April 15, 2024
Tour de France - Izagirre wins the 31km solo, Vingegaard remains yellow

“We came here to win a stage. Now we have two and Guillaume (Martin) is still good in the general classification,” said Izagirre, who had been in the front group alongside his teammate Martin. Martin improved from 18th to 13th overall.

On the final ascent of the day up Col de la Croix Rosier, Izagirre attacked from a lead group that still numbered eight at the time and began to climb solo.

“Today I didn’t want to be in the group for the first time, but this time it worked. That’s why I wanted to get the most out of it. We worked well together and I still felt good on the last climb. So I attacked and made it “said a happy Izagirre himself. “It’s been a long road, but you have to trust yourself. In the end, I didn’t have any references, but I just kept my head down and did it.”

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58 seconds behind the Basque, the French Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) prevailed in the sprint duel of the pursuers against Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) and finished second in the stage.

Cheering for the solo shot: Izagirre enjoys a triumphant drive to the finish

The peloton of Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar, Jai Hindley and all the other top five contenders in this 110th Tour de France arrived in Belleville-en-Beaujolais 4:14 minutes late.

As a result, Vingegaard remains 17 seconds ahead of points-leading Pogacar ahead of three difficult mountain stages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The two superstars had also been attacking each other in the first half of the stage, until after 90 kilometers things finally calmed down and the breakaway group of 15 for the day stayed out – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Deceuninck), who then joined the Solo set off and was awarded the most combative driver of the day. He had been captured just before Izagirre’s successful attack.

While Vingegaard retained the yellow jersey and Pogacar, as best young pro, retained the white jersey, Jasper Philipsen also remains the points classification leader and wears green. Neilson Powless retained the mountain jersey and Bahrain Victorious continue to lead the team standings.

Here’s how stage 12 of the Tour de France went:

As to be expected, the section started with numerous attacks immediately after the starting signal. However, not only the riders hoping for a breakaway group went on the offensive, but also the riders from the standings were always on the front row and so a brutally tough, fast and chaotic race unfolded in the first 90 kilometers.

Meanwhile, the Yates brothers and David Gaudu lost touch with the other riders in the top 10. However, after a great effort from the Groupama – FDJ and Jayco – AlUla teams, these three are back at the top for Gaudu and Simon Yates , while with Sepp Kuss (Jumbo – Visma) and Louis Meintjes (Intermarché – Circus – Wanty) but two other candidates in the top ten lost up to four minutes in a second field.

Only in the Saone valley did the group of around 60 favorites calm down, because shortly before the intermediate sprint a breakaway group of 15 finally broke away, in which Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ / + 9:36) and Guillaume Martin ( Cofidis /+ 11:12) were the most interesting for the general classification.

Turbulent start until after almost 90 kilometres

Jumbo – Visma, who had Tiesj Benoot in front and had previously made a decisive contribution to the wild start with numerous attacks from Wout van Aert and Wilco Kelderman, now controlled the pace on the pitch and opened the gap until 3:30 minutes three minutes ahead of the second field.

With 75 kilometers to go, AG2R – Citroen and UAE Team Emirates took the lead of the group, in order not to push the lead too far and, above all, not to let those who had remained behind around Kuss and Meintjes get closer.

With 55 kilometers to go, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Deceuninck) and Andrey Amador (EF Education – EasyPost) broke away from the leading 15-man group on the descent of Col de la Casse Froide to complete the subsequent 2nd category climb al To tackle the Col de la Croix Montmain with a 15 second lead. Van der Poel left Amador there and started the solo.

Van der Poel soloed, but too weak in the mountains

Further back, the second field quickly closed in on the group of favorites thanks to the hard work of the Intermarché – Circus – Wanty team around Georg Zimmermann, and on the Croix Montmain their captain Louis Meintjes closed the gap with a solo attack, for the twelfth place in the general classification. To be defended. In the descent, however, the rest of the group recovered and the large group started the last climb of the day 4:15 minutes from the leaders.

There, on the Col de la Crox Rosier (cat. 2), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) and Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) caught up with van der Poel with 32 kilometers to go. Shortly afterwards, however, Ion Izagirre, Guillaume Martin (both Cofidis), Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo – Visma), Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X) and Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) again approached the trio, so that now eight men stood fighting for the win of the day, but only for a short while. Because only a few meters after closing the gap from van der Poel, Pinot and Jorgenson, Izagirre attacked and started to climb solo.

On the turf! Van der Poel risks everything downhill

The Basque overtook the mountain prize with a lead of 25 seconds with 27 kilometers to go and initially widened the gap further on the descents, so much so that he reached the last short and steep climb with 15 kilometers to go with 55 seconds lead. There he only lost a few seconds and so the last ten kilometers were downhill to the finish line for a painful but safe triumphal journey.

Behind him, the six chasers started attacking each other instead of working together and even at 7km the gap widened to a minute. Burgaudeau and Jorgenson eventually broke away from the rear and tied for second place on the stage.

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