The overall classification of the 104th Tour de France was shaken up in the last 300 metres of the “marathon-stage” in the Pyrenees. After Team Sky controlled it all, Chris Froome lost contact to Romain Bardet who won his third stage in three years and Fabio Aru who moved into the lead three years after his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour as the reigning Italian champion.read more
“It was a hard day again. It's still a long way to go and there's a nervous stage tomorrow. I'm sure Sky and Froome haven't said their last word. I'm still up there fighting with the world's best rider. I can be happy with my ride.”read more
“This was one stage I could target. It's a pity Team Sky didn't give us more time. At the end, I had no more legs… but I tried. There are some more nice stages to come. I have to recover from this one and try again.”read more
"Passed the finish line, as I didn't do better than third, I looked behind and I saw Chris Froome a bit behind. Calculating quickly, I thought the yellow jersey was mine and I felt a formidable emotion when I got confirmation of it. It's a great satisfaction. I don't want to think of tomorrow because I know since I looked at the route that this is a very dangerous stage. We know from previous stage races that short stages can make some serious damage. Despite their injuries, my team-mates...read more
"I was very disappointed to miss out on the stage victory on Sunday but I feel an immense happiness today. I was the first cyclist to ride on this new road [leading to the finish today] when I was here with my parents [in May]. It was a long day on the saddle today, so it was important to mentalize the finish. In May, Peyragudes was a desert but I knew it would be all fired up today. Now that I got the stage win I was looking for since the beginning of the season, I can focus on GC. Building...read more
It was a very, very hard finish. I didn't have the legs in the finale, but there is still a long way to go. I just want to say congrats to Romain Bardet for winning a great stage and to Fabio Aru for taking the jersey. I had a bad moment here at the end. No excuses. I just didn't have the legs in the finale. It's close. It's going to be a great fight now all the way to Paris.read more
Following sprint finishes won by Marcel Kittel in the south west of France, the Tour hits the Pyrenees with a so-called “marathon stage” that includes four major climbs in a 214.5km long race finishing uphill at Peyragudes. Col des Ares, col de Menté, Port de Balès and col de Peyresourde are on the menu in the last 100km. Peyragudes hosted a stage finish for the first time five years ago. Alejandro Valverde won up there, so did Alexandre Geniez at the 2013 Vuelta a España, but it's a...read more
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|17:05||Top 5 overall|
1. Fabio Aru
2. Chris Froome, 0.06
3. Romain Bardet, 0.25
4. Rigo Uran, 0.35
5. Dan Martin, 1.41
1. Romain Bardet
2. Rigo Uran, 0.02
3. Fabio Aru
4. Mikel Landa, 0.05
5. Louis Meintjes, 0.07
|17:01||Bardet wins at Peyragudes|
|16:58||1km to go|
Contador is 45 seconds behind the 9 leaders
|16:56||Nieve is out|
Nieve has finished his work. Nine riders in the lead with 1.5km to go. Landa leads the group for Team Sky.
|16:54||Nieve first at col de Peyresourde|
Result of cat. 1 KOM at Col de Peyresourde, km 209.5:
1. Mikel Nieve, 10 points
2. Mikel Landa, 8
3. Chris Froome, 6
4. Fabio Aru, 4
5. Romain Bardet, 2
6. Rigoberto Uran, 1
|16:52||Contador off the back|
Contador is dropped by the other 10 leaders in the last km of ascent
|16:50||1km to the top|
Nieve and Landa keep setting the pace of the 11-man leading group 1km before the top of Peyresourde
|16:47||11 riders in the lead|
11 riders composed the yellow jersey group: Froome, Nieve and Mikel Landa (Sky), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Dan Martin (Quick-Step), Louis Meintjes (UAE) and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott). From the top 10 on GC, only Quintana and injured rider Fuglsang are missing.
|16:43||Game over for Cummings|
Cummings is reined in and dropped with 8km to go
|16:41||Cummings the most aggressive rider|
Stephen Cummings has been awarded the combativity price today.
