It was the big day we were all waiting for and stage 13 certainly didn’t disappoint. The racing at the front of the field as outstanding, however Richie Porte’s hopes and dreams for a podium spot on the Champs-Élysées came to an abrupt end. C’est la vie, as they say. There will be many more chances for Richie.

It’s irrelevant now, but I had written a lengthy piece which compared Nibali’s and Porte’s results when they’ve raced against each other.  In short, it was very difficult to predict who would could out-perform the other. Nibali’s past ITT results were quite comparable to Porte’s in recent years, and as we’ve seen before, one can out-climb the other on a good day. But nothing can predict a bad day and as we’ve seen all too many times, the race can be turned upside down in an instant.

Now there’s no doubt about who is the strongest rider of this Tour. Nibali is on better form than anyone would have expected. He attacked and almost effortlessly rode away from the front of the field to take the win and stamp his authority on the Tour de France. As they way, it’s still a long way to Paris and anything could happen, but it’s hard to see anyone making up time on Nibali barring disaster.

Read the full race report and results from Stage 13 of the 2014 Tour de France here.

Read Richie Porte’s and David Brailsford’s reactions to stage 13 here.

Enjoy the photos from stage 13 courtesy of BrakeThrough Media (follow on Instagram and Twitter) and Cor Vos. More to come…