Tour de France stage 12 report: Izagirre solos to victory out of the break

Ion Izagirre takes his second career Tour stage win in Belleville-en-Beaujolais.

Ion Izagirre wins stage 12 of the Tour de France. Photo: Nico Vereecken/PN/Cor Vos © 2023

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by Dane Cash 13.07.2023 Photography by
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Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) soloed clear of the breakaway to win Thursday’s stage 12 of the Tour de France, the second Tour stage win of his career.

Izagirre launched his winning move on the second-category Col de la Croix Rosier, the final climb of the day, and he held on all the way to the line in Belleville-en-Beaujolais. Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) took second ahead of Matteo Jorgensen (Movistar) in third.

Behind, all of the big GC favorites finished safely in the peloton, with Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) maintaining his race lead.

Brief Results

  1. Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) 3:51:42
  2. Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) @ :58
  3. Matteo Jorgensen (Movistar) at same time
  4. Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo-Visma) @ 1:06
  5. Tobias Johannessen (Uno-X) @ 1:11

General Classification

  1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 50:30:23
  2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) @ :17
  3. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) @ 2:40
  4. Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 4:22
  5. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) @ 4:34
Ion Izagirre solo on stage 12 of the Tour de France. Photo: Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2023

Brief analysis

The riders probably weren’t able to enjoy the scenery as much as they would have liked, but they did pass through the rolling hills of the Beajoulais wine region. Photo: Luca Bettini/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

What’s next: Stage 13 preview

The Tour peloton will head into the Jura Mountains and take on the mighty Grand Colombier on Friday, Bastille Day. It’s an interesting profile for a very short 138 km stage from Châtillon-Sur-Chalaronne. It features just the one categorized climb, the hors categorie Grand Colombier, although there is an uncategorized ascent at the midway point of the day. In any case, all the action should come down to the final slopes. Tadej Pogačar and Jonas Vingegaard are obvious favorites, although if the break battles for the stage win, Felix Gall, Mike Woods, Mikel Landa, and Egan Bernal could be among those getting involved, as could basically anyone French, with Warren Barguil as a decent possibility.

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