|16:40||Team Sky speeds up|
Kwiatkowski has stopped pulling. Nieve makes the race harder 40 seconds behind Cummings
|16:38||5km to the top, 10km to the finish|
10 more km to cover for Cummings, including the last 5 of Peyresourde. 12 riders form the yellow jersey group 1.05 behind him.
|16:33||Quintana off the back|
Nairo Quintana is getting dropped by the yellow jersey group
|16:32||12km to go|
As the peloton has slowed down to wait for Froome and Aru, Cummings keeps a nice lead with 12km to go: 2.10. He enjoys a favorable wind
|16:28||Froome and Aru off road|
Chris Froome has missed a curve as he followed a team mate who went in a caravan park instead of turning but the yellow jersey didn't crash. Aru went with off road with him but they're both back on their bike. No one takes advantage of this incident.
|16:24||Cummings climbs to col de Peyresourde|
Stephen Cummings starts climbing again
|16:23||Time gap on the up|
Team Sky doesn't ride flat out. The advantage of Stephen Cummings goes back over 2 minutes: 2.10 with 15km to go.
|16:19||Cummings with 20km to go|
With 20km to go, lone leader Stephen Cummings has 1.45 over the peloton led by Team Sky.
|16:13||10 more KOM points for Barguil|
Result of HC KOM at Port de Balès, km 184:
1. Stephen Cummings, 20 points
2. Thomas De Gendt, 15
3. Cyril Gautier, 12
4. Warren Barguil, 10
5. Michal Kwiatkowski, 8
6. Mikel Nieve, 6
7. Mikel Landa, 4
8. Chris Froome, 2
|16:12||Gautier off road|
Cyril Gautier has crashed in the downhill. He's back on his bike
|16:08||Cummings first at Port de Balès|
20 KOM for Cummings
|16:07||30km to go, Froome at two minutes|
The yellow jersey group is only two minutes behind Cummings
|16:06||Cummings one km from the top|
Stephen Cummings has one more kilometre to climb to Port de Balès. De Gendt and Gautier are together behind him.
|16:03||Barguil and Contador brought back|
The 25-man yellow jersey group led by Team Sky has caught Barguil and Contador.
|16:02||Contador on the move|
Barguil is the first climber to attack in the yellow jersey group. Alberto Contador is the second one!
|16:00||Cummings by himself|
Stephen Cummings drops De Gendt 3km before the top.
|15:58||Fuglsang off the back|
Jakob Fuglsang who has two small fractures in his left arm after crashing yesterday is getting dropped from the yellow jersey group.
|15:56||Stage winners last year...|
Stephen Cummings and Thomas De Gendt both won a mountain stage of the Tour de France last year, at Lac de Payolle and the Mont Ventoux respectively.
|15:54||Cummings and De Gendt at the front|
Cummings has rejoined De Gendt at the front. Two riders in the lead 4km before the summit.
|15:52||De Gendt alone in the lead|
De Gendt goes solo with 5.5km to go.
|15:49||4 in the lead|
Küng, De Gendt, Gautier and Cummings have dropped Jack Bauer. 36km to go. Peloton led by Team Sky at 3 minutes in the ascent to Port de Balès.
|15:47||Five in the lead|
5 riders in the lead as Julien Simon is dropped. Ulissi, De Kort and Erviti are behind him.
|15:43||Climbing stars off the back|
Among the riders dropped from the pack: Calmejane, Chaves, Pinot...
|15:41||Six in the lead|
Six riders in the lead: Bauer, Gautier, Küng, Simon, De Gendt and Cummings.
|15:37||40km to go|
Bouet and Feillu are 2.20 behind the ten leaders with 40km to go.
|15:35||Matthews off the back|
Michael Matthews got dropped at the beginning of the ascent to Port de Balès. 10 riders in the lead with 2.40 minutes over Bouet and Feillu. Peloton led on the same steady pace by Team Sky at 4 minutes.
|15:32||Brothers in law in the counter attack|
It's the first year counter attackers Brice Feillu and Maxime Bouet ride for the same team but they're brothers in law. Feillu is married to Maud, Bouet's sister...
