The 2013 Tour de Romandie was the 67th running of the Tour de Romandie cycling stage race. The race consisted of six stages, beginning with a prologue stage in Le Châble on 23 April and concluded with another individual time trial, in Geneva, on 28 April. It was the fourteenth race of the 2013 UCI World Tour season.
The race was won by Great Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky, who led the race from start to finish – the first time that a Team Sky rider had led from start-to-finish – after winning the opening prologue in Le Châble, extending his advantage towards the end of the race. Ultimately, Froome won the general classification by 54 seconds over runner-up Simon Špilak (Team Katusha), who was the winner of the race's queen stage – the fourth stage – to Les Diablerets, ahead of Froome. The podium was completed by Rui Costa of the Movistar Team, who finished third for the second year in a row. Costa finished 55 seconds behind Špilak, and one minute 49 seconds behind Froome.
In the race's other classifications, Blanco Pro Cycling's Wilco Kelderman was the winner of the white jersey for the young rider classification as he was the highest placed rider born in 1988 or later, finishing in fifth place overall after taking the jersey from FDJ's Thibaut Pinot during the final time trial. Matthias Brändle of IAM Cycling won the green jersey for the most points gained in intermediate sprints, while the pink jersey for the King of the Mountains classification went to Marcus Burghardt of the BMC Racing Team. The teams classification was won by Team Sky for the second year in a row, after placing Richie Porte inside the top ten overall as well as Froome.
As the Tour de Romandie was a UCI World Tour event, all UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Originally, eighteen ProTeams were scheduled to be invited to the race, with two other squads – Team Europcar and IAM Cycling – given wildcard places, and as such, would have formed the event's 20-team peloton. Team Katusha subsequently regained their ProTour status after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. With Team Katusha not originally invited to the race, race organisers announced their inclusion to the race, bringing the total number of teams competing to twenty-one.
The 21 teams that competed in the race were:
Among the 168-rider start list – each team entered eight riders for the race – were two previous winners of the race. 2009 winner Roman Kreuziger was the designated leader for Saxo–Tinkoff, while Team Katusha's Simon Špilak, who was the winner of the 2010 event – after on-the road winner Alejandro Valverde had his results expunged – was their respective leader. Valverde was also in attendance at the race, leading the Movistar Team alongside Rui Costa, who finished third in 2012.
- 23 April 2013 — Le Châble to Bruson, 7.45 km (4.6 mi), individual time trial (ITT)
Prologue Result and General Classification after Prologue
- 24 April 2013 — Saint-Maurice to Renens–Ouest lausannois, 176.4 km (109.6 mi)
|Stage 1 Result
||General Classification after Stage 1
- 25 April 2013 — Prilly–Ouest lausannois to Granges–Solothurn, 190.3 km (118.2 mi)
|Stage 2 Result
||General Classification after Stage 2
- 26 April 2013 — Payerne to Payerne, 181 km (112.5 mi)
|Stage 3 Result
||General Classification after Stage 3
- 27 April 2013 — Marly to Les Diablerets, 184.8 km (114.8 mi)
|Stage 4 Result
||General Classification after Stage 4
- 28 April 2013 — Geneva, 18.7 km (11.6 mi), individual time trial (ITT)
|Stage 5 Result
||Final General Classification
Classification leadership table
In the 2013 Tour de Romandie, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses in mass-start stages, the leader received a yellow jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2013 Tour de Romandie, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.
Additionally, there was a young rider classification, which awarded a white jersey. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1988 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a pink jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs; there were fourteen categorised climbs in the race, split into three distinctive categories.
The fourth jersey represented the sprints classification, marked by a green jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 3 at intermediate sprint points during each stage, with the exception of the individual time trial stages. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.
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- ↑ "Infallible at 'race of the truth'". Movistar Team. Movistar. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- ↑ "BMC Racing Team's Burghardt Is Romandie's Mountain King". BMC Racing Team. BMC Trading. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
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- ↑ "Katusha Team will ride in Switzerland". Team Katusha. Katusha Management SA. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- ↑ "Valverde, Costa lead Blues in Romandie". Movistar Team. Movistar. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- ↑ "Prologue: Mardi 23 avril 2013 – Le Châble — Bruson" [Prologue: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – Le Châble — Bruson] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- ↑ "1ère étape: Mercredi 24 avril 2013 – Saint-Maurice – Renens/Ouest lausannois" [1st Stage: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – Saint-Maurice – Renens/Ouest lausannois] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- ↑ "2ème étape Jeudi 25 avril 2013 – Prilly/Ouest lausannois – Granges (SO)" [2nd Stage: Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Prilly/Ouest lausannois – Granges (SO)] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- ↑ "3ème étape Vendredi 26 avril 2013 – Payerne — Payerne" [3rd Stage: Friday, April 26, 2013 – Payerne — Payerne] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- ↑ "4ème étape Samedi 27 avril 2013 – Marly — Les Diablerets" [4th Stage Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Marly — Les Diablerets] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- ↑ "5ème étape Dimanche 28 avril 2013 – CLM Genève" [5th Stage: Sunday, April 28, 2013 – ITT Geneva] (PDF). Tour de Romandie (in French). Chassot Concept SA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.