Stage 12: Maella to Tarragona, 164.2km
Resplendent in his all-white world champion’s kit, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) looked positively majestic as he waited in the pack for the right moment to pounce. His patience was rewarded as he closed down and overhauled Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), who’d attacked from 350 metres out, to take his maiden victory of the season and his first win in the rainbow jersey. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Lampre-Merida) rounded out the podium.
Stage 12: Maella to Tarragona, 164.2km, flat
It’s one of those stages where the GC riders will want to conserve energy for the trial of the Pyrenees to come. It’s also flat, so the sprinters will want to come out to play in Tarragona. Continue reading
Stage 12: Fougeres to Tours, 218km
Marcel Kittel came round Mark Cavendish to take his third win of this Tour. It was also the first time ever German riders have won three consecutive stages, making it a German triple-triple.