Le Tour De France – Stage 12

Le Tour De France – Stage 12

The stage was always going to provide great excitement, but the crowds on Mont Ventoux played a major role in the drama with 1.5km to go. Due to strong winds, expected to be in excess of 100km/k, the organisers reduced the distance on Mont Ventoux by 6 kilometers. Thousands of spectators along the 6 km moved down the mountain to see the end causing the narrow road leading up to the last 3 km to be severely congested. A motor bike braked suddenly causing Richie Porte to crash into it with another motorbike crashing into Chris Froome, breaking his bike. After receiving a new bike and finishing in 25th place of the stage, 6m45s behind the winner, the organisers ruled that times of the riders involved in the crash be adjusted.

Positions After Stage 12
Positions After Stage 12

The stage over a distance of 178 kilometres was won by Thomas de Gendt from team Lotto Soudal in a time of 4h31m51s at an average speed of 39.29km/h. He was followed by Serge Pauwels from team Dimension Data 2 seconds back and Daniel Navarro from Cofidis, 14 seconds after the winner.

The Yellow jersey remains with Chris Froome from team Sky who now leads Adam Yates from Orica-Bikeexchange by 47 seconds. Nairo Quintana from team Movistar moved into 3rd place only 54 seconds behind the leader.

Following the win in the stage, the Polka Dot Jersey competition is now lead by Thomas de Gendt from Lotto Soudal on 89 points followed by Thibaut Pinot from FDJ still on 80 points and Rafal Majka from team Tinkoff on 77 points in 3rd position.

The Green Jersey remains with Peter Sagan from team Tinkoff on 309 points with Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data on 219 points. They are followed by Marcel Kittel from Ettix-Quick Step who remained on 202 points in 3rd place.

The White Jersey competition is still lead by Adam Yates from Orica-Bikeexchange. He is still followed by Louis Meintjes from team Lampre-Merida 1m42 seconds back. Warren Barguil from team Giant-Elpecin is still in 3rd place but now 3m41s behind the leader.

The lead in the team competition, although remaining with BMC Racing, has been reduced to 3m50s with Movistar in 2nd spot and Team Sky in third place 7m42 behind the leaders.

Louis Meintjes from Lampre – Merida moved up one position to 12th spot 2m29s behind the Yellow Jersey after finishing the stage in 13th spot only 5m25s behind the winner!. Daryl Impey from Orica-Bikeexchange dropped one spot to 38th position (46m38s behind the leader) after finishing 57th in the stage. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg from Dimension Data dropped one spot to 116th position and is 1h55m15s behind the leader.

The Tour has now completed 2307 kilometres at an overall average speed of 40.34km/h.

The last placed rider is still Sam Bennett from team Bora-Argon 18 who is 2h52m34s behind the leader.

The next stage is an exciting individual time trial over a distance of 37.5 kilometres, from Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc. It starts with a 7km climb and will certainly have an impact in the overall standings.