|15:25||Bouet and Feillu attack from the pack|
Two riders attack on the way to Port de Balès: Maxime Bouet and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
|15:15||50km to go|
The 11 leading riders have 50km left. That will include climbing to Port de Balès, col de Peyresourde and Peyragudes.
|15:14||Port de Balès coming soon|
The 11 breakaway riders still have 4 minutes lead before the ascent to Port de Balès. It's the only HC climb today and the fifth visit of the Tour de France since Kim Kirchen became the first rider to crest it first. That was ten years ago. The Port de Balès made history for Alberto Contador's attack in 2010 while Andy Schleck dropped his chain from the ring.
|15:00||Kittel reined in by the peloton|
Marcel Kittel is back in the pack. With 60km to go, his 11 former breakaway companions have 4.20 lead over the peloton still led by Team Sky.
|14:56||Yvon Ledanois: "Froome will kill the Tour today"|
BMC sport director Yvon Ledanois told letour.com this morning: “Even without Richie Porte, we still have a role to play in this Tour [Stefan Küng is currently in the breakaway]. But in any case, Chris Froome is going to kill the Tour today.”
|14:54||De Gendt can't reach Barguil today|
With a total of 17 points as per now, Thomas De Gendt can't reach Warren Barguil in the KOM classification today since the Frenchman has 60 points and there are 35 points left. Only Primoz Roglic can mathematically take the polka dot jersey from the Sunweb rider. He has 30 points.
|14:49||Matthews works for Barguil|
Michael Matthews deprived Thomas De Gendt of the maximum points atop col de Menté to help his team-mate Warren Barguil keep the lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
|14:46||Matthews beats De Gendt at col de Menté|
Result of cat. 1 KOM at Col de Menté, km 139.5:
1. Michael Matthews, 10 points
2. Thomas De Gendt, 8
3. Julien Simon, 6
4. Diego Ulissi, 4
5. Cyril Gautier, 2
6. Imañol Erviti, 1
|14:38||2km to the summit|
Still no action in the front group 2km before the top of col de Menté and no reaction from the peloton. Time gap: 5.30 with 75km to go.
|14:31||Dan Martin: "|
Dan Martin (Quick Step) looked like being in the form of his life at the Tour this year but he crashed on stage 9: "Its impossible to recover on the Tour", he told letour.com this morning. "It might have seemed we relaxed on the last couple of days but we still spent nine hours on the bike.That crash is going to take me a while to get over. But I'm getting better every day. We'll find out when we hit the first climb These descents are very different. It was not that we were taking risks...
|14:28||20th time at col de Menté|
This is the 20th time for the Tour de France riders to climb to col de Menté, the first one was in 1966. Tom Danielson was the last one to crest Menté in first position in 2013 the day Dan Martin claimed his first Tour de France stage victory in Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Col de Menté however remained famous for the dramatic crash of Luis Ocaña with the yellow jersey in 1971.
|14:16||Kittel gets dropped|
Climbing to col de Menté, Marcel Kittel can't hold the pace of the breakaway anymore. 11 riders in the lead. Peloton led by Team Sky at 6.25.
|14:13||84km to go|
Time gap: 6.20. Still no action in the leading group heading to col de Menté.
|14:10||De Gendt first at col des Ares|
Result of cat. 2 KOM at Col des Ares, km 111.5:
1. Thomas De Gendt, 5 points
2. Michael Matthews, 3
3. Koen de Kort, 2
4. Julien Simon, 1
Marcel Kittel was fifth so he was close to scoring his first KOM point...
|13:42||Kittel still in the lead|
No action in the front group up the col des Ares. Marcel Kittel is still there.
|13:35||Up to 6.10|
The breakaway riders are climbing and the time difference is also raising: 6.10 at km 108.
|13:32||Col des Ares ahead|
It's half way into the stage! The second half is mountainous, starting now with the col des Ares. It's the 40th time for the Tour de France to climb to col des Ares, the first one going as far back as in 1910, the first time the race tackled the Pyrenees. The last three times (2010, 2012, 2014), Thomas Voeckler was first at col des Ares but today, he's mostly in the last position of the peloton as he's taking part in his last race ever. He'll call it a career on July 23 in Paris.
