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TOUR’22 Stage 12: Pidcock Powers Up l’Alpe · Vingegaard Holds Yellow

Tour Stage 12 Report: The end of stage 12 up the Alpe d’Huez didn’t disappoint with a surprising assault from Tom Pidcock on the base of the climb to win the stage from Louis Meintjes and Chris Froome. Behind them, Tadej Pogačar attacked the favorite’s group, however Jonas Vingegaard had him lined.

Stage 12 final Ok

Tom Pidcock received the Queen Stage of the Tour de France. The British rider of the INEOS Grenadiers crew attacked from the main group 10 kilometres from the end on Alpe d’Huez and held all of the others at bay. Louis Meintjes and Chris Froome took second and third. Tadej Pogačar bombarded yellow jersey wearer Jonas Vingegaard with two robust assaults, however the Dane was in a position to maintain out strongly.

‘What’s the plan right now Jonas?’

Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme: “There’s a wink to historical past right here in addition to a want to shut the Battle of the Alps on a route tailored for one of the best climbers. It’s an actual reproduction of the Briançon-Alpe d’Huez stage of 1986, with the ascent of the Galibier as soon as once more on the programme, adopted by the climb of the Col de la Croix de Fer, earlier than tackling the 21 hairpins main as much as the Isère resort. It’ll present an intermediate evaluation of the state of play.”

Stage 12 profile

From the beginning gun, American Neilson Powless (EF Schooling-EasyPost) shot out of the peloton. Powless, who had a view of a top-10 place till yesterday, went solo. It took some time for reinforcements, however ultimately Kobe Goossens (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Sebastian Schönberger (B&B Resorts-KTM), Matis Louvel (Arkéa Samsic) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) joined him. The six escapees joined forces going in the direction of the foot of the Col du Galibier.

Philippe Gilbert’s spouse, Bettina Pesce, and daughter Valentine had been at the beginning right now

The peloton was nonetheless stressed, many riders tried to cross to the entrance group. Primoz Roglič, Thibaut Pinot and Aleksandr Vlasov, amongst others, tried, however had been unable. It was Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) who caught the escapees on the slopes of the Col du Galibier. Jumbo-Visma took management on the head of the peloton and set the tempo and closed gaps to bigger teams that had tried to get away.

The jerseys at the beginning

Ciccone and Meintjes joined the six leaders on the entrance a couple of kilometres from the highest. The eight didn’t keep collectively on the primary climb of the day, Frenchman Perez didn’t assume it was going quick sufficient and went solo. Powless, Meintjes and Ciccone had been the strongest climbers within the chase group and the three of them stayed near Perez. The 31-year-old rider from Toulouse took 20 KOM factors. Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) determined to offer a masterclass of descending after the highest of the Galibier. Along with Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech) he rode in the direction of the escapees.

A win for France and Pinot on Bastille day?

On the way in which to the Col de la Croix de Fer, Pidcock and Froome joined the entrance group, however Louvel had been dropped. The lead of the 9 at the moment was underneath 4 minutes. The tempo then dropped much more within the peloton, a lot to the pleasure of the sprinters Fabio Jakobsen and Caleb Ewan. With a lead of 6 minutes, the 9 riders began the second climb of the hors class, the Col de la Croix de Fer.

Nelson Powless Neilson wished to be within the break right now

The 9 appeared to journey collectively to the highest of the second categorised climb of the day. The Belgians of Jumbo-Visma lifted the tempo within the peloton and the lead of the 9 leaders dwindled rapidly. That was the sign for an acceleration from Pidcock, in order that solely Meintjes, Froome, Powless and Ciccone might maintain. Ciccone grabbed the factors on the prime of the Col de la Croix de Fer, forward of Powless and Meintjes. The 5 went down the descent collectively, wanting ahead to the final climb of the day. Their lead had already narrowed significantly, on the prime they solely had 5 minutes.

The break received greater

In fact the final climb of the day was the legendary Alpe d’Huez. The 5 leaders labored properly collectively and did all the things they might to begin the 21 hairpin climb with a pleasant lead. They succeeded, on the foot that they had 6 minutes on the peloton.

Van Aert main the yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard

The Alpe d’Huez is 13.9 kilometres lengthy and has a median gradient of seven.9%. With 12 kilometres to go, Powless and Froome had been dropped for the primary time, however each had been in a position to come again. Not a lot later, Pidcock blasted away from the main group, the Olympic MTB champion and cyclo-cross World champion regarded very recent 10 kilometres from the end.

