Green Points Jersey Standings After Stage 12:
- 1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 307
- 2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 211
- 3. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol) 195
- 4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano) 177
- 5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha) 157
Results Of Stage 12:
- 1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano 4:49’49”
- 2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step SAME TIME
- 3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale)
- 4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha)
- 5. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre
Overall Standings After Stage 12:
- 1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 42:29’24”
- 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar +3’25”
- 3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin +3’37”
- 4. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff +3’54”
- 5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff +3’57”
Mark Cavendish was beaten by Marcel Kittel in one tight sprint for winning stage twelve of hundredth Tour de France.
German surged forward in final metres for moving ahead of Cavendish of Britain and taking 3rd win of the year’s race, along with Peter Sagan 3rd.
Cavendish said that one could analyse that, though when there’s someone just faster than yourself there isn’t anything which could be done.
Radio 5 Graham Jones live sports additional co-commentator said, “It was a surprising finish and when Mark Cavendish hits the front he doesn’t normally get beaten from there. The team didn’t do a perfect job but it was better than previously and you would expect him to drive away from there.
“Marcel Kittel seems to have his number at the moment. I don’t think Cavendish is on top form but he’s got another chance on Friday.
“Chris Froome will be satisfied. It was a fast stage and sometimes that’s what you need the day after a time trial.”
Chris Froome of Team Sky maintained the overall lead of race of 3 minutes and twenty-five seconds above Alejandro Valverde.
Froome of Britain strengthened grip by finishing the 2nd in time trial of Wednesday, around 2 minutes clear only of the main rivals he had but fragility of the position held by him was quite reinforced by one crash in closing kilometers.
His team-mates shepherded him to finish line and he was only couple of the lengths of bike ahead of crash that wiped out lot of peloton and also injured his member of team Edvald Boasson Hagen, who now is out of Tour.
Favourite of pre-race said that his team performed excellently and that he was only being over their wheels as well as staying away from trouble. He said that he did hear crash behind and unluckily Boasson Hagen was caught up and that Hagen was bug part of team.
Hagen was rushed to hospital and his X-rays showed he fractured the shoulder blade on right side.
Principal of team Sir Dave Brailsford said that it was setback for team that he had to abandon race. He said it wasn’t nice losing rider with the ability Edvald had but they would still pull together to see this race through. He said we would be supportive of Chris as much as we can.
After crash, the race continued. Cavendish got ideal lead-out by Gert Steegmans, the team-mate, for sprint finish and was clear, by one bike length, of Kittel while they raced in final 100m.
Anyway, it was German who got additional turn of the speed and so he won this race to line by ½ a wheel.
According to Cavendish, he didn’t think that he or team would’ve done anything in a different way. He said that Steegmans could be next superstar of sprinting and it was definitely shown by him and that winning 3 stages isn’t something easy, which he knew from experience.
35 points were picked by Cavendish to finish second to include to the ten he had won in intermediate sprint, for moving up to 2nd in overall standings, quite in advance of Andre Greipel, the one who got held by crash and couldn’t contest finish.
Anyway, Isle of Man happens to be ninety-six points behind the leader Sagan, the one to collect thirty for moving to the 307 points along with only 2 stages remaining which were sprinter-friendly, he happens to be unlikely to prevent the Slovakian from retaining green jersey that he won in the year 2012.
Kittel took forty-five points to win the stage. He got up to 4th in classification of green jersey with 177 points.
Kittel said that he would want to dedicate win to his team as well as Tom Veelers, the one who struggled for finishing this stage as he was feeling pain due to the Tuesday crash.
Veelers got knocked off the bike in one impact with Cavendish during sprint finish at stage ten, officials of race absolving Cavendish of wrong-doing.
Manx rider afterwards had urine hurled at him, though it isn’t clear that he deliberately was targeted, and heard jeers and boos during 33km time trial individually on Wednesday.
Cavendish only laughed about this incident, saying that it was not nice at that time and that it was Tour de France in which anything could happen with the spectators so close. He said majority of the fans are just brilliant.
Stage of flat 218kn from Fougeres till Tours did follow formulaic format having 5 riders getting clear of peloton in races’ early stages to get caught in closing kms as team of sprinters jostled to have the lead men put in position.
Also, Friday’s Thirteenth stage is expected to finish in one bunch sprint by end of race of 173km from Tours till Saint-Amand-Montrond.