Thursday July 17th, 2014

Stage 12Bourg-en-Bresse / Saint-Étienne

Start 13h05 (Local time)

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Alexander Kristoff won the gallop near the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne where green jersey wearer Peter Sagan lamented one more loss. This is the first Tour de France stage win for the Norwegian with initials AK who claimed Milan-San Remo earlier this year.

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Most aggressive rider.

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News from the sick bay…17.07.2014

Broken collarbone for De La Cruz

The most seriously hit rider in this 12th stage was David De la Cruz (TNE), who broke his collarbone in a crash as he was taking part in the day's break.

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King of the mountains.

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“I still believe Milan-San Remo is a bigger win. It's a one-day classic. Here at the Tour there are twenty one stages. But I've always dreamt of winning a stage at the Tour de France, so it's the second biggest win of my career today. I knew this morning there was a possibility to win. Yesterday, I took it easy because I wanted to be in full capacity today. I saved my legs. I tried absolutely nothing yesterday and I still felt good in the climbs today. I never reached my limits. However, I...

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With two riders in the top seven of the Tour de France, Team AG2R can play a leading role in the race as early as tomorrow in the Alps and try to unsettle Vincenzo Nibali, unstoppable so far. But team manager Vincent Lavenu insists on patience and caution.

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“It's been the typical flat French stage, very difficult with a lot of curves and downhills, and a bunch sprint at the end. We have controlled in the early part of the race. Tomorrow, it'll be another story. I didn't go to reconnoitre those climbs in the Alps. I'm more afraid of the second Alpine stage than the first one. In the first one, everybody's got energy. But the second one requires more efforts than the first one. We'll handle the race with the team. It's not easy to control. I'm...

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Perfectly led out by Mickael Delage, French champion Arnaud Demare earned his second podium place in this Tour de France, finishing third behind Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan in St Etienne.

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Europcar had high ambitions for Bryan Coquard in this stage but the young Frenchman had to be content with 7th on the finish line.

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Off the bus quotes17.07.2014

A transition stage at last?

Christian Prudhomme insists that this Tour de France course is a mixture of highs and lows and riders hope this stage to St Etienne will be a lull at last after a tense first half of the race.

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The Village Depart was still talking at the start in Bourg-en-Bresse this morning about Andrew Talansky's ordeal in the stage to Oyonnax, when the American finished inside the time cut despite a painful back injury.

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Sporting stakes17.07.2014

Sagan «chez les Verts»

Saint-Etienne has a long history with cycling. The city of the Forez was the hot bed a bicycle manufacturing last century with brands like Mercier. Since the 1950s, the Tour de France has stopped there on 23 occasions with notable events like Henk Lubberding making Michel Laurent crash onto the barricades in 1983. The traditional finishing area was the Cours Fauriel near the fabrics. This time around, the riders will sprint in front of the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, known as “le...

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How was the first time ?16.07.2014

Armindo Fonseca - Ready to move again

Armindo Fonseca suffered like the rest of the bunch in the first half of the Tour de France. And yet, the diminutive Breton sprinter was one of the first attackers of this edition, breaking away for 143 km in the second stage to Sheffield.

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While most of the stage will take place around the Beaujolais hillsides and their prestigious and fruity wines, the riders will raise their glass in remembrance at kilometre 172.5 when the race goes through Sorbiers.

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One day after the withdrawal of their leader on the road to La Planche des Belles Filles, Tinkoff-Saxo riders rode together with the rest of the team staff and, at the request of team-manager Bjarne Riis, halted to express their view on the days ahead without Alberto Contador.

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Newsflashes (Local time)

17:36Top 5

1. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)

2. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

3. Arnaud Démare (FDJ)

4. Michael Albasini (Orica)

5. Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin)

17:35The winner is... Alexander Kristoff

Alexander Kristoff wins the bunch sprint in Saint-Etienne. Sagan is 2nd, Démare 3rd.

17:32Cannondale in command

Cannondale leads the bunch with 2km to go for Peter Sagan.

17:31Greipel crashes

Crash with 4km to go: Chavanel, Vanmarcke, Greipel

17:285km to go: all together

End of the breakaway with 5km to go

17:26Quémeneur reeled in

Only Clarke and Gautier in the lead with 7km to go.

17:25Clarke the most aggressive rider

Simon Clarke has been awarded the Antargaz price of most aggressive rider of the day.

17:2310km to go: 18 seconds

The peloton keeps coming close to the escapees: 18 seconds with 10km to go.

