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Mark Cavendish’s record-equalling bid put on hold as Nils Politt solos to Tour de France stage win 

Mark Cavendish is made to await his probability to equal Eddy Merckx’s report of 34 Tour de France stage wins as Nils Politt takes stage 12

  • Mark Cavendish was made to await his probability to match Eddy Merckx’s report 
  • Nils Politt took residence the honours after a frantic begin in windy circumstances
  • Peter Sagan withdrew from the race earlier than the stage begin with a knee harm

Mark Cavendish was made to await his probability to match Eddy Merckx’s report of 34 Tour de France stage wins as the breakaway had their day on Thursday.

Nils Politt took the honours after a frantic begin in windy circumstances allowed a strong 13-man group to get away, placing paid to an anticipated bunch end on the finish of the 159 kilometres stage 12 into Nimes.

The breakaway started to splinter contained in the final 50km, and the decisive transfer got here when Politt rode away from Harry Sweeny and Imanol Erviti with 12km to go, soloing to the end for his first Tour stage win.

Mark Cavendish was made to wait to match Eddy Merckx’s report of 34 stage wins

Cavendish, who moved on to 33 stage wins along with his third of this year’s race in Valence on Tuesday, led residence the primary peloton some 16 minutes later, padding his lead within the inexperienced jersey by choosing up the ultimate three factors, whereas Tadej Pogacar retained yellow.

With the Mistral wind gusting, organisers delayed the beginning in anticipation of a excessive tempo, and the assaults flew at first.

But as soon as the group containing the likes of Politt, Julian Alaphilippe, Edwald Boasson Hagen, Brent Van Moer and Stefan Beissegger had began to build a major benefit, the peloton sat up and allow them to go.

Nils Politt took the honours after a frantic start in windy conditions on Thursday

Nils Politt took the honours after a frantic begin in windy circumstances on Thursday

Pogacar continues to lead total by 5 minutes and 18 seconds from Rigoberto Uran, with Jonas Vingegaard third an additional 14 seconds again.

Politt’s victory could have cheered his Bora-Hansgrohe workforce after their three-time former world champion Peter Sagan was pressured to withdraw from the race earlier than the stage begin with a knee harm.

‘It’s a dream to win a stage of the Tour de France,’ Politt mentioned. ‘Today at first we heard Peter had to depart the race with knee issues in order that modified our techniques.

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