Fabio Aru takes yellow as Bardet wins stage 12 at the Tour

Romain Bardet tour de france 2017

Romain Bardet (AG2R) won the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France, as Chris Froome (Team Sky) lost the race leader’s yellow jersey to Fabio Aru (Astana).

Froome’s Sky teammates controlled the race until the final kilometer leading to the ski station of Peyragudes, but the three-time champion cracked in the grueling final section featuring slopes with a 20 percent gradient.

Bardet won the stage ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Aru, who seized the race lead from Froome by six seconds according provisional results.

“It’s a great joy. I had good legs but I was patient,” said Bardet. “The team has never been so strong; we are a real factor in the race. Now we have to do our best in the final part.”

“I dedicate this jersey to my teammates, who have been doing everything to help me,” said Aru, whose lieutenant Jakob Fuglsang, fifth overall in the morning, slipped down the rankings after starting the 214.5-km stage from Pau with a fractured wrist following a crash on Wednesday.

Uran lies fourth overall, 55 seconds off the pace after being handed a 20-second penalty for taking a bottle from one of his Cannondale-Drapac employees within the final 10 km.

Tour de France 2017 – stage 12 results (Pau – Peyragudes):

1Romain Bardet (AG2R)


2Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac)


3Fabio Aru (Astana)


4Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


5Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


6Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


7Chris Froome (Team Sky)


8George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


9Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


10Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)


11Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


12Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)


13Damiano Caruso (BMC)


14Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


15Pierre Latour (AG2R)


16Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


17Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


18Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)


19Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R)


20Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro)



General classification after stage 12:

1Fabio Aru (Astana)


2Christopher Froome (Team Sky)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R)


4Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)


5Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


6Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


7Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


10Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


11Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


12Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)


13Pierre Latour (AG2R)


14Damiano Caruso (BMC)


15Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R)


16Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


17Carlos Betancur (Movistar)


18Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)


19Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro)


20Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)




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