Greg van Avermaet claimed his first Tour de France stage win as it proved to be unlucky stage 13 for Peter Sagan.
The BMC Racing man beat Tinkoff-Saxo’s Slovakian champion on the tough up-and-down finish in Rodez.
Chris Froome finished in front of his fellow GC men, meanwhile, all claiming the same time as the bid for overall supremacy remains firmly in his hands.
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The break came up just short - Wilco Kelderman was one of the last remaining riders there as van Avermaet surged past (pic: Sirotti)
Adam Yates set the pace earlier in the day, and so enjoyed an easy ride into the finish (pic: Sirotti)
Yates' team-mate Michael Matthews tested his legs, meanwhile, as the Lanterne Rouge continued his comeback from the injuries which have ravaged his race so far (pic: Sirotti)
Dan Martin may have been a contender on this stage in other circumstances, but his efforts to finish second two days ago took their toll (pic: Sirotti)
Sagan appeared to grind to a half, after either misplacing the finish line or misjudging the effort (pic: Sirotti)
Greg van Avermaet celebrates as Peter Sagan rues another near-miss (pic: Sirotti)
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Chris Froome leads the GC men across the finish line (pic: Sirotti)
Battered and bruised
Second last year, it has not been an enjoyable race for Jean-Christophe Peraud and the Frenchman took a bad tumble earlier in the stage (pic: Sirotti)
Greg van Avermaet's Tour de France stage win was his first (pic: Sirotti)
Thomas de Gendt earned the combativity prize (pic: Sirotti)