Tour de France 2014: Alexander Kristoff pips Peter Sagan on the line to win Stage 12 as Vincenzo Nibali holds on to yellow jersey
Kristoff took advantage of a crash 3km from home that took out among other Andrei Greipel to power to stage victory
Thursday 17 July 2014
Alexander Kristoff has won the 12th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint and Vincenzo Nibali still has the yellow jersey.
Kristoff, a Norwegian with the Katusha team, emerged from the barreling pack which overtook a pair of breakaway riders with less than seven kilometers to go on Thursday.
The mostly flat 185.5-kilometer (115.5-mile) ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne in southeastern France was well suited for a sprint finish.
The top standings didn't change. Nibali holds a lead of 2 minutes, 23 seconds over Australian Richie Porte, and 2:47 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.
American rider Andrew Talansky did not start, pulling out due to severe back pain from previous crashes.
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