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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