Stage 13 of the 2012 Tour de France takes place Saturday, and the 217km run from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Le Cap d’Agde may hold a surprise or two for the peloton. At first glance it appears to be a stage tailor made for sprinters, but a run down the windy coast and a Category 3 climb at the tail end of the stage may see the peloton split in two.
Anytime there's a split peloton the opportunities open up. Stage 13 could see a well-timed breakaway escape and take the stage win, or a rider with their eye on the overall win who has slipped in the standings may see it as their chance to climb back up the General Classification rankings.
Fans can watch the race starting at 8 a.m. on the NBC Sports Network. The race will also be available via live stream on Tour de France Live, subscription required.