The fight to make the breakaway was on from kilometer 0 where Geschke was one of the first riders to go on the attack as part of a five-rider move.
Multiple riders jumped from the peloton, including Alessandro De Marchi, and eventually a large chase group featuring Matteo Trentin and Jan Hirt formed behind.
The groups continued to reshuffle on the category one Col de Ceysatt while behind, the peloton kept the advantage to just over one minute for the first hour until finally, the peloton eased their pace and the first two groups on the road merged to form a 17-rider breakaway with Geschke flying the CCC Team flag.
With the peloton sitting up, the breakaway’s advantage extended to ten minutes as the group ticked off climb after to climb throughout the 191-kilometer stage which featured more than 4400 meters of elevation spread across seven categorized climbs.
The breakaway collaborated well to maintain their advantage, staying together until just over 30 kilometers to go when Neilson Powless (EF Pro Cycling) launched the first move to split the breakaway.
Geschke formed part of a small chase group behind while Max Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe) pursued Powless and eventually caught and passed him to lead solo approaching the final climb of the day, the category one Pas de Peyrol.
Geschke was distanced from the chase group approaching the final climb but continued to dig deep and climb at his own tempo eyeing a top ten result at the summit finish.
Schachmann was joined by teammate Lennard Kämna and Dani Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) in the final two kilometers with Martínez taking the win while Geschke fought to seventh place in what was a strong ride from the German from an elite breakaway.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I was not really sure but I followed one of the first moves and I felt on the first uncategorized climb already that I had the legs today. it was a long fight to get away from the bunch. We went pretty hard on the first categorized climb and in the end, the big chase group joined us. I looked around and saw that there were many strong guys so in the end, I’m really happy to finish in the top ten because it was really a strong breakaway and it was not an easy stage. It was just about the legs and it was a very honest race. I think I tactically did it very well and I’m definitely satisfied with seventh place.”
“It was definitely good for the morale. I was struggling a bit in the first week and on the rest day I had a little cold but today, the legs were definitely there so hopefully it continues like that.”
Tour de France
Stage 13 Châtel- > Puy Mary (191.5km)
Top 3: 1. Dani Martínez (EF Pro Cycling), 2. Lennard Kämna (BORA – hansgrohe), 3. Max Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team top 3: 7. Simon Geschke, 62. Michael Schär, 71. Greg Van Avermaet