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Roche 14th as Millar salvages Garmin-Sharp’s Tour

Posted 13 July 2012

 

 
Nicolas Roche finished strongly on the longest stage of the Tour de France placing 14th behind a five-man break who went all the way to finish in Annonay Davezieux.
 
The 226 kilometre stage was won by David Millar who salvaged Garmin-Sharp’s Tour while also becoming the fourth British rider to claim a stage win.
 
The presence of the first category Col du Grand Cucheron after just 34 kilometres incited plenty of action in the opening kilometres with a break of nineteen riders opening almost a minute’s lead over the top.
 
That group was whittled down to five riders over the next climb of the Col du Granier with Millar making the cut alongside Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana), Jean Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar).
 
The peloton showed little appetite for racing and with Martinez the best placed of the attackers with a deficit of 25’53” to race leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) it was not long before they built a comfortable lead.
 
The had ten minutes in hand when they started attacking each other with four kilometres to the finish but a move Peraud split the group with 2.6 kilometres with Millar the only one capable of responding.
 
The big Scot never looked like losing the stage and was a comfortable winner in the two-up sprint finish leaving Martinez to take third.
 
The peloton followed over seven minutes later with Matt Goss (Orica GreenEdge) pipping green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in the sprint for the points.
 
The GC remains unchanged with Roche thirteenth and trailing Wiggins by 10’49”. Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp) dropped 10’49” on the stage winner and lies 52nd overall more than an hour in arrears.
 
Results:
 
Tour de France
 
Stage 12: Saint Jean de Maurienne – Annonay Davezieux, 226kms
 
1.  David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 5:42:46
2.  Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3.  Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:05
4.  Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
5.  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team
6.  Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:07:53
7.  Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
8.  Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:54
9.  Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
 
14. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 7 minutes, 54 seconds
91. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 10 minutes, 15 seconds
 
General classification after stage 12
 
1.  Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 54:34:33
2.  Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
3.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
4.  Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:19
5.  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
6.  Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:06:15
7.  Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:57
8.  Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:30
9.  Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:31
10.  Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:51
 
13. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 10 minutes, 49 seconds
52. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 1 hours, 3 minutes, 31 seconds

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