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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.
Just four days after crashing twice on the descent of Mont du Chat, missing out on both the stage win and the opportunity to move into second or third on the general classification, Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was back in the thick of it on Stage 12 of the Tour de France, finishing sixth on the steep slopes at Peyragudes, 13 seconds behind stage winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale). It was Martin’s fourth top-10 finish in 12 stages. The result moved him into fifth overall, 1:41 behind new race leader Fabio Aru (Astana).
“I felt terrible in the first 50 kilometers of the stage and I thought I would lose half an hour, as I had a really bad day and nothing in the legs,” Martin said. “But fortunately I got through this very difficult stage without conceding too much time. I suffered all day long due to that pain I have since crashing on the roads to Chambery, so that’s why I rode conservatively and can say I am really happy with my result.
“The stage was brutal and everyone was exhausted at the finish,” he continued. “I couldn’t get out of the saddle properly, so that’s why I rode as hard as I could to the line, which never seemed to arrive. Normally, it would have been a great finish for me, but wasn’t the case, as the circumstances were different.
“But, as I said, I’m happy with the outcome and with the fine job of the team, the boys believe in me 100% and it’s really great to see that I will take it day by day now and hopefully I will make a full recovery before we hit the Alps next week.”