17:22Kittel and Renshaw off the back

Only two famous sprinters have been dropped by the peloton: Marcel Kittel and Mark Renshaw. All the others are in contention for the stage victory in St-Etienne: Sagan, Greipel, Coquard, Démare, Degenkolb, Kristoff...

17:1816km to go: 30 seconds

The leading trio only has an advantage of 30 seconds over the bunch led by Giant-Shimano with 16km to go.

17:12Three riders in the lead

Gautier, Quémeneur and Clarke are united at the front with 20km to go. Peloton at 50 seconds.

17:11Clarke first at côte de Grammond

Simon Clarke takes one point for the KOM competition atop the côte de Grammond with 21.5km to go. Peloton at 55 seconds.

17:05Gautier and Quémeneur at 20 seconds

The two Breton riders from Europcar are 20 seconds behind lone leader Simon Clarke with 24km to go.

17:03Clarke alone in the lead

With 26km to go, Simon Clarke attacks Langeveld and goes solo

17:02Two Breton riders... twenty years later

Quémeneur and Gautier, the two Europcar riders chasing Langeveld and Clarke both hail from Brittany, the region of the west of France known as the hot bed of French cycling. But the last Breton rider to have won a stage at the Tour de France was Pascal Lino, in Perpignan, twenty years (less one day) ago, on July 18, 1994.

16:5530km to go, Europcar on the move

Perrig Quémeneur and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) attack from the bunch.

16:4935km to go: two minutes

Langeveld and Clarke ride with great determination. They keep two minutes lead with 35km to go.

16:39Rast back in the bunch

Gregory Rast is reeled in by the peloton. Only two riders ahead: Langeveld and Clarke with 2.14 lead 42.5km away from the finishing line.

16:35Col des Brosses: 1. Langeveld, 2. Clarke

Result of KOM price at col des Brosses, km 138:

1. Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin), 2 points

2. Simon Clarke (Orica), 1

Peloton at 2.10.

16:26Vachon back in the bunch

With 52km to go, Florian Vachon is reeled in by the peloton.

16:22Rast dropped as well

After Vachon, Gregory Rast is also dropped off in the long ascent to col des Brosses. Two riders in the lead: Simon Clarke and Sebastian Langeveld, who were team-mates last year at Orica-GreenEdge until the newly crowned Dutch champion joined Garmin-Sharp.

16:19Pinot has a flat tyre

Thibaut Pinot punctures with 55km to go. He's brought back to the peloton by two team-mates.

16:18Vachon off the back

Florian Vachon gets dropped off with 55km to go.

16:16Vichot has bronchitis

Questioned during the race by France Televisions,'s directeur sportif Yvon Madiot informed that former French champion Arthur Vichot suffers from bronchitis since yesterday. He also had a flat tyre a few minutes ago.

16:0540.6km/h average

In the third hour of racing, the four breakaway riders, Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), Gregory Rast (Trek), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) and Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), have covered 39.9km. Average speed so far: 40.6km/h.

15:52Europcar in the chase

Europcar has taken over from Giant-Shimano at the head of the peloton. Time gap: 2.40 with 70km to go.

15:42Nibali, the sixth Italian in the history of the Tour

With nine days in the yellow jersey, Vincenzo Nibali becomes the sixth Italian on the honor roll of the leaders of the Tour de France. There's still a long way to go until he reaches Fiorenzo Magni and Ottavio Bottecchia who have led the Tour for 34 days, followed by Gino Bartali (23), Fausto Coppi and Felice Gimondi (19), but he's got a chance to do better than Gastone Nencini, the winner of the 1960 Tour de France who has enjoyed shining in yellow for 14 days.

15:28Peloton coming closer

With 87km to go, the peloton is 3.30 behind the leading quartet.

15:24Cyril Dessel: "It's a fast finish"

Former yellow jersey (in 2006) and stage winner (in 2008) Cyril Dessel has described the final part of stage 12 to L'eaufficiel, which is a daily newspaper presented during the Tour de France by official water supplier Vittel. Dessel who hails from Saint-Etienne said: “From Vagneray onwards, the last 60 kilometres are on lumpy roads but the hills aren't difficult. The col des Brosses is said to be 15.3km long but in reality, it's 7 to 8km long. It won't be decisive. At the end, the côte...

15:22De La Cruz pulls out

Injured after crashing, David De La Cruz (NetApp) abandons the Tour de France.

15:19Langeveld back at the front

Langeveld is back after a bike change. Four riders in the lead now with 5 minutes lead.

15:17Slowing down at the front

Clarke, Vachon and Rast wait for their two companions but only Langeveld restarted.

