Tour of Spain: Alexandre Geniez Winner of the 12th Stage, Third French Victory

Frenchman Alexandre Geniez wins the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain

The Frenchman Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) won Thursday the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain by setting his breakaway compatriots at Mañon (Galicia).

The French Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) won Thursday the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain by setting sprinted his breakaway companions to Mañon (Galicia), where the Spaniard Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) continued dynamic beautiful tricolor teams with an unexpected red jersey.

Fear on arrival

Clenching his fist by crossing the line near the Estaca de Bares lighthouse, Geniez nevertheless experienced a fright by hitting an intruder on the road just after . His dolphin Dylan Van Baarle (Sky) also lost his balance, just ahead of the Ukrainian Mark Padum (Bahrain-Merida), who had just taken third place.

In 2017, he was expelled from the Vuelta

After Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Tony Gallopin (Ag2r La Mondiale) last week, this third French victory on the Vuelta-2018 is also the third stage victory of Geniez (30 years) on the Tour of Spain after 2013 and 2016. And it’s a nice revenge after his exclusion from the 2017 edition for hanging on to his car.

Herrada, who arrived in a second group of escaped, took advantage of the apathy of the peloton to dispossess Briton Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) of the red jersey. And the precious tunic, worn for four days by Frenchman Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) in the first week , returns to a tricolor team.

Jesus Herrada (28) now has a mattress of 3 min 22 sec on Yates, with no doubt the ambition to keep his jersey as long as possible and aim for a good overall ranking in Madrid.

Return of the mountain Friday

This puncher and honest climber will nevertheless struggle to resist the best climbers Friday for the return of the high mountains: the 13th stage (174.8 km), the first of a triptych formidable in the mountains of Asturias, provides three ascents listed with a final climb to La Camperona (1st class) where leaders could be explained.

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