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Froome loses Tour lead to Aru, Bardet wins 12th stage

15 Julio 2017

When Aru launched his attack in the final few hundred meters, Froome was only able to follow the Astana team leader for a few bike lengths before he cracked. They even got a cherry on top, with French rider Warren Barguil winning the stage on Bastille Day - the first tricolor victory on France's national holiday since David Moncoutie in 2005.

Two-time former winner Alberto Contador said he was just trying to enjoy the Tour de France now after sparking the hostilities in Friday's thrilling 13th stage.

Sky sent Froome's teammate, Mikel Landa, racing off ahead on the first climb in a quick succession of three tough ascents. The Tour's never seen anything like it. French rider Romain Bardet was third, still 25 seconds behind.

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Landa would end 2sec behind the winner in fourth.

The day belonged to only one man in Barguil, who was overjoyed at beating a man who has served as his inspiration.

While Sky unfurled its tactical plan, Aru suffered the blow of losing one of the strongest riders on his Astana team, Jakob Fuglsang, during the stage, the last of two in the Pyrenees.

But the Briton said Landa's advances in the overall standings will work in his own favour.

"I knew he would try something", he said.

I very much dislike the fait accompli feeling that sets in, the impervious yellow armor that will not be dented, scratched or wrestled away.

Below is the full Stage 14 route, profile, and viewing information for television and online streaming in the United States.

Schleck went on to team up in a similar fashion with brother Andy in future Tours, although they were often criticised with being too concerned with the others' performance rather than landing a significant blow over their rivals. From there, the foursome sped together into Foix, overlooked by its imposing 11th century castle decorated with a French tricolor of red, white and blue.

Arguably it might help in appreciating their expertise if the home viewer also knows their cycling to a fair degree - as opposed to the present speaker who, pushed to the extreme, can just about tell the helmets from the handlebars.

Because of its brevity, the stage was raced at relentless pace, with riders attacking from the first meters to the last.

Two Category 3 climbs up the Cote de Viaduc Du Viaur and the Cote de Centres 131km and 145km into the ride are the steepest passes registering at a 7 per cent gradient for a touch over 2km each.

"Yesterday (Thursday) was a difficult day for me but today I felt a lot better and we played a good strategic game with our team". Cummings was then caught with 8 kilometers left, lining up a dramatic finale.

Froome loses Tour lead to Aru, Bardet wins 12th stage