Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 12 updates as Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar renew the battle at Alpe d’Huez


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There will certainly be more fireworks as the Tour de France resumes on Bastille Day and the race reaches the iconic climb of Alpe d’Huez on Wednesday after a thrilling battle in the mountains.

In an exceptional day of tactics and excitement, Jonas Vingegaard stormed to the front of the race and took the yellow jersey when defending champion Tadej Pogacar cracked the final climb of the Col du Granon. It came after Vingegaard and Team Jumbo-Visma isolated Pogacar and knocked him down after a series of attacks, with last year’s runners-up Vingegaard carving out a huge lead of over two minutes in the standings.

However, the riders face another major test and another grueling day of climbs on Stage 12. Before they reach Alpe d’Huez, they have to conquer the Col du Galibier for the second time in two days and then climb the breathtakingly long Col de la Croix de Fer. The home crowd will be cheering for a French winner on Bastille Day, but this race calls for no further intrigue as Pogacar looks to respond to VIngegaard’s stunning attack. Follow all the action of Stage 12 of the Tour de France:


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

54 km to go: The final run to the top of the Col de la Croix has an 8% gradient and the five riders in the breakaway reach the top simultaneously.

Giulio Ciccone crosses the KOM line ahead of Powless and Meintjes to take the maximum 20 points on offer. Tom Pidcock laces up his jersey and prepares for the next descent.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

56 km to go: With 1.8km to go on the Col de la Croix de Fer climb, Jumba-Visma put their feet on the medals to cut the gap to the breakaway to just five and a half minutes.

It’s an incredible job from Christophe Laporte who has been the lead rider for Jumbo-Visma for the last 40km or so. As the team’s pace picks up, he falls off the lead.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

58 km to go: Jumbo-Visma is working hard at the front of the peloton and has closed the gap to just over six minutes, sparking a reaction from the breakaways.

Led by Tom Pidcock, five riders push away 4km from the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer. Louis Meintjes, Neilson Powless, Giulio Ciccone and Chris Froome are with him but they couldn’t extend their lead over the peloton.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

61 kilometers to go: From the breakaway, it’s another 7.5km to the summit at Col de la Croix de Fer. After that there is about 40 km of descent before the final climb to Alpe d’Huez.

Before that, however, lies the steepest part of this current mountain.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

64 km to go: Chris Froome is shown pouring a bottle of water over his head to cool off. Forecast says the heat could reach 36 degrees on the road today, which riders don’t need on these long, tough climbs.

Pidcock and Ciccone at the front of the breakaways pushed to pick up the pace.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

66 km to go: Jumbo Visma push the peloton ever closer as the climb up the Col de la Croix de Fer eases off a bit. You closed the gap by 30 seconds.

12 km to the summit.




Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

71m left: Geraint Thomas spoke to TV reporters this morning about yesterday’s stage, Jonas Vingegaard getting the yellow jersey and if Tadej Pogacar can reply today. He said:

“We expected a crazy day [on Stage 11], and it definitely turned out that way. But happy to still be up there and in the mix.

“Yes, I think he is [Pogacar fighting back] will be safe. I think he will try to react. I can’t imagine it happening before Alpe d’Huez, but who knows at this race. I think maybe Jumbo will take a very controlled way on stage, then in Alpe d’Huez it will go crazy again. I would predict that, but you never know, you have to expect the worst and hope for the best. “Of course there are still a lot of strong guys in the running, not just these two. They’ve been the strongest so far, but as we saw at Pogacar yesterday, you never know what might happen to Vingegaard later. But at the moment he and the team seem super strong.”


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

73 km to go: As a breakaway, Tom Pidcock has worked his way into the virtual top 10 of the GC classification and can move forward with a lead of over seven minutes.

There are still 19 km of the Col de la Croix de Fer to climb.

Perhaps more importantly for Pidcock, he challenges Tadej Pogacar for the white jersey, awarded to the fastest young rider on the Tour.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

76 km to go: A gap of over seven minutes is difficult to tame, but the peloton has the advantage of making up time on the climbs.

Most of the GC competitors will be thinking about making their moves, Jonas Vingegaard will want to time it just right to not give his rivals much time.


Tour de France 2022: Stage 12

78m left: Jumbo-Visma leads at the front of the peloton with the help of Yellow Bib holder Jonas Vingegaard, but the gap between them and the breakaway is up to seven minutes.

Peter Sagan has fallen backwards after an earlier attack didn’t pay off.

24 km remain from the Col de la Croix de Fer. The pace has slowed significantly as riders begin to feel the difficulty of the average 5.2% gradient. Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 12 updates as Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar renew the battle at Alpe d’Huez

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