Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) bests Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the end of stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday. Photo by Graham Watson
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.
STAGE 12 RESULTS
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 12
Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
Polka Dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP), Team Katusha
White Jersey: Romain Bardet (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale