07262017

Froome cracks on final climb and loses yellow jersey to Aru

Romain Bardet

Stage winner Romain Bardet is third in the general classification

Britain’s Chris Froome lost the leader’s yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as France’s Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the Tour de France in Peyragudes.

The Team Sky rider cracked on the brutal uphill finish, finishing seventh, and Italy’s Aru pounced to take the race lead by just six seconds.

Bardet climbed to victory on the 214.5km stage to move third overall.

Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran was second on the stage, followed by Aru and Froome’s Team Sky team-mate Mikel Landa.

British champion Steve Cummings made a long solo break on the 50th anniversary of the death of compatriot Tom Simpson but was caught inside the final 10km on the penultimate climb.

Stage 12 result:

1. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) 5hrs 49mins 38secs

2. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale) +2sec

3. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) Same time

4. Mikel Landa (GB/Sky) +5secs

5. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +7secs

6. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +13secs

7. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +22secs

8. George Bennett (NZ/LottoNL-Jumbo) +27secs

9. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) Same time

10. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Team Sky) +1min 28secs

General classification after stage 12:

1. Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) 52hrs 51minutes 49secs

2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +6secs

3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +25secs

4. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale) +35secs

5. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step) +1min 41secs

6. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +2min 13secs

7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) +2min 55secs

8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +4min 01sec

9. George Bennett (NZ/LottoNL-Jumbo) +4min 04secs

10. Louis Meintjes (SA/Team UAE Emirates) +4min 51secs

More to follow.

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