Swiss Hirschi wins stage – chess piece beaten

12th stage of the Tour de France

The section between Chauvigny and Sarran will be the day of the outliers. Max Schachmann held out for a long time, but in the end it wasn’t enough for the podium – barely.

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Maximilian Schachmann of the Bora-Hansgrohe team took sixth place in the twelfth stage of the Tour de France. Despite all the pain, Maximilian Schachmann threw himself into the corners and went with every attack, but the brave Berliner was denied the happy ending. 26 days after his collarbone fracture, the former German champion missed his first stage victory in the Tour de France.

Marc Hirschi drives off on the mountain

“I haven’t had legs for a long time. I’ve tried everything,” said Schachmann on ARD. Maximilian Schachmann rode in the top group for a long time and had a chance of victory. More than 40 kilometers from the finish, Schachmann ran away in a group of six. On the climb to Suc au May, a mountain in the first category, 22-year-old Swiss Marc Hirschi drove away and finally secured the stage victory with a lead of 47 seconds. “Marc Hirschi was not the perfect man in the group. I can’t throw away the ten kilos weight difference on the mountain,” said Schachmann after the race.

Hirschi, who finished second in Nice and twice third in Laruns, narrowly missed the stage victory, had left the top group around Schachmann on the last climb and secured the mountain classification on Suc au May.

Seven mountain classifications on stage 13

The Slovenian Primoz Roglic of the Jumbo-Visma team remains in the yellow jersey even after the twelfth stage. The former ski jumper is 21 seconds ahead of defending champion Egan Bernal. Third is Frenchman Guillaume Martin, 28 seconds back.

On Friday, the top favorites will be challenged again when a total of seven mountain classifications await in the Massif Central with an altitude of 4400 meters in the 13th stage over 191.5 kilometers from Châtel-Guyon to Puy Mary Cantal. The destination is also at an altitude of 1589 meters.

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