Tour De France 2013 Stage 12 Fougeres To Tours Review

Updated: July 11, 2013

Marcel Kittel picks up his third stage win this year before anyone picks up their second, beating Cavendish on the final sprint to make himself look like the fastest sprinter around. Chris Froome kept the yellow jersey.

After 3,5 kilometres, there was an anticipated break-away that consisted of Gavazzi (AST), Sicard (EUS), Mori (LAM), Flecha (VCD) and Delaplace (SOJ), an attack that started from Gavazzi. At 42,5 kilometres, the leaders gained an incredible lead of 9 minutes over the peloton, but with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Lotto-Belisol and Argos-Shimano desperately wanting to get their sprinters on the podium, they sped up with those three teams leading the peloton.

There was an odd crash that happened between  Geniez (FDJ) and Kadri (ALM), when Kadri seemed to clip the front of his wheel on the road and weirdly flipped over, then blocking Geniez. Both of them were fine and rejoined the peloton not long afterwards.

After the impressive 9 minute gap, the peloton slowly decreased the lead. The intermediate sprint cam 52 kilometres from the end and with the escapees 3 minutes 10 seconds ahead of the peloton, the five leaders were about to take the top five positions. Gavazzi came first after he caught up with Flecha’s attack. Gavazzi (20 Pts), Flecha (17 Pts), Mori (15 Pts), Delaplace (13 Pts) and Sicard (11 Pts). The next few points were contested by the usual sprinters, Greipel, Cavendish, Van Poppel and Sagan. Greipel went across the line easily with Cavendish just behind him, but Sagan was later awarded the third place of that group even though he finished behind Van Poppel, because Van Poppel illegally blocked Sagan off when Sagan tried to over-take Van Poppel on the outside.

With 43 kilometres to go Sicard was the first of the escapees to be caught. Throughout the next 20 kilometres, each rider of the break-away group tried to accelerate a little bit to try and stay out of the peloton’s grasp. Mori and Delaplace slowed down as soon as the peloton could see the escapees and were caught easily. Gavazzi and Flecha tried to do all they could to stay ahead of the peloton, but it didn’t take long for Gavezzi to get tired and give in. Flecha was still making a valiant effort on his own and even managed to increase his lead yet again by 25 seconds, but he was unable to keep it up and was reeled in 6 kilometres from the end.

Tuft fell over on a round-about when Saxo-Tinkoff were trying to keep Contador near the front so that he wouldn’t lose any time. Not long after, there was a crash that involved 20 riders, Greipel was caught up in it and Boasson Hagen came out worse off than anyone else having broken his collar bone.

Near the end, Cavendish took his place in the lead for the last sprint, he seemed comfortable with everyone crammed behind him and looking unable to break away from his slipstream, until not far from the finish-line Kittel surprisingly really went for it and came up on Cavendish’s left and crossed the line a couple of inches ahead of him. Cavendish looked over at Kittel in shock when he saw that he just finished ahead of him.

Stage Classification 

1 GER M. Kittel Argos 4:49:49
2 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step +0
3 SVK P. Sagan Cannondale +0
4 NOR A. Kristoff Katyusha +0
5 ITA R. Ferrari Lampre +0
6 RSA D. Impey Orica +0
7 SPA J. Rojas Movistar +0
8 FRA Y. Gène Europcar +0
9 SPA J. Lobato Euskaltel +0
10 FRA S. Dumoulin AG2R +0
13 GBR C. Froome Team Sky +0
22 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +0
28 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +0
74 IRL D. Martin Garmin +0
122 GBR D. Millar Garmin +0
159 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +4:01
160 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +0

Those involved in the last crash had their times set to the same as that of first place.

General Classification

1 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 47:19:13
2 SPA A. Valverde Movistar +3:25
3 NED B. Mollema Belkin +3:37
4 SPA A. Contador Saxo-Tinkoff +3:54
5 CZE R. Kreuziger Saxo-Tinkoff +3:57
6 NED L. ten Dam Belkin +4:10
7 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step +4:44
8 COL N. Quintana Movistar +5:18
9 POR R. Costa Movistar +5:37
10 FRA J. Péraud AG2R +5:39
13 IRL D. Martin Garmin +5:52
41 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +34:13
88 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +1:04:40
97 GBR D. Millar Garmin +1:12:50
149 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step +1:44:09
162 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +1:51:42
172 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +1:56:34

Team Classification

1 Movistar 141:17:14
2 Saxo – Tinkoff +4:34
3 Belkin +6:06
4 AG2R +11:53
5 RadioShack +16:03
6 Euskaltel +19:25
7 Katyusha +23:25
8 BMC Racing +32:58
9 Garmin +33:33
10 Team Sky +44:00
11 Omega Pharma – Quick-Step +44:18
12 Europcar +48:34
13 Lampre +48:49
14 Cofidis +1:01:42
15 +1:11:58
16 Astana +1:22:37
17 Sojasun +1:30:33
18 Vacansoleil +1:32:00
19 Orica +1:50:19
20 Cannondale +2:32:52
21 Argos +2:50:20
22 Lotto +3:03:40

Points Classification 

1 SVK P. Sagan Cannondale 307 Pts
2 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step 211 Pts
3 GER A. Greipel Lotto 195 Pts

Mountain Classification 

1 FRA P. Rolland Europcar 49 Pts
2 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 33 Pts
3 AUS R. Porte Team Sky 28 Pts

Under 25 Classification

1 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step 47:23:57
2 COL N. Quintana Movistar +34
3 FRA R. Bardet AG2R +6:53


“Tour De France 2013 Stage 12 Fougeres To Tours Review” written by Seb True

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