After finishing second and third of stages in his first participation to the Tour de France, Marc Hirschi, 22, became the first Swiss rider to win a stage since his mentor Fabian Cancellara as he soloed to victory 30km before the end of stage 12 in the small town of Sarran in the Corrèze department. The 2018 u23 world champion took his first pro win in his first Grand Tour. Pierre Rolland and Soren Kragh Andersen rounded out the podium. Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey.
FOUR RIDERS IN THE LEAD, THEN SIX
161 riders took the start of stage 12 in Chauvigny. World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was first in action. Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Max Walscheid (NTT), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation) managed to ride away at km 8. The peloton reacted strongly. Mathieu Burgaudeau (Total Direct Energie) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) managed to bridge the gap at km 63 while Bora-Hansgrohe set the pace at the head of the peloton to maintain the time difference under two minutes. It went up to 2’55’’ at the first categorized climb of St-Martin-de-Terressus (km 104.5). CCC Team was also involved in the chase behind the six leaders when they passed St-Léonard-de-Noblat (km 114), the village of Raymond Poulidor at half way into the race.
MARC HIRSCHI ALONE AT SUC AU MAY
Asgreen and Erviti forged on after passing the 50km to go mark while the peloton strongly led by Bora-Hansgrohe, CCC and Sunweb was timed 25’’ behind. After the regrouping, a different front group of six riders was formed with Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kragh Andersen, Tiesj Benoot and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Marc Soler (Movistar). Hirschi countered Soler to take the lead by himself 30km before the end as he was climbing to the cat. 2 Suc au May. Hirschi crested first with an advantage of 18’’ over Soler and Schachmann.
NO LUCK FOR ALAPHILIPPE IN COUNTER ATTACKS
Hirschi extended his lead in the downhill, also over the yellow jersey group that was time with a 2’ deficit. Soler and Schachmann battled 30’’ behind him. With 10km to go, Soler and Schachmann got brought back by the chasing group including Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step). The Frenchman attacked from that group on two occasions, the last one with 4km to go but there was nothing to do catch the Swiss debutant who came second to him on stage 2 in Nice. But another Frenchman managed to go clear off the group to finish second: Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept). Peter Sagan won the sprint of the peloton comprising yellow jersey Primoz Roglic who came home safely.