Andre Greipel of Team Lotto-Belisol won his third stage of the 2012 Tour de France, taking Stage 13 in an incredibly tight sprint finish. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was right there with Greipel, but he was forced to settle for second after Greipel thrust his bike over the line to take the win. Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen took third.
With just over 20km left in the stage strong winds and a short but nasty climbsplit the peloton, leaving sprint favorites like Mark Cavendish (Sky) behind. Cadel Evans, captain of Santa Rosa-based Team BMC and 2011 Tour champion, saw that as an opportunity to attack. He jumped off the front as the lead group tackled the final climb but overall leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was able to stick with him, and the defending champ made no progress in the GC standings.
Team BMC's Tejay Van Garderen retained his lead in the young rider classification, holding a lead of just under two minutes over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat).
The General Classification following Stage 13:
1) Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 59:32:32
2) Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling +2:05
3) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale +2:23
4) Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +3:19
5) Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team +4:48
6) Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan +6:15
7) Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team +6:57
8) Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team +7:30
9) Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +8:31
10) Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat +8:51