Norway's Thor Hushovd won the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, though still trails yellow jersey owner Thomas Voeckler.
I really didn't think I would win this stage, Hushovd told the Associated Press. I did things right tactically.
Hushovd at one point was the Tour de France leader, but fell behind Voeckler after a crash filled ninth stage.
Voeckler managed to hold off competitors during the 13th stage, though the mountainous 14th stage might cause a shake-up in the standings.
Voeckler still leads Frank Schleck by a minute, 49 seconds and Cadel Evans by two minutes, six seconds. Two-time defending champion Alberto Contador continues to stay in the mix in seventh place, although he is four minutes behind Voeckler.
The Associated Press speculated that some riders, including Contador, might have held back in the 13th stage in preparation of what should be a grueling 14th stage.