Girmay wins stage 12 of Tour de France as Roglic loses ground to rivals after crash

Girmay wins stage 12 of Tour de France as Roglic loses ground to rivals after crash

Biniam Girmay won a third stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, outsprinting Wout van Aert and Arnaud Démare in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Primoz Roglic lost more than two minutes to his main rivals after crashing near the finish.

Biniam Girmay won stage 12 of the Tour de France in a mass dash for the line on Thursday to extend his lead in the sprint points race with his third triumph so far, while Primoz Roglic was left bloody after another fall.

Girmay became the first black African to win a stage on the Tour on the third day of this year's edition at Turin and was first again on stage eight.

He then proved fastest in a bunched sprint finish in stage 12 as he topped the podium ahead of Wout van Aert and Pascal Ackermann.

Girmay now has 328pts to Jasper Philipsen's 217 with few real sprint stages remaining, with the exception of the one on Friday.

Title pretender Roglic had been fourth overnight but trailed home 2min 27sec behind Girmay after a fall that left his shoulder bleeding.

Overnight leader Tadej Pogacar remains 1min 06sec ahead of Remco Evenepoel in second, with Jonas Vingegaard in third at 1min 14sec.

Pogacar's team-mate Joao Almeida is now fourth in the overall standings at 4min 20sec, with Ineos rider Carlos Rodriguez in fifth at 4min 40sec.

Roglic started the day 2min 15sec adrift but looked haggard as he crossed the line after struggling home over the final 12.5km.

The fall happened outside the zone where late crashes are overlooked for overall times.

The Tour lost two further participants on Thursday.

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