Tour De France 2014 – Stage 12 (Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne)

Yesterday was a fantastic day’s racing with the multiple ascent through the latter stages of the race taken at such a pace that just 31 riders made it into the yellow jersey group at the end of a day which saw Tony Gallopin take the finest win of his career – only a day after wearing the Malliot Jaune on Bastille Day; Ask a Frenchman for a couple of days picked out of heaven and you couldn’t have done better – bar wining the thing.

 

 

 

A lot happened, although the main story was Sagan finding a way not to win again and although it’s beginning to become a frustration we should remember that it’s just due to the fact that he’s so consistent his remarkable results now feel disappointing – the green jersey is over as a contest and it’s just past halfway in the race – and even someone like himself will tire of having others refuse to pull with him only to mug him at the end of a day’s hard effort.

 

 

Today looks to be ideal territory for the Slovak again, with a finale that should be easier to control and lead to a bunch sprint, and top sprinters possibly at risk of being dropped and an uphill drag for the line, but today’s stage looks best left with only Simon Clarke making big appeal of the breakway here although his price does looks very big at 40/1 for a rider with a quick sprint on against just 5 others, although it remains to be see what the Peloton does later in the day ahead of the second summit finish tomorrow.

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