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Kwiatkowski Wins Most Aggressive Rider Award Again

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Michal Kwiatkowski won the Most Aggressive Rider Award of 195km Le Tour de France Stage 12, from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille, on Thursday. He was selected for the award after entering into a large breakaway, going ahead with two other riders with 75km to go, and then pressing on alone on the HC Plateau de Beille (15.8 km, 7.9%) with 13.6km remaining in the race. 

The peloton remained more than 10 minutes behind inside 12km left to race. The Polish rider of Etixx - Quick-Step emptied the tank on the final climb, but was unable to stay away on the steepest slopes. Kwiatkowski was eventually caught by Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who initially chased with several other riders but attacked to bridge by himself, with 7.6km to go. Rodriguez went on to win the stage solo.


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BMC's Tour de France, Stage 12: Van Garderen Keeps Pace

 Tejay van Garderen maintained his grip on second place overall at the Tour de France Thursday by keeping pace with race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) during a third straight challenging day in the Pyrenees mountains.

Van Garderen placed 13th and in a group of nine riders that arrived at the summit finish 6:47 after Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) won his second stage of the race. Rodriguez soloed out of what began as a 22-man breakaway early in the 195-kilometer race that included four major climbs.


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Rafal Majka hits back with grand solo win in the Pyrenees

Rafal Majka powered his way to a great solo win on the mountainous stage 11 to Cauterets. Bearing a great resemblance to his two memorable solo wins of the 2014 edition, Rafal Majka put the hammer down on the penultimate climb to Col du Tourmalet. Peter Sagan picked up points in the fight for the green jersey and now leads the classification with 7 points, while Daniele Bennati sadly had to abandon the race due to a crash.


Rafal Majka made his move from a seven-rider front group on the slopes of Tourmalet, 48km from the finish. After the impressive effort in the Pyrenees claiming a notable solo win, Majka dedicates the win to his teammates.


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2015 Tour de France: Stage 12 Preview

A third hard day in the mountains will face the riders on Stage 12 of the 2015 Tour de France as they tackle 195kms from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille.



The intermediate sprint occurs early—20kms in in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges.  After this, the sprinters will probably be at the back of the pack for the rest of the day as the road tilts upward for the 4 categorized climbs:

  • Km 57.5 - Col de Portet-d'Aspet (1 069 m)4.3 kilometre-long climb at 9.7% - category 2
  • Km 93.0 - Col de la Core (1 389 m)14.1 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 1
  • Km 144.0 - Port de Lers (1 517 m)12.9 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 1
  • Km 195.0 - PLATEAU DE BEILLE (1 780 m)15.8 kilometre-long climb at 7.9% - category H

Col de Portet d’Aspet, while short, is the second-steepest mountain in this year’s Tour and is just the start to what’s sure to be an incredibly tough day, especially if it’s as hot as Stage 11! However, anyone wanting to do any damage will attack on the final climb—the Plateau de Beille, first introduced to the Tour in 1998.  It is here I am guessing anyone who has anything left will try to gain back some time on their rivals.  

BMC's Tour de France, Stage 11: No Change For Van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team remained second overall after a second straight day in the Pyrenees Wednesday at the Tour de France.

Van Garderen placed 13th on the summit finish of the 188-kilometer stage, just behind teammate Samuel Sánchez and in the same time as nearly all of the race favorites. Chris Froome (Team Sky) still leads van Garderen by 2:52, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) in third, 3:09 back. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) soloed away from a breakaway group to take the stage win.


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