2021 Tour de France S12: Peter Sagan abandons the TDF, teammates scream! Nils Politt wins the stage
On July 8, the twelfth stage of the Tour de France ended. Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) participated in the breakout almost all the way, and successfully flew away solo at the end of the race, winning his first Tour de France victory. The main group had a leisure ride today, let the breakout cyclists attack, and had a good rest for a day.
After experiencing a lot of consumption in the last stage, the cyclists will usher in a flat road stage. The length of the twelfth stage is moderate, 159.4km, a total of 3 grades (4.4km, 4.6%) and a sprint point on the way are set up in the whole course. The difficulty of this stage is relatively low, there are some ups and downs on the way, and the highest altitude is only about 330 meters. The total score cyclists can have a rest in the group, the years are quiet, and the sprint cyclists will be fully fired at the last moment and fight for a sprint battle.
Before the start of the race, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who crashed in the third stage, suffered from a knee injury. After completing yesterday's difficult mountain stage, he finally couldn't stand it. He had no choice but to retire. As early as the 2008 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish won at the end of today's stage Nîmes. Can he continue to make history here with few opponents?
155 cyclists started today’s race, but it seems that many of them have not recovered from yesterday’s climb. A large number of cyclists were left behind shortly after the race began, including Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team). Emirates), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech), Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Pierre Latour (Total Direct Energie), Christopher Froome (Israel Start–Up Nation), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek–Segafredo), Simon Yates (BikeExchange ) And others. The main group splits and recombines in the crosswind, pulling out a long crosswind gust, and many cyclists are trying hard to break through.
15km after the start of the race, the world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) brought out a small group to break out. 32km after the start of the race, the main group slowed down the chase tempo early, and the 13 breakout groups were able to establish a lead of 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
Under the leadership of UAE Team Emirates, the time gap continued to increase. The breakout group was 7 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of the main group 40km after the start of the race. Most of the cyclists remained in a more comfortable riding state, which seemed very calm.
▲There is still 90km to the end, and the time gap comes to 10 minutes
▲The breakout group passed the level 3 climbing point in harmony. The competition was calm and the main group was 11 minutes and 20 seconds behind in the last 75km.
▲Meaning is true, the main group is 12 minutes and 45 seconds behind at 50km from the end point
In the last 49km, the Breakout Group rioted on a short climb. Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked, Connor Swift (Arkea-Samsic) and Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange) quickly followed up, and the Breakout Group's lead continued to rise. In the last 40km, Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal), Stefan Kung (FDJ), Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) and Nils Politt attacked again. Julian Alaphilippe and others were unable to chase and were quickly thrown away by a 30-second gap.
Harry Sweeny, Stefan Kung, Imanol Erviti Ollo, and Nils Politt joined forces and maintained a half-minute lead into the final 29km. The Ineos Grenadiers team leader group was behind by more than 14 minutes. Nils Politt led the team through the sprint point on the way, leading the four with a 45-second advantage into the final 17km.
The situation of the race finally changed. Stefan Kung fell out of the leading group, and Nils Politt launched a third attack. The rear Julian Alaphilippe and others are still working hard to reduce the time gap. Breakthrough cyclists, you chase me, no one wants the victory to fall. In the hands of others. Nils Politt withstood the pressure, leading 10 seconds into the final 10km, with full firepower, and launched an impact towards the stage champion.
Nils Politt continued to expand his lead and flew solo to the finish line, raising his hands to usher in the first Tour de France championship in his career. Imanol Erviti Ollo and Harry Sweeny were 31 seconds behind to cross the line, finishing second and third in the stage. Soon after the main group arrived late, Alpecin-Fenix pulled up a sprint train, Michael Matthews and Mark Cavendish followed closely, and several people staged a sprint performance at the end. Finally, Mark Cavendish rushed to cross the line. Bring a dramatic end to this stage.
After the stage, the four-color jersey remained unchanged. Bogacha has a yellow jersey and a white jersey for the best young cyclist. Mark Cavendish continued to wear a sprint green jersey, and Quintana led the climbing polka dot jersey. Nils Politt won the Combativity award for the stage.