15:15De La Cruz crashes at the front

David De La Cruz crashes in a curve in the village of Le Bois-dOingt. It's a heavy fall. He took Sebastian Langeveld down but the Dutch champion resumed racing.

15:13Time gap on the up

With 95km to go, the time gap is 4.50.

15:12Dominique Arnould: "Reza is our second option"

Questioned during the race by, Europcar's DS Dominique Arnould said: “We were hoping to have a rider in the breakaway but since they're only five at the front, it doesn't matter much. Giant-Shimano controls the race. That's pretty good for us. We can foresee a regrouping. There are hills in the finale. Depending on how the peloton will ride there, Bryan Coquard will be able to follow or not. I hope he will but we have a second option with Kevin Reza. He's in good form since the...

15:07De La Cruz again

David De La Cruz told this morning that he targeted the polka dot jersey until he realized that Joaquim Rodriguez is too strong but he keeps having the KOM competition in mind.

Result at the top of côte du Saule-d'Oingt:

1. David De La Cruz (NetApp)

2. Gregory Rast (Trek)

15:0541km/h so far

36km have been covered by the five breakaway riders in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 41km/h.

14:574.05 at Cogny

The riders enjoy wonderful sceneries in the middle of the vineyards and castles of the Beaujolais area. The peloton has a deficit of 4.05 with 105km to go.

14:50Matxin: "It's a setback for Rui Costa"

Questioned before the start by, Lampre-Merida's DS Josean ‘Matxin' Fernandez gave an update about world champion Rui Costa who lost one and half minutes and four positions on GC yesterday due to sickness. “He's got bronchitis”, said the Basque coach. “He stopped taking antibiotics yesterday after three days of a treatment. He experienced respiratory troubles in the race yesterday and he's still feeling a bit unwell this morning. We're afraid of another difficult day for...

14:30Time gap stabilized

With 122km to go, the time gap is stabilized at 3.45 with five riders from Giant-Shimano following Ji Cheng at the command of the bunch.

14:25David de la Cruz: «I'm living the most extraordinary moment of my life»

Questioned before the start by, Catalan rider David de la Cruz from NetApp-Endura who is one of the five escapees and passed first at col du Brouilly said: “This is my first Tour de France. Some friends of mine like Purito and Juan Antonio Flecha told me to forget everything I've experienced before. They were right. I'm living the most extraordinary moment of my life. I was targeting the polka dot jersey but Purito is too strong. We arrive on a terrain that I like. I aim at...

14:23De La Cruz first at col du Brouilly

David De La Cruz has passed the col du Brouilly in first position. He scored one point in the KOM classification.

14:21Four minutes at Régnié-Durette

Giant-Shimano has effectively put "breakaway killer" Ji Cheng at the front of the peloton. At the exit of Régnié-Durette, a famous wine producing village in the Beaujolais where Paulo Cinquin used to organiser the yearly gathering of former champions, the deficit of the pack is four minutes.

14:10Christian Guiberteau: "Degenkolb is euphoric"

Questioned during the race by, Giant-Shimano's DS Christian Guiberteau said: “I was surprised to see John (Degenkolb) finishing second yesterday but he was surprised as well [after suffering a muscle thorn in his bum that almost forced him out of the Tour in stage 6]. In the morning, his morale was low but he eventually managed to follow. Had he still felt the pain yesterday, it would have been very complicated [for him to continue racing]. After the race, he was a little bit...

14:0445.9km in the first hour

45.9km have been covered by the five breakaway riders who have a lead of 4.50 at Fleurie, a famous vineyard in the Beaujolais at km 43.

14:03Vachon wins the intermediate sprint

Result of the intermediate sprint in Romanèche-Thorins, km 39.5

1.    Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), 20 points

2.    Gregory Rast (Trek), 17

3.    Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), 15

4.    David De La Cruz (NetApp), 13

5.    Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), 11

6.    Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), 10

7.    Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 9

8.    Mark...

13:464.40 at km 30

New time gap, again on the up: 4.40 at km 30.

13:43Km 26: 3.55

Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), Gregory Rast (Trek), Simon Clarke (Orica), David De La Cruz (NetApp) and Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché) are 3.55 clear off the peloton at km 26.

13:34Peter Sagan: «I cough less today, I'll go for it»

Peter Sagan revealed this morning that he's a bit sick. However, the leader of the points classification is highly awaited as a strong potential winner in Saint-Etienne, where the green color is strongly associated to the football team. “I'm sorry I don't know anything about the ‘green' legend of Saint-Etienne”, the Slovakian champion told via his press officer. “But for sure, today is a good opportunity for a stage win. However, looking at how the stages have unfolded up...

