Jul 12, 2013 8:37 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former Highroad rider Cavendish wins stage 13 of Tour de France

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish won the 13th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish Friday and Chris Froome lost a sizeable chunk of his overall lead after being caught out by Alberto Contador.

Flat stages are normally relatively free of incident, but the 173-kilometer (107.5-mile) trek from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond showed that even Froome's formidable Sky team can be vulnerable.

With about a third of the stage gone, the main pack was split into three and Alejandro Valverde dropped way out of overall contention after stopping to repair a puncture and losing a huge amount of time.

Valverde was second overnight but that spot was overtaken by Dutchman Bauke Mollema, while the two-time former champion Contador improved to third. They both gained more than one minute on Froome.

It marked the 25th career stage win at the Tour for Cavendish, who won most of them as a member of the now disbanded San Luis Obispo-based Team Highroad.



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