Briton Mark Cavendish won Friday's 13th stage of the Tour de France, while compatriot Chris Froome saw his lead in the 21-day-long race reduced by 1 minute, 9 seconds.

It was Cavendish's second stage win in the 2013 Tour and his 25th overall, moving the sprinter up to third on the all-time list, trailing only Bernard Hinault, with 28 stage wins, and the legendary Eddy Merckx, with 34.

Froome kept his grip on the leader's yellow jersey, but lost time to rivals even as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who began the day in second place, fell out of contention after suffering a flat tire and losing 10 minutes.

Dutch rider Bauke Mollema climbed into second, 2:28 behind Froome and just 17 seconds ahead of Spain's Alberto Contador, who won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009.

Cavendish's team, Omega Pharma QuickStep, launched an attack roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) into Friday's stage, effectively splitting the peloton into three groups.

Froome and Valverde remained with the group at the front until the Spaniard's flat tire sidelined him and forced the rest of his Movistar squad to fall back.

Belkin, Mollema's team, exploited Valverde's misfortune to vault into the yellow-jersey group, where they accelerated the pace and dropped Richie Porte, Froome's only Sky teammate in the vanguard.

With Froome isolated, Contador's Saxo-Tinkoff team went on the attack with 31 kilometers left in the stage, allowing the two-time Tour champion to make up valuable time. EFE