Pidcock claims first Tour win with Froome third

Thousands of fans lined the route as Tom Pidcock led the way up Alpe d’Huez

Tom Pidcock won his maiden Tour de France stage in style with a solo victory atop the iconic Alpe d’Huez.

Four-time Tour champion Chris Froome and fellow Briton Pidcock were part of a five-man breakaway during stage 12.

And Pidcock, making his Tour debut aged 22 for Ineos Grenadiers, became the youngest winner on the Alpe d’Huez.

It sent the world cyclo-cross champion and Olympic mountain bike champion back into the top 10 overall, as Jonas Vingegaard retained the yellow jersey.

Froome, 37, was challenging for a stage win for the first time since suffering severe injuries in a crash in 2019.

Pidcock is only the second Briton to win on the Alpe d’Huez after Geraint Thomas in 2018, when a stage last ended there.

“It’s not bad that, is it? If I get dropped every other day, I don’t care,” Pidcock joked.

“It was one of my best experiences in cycling, it was unreal – slaloming through people’s flags and fists [on the final climb, which was packed with raucous spectators].”

Thomas, who went on to win the Tour in 2018, finished seventh on Thursday to leave the 36-year-old Welshman third overall.

Two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar finished fifth on the stage to move from third to second overall after losing the yellow jersey to Vingegaard on stage 11.

Both Pogacar and Thomas are now almost two-and-a-half minutes adrift of the Dane.

Stage 12 results

1. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) 4hrs 55mins 24secs

2. Louis Meintjes (SA/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) +48secs

3. Chris Froome (GB/Israel-Premier Tech) +2mins 06secs

4. Neilson Powless (USA/EF Education-EasyPost) +2mins 29secs

5. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +3mins 23secs

6. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) Same time

7. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers)

8. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 26secs

9. Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) Same time

10. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +3mins 32secs

General classification after stage 12

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) 46hrs 28mins 46secs

2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +2mins 22secs

3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +2mins 26secs

4. Romain Bardet (Fra/Team DSM) +2mins 35secs

5. Adam Yates (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +3mins 44secs

6. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +3mins 58secs

7. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +4mins 07secs

8. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +7mins 39secs

9. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +9mins 32secs

10. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus/Bora-hansgrohe) +10mins 06secs

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