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De Gendt wins Stage Twelve, Tour de France 2016

14th July 2016

Thomas de Gendt

Thomas de Gendt, by denismenchov08, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) won Stage 12 today, on a shortened race to Chalet Reynard, short of the top of Mont Ventoux. 

The three remaining riders from the breakaway, Thomas de Gendt, Serge Pauwels, and Dani Navarro, fought it out for the win. De Gendt dropped the other two with the line in sight, and crossed the line for the win.

The GC race behind ended in farce, when the leading trio of Richie Porte, Chris Froome, and Bauke Mollema had an incident involving a motorbike. The motorbike stopped (presumably so as not to run over a fan), and Richie Porte rode hard into the back of it, bringing down Froome and Mollema. Mollema was able to continue, but Froome had a bike problem, and started running up the road. Porte eventually got back on his bike, and passed Froome, who eventually got a new bike and was able to finish the stage.

This video shows the accident with the motorbike. This video shows some of the farce afterwards (with typically hostile French commentary on Froome):

This is a video of the closing stages of Stage 12:

There was an early breakaway of 13 riders. The peloton split, but when Simon Gerrans, leading it, fell and brought down Ian Stannard too, the front of the peloton slowed and allowed the rest of the riders back on.

Quintana attacked twice on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux, but was brought back by Wout Poels both times.

Further up the road, Thomas de Gendt attacked his remaining breakaway companions, and forged on alone, chased by Serge Pauwels, then Dani Navarro. That battle ended in victory for de Gendt.

Froome attacked with 4km to go. Porte and Quintana went with him, but Quintana was unable to hold on, and dropped back to the group behind. Bauke Mollema attacked and caught Froome and Porte. The trio had a significant lead over the other favourites, before their progress was halted by the motorbike.

CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.

This is the Stage 12 highlights video.

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Vol au dessus du Pont d'Arc, by Yann Coeuru, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

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