Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) made amends for two disappointing days in the Pyrenees to take a well executed victory on a rain soaked stage after getting in the early break containing 22 riders soon after the stage start, Rodriguez out climbed stage breakaway companions Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet on the final HC Plateau de Beille to take the stage win. Fulsang was second 1:12 down on Rodriguez with French rider Romain Bardot third at 1:49.

In the general classification battle Chris Froome withstood attacks from all of his rivals to finish in the same group 6:46 down on Joaquim Rodriguez, in fact only Alejandro Valverde was able to outsprint Froome at the line with Nairo Quintana, Tejay van Garderen, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador and Geraint Thomas coming in behind Froome on the same time. Robert Gesink dropped one minute on GC.

Stage 12 winner Joaquim Rodriguez leading Jakob Fuglsang ASO B.Bade
Stage 12 winner Joaquim Rodriguez leading Jakob Fuglsang ASO B.Bade
Louis Meintjes  crashed but still finished fifth on the stage
Louis Meintjes crashed but still finished fifth on the stage ASO/B.Bade
Tony Gallopin riding through the rain to 8th on GC ASO/B.Bade
Tony Gallopin riding through the rain to 8th on GC ASO/B.Bade

Results

Top 30 Stage 12 – Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille 195km

[table]
Place,Rider Name (Country) Team,Result
1,Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha,5:40:14
2,Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team,0:01:12
3,Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:01:49
4,Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team,0:04:34
5,Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN – Qhubeka,0:04:38
6,Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18,0:05:47
7,Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar,0:06:03
8,Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:06:28
9,Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team,0:06:46
10,Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky,0:06:47
11,Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team,
12,Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr,
13,Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team,
14,Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo,
15,Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar,
16,Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team,
17,Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky,
18,Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,0:07:44
19,Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing,
20,Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team,0:09:13
21,Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,0:09:46
22,Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal,
23,Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin,
24,Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling,
25,Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,
26,Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
27,Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx – Quick-Step,0:11:35
28,Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:11:47
29,Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky,0:12:38
30,Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,
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Top 20 General Classification Tour de France after Stage 12

[table]
Place,Rider Name (Country) Team,Result
1,Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky,46:50:32
2,Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team,0:02:52
3,Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team,0:03:09
4,Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team,0:03:58
5,Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky,0:04:03
6,Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo,0:04:04
7,Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo,0:05:32
8,Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal,0:07:32
9,Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team,0:07:47
10,Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing,0:08:02
11,Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin,0:09:43
12,Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling,0:12:25
13,Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team,0:12:53
14,Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team,0:13:33
15,Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha,0:13:45
16,Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar,0:13:57
17,Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale,0:17:05
18,Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team,0:19:32
19,Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team,0:26:57
20,Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement,0:28:19
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Tomorrows Stage 13 is a tough transition stage between Muret and Rodez covering 198.5km, look for the punchy hill sprinters to feature at the finish.

Stage 13 Muret to Rodez 198.5km
Stage 13 Muret to Rodez 198.5km

Stage report by TBL – The Bike Lane

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