Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) collected his third stage win of the 2012 Tour de France, taking the sprint win in Stage 13 over Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale). It was as close as can be at the line, but Greipel thrust his bike forward and crossed just ahead of Sagan. Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen came in third.
Overall leader Bradley Wiggins kept his hold on the yellow jersey for another day, as he was able to stay with the lead group when the peloton split and fend off an attack from 2011 champion Cadel Evans (BMC). The split came when the peloton encountered strong winds and a short, nasty climb in the final 20km of the race, and a number of strong sprinters were cut off from contention when they struggled with the climb. Among those left out was Washington native Tyler Farrar, who finished the stage more than 12 minutes down.