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As it happened: Tour de France stage 12 sprint showdown as Roglič loses time in crash

Biniam Girmay celebrates his third Tour de France 2024 stage victory in Villeneuve-sur-Lot

Biniam Girmay celebrates his third Tour de France 2024 stage victory in Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Image credit: Getty Images)

Bonjour and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 12 of the 2024 Tour de France!

Just under two hours to go before today's stage starts and it's looking like another sprinter-friendly day in the saddle.

The full map of today's stage.

Mark Cavendish's lead-out man Michael Mørkøv is out of the Tour de France with a COVID-19 infection, his Astana Qazaqstan team has announced.

Mark Cavendish lead-out man Michael Mørkøv leaves Tour de France after testing positive for COVID-19

Astana have posted the news to social media now. Cavendish will fight on without his top lead-out man

Now a look back at yesterday's stage 11 which brought another chapter in the yellow jersey battle.

A look at yesterday's stage result and subsequent updated GC rankings, powered by FirstCycling.

Around an hour to go to the start now.

Riders will be signing on ahead of the stage in Aurillac.

167 riders set to start today after Mørkøv's departure, barring any further withdrawals.

British rider Fred Wright was the previous man to leave the race after missing the time cut on stage 11.

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And now a look ahead to today's race with our stage 12 preview - Sprinters return to spotlight

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The riders are now about to roll out and start the neutral zone at the start of stage 12.

Just a few minutes until the kick off the stage officially.

203km to go

Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ) is the first man on the move.

Live pictures at the race are briefly down due to technical error.

Thomas Gachinard (TotalEnergies) joins Geniets in the attack.

Meanwhile Fabio Jakobsen is already out the rear of the peloton.

The Dutchman is 1:20 off the peloton now.

187km to go

The attackers are caught and now it's Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) on the move.

182km to go

Jakobsen now already four minutes down and counting. He surely doesn't have long left to run in this race.

Race leader Tadej Pogačar is held up by a tangle in the peloton meanwhile.

178km to go

Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) now in the attacking group.

Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) chasing.

Madouas, Pacher, Abrahamsen, Turgis is our break of the day as Martin gives up the chase.

The peloton slowing down to let Pogačar back in really helped the breakaway men there.

167km to go

Alpecin-Deceuninck, Intermarché-Wanty among the teams at the head of the peloton now.

A dowhill run onto lower roads and towards the first climb of the day now.

After 62.8km, the riders will hit the fourth-category Côte d'Autoire.

147km to go

Over the top of the Côte d’Autoire (2.7km at 5.7%) and Abrahamsen gets the point.

He moves within two of Pogačar's KOM lead.

135km to go

Pello Bilbao off the rear of the peloton currently. He looks to be ill.

The break of the day with Abrahamsen leading the way.

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Under 10km to go until the riders hit the Côte de Rocamadour (2km at 5.4%), another fourth-category climb offering one point.

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Bilbao got back and he's now off the rear of the race again.

120km to go

Abrahamsen leads the break over the Côte de Rocamadour, which hosted the Van Aert-Vingegaard one-two at the Tour's closing time trial two years ago.

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116km to go

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) follows Fabio Jakobsen in leaving the race. That isn't too much of a surprise give how his stage was unfolding.

Mørkøv, Jakobsen, Bilbao leave the race today.165 riders remain.

111km to go

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10km to the intermediate sprint in Gourdon now, then one final fourth-category climb left before the finish.

A scenic shot of the peloton during stage 12.

100km to go

Intermarché lead the peloton towards the sprint.

Up front it was Turgis who led Abrahamsen over the line.

Girmay leads Philipsen in the peloton to extend his KOM lead by a single point.

Now Alpecin-Deceuninck and Movistar are back leading the peloton, now 1:35 down on the break.

Remco Evenepoel remains upbeat after limiting losses on Tour de France favourites in Massif Central mountains

Much of the day's climbing is now over and done with. One small climb left to tackle.

82km to go

1:20 for the move and the time is only coming down.

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76km to go

5km to the final climb of the day, the Côte de Montcléra (2km at 4.8%).

Abrahamsen leading the break up the final climb of the stage now.

They're 55 seconds up on the peloton here. Turgis dropping from the break.

68km to go

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60km to go

The peloton only closing in now as the finish nears.

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49km to go

42km to go

The peloton earlier on during stage 12.

38km to go

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We're looking set for a fairly dull run into the final few kilometres of the stage here.

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Race leader Tadej Pogačar and his UAE Team Emirates teammates in the peloton.

28km to go

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Mostly flat roads towards the finish now.

Jonas Vingegaard riding towards the finish on stage 12.

20km to go

The day has averaged 47kph, quicker than the fastest predicted time schedule, so at least we're finshing earlier than expected.

16km to go

UAE, Ineos, Israel, DSM, Jayco, Bahrain, Movistar, Alpecin all spread across the front of the group.

12km to go

An Astana rider crashed into an island in the middle of the road, falling over to the other side and then causing a chain reaction further back.

Riders from Lotto, Jayco, Arkèa, Astana still at the scene, getting up slowly after the crash.

It looks like a Lotto rider on the left of the road might be in trouble. Two of his teammates have stayed behind with him. He's being attended to by medics.

Meanwhile, Primož Roglič is chasing back to the peloton after being caught in the crash.

Alexey Lutsenko is reportedly still being tended to at the site of the crash.

8km to go

It'll be very hard for him to get back. The timing is going in the wrong direction here.

DSM move to the front of the peloton.

5km to ho

UAE now up front.

Pogačar is staying safe up there.

DSM, Astana, Uno-X among the teams represented up front.

3km to go

Abrahamsen leads the way with Israel, Bahrain, and Astana lining up behind him.

All setting up for the sprint now.

2km to go

It looks as though all the big-name sprinters are up there.

1km to go

A big mix of teams up front.

Bahrain with the leadout.

Israel, Arkéa, Uno-X behind.

Now Arkéa take over.

Démare kicks off the sprint

Behind him it's Girmay, Cavendish, Van Aert.

It looks like Démare will hold on but no, there's a late surge on his left.


Roglič just now reaching the final kilometre.

Biniam Girmay celebrates his third Tour de France 2024 stage victory in Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

Girmay beat Van Aert and Démare into second and third. Pascal Ackermann and Mark Cavendish finished fourth and fifth.

Primož Roglič suffers another crash in final kilometres of stage 12 at Tour de France

No full confirmation of Roglič's time loss yet.

There we go – he finished in 120th place at 2:27 down on Girmay and the peloton. Brutal for the Slovenian. He did go down in the crash, as evidenced by the tears in his jersey.

Tour de France: Biniam Girmay the new sprint boss, takes third win on stage 12

After that stage, Roglič drops from fourth to sixth in the GC behind João Almeida and Carlos Rodríguez. He's now at 4:42 down on Pogačar.

Here's what Girmay had to say after his third stage win of the Tour...

Here's the stage result today...

And here's the new GC

Arnaud Démare has been relegated from third position so now Pascal Ackermann moves up onto the stage podium. More to come on that soon.

Another day in yellow for Tadej Pogačar, who also leads the king of the mountains competition.

Girmay extended his green jersey lead, meanwhile.

And Evenepoel has another day in the white best young rider jersey to enjoy.

The current GC standings at the Tour de France 2024

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