A victory to Bardet, Aru takes over the Maillot Jaune from Froome
Tour de France 2017.
PAU – PEYRAGUDES – 214,5 km / Stage 12
Pau, France, July 13th
Pau was the most western host destination of this year’s Tour de France. Teams woke up on a mild and rainy morning with 19°C and the feeling was quite unusual compared to other days on Tour.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team drove towards the Pyrenees mountain range, getting ready for numerous climbs, such as Col de Menté (Cat. 1, 6,9km, 8,1%), Port de Balés (HC, 11,7km, 7,7%), Col de Peyresourde (Cat. 1, 9,7km, 7,8%) and the last one before finish, named Peyragudes (Cat. 2, 2,4km, 8,4%).
A dozen of riders went in an early breakaway. In the middle of the stage, the roads became dry and the sun started to appear on the way to the hardest climb of the 12th stage, Port de Balés (HC), 40 km to the finish. At the start of the climb, the gap to the breakaway group was 3’45”. The break began to fragment and De Gent (LTS), Bauer (QST), Cummings (DDD), Gautier (ALM), Simon (COF) and Kung (BMC) decided to speed up in the climb. Just before the final and decisive climb, Col de Peyresourde, things got more serious and the GC riders took everything into their hands.
Mikel Landa (SKY), Fabio Aru (AST), Daniel Martin (QSF), Christopher Froom (SKY), the owner of the yellow jersey, and Simon Yates (ORS) left the others behind and took a breath at the 2 kilometers descent before the final fight. Fabio Aru (AST) jumped first hoping he could keep the 20 m gap to the others, but Romain Bardet (ALM) had a bit more energy for the final meters and gave the victory to the French fans. Rigoberto Uran (CDD) took the second and Fabio Aru (AST) third place and Maillot Jaune with 6 seconds lead ahead of Christopher Froom (SKY) who lost a lot of seconds in the last kilometer of today’s stage.
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team with some of our riders tried to get into the breakaway at the start but soon after they realized that it would not go so smooth and easy. Jani Brajkovič, Javier Moreno, and Ondrej Cink believe that they will have much more to show in the next days and upcoming climbs and all of TBM riders believe in their better performance.
There are many more kilometers to Paris.
Credits @MiwaIijima and @Bettiniphoto