Kung: I went for it but deep down I was empty

NMES FRANCE JULY 08 Stefan Kng of Switzerland and Team Groupama FDJ at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 12 a 1594km stage from SaintPaulTroisChateaux to Nimes LeTour TDF2021 on July 08 2021 in Nmes France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) after coming fourth on stage 12 of the Tour de France 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It was no surprise to see Groupama-FDJ fighting it out in the break at the Tour de France – with GC hope David Gaudu out of contention and sprinter Arnaud Démare out of the race – however stage 12 may have just been a little too early for Stefan Küng to try and launch a redemptive fight back.

Küng made his way into the early break of 13 as the crosswinds blew on the 159 kilometre stage to Nîmes and then fought his way into a split of four that launched in the final 40 kilometres. He kept company with Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Imanol Erviti (Movistar) and Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) until the final 15 kilometres when Sweeny put the pressure on during a climb. The time trial specialist couldn’t respond and while Politt and Erviti found their way back onto the Australian’s wheel a cramping Küng had little choice but to watch the podium positions ride away. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.