Hushovd Sprints to Stage 13 Win
RadioShack down to five riders
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A late charge has given Norwegian Thor Hushovd a surprise victory on Friday’s Tour de France 13th stage from Pau to Lourdes. Hushovd, the reigning world champion and a sprint specialist, had pursued leader Jérémy Roy for 30 kilometers and was still 12 seconds down with four kilometers to go. But Hushovd ralied late, closing the gap and winning the 152.5-kilometer stage by ten seconds. It is his ninth career tour stage win. Roy would finish 30 seconds back in third but retains the polka dot jersey. Stage 13 was less kind to Team RadioShack, which lost Andreas Kloden to injury an hour into the race. Kloden, who hurt his back on stage nine, becomes the fourth RadioShack rider to quit the 2011 tour, bringing the team down to a skeleton crew of five men. Thomas Voeckler remains the overall leader, with notables Frank Schleck in second, Cadel Evans third, Andy Schleck fourth, and Alberto Contandor four minutes back in seventh.
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