Stage 12 of the Tour de France offered a transition day of 150 kilometers, starting from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Drôme) towards Nîmes (Occitanie). The last time the Tour made a stopover in the town of Nîmes, Andrea Pasqualon took tenth place in a bunch sprint in 2019. This Thursday, it was a similar final that awaited the peloton of this 108th edition, with a passage by the Route d’Uzès (3.9 km at 3.2%), located 15 km from the finish.
Very quickly after the start, things got excited as the peloton barely entered Ardèche, in the windy streets of Bourg-Saint-Andéol, after 5 kilometers of racing. Echelons split the peloton into several groups. Calm soon returned, however, as the 13-man day’s breakaway was formed.
The fugitives, who gathered a 15-minute lead over the peloton, were therefore going to fight for the victory. The first attacks started 40 kilometers from the finish, and after just over three hours Nils Politt (Bora) triumphed alone. All the riders of the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert team made it to the finish without a hitch, within the peloton.