Stage 12: CHAUVIGNY>SARRAN CORRÈZE (218km)
An uphill stage for the tour. Four riders got off the front after 8km, and two more followed them. They eventually formed a six man breakaway with 155km left to go.
With 46km left to go, the sprinters were dropped off the back of the pack, unable to contend with the hilly stage.
The pack reformed and split as they ascended the final climb with Marc Hirschi taking the lead with 30km left in the stage. He would make it all the way to the finish line with no one near him to contest the stage win and take his first stage victory.
Peter Sagan, who was relegated from second after yesterday’s stage, won the sprint from the peloton and regained some points over Sam Bennett who still leads the green jersey competition.