Ineos Grenadiers are already running out of support riders for Egan Bernal.
Richard Carapaz and Andrey Amador look to be struggling.
Simon Geschke kicks again. Pierre Rolland gets across again.
Jesus Herrard just tries to grind his way back to them – again.
More and more riders are being dropped by the yellow jersey group.
The impressive Marc Hirschi sits up, happy to save his legs for another day.
Ineos’ Luke Rowe also slips back and gives a wave to the camera.
Up ahead – UAE Team Emirates, Bahrain McLaren and Jumbo-Visma are setting the pace on the front of the peloton.
The yellow jersey group have eaten into the advantage of the leading trio – the gap is down to 3mins 50secs now.
Jesus Herrada, the best climber after Geschke and Rolland, manages to bridge across.
Simon Geschke has attacked from the breakaway.
Pierre Rolland jumps across to get on his wheel.
That’s torn the breakaway apart all over the road.
Sam Bennett has plenty of Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mates with him to get him through this stage.
Matteo Trentin continues to lead the eight-man break, whose advatange over the peloton is 4mins 25secs.
Peter Sagan is also dropping back, his aims for the day over.
Sam Bennett and Caleb Ewan have also been dropped.
Julian Alaphilippe has slipped back too – conserving his legs for another day?
The grupetto – a group of sprinters and others who struggle on big climbs – will eventually form and try to just ride together to the finish inside the time cut.
Here is what Adam Yates, who is seventh on GC, had to say about today in his stage-by-stage guide for BBC Sport…
“Whether the winner will come from the breakaway or be a GC contender will all depend on how big the break is – there’s a lot of flat before the climbs begin.
“We reconned the Grand Colombier climb between the Dauphine and the Tour – the thing that stands out is the length. The intensity of the day will depend on who wants to take it up.”
France’s Bryan Coquard is the first of the sprinters to get shelled out the back on this climb.
The eight-man break are onto the lower slopes of the first climb of the day – the Montee de le Selle de Fromentel.
It’s 11.1km at an average 8.1% gradient, with one section at a brutal 22%.
Benoit Cosnefroy will do well to hold onto the polka dot jersey today.
He took the jersey on stage two and really hasn’t had to do too much to defend it over the last few days.
It’s a strange competition, which a rider like Cosnefroy can target early on to get in a jersey for a while, but which climbers don’t tend to go for until later in the race when either their GC ambitions have taken a blow or they happen to find themselves up the standings.
Anyway, there are a maximum of 40 points on offer for the first rider over the summit of all three climbs today so someone who hasn’t even scored a point in this classification so far could overhaul Cosnefroy.
1. Benoit Consefroy (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) – 36 points
2. Nans Peters (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) – 31
3. Marc Hirschi (Swi/Team Sunweb) – 31
4. Toms Skujins (Lat/Trek-Segafredo) – 24
5. Quentin Pacher (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) – 21
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) – 18
7. Neilson Powless (US/EF Pro Cycling) – 16
8. Daniel Martinez (Col/EF Pro Cycling) – 14
9. Max Schachmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) – 14
10. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) – 14
The eight-man breakaway have a lead of 4mins 33secs over the peloton.
One of the more surprising moments during the madness of Stage
12 was the first sign of perceivable weakness from last year’s winner Egan
Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers.
He ended up one minute behind leader Primoz Roglic in the GC after
looking like he was properly suffering on the final climb up to Sarran, his
head bobbing up and down on the bike.
“He was calm, and happy to put it into perspective,” the team
told me. “As he keeps saying: ‘This is the Tour de France – the hardest bike
race in the world. Nobody said it would be easy.’”
All I remember from last year was a disarming coolness on
the bike, but it’s easy to forget the suffering of a man who eventually became champion –
besides, by this stage last year he was nearly three minutes down. And that turned
He’s had his special breakfast treat this morning
alongside the massive omelette and white rice all the Ineos riders enjoy: an arepa. For the uninitiated, it’s
a south American patty made from maize dough, and very popular in Colombia and
I had one in Preston once…
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You can expect at least the time gaps in that top 10 to change today.
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 61hrs 03mins 00secs
2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +44secs
3. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +59secs
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +1min 10secs
5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +1min 12secs
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1min 31secs
7. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1min 42secs
8. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +1min 55secs
9. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 06secs
10. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +2mins 54secs
Good news from EF Pro Cycling boss that Sergio Higuita has avoided serious injury after the two crashes that resulted in him abandoning the Tour earlier today.
Here is what the riders are tackling today – three big climbs that are part of the same mountain – Grand Colombier.
First up are the category one climbs of Montee de la Selle de Fromentel and Col de la Biche.
They then descend to Culoz before taking on the hors categorie final rise up to Grand Colombier.
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