2014 Tour de France: Stage 12 Results

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Alexander Kristoff

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

1. Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
2. Peter Sagan (SVK)
3. Arnaud Demare (FRA)
4. Michael Albasini (SUI)
5. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU)
6. Daniele Bennati (ITA)
7. Bryan Coquard (FRA)
8. Daniel Oss (ITA)
9. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA)
10. José Joaquin Rojas Gil (ESP)

TEAM

Team Katusha
Cannondale
FDJ.fr
Orica Greenedge
Garmin-Sharp
Tinkoff-Saxo
Team Europcar
BMC Racing Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
Movistar Team

TIME

04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”
04h 32′ 11”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 12

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)
2. Richie Porte (AUS)
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA)
4. Romain Bardet (FRA)
5. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
7. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA)
8. Bauke Mollema (NED)
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL)
10. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)

TEAM

Astana Pro Team
Team Sky
Movistar
Ag2r La Mondiale
FDJ.fr
BMC Racing Team
Ag2r La Mondiale
Belkin Pro Cycling
Lotto-Belisol
Astana Pro Team

TIME

51h 31′ 34”
51h 33′ 57”
51h 34′ 21”
51h 34′ 35”
51h 35′ 21”
51h 35′ 30”
51h 35′ 31”
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51h 35′ 52”
51h 36′ 05”

TDF Header Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
TDF Header Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
TDF Header Polka Dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP), Team Katusha
TDF Header White Jersey: Romain Bardet (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale

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