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Tour de France 2021: Nils Politt wins stage 12 as Tadej Pogacar retains lead

Nils Politt
Nils Politt’s only previous stage win had come at the Deutschland Tour in 2018

Nils Politt soloed to victory on stage 12 of the Tour de France as Tadej Pogacar retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

The German broke clear with 12km left on the 159.4km run to Nimes after being involved in a long-range 13-man breakaway.

Pogacar finished safely in the peloton behind Britain’s Mark Cavendish.

“It’s a dream to win a stage in the Tour de France. It’s the biggest win you can have,” Politt said.

On Friday the race travels 219.9km from Nimes to Carcassonne.

Stage 12 results

1. Nils Politt (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) 3hrs 22mins 12 secs

2. Imanol Erviti (Spa/Movistar) +31secs

3. Harry Sweeny (Aus/Lotto-Soudal) Same time

4. Stefan Kung (Swi/Groupama-FDJ) 1mins 58 secs

5. Luka Mezgec (Slo/BikeExchange) 2mins 06secs

6. Andre Greipel (Ger/Israel Start-Up Nation) Same time

7. Edward Theuns (Bel/Trek-Segafredo)

8. Brent van Moer (Bel/Lotto-Soudal)

9. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

10. Sergio Henao (Col/Qhubeka NextHash)

More to follow.

Article courtesy of BBC Sport
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