It's been a dramatic Tour de France so far

Kelly Massey
July 14, 2017

It will take multiple attacks from multiple riders to unsettle race leader and defending champion Chris Froome in Thursday's 12th stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, according to three-time champion Greg LeMond.

Adventurous escapee Maciej Bodnar, who left his breakaway companions behind with 23km to go, fell 500m short of a fairytale win when he was swallowed up by a surging peloton.

Chris Froome maintained overall his lead of 15 seconds ahead of his closest rival, Astana's Fabio Aru, with Romain Bardet (51 seconds behind Froome) and Rigoberto Uran (55 seconds) still third and fourth respectively.

Britain's Daniel McLay finished fifth in the stage, with compatriot Ben Swift in ninth.

"It's incredible because. you know sometimes when you're on your top level in the sprints, it's like playing Tetris", Kittel said. All too soon the gap dropped under 10 seconds, and it seemed the game was up. It's changed his focus from stage wins, to the general classification.

Boasson Hagen raised his arms as if he had won but was comprehensively beaten by Kittel and Groenewegen after 203.5km from Eymet. "I can just keep going".

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"I've not made a mistake and again I could just jump from wheel to wheel. I'm not expecting anything insane, but sometimes it's when you don't expect things that they happen".

"In the last couple of years we've seen the only guy who can really challenge Kittel in good form is Cavendish, and he's no longer here", he said.

Stage 12 will begin in Pau at approximately 5:10 a.m. ET, and finish 214.5 kilometers later in Peyragudes.

There will be a fight to stay in contention over the first Category Four climb by the sprinters' teams, with Marcel Kittel trying to increase his lead over Michael Matthews in the Points Competition by taking the intermediate sprint in Loures-Barousse. In the one he did not win he was held up by a crash in the final kilometre.

It provoked Bodnar to go solo, with the Polish rider bravely holding off the field until the final 250 metres of racing.

"I was a minute late for sign-on", the Bury rider said with a shrug. Trailing 55 seconds behind Froome in the general classification, Rigoberto Uran remains in contention and Fuglsang is still within reach of the podium, 1:37 behind the yellow jersey. British promising Simon Yates had no clue of falling down on the best young rider honor.

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