Tour de France: Tom Boonen wins stage 12
Friday, July 20, 2007
Boonen was among the favorites in this category in both 2005 and 2006, but ended up withdrawing during the Tour. Zabel has won the points classification six times, all in a row (1996 through 2001). Last year's winner was Robbie McEwen, but he retired after stage 8 with a knee injury.
Michael Rasmussen of Denmark retains the overall lead, finishing the stage with the peleton. Saturday's stage is a time-trial, which is considered a weakness for Rasmussen as he defends his 2'35" lead.
Pierrick Pierrick Fédrigo and Amets Txurruka had a two-man break-away. They led by as much as 11 minutes with 85 km to go. But as so often happens, the peleton caught up with them just before the finish, and neither of them could hang on for a top ten finish.
The top ten standings in the overall, remain unchanged as they all finished with the peleton.
General classification after stage 12
|1||Michael Rasmussen||Rabobank||57h 37' 10"|
|2||Alejandro Valverde||Caisse d'Epargne||+2' 35"|
|3||Iban Mayo||Saunier Duval-Prodir||+2' 39"|
|4||Cadel Evans||Predictor-Lotto||+2' 41"|
|5||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+3' 08"|
|6||Carlos Sastre||Team CSC||+3' 39"|
|7||Andreas Klöden||Astana Team||+3' 50"|
|8||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+3' 53"|
|9||Kim Kirchen||T-Mobile Team||+5' 06"|
|10||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+5' 20"|
- "Boonen bags win ahead of rivals" — , July 20, 2007
- Andy Nicolson. "Stage eleven - as it happened" — , July 20, 2007
- "stage 12 - Montpellier Castres 178.5 km" — , July 20, 2007