Mark Cavendish gained a much awaited stage victory following a sensational day in the Tour de France as crosswinds changed the face of the General Classification. 

The real headline makers were Alberto Contador and Team Saxo-Tinkoff who took advantage of the crosswinds to take the race to Team Sky and Chris Froome.

With the race breaking up and Team Saxo-Tinkoff taking their chances the race saw a split in the peloton, which led to Alberto Contador being in the position to pull 1:09 back on race leader Chris Froome. 

The stage also saw Alejandro Valverde fall completely out of the top 10, finishing 9:54 behind the stage winner Mark Cavendish.

Mark Cavendish and two of his team-mates managed to make it into the lead group, along with fellow sprinter Peter Sagan, but it was the sprinter from the Isle of Man who managed to take the plaudits against a fighting Sagan of Team Cannondale. 

Cavendish also took the most combative rider award at the end of Stage 13, a stage that saw the peloton travel from Tours to Saint-Almond-Montrond.

Team Sky again lost their edge and many of Froome's riders fell away as they frantically tried to close down the gap between the yellow jersey group and the group of Contador. 

The move opens up the Tour de France with Contador and Bauke Mollema moving in closer to the Kenyan born rider.

Both Mollema and Roman Kreuziger also managed to get into the group with Alberto Contador, and find themselves within three minutes of taking the race lead. 

The surprise package of this year's Tour, Mollema of Belkin Pro Cycling moved the closest at 2:28 back behind Froome. Contador is third at 2:45 behind and Kreuziger at 2:48 respectively.  

Spaniard Valerde, who started the day in second, fell to 16th in the GC with any hope of wearing the Maillot Jaune falling away.

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