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Le Tour – Stage 12

Tour de FranceSaint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davézieux

Distance: 226 kilometers.

This is the longest stage on Le Tour this year and it features two Category 1 climbs in the first half and a Category 3 at the end. Menu: Category 1 – Col du Grand Cucheron (1188 m), Category 1 – Col du Granier (1134 m), intermediate sprint, Category 3 – Côte d’Ardoix.

David Millar took the stage which was marked by almost nothing of interest being done by the leaders after yesterday’s grueling run. People and teams weren’t interested in taking chances with tired muscles.

There are 164 riders left, but that number may dip as riders leave Le Tour to participate in the London Olympics. I would also note that I am using the official site for the General Classification standings, but Cycling News for other things because the official site is so late and haphazard about updating.

Yellow Jersey Bradley Wiggins ( GB – SKY – 101 ) [Yellow]
Green Jersey Peter Sagan (Svk-LIQ-057) [Green] 254 points
Polka Dot Jersey Fredrik Kessiakoff ( Swe – AST – 187 ) [Polka Dot] 66 points
White Jersey Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 009 ) 7 [White]

Team: RadioShack-Nissan ( 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: David Millar ( GB – GRS – 066 )
Combative: Robert Kiserlovski ( Cro – AST – 188 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Bradley Wiggins ( G B – SKY – 101 )
2 Christopher Froome ( G B – SKY – 105 ) + 02′ 05”
3 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – LIQ – 051 ) + 02′ 23”
4 Cadel Evans ( Aus – BMC – 001 ) + 03′ 19”
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck ( Bel – LTB – 111 ) + 04′ 48”
6 Haimar Zubeldia ( Esp – RNT – 019 ) + 06′ 15”
7 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 009 ) + 06′ 57”
8 Janez Brajkovic ( Slo – AST – 181 ) + 07′ 30”
9 Pierre Rolland ( Fra – EUC – 029 ) + 08′ 31”
10 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – FDJ – 146 ) + 08′ 51”

The Rest of the Top 50:

11 Andréas Klöden ( Ger – RNT – 015 ) + 09′ 29”
12 Frank Schleck ( Lux – RNT – 011 ) + 09′ 45”
13 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – ALM – 079 ) + 10′ 49”
14 Jérôme Coppel ( Fra – SAU – 091 ) + 11′ 27”
15 Christopher Horner ( USA – RNT – 014 ) + 12′ 41”
16 Denis Menchov ( Rus – KAT – 131 ) + 17′ 21”
17 Maxime Monfort ( Bel – RNT – 016 ) + 17′ 41”
18 Egoi Martinez ( Esp – EUS – 035 ) + 18′ 04”
19 Alejandro Valverde ( Esp – MOV – 161 ) + 18′ 55”
20 Rui Alberto Costa ( Por – MOV – 163 ) + 19′ 02”
21 Chris Anker Sorensen ( Den – STB – 178 ) + 20′ 12”
22 Michele Scarponi ( Ita – LAM – 041 ) + 20′ 32”
23 Robert Kiserlovski ( Cro – AST – 188 ) + 20′ 54”
24 Peter Velits ( Svk – OPQ – 199 ) + 27′ 37”
25 Jelle Vanendert ( Bel – LTB – 119 ) + 30′ 41”
26 Ivan Basso ( Ita – LIQ – 052 ) + 31′ 09”
27 Laurens Ten Dam ( Ned – RAB – 157 ) + 31′ 41”
28 Sandy Casar ( Fra – FDJ – 141 ) + 32′ 00”
29 Michael Rogers ( Aus – SKY – 108 ) + 33′ 04”
30 Levi Leipheimer ( USA – OPQ – 191 ) + 33′ 13”
31 Eduard Vorganov ( Rus – KAT – 139 ) + 33′ 59”
32 Rein Taaramae ( Est – COF – 081 ) + 34′ 52”
33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo ( Esp – MOV – 162 ) + 40′ 36”
34 Rafael Valls Ferri ( Esp – VCD – 128 ) + 42′ 33”
35 Jean-Christophe Peraud ( Fra – ALM – 071 ) + 42′ 42”
36 Alexandre Vinokourov ( Kaz – AST – 189 ) + 45′ 54”
37 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – RAB – 152 ) + 49′ 25”
38 Richie Porte ( Aus – SKY – 107 ) + 51′ 22”
39 George Hincapie ( USA – BMC – 005 ) + 52′ 24”
40 Thomas Voeckler ( Fra – EUC – 021 ) + 54′ 09”
41 Dominik Nerz ( Ger – LIQ – 055 ) + 56′ 23”
42 Gianpaolo Caruso ( Ita – KAT – 132 ) + 57′ 35”
43 Fabrice Jeandesboz ( Fra – SAU – 095 ) + 58′ 06”
44 Sylvain Chavanel ( Fra – OPQ – 192 ) + 59′ 11”
45 Marco Marcato ( Ita – VCD – 125 ) + 01h 00′ 49”
46 Michael Schär ( Sui – BMC – 008 ) + 01h 00′ 53”
47 Cyril Gautier ( Fra – EUC – 024 ) + 01h 01′ 10”
48 Yury Trofimov ( Rus – KAT – 138 ) + 01h 01′ 23”
49 Sylvester Szmyd ( Pol – LIQ – 058 ) + 01h 02′ 14”
50 Jens Voigt ( Ger – RNT – 018 ) + 01h 02′ 16”

Out of the race:

DNS Robert Gesink ( Ned – RAB – 151 )
DNF David Moncoutie ( Fra – COF – 088 )
DNF Tom Veelers ( Ned – ARG – 219 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

Go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Le Tour” for all of the posts related to the race on this site.

4 comments

1 jamsodonnell { 07.13.12 at 2:31 pm }

Jonathan Marray wins a men’s title at Wimbledon England cricketers winning, and now a one -two in the Tour…. surely the gods of sport will seek redress for such aberrations….

2 Bryan { 07.13.12 at 2:57 pm }

It’s not as if Wiggins hasn’t paid his dues.

It goes in waves, and the time was right. If Andy Schleck hadn’t broken his pelvis earlier, he would have been threatening, but that’s the way it goes.

3 jamsodonnell { 07.14.12 at 2:12 am }

That’s true. He has a long pedigreee in the sport es[ecially on the track. Hell he’s got six olympic medals- more than Chris Hoy (five) although one less gold medal

4 Bryan { 07.14.12 at 8:05 pm }

This isn’t a fluke, this is the result of long-term planning. I do think that everyone has been pleasantly surprised by Froome riding. If Wiggins stumbles, Froome can take over from the strongest possible position.