Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome cracks on stage 12 as Romain Bardet takes victory

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Twelve
Frenchman Romain Bardet took victory on the day before France's national holiday, Bastille Day (Source: Getty)

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome admitted to running out of steam as he buckled in the Pyrenees today, surrendering the leader’s yellow jersey to Italian Fabio Aru.

French favourite Romain Bardet won stage 12 from Pau to Peyragudes, two seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran, with Aru third.

Froome finished seventh, 20 seconds adrift of the Italian, and the Briton described the steep ramp to the Peyragudes ski resort as “a very, very hard finish”.

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He said:

I had a bad moment here at the end. No excuses. I just didn’t have the legs in the finale.

Aru collected bonus seconds for his placing and now leads Froome by six seconds in the general classification.

It is the first ever time a Team Sky rider has given up the yellow jersey in the Tour de France to anyone outside of his team.

“There is still a long way to go,” added Froome, who congratulated Bardet on his victory. “It’s close. It’s going to be a great fight now all the way to Paris.”

Team Sky looked perfectly set as they approached the final 2.4km climb at the end of a mountainous 215km stage. But as the tarmac pitched up in the last 100m, gaps between the main contenders emerged.

Team Sky’s Mikel Landa pipped his teammate to finish fourth and move into seventh place overall. He could yet provide an alternative general classification option for Sky if Froome were to crack again.

Bury-born rider Simon Yates retains his lead in young riders’ competition and advanced one place to sixth on general classification.

He said:

It’s still a long way to go and there’s a nervous stage tomorrow. I’m sure Sky and Froome haven’t said their last word. I’m still up there fighting with the world’s best rider. I can be happy with my ride.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 05H 49' 38''
2 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 05H 49' 40'' + 00' 02''
3 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 05H 49' 40'' + 00' 02''
4 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 05H 49' 43'' + 00' 05''
5 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 05H 49' 45'' + 00' 07''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 05H 49' 51'' + 00' 13''
7 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 05H 50' 00'' + 00' 22''
8 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 05H 50' 05'' + 00' 27''
9 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 05H 50' 05'' + 00' 27''
10 NIEVE MIKEL TEAM SKY 05H 51' 06'' + 01' 28''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 52H 51' 49''
2 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 52H 51' 55'' + 00' 06''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 52H 52' 14'' + 00' 25''
4 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 52H 52' 44'' + 00' 55''
5 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 52H 53' 30'' + 01' 41''
6 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 52H 54' 02'' + 02' 13''
7 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 52H 54' 44'' + 02' 55''
8 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 52H 55' 50'' + 04' 01''
9 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 52H 56' 13'' + 04' 24''
10 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 52H 56' 40'' + 04' 51''

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