No one came to contest the stage victory this time! After being beaten in the final by Julian Alaphilippe during the 2nd stage in Nice then by Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic in Laruns during the 9th stage, Marc Hirschi did indeed become a stage winner on the Tour de France in the after the “longest day” for the peloton, in Sarran. A stage, 218km long, which was animated from the start of Chauvigny. Indeed, several accelerations shook the peloton with a trio made up of Nils Politt, Luis Leon Sanchez and Imanol Erviti, quickly caught up by Max Walscheid, who was able to obtain the support of the sprinter teams to open the road. Mathieu Burgaudeau, followed by Kasper Asgreen, then left for a long potato hunt which however allowed them to make the junction after 63 kilometers. The Franco-Danish duo caught up with the lead shortly after the intermediate sprint which, in the peloton, allowed Sam Bennett to strengthen his green jersey a little more before a much more complicated second part of the stage for him. The peloton, led by the Bora-Hansgrohe team of Peter Sagan and Maximilian Schachmann, regulated the pace of a peloton which lost Ilnur Zakarin in refueling.
The Sunwebs have bet everything on Hirschi
The Russian, handicapped by a fractured rib, preferred to dismount before the passage of the Tour de France in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, stronghold of Raymond Poulidor. The pace led by the German team allowed the peloton to gradually reduce the gap on the group of six fugitives, passed under one minute, 50 kilometers from the finish. Feeling the return of the latter inevitable, Kasper Asgreen played his game in the Côte de la Croix-du-Pey (4.8km at 6%) whose summit is located a little over 40 kilometers from the finish while, at the same time, Sam Bennett let himself be taken down unlike a more resistant Peter Sagan on the slope. A difficulty in which the Sunweb formation carried out its plan with, at first, an offensive by Soren Kragh Andersen and Tiesj Benoot which allowed a small group, in which the Sunweb formation found itself in excess, to break away. Justice of the peace of this 12th stage, the rise of Suc au May (3.8km at 7.7% and peaks above 15%) saw Marc Soler attempt a coup but the Spaniard saw five riders including Quentin Pacher and Marc Hirschi follow its acceleration while, behind, a large group of cons with Kenny Elissonde, Sébastien Reichenbach or Pierre Rolland was formed.
Hirschi strong, Rolland stands out, Alaphilippe out of time
28 kilometers from the finish line, after a final acceleration by Soren Kragh Andersen and Tiesj Benoot, Marc Hirschi took up his responsibilities, setting off on his own towards stage victory with Marc Soler and Maximilian Schachmann chasing then resuming ten kilometers away. of the goal. In the peloton, feeling the stage victory fading away, Julian Alaphilippe relied on Dries Devenyns to return to the group of pursuers but, always at the wrong time, the former wearer of the yellow jersey was never able to return to less than 45 seconds of the Swiss, excited in this final far from obvious, despite several accelerations. Well placed in the cons group, Nicolas Roche and Soren Kragh Andersen cut off any offensive to protect their teammate who was able to savor the last kilometer for his first stage victory in the Tour de France, the first for a Swiss since the prologue de Liège and the success of Fabian Cancellara, who is its agent. Behind, Pierre Rolland left alone two kilometers from the finish to take second place ahead of Soren Kragh Andersen, who prevents Quentin Pacher from placing a second rider from the B&B Hotels-Vital Concept team in the Top 3. The peloton, sprinted by Peter Sagan, arrived two and a half minutes later, with Primoz Roglic who had a very quiet day to keep his yellow jersey.