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Mark Cavendish won the 13th
stage of the Tour de France in a
sprint finish yesterday and Chris
Froome lost a sizeable chunk of
his overall lead after being caught
out by an attack from rival Alber-
Cavendish moved ahead with
about 100 metres to go and rival
Peter Sagan, who leads the contest
for the best sprinter s green jersey,
was unable to stay with him.
It was the British sprinter s sec-
ond stage win of this year s Tour
and 25th overall---moving him level
in third place with Frenchman
Andre Leducq on the all-time list.
"My team did an incredible job
today," Cavendish said. "We re
going to have some Champagne
His relief was clear to see as he
rushed into the arms of team-mate
Sylvain Chavanel after the stage.
On Thursday his teammates had
put him into a great position to
attack but he was beaten to the
line by Marcel Kittel of Germany.
Flat stages are normally relatively
free of incident, but the 107.5-mile
trek from Tours, which is sur-
rounded by the Loire river, to
Saint-Amand-Montrond in central
France was exciting and showed
that even Froome s formidable Sky
team can be vulnerable.
With about a third of the stage
gone, the main pack was split into
three and Alejandro Valverde
dropped way out of overall con-
tention after stopping to repair a
puncture that cost him a huge
amount of time and put him out-
side the top 10.
Valverde was second overnight
but that spot was overtaken by
Dutchman Bauke Mollema, while
the two-time former champion
Contador improved to third. They
both gained 1 minute, 9 seconds
That means Mollema is 2:28
behind and Contador is 2:45 adrift.
Aside from Cavendish, Contador
was the big winner of the stage after
he was battered by Froome in the
Pyrenees mountains and then lost
more time to him in the time trial.
Friday s performance should be a big
boost for the Spaniard going into a
tough mountain stage on Sunday
and then three grueling Alpine stages
to follow after that. Given that
Froome finished all alone and without
any Sky teammates on a flat stage,
it suggests he could be in serious
trouble in the mountains if he s iso-
lated by an attack from Contador.
The Sky team is down to seven
riders after Norwegian Edvald
Boasson Hagen had to pull out after
fracturing his right shoulder in a
crash involving about 20 riders near
the end of Thursday s stage. Of the
remaining seven, Geraint Thomas
is riding with a fractured pelvis.
The peloton was split in three
after an attack from Cavendish s
Omega Pharma QuickStep team,
with Tony Martin leading the
charge. Froome made sure he
stayed with the small group form-
ing at the front as it pulled away
from the two groups behind.
The reason for Omega s attack
was to try and shake off Kittel---
who has won three sprint stages so
far---and it worked to perfection.
With so many riders pedaling
hard behind them, there was no
way the early six-man breakaway
would last and they were swallowed
up with about 60 miles left. No
breakaway has gone all the way on
this year s Tour because the peloton
has ridden so aggressively.
Then, Valverde had to leave the
yellow jersey group to mend his
bike. That meant his Movistar
teammates also had to drop off
the main group to go back and
help him with nearly 80 kilometres
(50 miles) of grueling riding ahead.
With Valverde left behind, the
Belkin team showed no mercy,
profiting from his delay to push
Mollema and countryman Laurens
Ten Dam, who is now fifth, up the
overall standings. Belkin pushed
so hard at the front that Richie
Porte, Froome s strongest team-
mate at Sky, was dropped.
By the end, Froome was all alone
and his team has reason for con-
cern with the mountains
BUDAPEST---Simona Halep defeat-
ed Hungary s Timea Babos 7-5, 6-1
yesterday to set up an all-Romanian
semifinal against Alexandra Cadantu
at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Halep won three consecutive games
to close out the first set at the Romai
Tennis Academy after Babos failed to
convert any of her four set points
while leading 5-4.
Halep is looking for her third WTA
title of the year, and said "it was a dif-
ficult match and I was a little bit tired."
Cadantu beat Shahar Peer of Israel
The other semifinal will feature
South Africa s Chanelle Scheepers
and Yvonne Meusburger of Austria.
Scheepers defeated Danka Kovinic
of Montenegro 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5),
while Meusburger knocked out Annika
Beck of Germany 6-4, 6-1. (AP)
Tomas Berdych and
Nicolas Almagro were
knocked out in the
Swedish Open quar-
De Bakker of the
Netherlands beat top-
seeded Berdych 7-5, 7-
5, while second-seeded
Almagro was defeated
by Spanish compatriot
Fernando Verdasco 6-
4, 4-6, 7-5.
Berdych and Almagro
were playing their sec-
ond matches of the
after receiving first-
In the third quarter-
final upset, fifth-seed-
ed Grigor Dimitrov of
Bulgaria rolled over
Monaco of Argentina
Carlos Berlocq of
Argentina beat Albert
Ramos of Spain 6-3,
6-4 to set up a semi-
final against De Bakker.
Verdasco will face
Dimitrov in today s
other semifinal. (AP)
STUTTGART---Fabio Fognini of Italy
beat top-seeded Tommy Haas of
Germany 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to reach
the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup.
Kohlschreiber of Germany avoided a
similar upset by beating Gael Monfils
of France 6-4, 6-4 to advance.
Haas saved four match points before
sending a backhand wide to send
Fognini into his third semifinal of the
year. He lost the previous two, in Aca-
pulco and Monte Carlo.
"It s my second semifinal in
Stuttgart, maybe I can go all the way,"
Fognini said. "I just played my tennis
and it worked for me."
Fognini will next play Roberto
Bautista Agut of Spain, who advanced
when German opponent Michael
Berrer retired with a left elbow injury.
Agut was leading 6-2, 0-1 when
Haas, at 35 the oldest player in the
top 100, said Fognini played better
on the key points.
"I had five break points in the sec-
ond set and if you don t use them
you can t win," Haas said.
Victor Hanescu of Romania also
reached the semifinals by upsetting
fourth-seeded Benoit Paire of France
It s the first time Hanescu has made
it into the last four of a tournament
since Nice in 2011. He now has a 4-
0 record against Paire, all on clay.
Hanescu next faces Kohlschreiber,
who was up two breaks of serve in
each set before closing them out.
defending champion John
Isner won the battle of the
tallest players on the ATP tour,
defeating Ivo Karlovic of Croa-
tia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) yesterday to
advance to the semifinals of
the Hall of Fame Tennis Cham-
pionships in Rhode Island.
Isner won his 13th straight
match on Newport s grass
courts and raised his mark to
13-0 in tiebreakers during the
The second-seeded Isner,
listed at 6-foot-9, served 23
aces, including three in each of
the tiebreaks. The 6-foot-10
Karlovic had 14 aces, but double
faulted on match point.
The one hour, 37 minute
match, played in humid condi-
tions with peeks of sunshine,
had few extended points.
Karlovic played his first ATP
tournament since being side-
lined with spinal meningitis
from late April to early May.
Also, Lleyton Hewitt defeated
Jan Hernych 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Isner edges Karlovic to reach Newport semis
stage 13 of Tour
Fognini reaches Stuttgart semis
Romanians Halep, Cadantu
to meet in Hungarian GP
Top seeds Berdych,
Almagro lose at Swedish Open
Mark Cavendish of Britain crosses the finish line ahead of Bauke Mollema
of The Netherlands, left, Peter Sagan of Slovakia, right, and Jakob
Fuglsang of Denmark, far right, to win the thirteenth stage of the Tour de
France cycling race over 108.1 miles with start in in Tours and finish in
Saint-Amand-Montrond, western France, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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