The peloton on the Galibier

Pidcock didn’t actually draw back, Meintjes and Froome each rode at their very own tempo, in order that they stayed near Pidcock on a regular basis. Within the peloton, inexperienced jersey Wout van Aert took the lead within the peloton for fairly a couple of kilometres, after which Steven Kruiswijk took over the work. Jumbo-Visma’s tempo was killer. After extra strong work from Roglič, Nairo Quintana and David Gaudu, and others, needed to let go 6 kilometres from the road.


Roglič’s flip wasn’t too lengthy, nevertheless it had executed loads of harm. Not a lot later, Romain Bardet and Adam Yates had been additionally dropped. The remaining GC males at 4 kilometres from the end had been Sepp Kuss, Jonas Vingegaard, Tadej Pogacar, Geraint Thomas and Enric Mas. A kilometre later, Pogačar determined that his second had come. The Slovenian attacked, however Vingegaard caught to his wheel.


Jumbo-Visma in command of the peloton

Again on the head of the race. Pidcock continued to journey at an excellent tempo, which ensured that Meintjes didn’t get any nearer. The little climber was dropping increasingly time, whereas Froome was attempting to carry his rhythm. For the 22-year-old rider it was solely his second victory in his younger WorldTour profession on the highway. Meintjes took second place, Froome completed third forward of Powless.

Chris Froome crossed to the break

Pidcock additionally joined the break and was the descender of the day

The highest GC males received again collectively, Pogačar dropped the tempo after he noticed Vingegaard on his wheel. Kuss proved his value as soon as once more and set the tempo for yellow jersey wearer. At a very good kilometre from the end, Pogačar as soon as once more unleashed his leap, however as soon as once more the Danish yellow jersey was rapidly in his wheel.

The yellow jersey of Vingegaard was comfy within the peloton

The enjoyable on ‘Dutch Nook’ was going towards fever pitch

Within the final a whole lot of metres the general classification riders began their dash, however there have been no time variations between Pogačar, Vingegaard and Thomas. Pogacar received the dash and completed fifth on the stage, three minutes after Pidcock. Mas and Bardet each misplaced a handful of seconds, Gaudu, Yates and Quintana clearly had a foul day.

Pidcock fought by means of the followers

The massive win for Tom Pidcock

Stage winner and eighth general, Thomas Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers): “I suppose that stage win at L’Alpe d’Huez for my first Tour de France, it’s not unhealthy! The concept was to get within the breakaway. I misplaced sufficient time yesterday to start having some freedom. After the Galibier, I received away within the descent, understanding that nobody would take the chance to comply with me. Chris Froome did. It was fairly good to getting throughout with him. We labored properly collectively. He’s a legend! Possibly he’s not as quick as he was however he’s nonetheless Chris Froome. It labored out completely to interrupt away with him. This win is definitely one among my greatest moments in biking, with individuals’s flags… You’ll be able to’t expertise that anyplace else than at L’Alpe d’Huez.”

Stage win and again into the highest 10 general

General chief and sixth on the stage, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma): “I anticipated Tadej Pogacar to assault right now, simply as I’m anticipating him to assault over the following couple of weeks. I’m fortunate to be supported by a crew that’s most likely one of the best one among this Tour de France, as was confirmed yesterday and likewise right now. My confidence on my crew may be very large. However, ultimately, it’ll come all the way down to man in opposition to man with Tadej Pogacar… and that day I must be robust sufficient to win this race. I had sufficient legs as to comply with Tadej’s assault on the ultimate climb, however I didn’t know if I used to be robust sufficient to energy away and I didn’t need to make myself susceptible. What if I attempted to assault, after which he counterattacked and drop me? It was not straightforward to go to sleep on a day like yesterday. As for right now, it was a tough day, with many climbing meters… But additionally a pleasant one due to the quantity of help I received from the crowds. It felt as if there have been loads of Danish followers on the market!”

The highest males had been nonetheless collectively on the end line

# All of the Tour information in EUROTRASH and the ‘Relaxation Day Spherical Up’ on Monday. #

Tour de France Stage 12 Outcome:
1. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 4:55:24
2. Louis Meintjes (SA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 0:48
3. Chris Froome (GB) Israel-Premier Tech at 2:06
4. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Schooling-EasyPost at 2:29
5. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Group Emirates at 3:23
6. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
7. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 3:26
9. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
10. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo at 3:32.

Tour de France General After Stage 12:
1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma in 46:28:46
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Group Emirates at 2:22
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:26
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 2:35
5. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 3:44
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa Samsic at 3:58
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 4:07
8. Thomas Pidcock (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 7:39
9. Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar at 9:32
10. Aleksandr Vlasov (-) BORA-hansgrohe at 10:06.

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