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Aru claims yellow jersey at Tour de France, Bardet wins stage

Aru claims yellow jersey at Tour de France, Bardet wins stage

"I didn't have the legs in the final but there's still a long way to go", said Briton Froome, a three-time Tour victor and reigning champion.

The Italian is now six seconds clear of Froome, with Bardet third and a further 19 seconds back as the race was blown wide open. A dramatic stage 12 was won by Romain Bardet, who also put himself in the frame for yellow as there was a dramatic tightening at the top of the general classification.

Chris Froome claims the race is now on after losing the yellow jersey on a gruelling day in the mountains on stage 12 of the Tour de France. No excuses. I just didn't have the legs in the finale. Romain went in the best moment possible, I tried to attack and then suffered a bit. Stage victor Romain Bardet of France is third, 25 seconds back.

Frenchman Bardet of Ag2R-La Mondiale won the punchy uphill sprint to secure a third stage win for the host nation ahead of resurgent Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac). "I don't know, I'm not doing anything special", he said. "I'm delighted to wear this jersey, it repays all my team-mates who've helped me so much in this Tour - I dedicate it to them".

Two tough stages await the riders.

The arrival of the 214,5 km, Bardet has the lead by 2 seconds Uran and Aru.

It is the first time in his career that Froome has lost the yellow jersey mid-race, having carried it all the way to Paris once he had taken it in each of his three Tour wins to date.

Aru's teammate Jakob Fuglsang, who broke two bones in a crash during Wednesday's stage, struggled at the back and dropped out of contention after starting the day in fifth place overall.

Froome and Aru went off the road in the descent from the Port de Bales, the penultimate climb of the day, but the group of overall contenders waited on them.

Nairo Quintana had already been dropped as the Colombian struggled to recover from the Giro d'Italia.


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