2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 12 Photo Gallery

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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) launched away from the bunch late to claim a half-bike-length sprint win of stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday.

The Norwegian out-kicked Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the end of 185.5km ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne. It was the fourth time Sagan has finished second at this Tour. Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) was third. There was no change in the overall standings, with Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali continuing to lead Richie Porte (Team Sky) by 2:23, with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) third, at 2:47.

Sagan’s consolation prize was yet another large helping of green jersey points. The Slovakian now leads second-placed Bryan Coquard (Europcar) 341 to 189 points, meaning barring disaster, the competition is all but over.

The day’s main breakaway included Gregory Rast (Trek Factory Racing), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Seché), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), David de la Cruz (Netapp-Endura), and Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp), who saw the abandonment of his team’s leader, Andrew Talansky, before the stage started. Meanwhile, De la Cruz crashed out of the break and abandoned with a broken collarbone.

Friday, the Tour heads into the Alps, with a 197.5km stage from Saint-Etienne to the hors categorie summit finish atop Chamrousse, an 18.2km climb that averages 7.3 percent. See stage 12 results here.

STAGE 12 PHOTOS

Astana Team Bus

The Astana team bus is starting to look like a kid’s toy store thanks to all the stuffed lions awarded to team leader Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian’s received one on each day he’s been in the yellow jersey. Photo by Graham Watson

Stage 12 Alps

Stage 12 was a transition stage that brought the race to the base of the Alps. On Friday, the real climbing begins. Photo by Graham Watson

Luca Paolini

Katusha’s Luca Paolini is the only rider sporting a full beard at this year’s race. Photo by Graham Watson

Tejay van Garderen

American Tejay van Garderen (center) had a drama free day to maintain his sixth place in the overall standings. Photo by Graham Watson

Stage 12 Breakaway

The main breakaway of the day did its best to stay away, but save for a little extra TV time, it was all for naught. Photo by Graham Watson

Team Giant-Shimano

Team Giant-Shimano kept the pace high at the front of the bunch, reeling in the breakaway and then trying to set up the finish for its sprinters. They got the first part right, but missed out on a stage win. Photo by Graham Watson

Team Sky and Richie Porte

The Sky team kept GC hope Richie Porte surrounded and out of trouble. On Friday, though, Porte will have to rely on his own legs, as the race heads into the Alps. Photo by Graham Watson

Vincenzo Nibali

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali seems pleased that lunch was at hand. Photo by Graham Watson

Alexander Kristoff

Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff took the stage win ahead of Cannondale’s Peter Sagan, who finished second for the fourth time this Tour. Photo by Graham Watson

Joaquin Rodriguez

Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez held his place atop the King of the Mountains standings. Photo by Graham Watson

STAGE 12 GALLERY

2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 12 Photo Gallery Gallery
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Astana Team Bus

The Astana team bus is starting to look like a kid’s toy store thanks to all the stuffed lions awarded to team leader Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian’s received one on each day he’s been in the yellow jersey. Photo by Graham Watson
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Stage 12 Alps

Stage 12 was a transition stage that brought the race to the base of the Alps. On Friday, the real climbing begins. Photo by Graham Watson
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Luca Paolini

Katusha’s Luca Paolini is the only rider sporting a full beard at this year’s race. Photo by Graham Watson
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Tejay van Garderen

American Tejay van Garderen (center) had a drama free day to maintain his sixth place in the overall standings. Photo by Graham Watson
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Stage 12 Breakaway

The main breakaway of the day did its best to stay away, but save for a little extra TV time, it was all for naught. Photo by Graham Watson
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Team Giant-Shimano

Team Giant-Shimano kept the pace high at the front of the bunch, reeling in the breakaway and then trying to set up the finish for its sprinters. They got the first part right, but missed out on a stage win. Photo by Graham Watson
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Team Sky and Richie Porte

The Sky team kept GC hope Richie Porte surrounded and out of trouble. On Friday, though, Porte will have to rely on his own legs, as the race heads into the Alps. Photo by Graham Watson
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Vincenzo Nibali

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali seems pleased that lunch was at hand. Photo by Graham Watson
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Alexander Kristoff

Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff took the stage win ahead of Cannondale’s Peter Sagan, who finished second for the fourth time this Tour. Photo by Graham Watson
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Joaquin Rodriguez

Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez held his place atop the King of the Mountains standings. Photo by Graham Watson

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