Most of the Tour de Pologne’s pre-race favourites went AWOL, with Orica-GreenEDGE’s Pieter Weening emerging from the field to capitalise. He took the yellow jersey after the final time trial to Kraków, edging out Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale), and adding a victory to his palmarès for the first time since winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia in 2011.
Key race facts
3,404 – In kilometres, the total race distance of the 100th Tour.
242.5 – The length of this year’s longest stage (to the summit of Mont Ventoux on stage 15). Continue reading
The 100th Tour de France is over. Done. Dusted. From fiercely contested sprints to breathtaking solo climbing displays, it’s been quite a three weeks. We were left with the searing image of the peloton flashing by in the Paris twilight, but the entire race has been packed full of memorable moments. Orica-GreenEDGE’s bus and Jan Bakelants barely holding off the charging pack seem like an eternity ago, don’t they?
We’re already counting down the days to the Vuelta a Espana, but to kick off our series of retrospective race reviews this week, here’s a quick stage-by-stage reminder of the story of the 2013 Tour de France (including links to each of our stage recaps). Continue reading