Vuelta: Mads Pedersen wins the 13th stage in the sprint, Remco Evenepoel keeps his distance

Danish rider from Trek Segafredo Mads Pedersen won the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain in Montilla in a sprint on Friday, after a flat and calm day, which saw Belgian Remco Evenepoel keep his red leader’s jersey at the general.

Pedersen won ahead of French Cofidis sprinter Bryan Coquard, second, and German UAE team Pascal Ackermann, third.

Three times second and unfortunate on the line during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stages, the 2019 road world champion finally grabs a stage victory on this 2022 Spanish loop.

Three men made up the breakaway of the day: Julius van den Berg (EF Education), Ander Okamika (Burgos BH) and Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi) came out from the start, and were caught 9.5 kilometers from the line.

The general classification remains unchanged: Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step) remains the leader with 2 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of his first pursuer, the three-time Slovenian title holder Primoz Roglic.

“Everything is fine. I slept very well, the wounds seem to have already healed relatively well, so everything is fine”reassured the red jersey at the start of the 13th stage in Ronda, after falling during the stage the day before.

On Saturday, the peloton finds some relief, with three 3rd, 2nd then 1st category passes, and a finish at the top of the Sierra de la Pandera in Andalusia, in the south of the country.

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