13:32Time gap: 2.25

Astana and Giant-Shimano lead the pack with a deficit of 2.25.

13:24Time gap: 1.05

New time gap: 1.05

13:2245 seconds for the leaders

The breakaway seems to be given some freedom: 45 seconds lead.

13:21Astana at the head of the peloton

25 seconds lead for the five escapees over the bunch led by Astana.

13:17Km 12: 20 seconds

At km 12, Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), Gregory Rast (Trek), Simon Clarke (Orica), David De La Cruz (NetApp) and Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché) have 20 seconds lead.

13:16Five riders in the lead

At km 10, five riders are clear off the peloton: Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), Gregory Rast (Trek), Simon Clarke (Orica), David De La Cruz (NetApp) and Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché).

13:12Langeveld on the attack

Dutch champion Sebastian Langeveld of Garmin-Sharp is alone in the lead with an advantage of ten seconds.

13:09All together

All together at km 5

13:08Nine riders in the lead

Nine riders have broken clear.

13:08Jens Voigt: "The escape needs to include five to ten riders"

Questioned by prior to the start, Jens Voigt who is riding his 17th and last Tour de France declared: “I think this is a good stage for me to break away but there are about 120 riders who have the same idea. The escape needs to include five to ten riders to have a chance to make it to the finish. If it's only three like yesterday, it won't work again. It has to be a bigger group. It's been a hard Tour so far. In the first ten days before the rest day, we've had mountains, a...

13:05Huzarski the first attacker

Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) is the first attacker of the day at km 2.

13:02Start proper given

The start proper has been given to 178 riders at 13.02.

13:02Samuel Dumoulin: "Firstly, to take care of our leaders"

Questioned before the start by, Samuel Dumoulin explained AG2R's tactic and state of mind: "Our priority number 1 is to take care of our leaders for the overall classification", said the double winner of the French Cup. "Our priority number 2 is to be careful when the breakaways take shape. Shall one of them be decisive, we have both a stage win to go for and the teams' classification to defend. Five riders are designated for that. Personally, I'm more in a strategy of protection...

13:00AG2R-La Mondiale leader on home soil, or kind of...

AG2R-La Mondiale leads the teams' classification with an advantage of 3.19 over Astana and 4.25 over Belkin. The French team has five riders designated for going in the breakaway in order to both try and win the stage and accumulate time for the teams' classification.

12:59Bardet close to home

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) remains the best young rider. He's also kind of a “régional de l'étape” as stage 12 finishes in Saint-Etienne in the province of the Loire while he hails from the nearby province of the Haute-Loire.

12:58Rodriguez awaits the Alps

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) awaits the Alps for conquering the polka dot jersey for good. Yesterday, he kept the advantage of 17 points that he has over Thomas Voeckler in the King of the Mountains competition. There are only six points up for grab today, so the Spaniard will retain the popular jersey, shall he finish stage 12 inside the time cut.

12:58Sagan's favorite color

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has increased his lead again in the points classification yesterday, even though he didn't put the maximum effort in the intermediate sprint and he missed out on the stage victory (9th in Oyonnax). Last year, the Slovakian won the green jersey with a total of 409 points in Paris. At the beginning of the second half of the Tour this year, he already has 301 points for his account. That's 137 points more than runner up Bryan Coquard! Today, the race finishes where the...

12:57Ninth day for Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the ninth day. At the end of stage 11, he kept the same advantage over Richie Porte (2.23) and Alejandro Valverde (2.47). One of his rivals disappeared from the top ten: Rui Costa. The world champion has a bronchitis.

12:55Climbs of the day

-    Km 58.5: col de Brouilly (cat. 4), 1.7km at 5.1%

-    Km 83: côte du Saule-d'Oingt (cat. 3), 3.8km at 4.5%

-    Km 138: col des Brosses (cat. 3), 15.3km at 3.3%

-    Km 164: côte de Grammond (cat. 4), 9.8km at 2.9%

12:54On their way...

The 178 remaining riders of the 101st Tour de France are cruising towards the start proper outside Bourg-en-Bresse.

12:53One non-starter: Andrew Talansky

There's one non-starter: Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp). He was heroic in finishing yesterday's stage but as a result of two crashes in the opening week of the race, the American is not able to continue racing due to acute sacroilitis – an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, which connects the iliac bone, in the pelvis, to the spine. The Critérium du Dauphiné winner also suffers with an upper respiratory infection. He wished the best to his team-mates this morning.

12:49Jersey holders on the front line

All distinctive jersey holders are the same today as yesterday: Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Joaquim Rodriguez (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white).


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