Girmay signs his third stage victory in Lot-et-Garonne, Démare third then demoted

Girmay signs his third stage victory in Lot-et-Garonne, Démare third then demoted
Girmay signs his third stage victory in Lot-et-Garonne, Démare third then demoted

In a stage marked by the abandonments of Jakobsen and Bilbao and the fall of Roglic, Girmay took the upper hand on Thursday in Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

On Thursday, the sprinters wanted to fight it out after a bouncy stage in the Massif Central won by half a wheel by Vingegaard ahead of Tadej Pogacar. Despite a breakaway of strongmen composed of Abrahamsen, Madouas, Pacher and Turgis, the Movistar and Alpecin-Deceuninck teams managed to maintain a decent distance from the four escapees of the day and finally caught up with them 42 kilometers from the finish. In the continuity, no one wanted to give the peloton the slip and launch a counterattack.

The victory of this bumpy twelfth stage – 203.6 kilometres long between Aurillac and Villeneuve-sur-Lot – was decided by pedalling between the “big thighs” of the peloton. In this little game, Girmay was the strongest, ahead of van Aert and Ackermann. The Eritrean now has a 111-point lead over his runner-up, Jasper Philipsen. Although well launched by McLay, Arnaud Démare was downgraded by the jury for having pushed van Aert against the barriers. A disappointment for the Frenchman who had achieved a fine third place.

The finale was marked by a fall that left Primoz Roglic on the ground. The former fourth in the general classification conceded more than two minutes to Pogacar, Evenepoel and Vingegaard and seems likely to miss out on the final podium in Nice on July 21. The Slovenian lost two places in the yellow jersey classification. He is sixth, 4 minutes 42 behind. Earlier in the day, Jakobsen and Bilbao – sixth in the Tour last year – put their feet down, victims of a heat stroke on the roads of Lot-et-Garonne.

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