Alexander Kristoff wins Tour de France stage 12

Peter Sagan denied win again, as the points leader places second. Vincenzo Nibali maintains overall lead as the race heads into the Alps

Alexander Kristoff wins stage twelve of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the first Tour de France stage of his career in a hotly-contested bunch sprint on stage 12.

The Norwegian – who won Milan-San Remo earlier this season – used Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s train to lead him out, and opened his sprint early.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.