Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 – Echelons and the stage winning attacks of Nils Politt

Cross winds at the start of stage 12 of the Tour De France ripped the peloton apart. As the chaos settled 13 strong men rode off the front and were not seen again. Strongest of all was Nils Politt who dropped everyone with his constant attacking and then rode in alone to savour his first Grand Tour victory – only his second one of his career. A fabulous result for his BORA-hansgrohe team who announced Peter Sagan would not take the start due to his injuries. Tour debutante Harry Sweeny (Lotto-Soudal) and Movistar Tour veteran Imanol Erviti rounded out the podium.  Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick Step) led the peloton home some fifteen minutes later, with the main contenders windswept but unchanged on GC.
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Paris-Roubaix 2019: Philippe Gilbert wins his cobble

It’s the Queen of the Classics and Paris-Roubaix 2019 did not disappoint. With the peloton hitting full gas from Kilometre 0, the race ebbed and flowed with chaos and echelons all day long. With no break being allowed to get

for very long, the peloton went full pelt through the cobbled sectors until Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Katusha’s Nils Politt made the move that broke the race apart, as they were joined by defending champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Education First), Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and PhilGil’s teammate Yves Lampaert. Working together until about 10km to go, it was soon down to Gilbert and Politt, with the Belgian winning the sprint in the Velodrome. Lampaert came third. That was the short version of what happened … but whoa, this race gave so much more than a victory.

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