|13:20||Matthews wins the intermediate sprint|
Result of the intermediate sprint at Loures-Barousse (km 94):
1. Michael Matthews, 20 points
2. Marcel Kittel, 17
3. Thomas De Gendt, 15
4. Jack Bauer, 13
5. Stefan Küng, 11
6. Koen De Kort, 10
7. Diego Ulissi, 9
8. Nils Politt, 8
9. Cyril Gautier, 7
10. Julien Simon, 6
11. Imañol Erviti, 5
12. Stephen Cummings,...
|13:18||Two hours under the rain|
The first two hours of racing have been contested under the rain.
|13:15||45.6km/h after two hours|
42.7km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 45.6km/h.
|12:57||80km, Team Sky leads the pack|
80km have been covered. Team Sky still leads the pack, 5.15 behind the breakaway group in which Marcel Kittel and Michael Matthews eye the intermediate sprint at km 94.
|12:43||Nicolas Portal: “The idea is to gain some time today”|
Questioned by FranceTelevisions, Team Sky's sport director Nicolas Portal said: “We're not really interested in winning the stage. But this is the first big mountain stage and the idea is to gain something in the finale. At least we want to maintain Chris Froome's advantage. I foresee attacks starting in the col de Peyresourde, possibly by Nairo Quintana as we see his team-mate Imañol Erviti in the front group now. We've been put under pressure but it has strengthened the morale of the...
|12:41||Peloton almost at 5 minutes|
At côte de Capvern, the deficit of the peloton led by Team is 4.55.
|12:39||Thomas De Gendt scores one KOM point|
One more KOM point for Thomas De Gendt at côte de Capvern. It's his fourth point in this competition since the start of the Tour. He's 46 points down on Warren Barguil now. There are 50 KOM points more up for grabs today.
The 12 leaders are 4.20 ahead of the bunch after 60km of racing.
|12:25||Second time at Peyragudes|
Two riders of the current peloton of the Tour de France have won a stage starting from Pau in the past: Thomas Voeckler in 2012 and Chris Froome last year. It was on both occasions a finish at Bagnères-de-Luchon. Peyragudes hosted only one Tour de France stage before but Alejandro Valverde, the winner in 2012, quit the race after crashing in the inaugural time trial in Düsseldorf.
|12:21||Cummings at the front again before the côte de Capvern|
Coming soon, the côte de Capvern (km 64) was already on the course of the Tour de France last year in stage 7 from L'Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle. The winner was… Stephen Cummings who is in the breakaway again today!
|12:16||Chavanel on the podium!|
Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) is on his 341st day of racing at the Tour de France today and thus rejoins Lucien van Impe (341 days between 1969 and 1985). Only George Hincapie (354 days between 1996 and 2012) and Joop Zoetemelk (363 days between 1970 and 1986) have done more but the Frenchman will have to take part in his 18th Tour de France to become the absolute recordman of presence in the race.
|12:13||48.5km in the first hour|
Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Koen De Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Stefan Küng (BMC), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel and Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Julien Simon (Cofidis) have covered 48.5km in the first hour.
|12:07||Paris 2024 at km 2014|
At Lhez, km 46, a colourful group of children will encourage the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as it'll be the 2024th kilometer of racing in the 104th Tour de France.
|11:57||2.45 after 38km|
Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Koen De Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Stefan Küng (BMC), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel and Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Julien Simon (Cofidis) have 2.45 lead after 38km of racing.
|11:54||Kittel the 12th rider with 5 wins in a single Tour|
Marcel Kittel who is in the breakaway today has entered the club of the 12 riders who have won at least five stages in a single Tour de France since World War II along with Gino Bartali (1948), Hugo Koblet (1951), Fausto Coppi (1952), André Darrigade (1958), Dietrich Thurau (1977), Freddy Maertens (1976, 1981), Bernard Hinault (1979, 1981), Laurent Fignon (1984), Mark Cavendish (2009, 2010, 2011), Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1972, 1974) and Luis Ocaña (1973).
