’Huez. This time is no different. Four editions ago, the race travelled to Valence, where Peter Sagan sprinted to victory.
The riders head out in northeasterly direction. The first 27 kilometres go downhill before the Côte de Brié – 2.4 kilometres at 6.9% – offers KOM contenders a chance to gain some points and if it hasn't already gone, a chance for the BOTD to form.
The last Tour de France visit to the capital of the Loire department dates back to 2019. Thomas De Gendt went on a daring exploit in a race with seven climbs and 3,750 climbing metres. Finishing 6 seconds ahead of the chasing duo Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe, the Flemish attacker pulled it off and he won from the breakaway.

Three relatively easy climbs lead onto an extended false flat before the last 7 kilometres are flat.
The last climb of the day, Côte de Saint-Romain-en-Gal (6.6 kilometres at 4.5%), is crested with roughly 40 kilometres to go.

Final Kms.

A downhill takes the riders onto a false flat of 20 kilometres long before the last 7.6 kilometres are played out on the flat.

What to Expect.
This is a typical transition stage in Le Tour, which offers just enough to entice those who still have the legs after the mountains, to challenge for the break. It then remains to be seen which sprinters and their teams feel confident enough in their ability to deal with the parcour, as they will be the ones trying to control the breakaway.
This is a stage that could go either way.

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