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The Tour de France peloton will have the chance to recover from three days of climbing and Thursday’s mad dash up the flanks of Alpe d’Huez, as Friday’s Stage 13 will be a traditional transition stage.

The ride to Valence contains just two categorised climbs and no worse than a Category 3, which should give the breakaway riders a chance to catch the spotlight. The two climbs are too far away from the finish line to make a major impact, however, and another bunch sprint is likely.

Many of the top sprinters have already gone home, falling victim to three brutal days in the Alps:

       

Stage Info

Route: From Bourg d’Oisans to Valence.

Profile: Flat

TV Info: Eurosport, ITV (UK), NBC (U.S.)

Live stream links: Eurosport Player, ITV Hub, NBC Sports App

Expected time of finish: After 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET

   

Geraint Thomas was the big winner from the first venture into the high mountains, taking two stage wins and increasing his lead at Alpe d’Huez.

Chris Froome, Tom Dumoulin, Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet all survived Thursday’s rough stage reasonably well, while Vincenzo Nibali lost time in controversial fashion following a crash with a motorbike.

The Italian withdrew from the race and was hospitalised after the stage:

Here’s a quick summary of the epic stage:

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