|11:44||No reaction from the peloton|
The peloton doesn't react behind Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Imañol Erviti (Movistar), Koen De Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Stefan Küng (BMC), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel and Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Julien Simon (Cofidis). Time gap: 1.30 after 18km.
|11:39||12 at the front|
Gautier, Erviti, De Kort, Küng, Ulissi, Cummings, Kittel, Bauer, Politt, De Gendt, Matthews, Simon are the 12 riders in the lead
|11:36||More attempts to break away|
Lots of riders try to break away, including Michael Matthews but Marcel Kittel goes after him. The mental game is on for the green jersey.
|11:29||Contador at the back of the pack|
The peloton is strung out and Alberto Contador is in the last positions.
|11:26||Lots of skirmishes|
All attackers have been reeled in. Lots of skirmishes take place. Warren Barguil and Thibaut Pinot are among the riders very motivated to break away.
|11:19||Three in the lead|
Jay McCarthy (Bora), Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) and Markel Irizar (Trek) form a leading trio at km 6.
|11:17||A rainy start|
The weather is nice and sunny above the clouds at the finish in Peyragudes but it's rainy at the start out of Pau. Attackers have been reined in. Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) try to launch a new breakaway at km 4.
|11:14||Three riders on the attack|
Michael Gogl (Trek), Marcus Burghardt (Bora) and Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty) are the first three attackers of the day.
|11:12||The race is on|
The start proper has been given at 11.11 to 179 riders.
|11:09||Chris Froome: "Tom Simpson left a legacy"|
Chris Froome also paid a tribute to Tom Simpson as he declared yesterday in the press conference: "Tom Simpson certainly left a legacy on which I like to believe a lot of us, British riders at the Tour de France, continue to build on. Even if the Tour de France doesn't go to the Mont Ventoux this year, this is a place for me where I have special memories on my own. I imagine thousands of people to honor his memory at the Mont Ventoux today."
|11:06||A tribute to deceased Tour de France winners|
A tribute has been paid to Ferdi Kubler, Roger Walkowiak and Roger Pingeon, three Tour de France winners who died since the last edition. Tom Simpson was also officially remembered exactly 50 years after his tragic death on the Mont Ventoux.
|11:03||Team Sky with the yellow bibs and helmets|
Team Sky leads the teams' classification by 7.12 over AG2R-La Mondiale and 26.17 over Astana.
|11:01||Simon Yates in white|
Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) remains the best young rider with an advantage of 2.58 over Louis Meintjes (UAE) and 3.28 over Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale).
|11:00||Warren Barguil is ambitious|
Warren Barguil (Sunweb) wears the polka dot jersey for the third time. He has 60 points in the King of the Mountains classification, exactly the double as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), 30, followed by Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), 27. A maximum of 51 points are up for grabs today with six categorized climbs on the course:
- Km 64: Côte de Capvern (cat. 4), 7.7km at 3.1%
- Km 111.5: Col des Ares (cat. 2), 7.4km at...
|10:59||Marcel Kittel with a huge advantage|
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) holds the green jersey with 335 points. Runner up Michael Matthews (Sunweb) has 202 points, André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) has 171. 40 points are up for grabs today with a maximum of 20 at the intermediate sprint in Loures-Barousse (km 94) and 20 on the finishing line in Peyragudes.
|10:58||Chris Froome in the yellow jersey|
Chris Froome (Sky) is in the yellow jersey for the seventh day in this Tour de France. At the foot of the Pyrenees, he leads the overall ranking by 18 seconds over Fabio Aru (Astana), 51 seconds over Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), 55 seconds over Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and 1.37 over Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) who keeps racing despite two small fractures, one in a scaphoid, the other one in the head of the radius near his left elbow.
|10:56||In the neutral zone|
The peloton is rolling towards the real start
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 12 in the 104th Tour de France, 214.5km from Pau to Peyragudes. Start scheduled at 10.55.
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