Tonight is Stage 12, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Annonay Davézieux, 226 km
“Yet another strategic stage, one which could tip the balance in the points classification on its own. Why? Because we have adorned the first part of this long stage (226 km) with the Col de Grand Cucheron and the Col du Granier. The latter will be climbed on its most difficult side. A high pace will knock out the sprinters, favouring riders who are fast and capable of hanging onto the bunch on climbs. We will insist that time limits be applied strictly, so I bet many riders will get fidgety, and some of them will not forget the finish in Annonay any time soon…” — Christian Prudhomme’s Analysis
- Stage 12 preview: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne → Annonay, 226 km (hilly/uphill finish) [SteepHill]
- Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne >> Annonay Davézieux, Stage 12 (220 km) [SBS Cycling Central]
- July 13, Stage 12: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Annonay Davézieux 226km [CyclingNews]
- 12th Stage – Friday 13 July 2012 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Annonay Davézieux – 226 km [EuroSport]
- 2012 Tour de France LIVE – Stage 12 [Cycling Fans]
- stage 12 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne / Annonay Davézieux, 226 km [www.letour.fr]
- Stage 12: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne > Annonay Davézieux [les vaches du tour]
- SBS 2012 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Albertville – La Toussuire “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 12 – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne / Annonay Davézieux, 226 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 12 results
01 MILLAR, David GBR (GARMIN-SHARP) 5:42:46
02 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe FRA (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
03 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN, Egoi ESP (EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI) + 5
04 GAUTIER, Cyril FRA (EUROPCAR)
05 KISERLOVSKI, Robert CRO (ASTANA)
06 SAGAN, Peter SVK (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 7:53
07 GOSS, Matthew Harley AUS (ORICA-GREENEDGE)
08 HINAULT, Sébastien FRA (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 7:54
09 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING)
10 PAOLINI, Luca ITA (KATUSHA)
GC after Stage 12
01 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) 54:34:33
02 FROOME, Christopher GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 2:05
03 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 2:23
04 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 3:19
05 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL (LOTTO BELISOL) + 4:48
06 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar ESP (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 6:15
07 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 6:57
08 BRAJKOVIC, Janez SLO (ASTANA) + 7:30
09 ROLLAND, Pierre FRA (EUROPCAR) + 8:31
10 PINOT, Thibaut FRA (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 8:51
* Tour de France round table podcast – Stage 12 wrap [SBS Cycling Central]
While one British rider dominates the Tour for the first time, stage 12 to Annonay Davezieuz saw another turn back the clock, with David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) winning his first Tour de France stage since 2003.
The 35-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider formed part of the day’s main break and used his experience and guile in the closing kilometres to take a memorable stage win. As for his team, which he partly co-owns, it was a race-saving day after the squad had lost Ryder Hesjedal and Tom Danielson in the opening week of racing.
Millar’s win was a poignant moment for two other reasons. As an ex-doper, a tag Millar is rare to shy away from, the stage signified Millar’s first individual Tour stage win since his comeback from suspension. And on the 45th anniversary of Tom Simpson’s tragic death on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, Millar admitted that the win had more than the typical emotional significance.
David Moncoutié (Cofidis) was forced to abandon what is his final Tour de France after a crash after just 38km of today’s twelfth stage. The French veteran was ahead of the peloton on the descent of the Col du Grand Cucheron, the first climb of the day, when he went off on a corner and landed in a ditch behind a car. Despite being up on his feet, Moncoutié had lost considerable skin on his left side and appeared as though he may have fractured his collarbone.
The green jersey sits ever more securely on Peter Sagan’s shoulders on Friday evening after Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) was docked 30 points when he was adjudged to have impeded the Liquigas-Cannondale rider in the bunch sprint for sixth place on stage 12 of the Tour de France.
After finishing three places ahead of Sagan in the intermediate sprint at Marcilloles, Goss had appeared set to cut his deficit in the points classification to 22 points but instead sees that gap stretch out to a hefty 56 as commissaires deemed him guilty of changing his line in the sprint and placing his colleagues in danger.
Tonight’s #drink is the 2008 Domaine Belluard Vin de Savoie AOC Ayse Brut (initially to be for stage 11 but it was held in reserve for tonight).
Matched with another Comte, some duck and cracked pepper pate and some pork and veal terrine – yummo!
#lvdt Stage 12: Round-up
The #TrollDJ list from last night;
♫ Tinie Tempah Feat. Kelly Rowland – Invicible ~ An ode to the Sky Train
♫ Inspector Gadget (Theme) ~ woo hoo! An ode to the Soigneurs and bike mechanics
♫ Hot Chip – Motion Sickness ~ …coming down the mountain…
♫ Flogging Molly – The Worst Day Since Yesterday ~ Poor Cuddles (Too soon?)
♫ David Clark Five – Glad All Over ~ and David Millar picks up the stage win
♫ Noah And The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N ~ “You’ve got heart and you’re going your own way“
For those of us still arguing about Matt Goss’ relegation in the sprint; Why the relegation of only one place? Why the relegation at all? I leave the final word to cyclocosm’s How The Race Was Won – Rules of the Group Sprint (via @Kimbo_Ramplin).
But the UCI’s rules on the subject are poorly-written and oddly enforced. Drawing on some notable sprint rulings of the past decade, this How The Race Was Won examines exactly what you can and can’t get away with in the final rush to the line.