Tour de France stg 12 - Hirschi wins from breakaway


Marc Hirschi from Switzerland made a great solo break to grab his first professional win on the Tour de France stage 12.

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic holds onto the tour lead and Yellow jersey.

On the 218km ride from Chauvigny to Sarran Hirschi made a break with 30km remaining.

“The plan for today was to go for the breakaway, we really wanted to be there,” smiled a jubilant Hirschi after the stage. “At the start we saw that CCC and Bora really controlled the race so we switched our tactics. Then we decided that Søren and Tiesj would go on the Category-3 climb and I would wait until the next climb. It was the plan that I followed Alaphilippe or the other big guys. Then at a moment I saw there was a lot more jumping from the bunch and just went for it and followed Jungels. The guys sat up ahead and brought me to the front and then the gap opened and we went full gas, before I then attacked on the last climb. I’m happy that I had the confidence to go there, because without the last few stages where we were so close to the win, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go for it today. I just went all out. I didn’t believe I would make it until the last kilometre; it is a dream come true.”

Stage 12 result

1 - Marc Hirschi (Swi/Sunweb) 5hrs 08mins 49secs

2 - Pierre Rolland (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) +47secs

3 - Soren Kragh Andersen (Den/Sunweb) +52secs

4 - Quentin Pacher (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) Same time

5 - Jesus Herrada (Spa/Cofidis)

6 - Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe)

7 - Hugo Houle (Can/Astana)

8 - Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi/Groupama-FDJ)

9 - Kenny Elissonde (Fra/Trek-Segafredo) +56secs

10 - Nicolas Roche (Ire/Sunweb)



General classification after stage 12

1 - Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 51hrs 26mins 43secs

2 - Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +21secs

3 - Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +28secs

4 - Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale) +30secs

5 - Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +32secs

6 - Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) Same time

7 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE-Team Emirates) +44secs

8 - Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1mins 02secs

9 - Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 15secs

10 - Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +1mins 42secs

Photo credit Sunweb