Tour de France stage 13: Nîmes › Carcassonne, 219.9km.

The INEOS Grenadiers put in a fine team performance to ensure that Richard Carapaz remained fourth overall at the Tour de France. 

The Grenadiers were alert to the prospect of crosswinds throughout the 220km stage, before navigating a difficult finale, which ended with a technical run into Carcassone. 

Michal Kwiatkowski was the final rider with Carapaz, safely delivering the Ecuadorian to the front of the race, following good positional work from Dylan van Baarle and Jonathan Castroviejo, and ensuring he remained well-placed until the sprinters came to the fore

Van Baarle, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte survived a late scare when they were caught up in a crash with 60 kilometres remaining, but the trio recovered and paced their way back to the bunch before the hectic final.

The bunch kick was again won by Mark Cavendish, making it a record-equalling 34 Tour de France victories for the British rider.

The general classification rivals all finished together behind the sprint, with Richard Carapaz remaining fourth overall, 5:33 off yellow and still just a second off the podium.
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Overall standings:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 52:27:12
2. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) +5:18"
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +5:32"
4. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +5:33"
5. Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroen) +5:58"