Cannondale-Drapac earned a major victory before Tour de France stage 13 had even begun. The UCI race jury over-turned the 20-second penalties it had levied against Rigoberto Uran and George Bennett on Thursday. Uran lined up in Saint-Girons in fourth place overall, 35-seconds off of yellow.
The 101-kilometer stage was the shortest of the 104th Tour de France. With three category-one climbs and two major descents, the profile suggested an explosive day. The fireworks started from the moment neutral gave way to proper racing and continued all the way to the Foix finish line.
Uran held his own, responding to every attack and threat. In Alberto Bettiol, his Tour roommate, he found support until the final 20 kilometers. The Italian is exceeding even the highest of expectations in his Tour debut.
The stage saw some significant changes on the general classification but not among the top four. Uran ended the day as he began it – fourth place, 33-seconds down on race leader Fabio Aru (Astana) and 10 seconds off the podium.