The 12th stage led the riders to one of the toughest and most fascinating climbs in cycling, the mythical Mont Ventoux. But already a day bevor the organisers decided to shorten the last climb due to the extreme weather forecast.
Immediately after the start, the first group attacked, within Paul Voss from BORA - ARGON 18. But Paul had bad luck. After a puncture he couldn’t come back to the first group. Four other riders closed the gap on him, but this group was not able to come back to the front group anymore. The peloton was not interested to chase them down, therefore the gap increased to more than 18 minutes.
At the beginning of the last climb, 5 remaining riders from the leading group were still 8 minutes in front, Paul was caught from the peloton at this stage of the race.
But the story of the day was Chris Froome running up the Ventoux after a crash with a motorcycle due to the pure mass of spectators. He lost time, as did Richie Porte who was also involved, but later the UCI decided to award both the same time of Bauke Mollema. Therefore, Froome remains his yellow jersey.
Emanuel Buchmann climbed up another place in the GC to 21th. In the young rider classification, he sits now in 4th spot. After the peloton split in crosswind, BORA – ARGON 18 had to chase hard to bring Emu back up front. Also Emu himself had to spend a lot of energy on the last two windy stage and was already a little exhausted at the bottom of the final climb. Still he climbed well once again and is still on track to enter the top 20 in the GC.
“Today’s stage was for us definitely not easy. I was very happy that we managed to come back to the group with the favourites. To close the gap was a hard painful job. Unfortunately, only the teams of Giant-Alpecin und FDJ helped us. Today it was really very hard, in the end we tried to bring Emu to the climb in a good position. For me it was fantastic to ride up the Ventoux with so many spectators. We showed a great performance today and can be very proud.” – Patrick Konrad
“In my group we had enough space to get through the spectators, but in the end it would be safer the have fencer on the streets. When we were dropped off in the split of the peloton, it was very hard to come back again. On the Mont Ventoux it was extremely hard because of the wind, but for me it was before much harder. Today my legs were not the best and the crosswind doesn’t help at all.” – Emanuel Buchmann