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by Neal Rogers
July 14, 2017
In today’s Daily News: Bardet takes win atop Peyragudes, Aru takes maillot jaune from Froome; Cromwell continues Canyon-SRAM success in Thüringen with Stage 1 victory; Edmondson first leader in BeNe Ladies Tour after winning prologue; French favoritism? Uran, Bennett docked 20 seconds on GC for illegal feed; Bardet not penalized for same offense; Dan Martin moves into fifth overall at Tour de France; 22 teams announced for Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 12 highlights.
Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) took an emphatic Tour de France stage victory Thursday atop the steep Category 2 climb to Peyragudes, accelerating away from a select group of GC contenders in the last 100 meters on a 16% grade.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) finished second, with Fabio Aru (Astana) in third on the 215 kilometer stage that featured five categorized climbs.
“It’s my third Tour de France stage win in three years,” Bardet said. “I took my chance. I did a recon of the last part, so I knew it, and I went full gas. I’m happy to be able to finish like that. I controlled my attacks all day until the final 200 metres.”
Aru took a four-second time bonus at the line, as race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) was distanced, finishing 22 seconds behind Bardet and 20 seconds behind Uran and Aru, relinquishing his GC lead to the Italian champion — the first time he’d lost the yellow jersey on a climb since he first wore a maillot jaune in 2013. In 2015, Froome relinquished the yellow jersey to Tony Martin for three days during the first week, but he had never before relinquished the race lead to a GC contender, and never in the mountains.
“It was a very, very hard finish,” Froome said. “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 there 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.”
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