Amidst so many twists, turns and wrecks Tour de France is heading towards a spectacular finale. Britain’s Chris Froome is looking to conquer the third fourth Tour de France title. The race started in Germany with a 14km individual time trial. It ventures through Belgium and Luxembourg before heading into France.
The tour starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday, July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on July 23.
Here, we have listed down the stage 12, 13 & 14 highlights. Have a look:
Stage 12: Pau – Peryagudes, 214.5 km
- Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) won stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France at Peyragudes. After racing of about six hours, Bardet wins his third ever Tour stage on the eve of Bastille Day.
- The Astana rider earned the yellow jersey at the end of stage 12 as he led the GC by six seconds.
- After leading for seven days Froome lost the yellow jersey. He unexpectedly faltered on the steep haul to the finish line at Peyragudes.
- Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) placed sixth on the stage at 13 seconds, and now lies fifth overall at 1:41.
- Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was distanced early on the Peyresourde and lost 2:04 on the stage, leaving him 8th overall at 4:01.
- Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) stuck with the yellow jersey group to the top of the Peyresourde, but suffered greatly on the final kick to Peyragudes, where he was caught and passed by Quintana on the approach to the line.
- Contador is now 11th overall, 7:14 away from yellow.
Stage 13: Saint Girons – Foix, 101 km
- Warren Barguil (Sunweb) won stage 13 of the Tour de France in Foix beating Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Team Sky’s Mikel Landa.
- Barguil is the first French rider to win a Tour stage on Bastille Day – France’s national day – since David Moncoutie in 2005.
- Italy’s Fabio Aru retained the overall lead as Team Sky rider Froome finished eighth on a thrilling 101km stage. Aru retained his yellow jersey.
- Britain’s Simon Yates extended his lead in the best young rider’s white jersey.
- Aru remains 6 seconds clear of Froome and 25 seconds ahead of Bardet in the overall standings, but Landa is now 5th overall at 1:09.
Stage 14: Blagnac – Rodez, 181.5 km
- Stage 14 took the riders on a rolling 181.5km route from Blagnac to Rodez.
- Chris Froome took back the race lead and regained the yellow jersey from Fabio Aru.
- Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won stage 14 in Rodez. Matthews rode clear of Greg Van Avermaet on the steep finish to the 181.5km stage from Blagnac to claim honours on the day.
- Froome (Team Sky), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) all finished one second later, but Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) crossed the line five seconds down and Aru (Astana) lost 25 seconds.
Stage 15 Preview: Laissac-Severac ‘Eglise – Le Puy-en-Velay, 189.5 km
Stage 15 offers one of the oddest-looking profiles of the whole Tour de France. Taking the race over 189.5km of the winding, undulating roads of France’s Massif Central, it’s a stage that could see both a breakaway stage victory and more changes to the Tour’s General Classification.
The race starts in the town of Laissac-Sévérac l’Église (two villages which merged last year) which already has a link to cycling, having hosted the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships last year.
A test of a different nature will await the peloton on stage 15, with a lot of climbing on the menu and a good portion of this jaunt through the Massif Central spent above 1,000 metres’ altitude.
DSPORT will telecast the tour highlights on the day after the each staging event.