Tour de France: Romain Bardet wins stage, Fabio Aru takes Yellow
Jul 13 2017 11:11 pm CET

Tour de France: Romain Bardet wins stage, Fabio Aru takes Yellow
Tour de France: Romain Bardet wins stage, Fabio Aru takes Yellow
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) has taken the victory at the first Pyrenees stage in the Tour de France, Fabio Aru (Astana) took the Yellow Jersey.

The 12th stage of the French Grand Tour was 214.5 kilometres long between Pau and the Peyragudes climb. The route had one hors-category climb, two of the first category, two of the second and one of the fourth.

It was a rainy day on which there was an early escape of more than ten riders including Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Stefan Küng (BMC), Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar) among others. They managed to create a gap of more than five minutes with the peloton.

As the climbs went by, some of them were dropped and surpassed by the peloton. During the hardest climb of the day to the Port de Bales, there were several attacks including those of Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) and Warren Berguil (Sunweb) and the first one to cross the summit was Steven Cummings (Dimension Data).

With a little more than 10 kilometres to go, and after an almost-crash of Fabio Aru (Astana), Mikel Nieve and Chris Froome (Sky), Nairo Quintana dropped from the favourites group while Cummings continued alone in front.

Moments later, the Dimension Data rider couldn't keep a high pace any longer and was quickly caught by the Yellow Jersey group which apart from Froome and his teammates included riders like Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors), and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).

In the last metres, Bennett launched an attack but was quickly reeled back in by the group. Then it was Aru's turn and everybody followed, but when the Italian's strength wasn't enough, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) took the lead and crossed the finish line in first position.

Uran and Aru completed the podium of the day.

Aru took the Yellow Jersey from Chris Froome, who is now in second position at 6 seconds from the Italian.




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