After a game of cat and mouse between Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) and Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers), the yellow jersey despatched his closest rivals for the stage win on the Col du Portet. Vingegaard was second and now has 4 seconds on Carapaz on the overall standings.
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Jumbo-Visma's young American, Sepp Kuss attacked on the last climb of the day to cruise into Andorra la Vella for the stage win ahead of the 'old man' of the peloton, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) contained all the other GC men to hold the overall lead.
Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema showed his strength on stage 14 by dropping the break of the day to ride solo into Quillan for the win. No problem for the yellow jersey, but Guillaume Martin was in the break and pushed his way into second place overall. Canada's Michael Woods took over the mountain jersey.
Deceuninck - Quick-Step's fast finisher, Mark Cavendish, won his 34th Tour de France stage to equal the great Eddy Merckx. The finalé was a complicated matter with a technical run-in, but the Manx Missile did the business again. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) held the overall lead.
Stage 12 was a lumpy and hot day for the Tour de France and there were a lot of tired legs from the ascents of Mont Ventoux on Wednesday. The break of the day took a big lead, to fight it out for the victory. BORA-hansgrohe's Nils Politt was the strongest in the front group and went solo after softening up the opposition.