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Summary Stage 12 Tour de France 2017

14th July 2017

What a stage; Kiwi's can fly! George Bennett mixes it with the best on stage 12 of Le Tour while Jack Bauer was in the break, but the GC standings would look a bit different if Romain Bardet (AG2R) received the same sanction as Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and George for taking on water in the final 10 kilometres.
 
Article 12.1.040/23.2 of the UCI Cycling Regulations states that refreshments in the final 20 kilometres of a stage is unauthorised and the sanction for taking refreshments during this time is 200 Swiss Francs and a 20 second deduction on GC, but tootage shows it's wasn’t just Uran and George who took on board a bidon.
 
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George did have this to say after the exciting stage; after winning the Tour of California, George was curious if he was able to compete with the best riders in the Tour de France; he can!
 
“Today confirms for me that I can ride with these guys,” Bennett said. “I did not know if Sunday was just a good day. I was unsure. I still made a few mistakes, but this is a good learning curve. The most important thing for me is to stay consistent.”
 
At 500 metres remaining, George attacked and tried to grab the stage victory. “I had really good legs. A good stage result here would have been nice. Against these guys it is not very realistic to win, but you got to try."
 
“The year started pretty bad for me with glandular fever. After that, almost everything went well. I was always near the top-10 in the other races and I am hoping to build on it. There is no better place for that then here in the Tour de France.”
 
George was eighth on the stage and moved up a place on GC - he is now 9th @4min 24 – should be 4min 04! 
 
He then added this after learning he had been handed a 20-second penalty for accepting water from a fan on stage 12 of the Tour de France.Speaking to RadioSport on Friday morning, the LottoNL-Jumbo rider slammed the punishment, which was handed to him and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Drapac) but not Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale).
 
"I'd run out of water and took a bottle of water from a fan on the side of the road. I took one and Uran took one and so did a couple of other guys but they were French but they didn't even get penalties," Bennett said.
 
He described the penalty as "absolute bull-s...."
 
"That really winds me up actually. We protested and they said that's the rule. I didn't even know that was a rule to be honest. I've never heard of it and I've been a professional for seven years and never seen it."
 
Chris Froome's Sky teammates were dominant with numbers until the final kilometre leading to the steep finish at Peyragudes, where the three-time champion was dropped in a final section that featured slopes with a 20 per cent gradient as he just didn’t have the legs to follow! 
 
Bardet won Stage 12 ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Aru, who now has the race lead from Froome by six seconds. Bardet is third overall @25 seconds 
 
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Was a stage to be a Kiwi – as well as George Jack was prominent in the break that finally formed 20 kilometres into the stage. Jack has his sprint king Marcel Kittel, winner of five stages and leader of the point’s classification, in the break with him, keeping an eye on Michael Mathews. Jack did a power of work that saw Kittel add 17 points to his already commanding lead in the green jersey competition before they got caught. Jack came home after his day in the break 24 minutes after the leaders. 
 
Jacks team mate Dan Martin had an impressive ride despite riding with a sore back as consequence of Sunday's crash, staying with George and the leaders to finish sixth to claim fifth on GC. Jack currently lies 114th of GC @ while Paddy Bevin and Dion Smith both had solid days, saving all the energy they could for what lies ahead. Paddy finished 25 minutes after George and is currently 92nd on GC while Dion Smith was 34 minutes after George and is 135th on GC. 
 
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