It's been a dramatic Tour de France so far

Le Tour de France 2017- Stage Thirteen

"We'll do our best, it's going to be a marathon stage of more than 200km, it has the kind of profile I like".

"If we miss something and if we're caught out or not in position essentially it comes down on my shoulders because I'm usually the one who says where we go and when we go".

Aru, the Italian champion and 2015 Spanish Vuelta victor, leads the list followed closely by last year's runner-up Romain Bardet, the Frenchman who is third overall, 51 seconds back.

When Froome was asked if he is planning to attack in Thursday's stage 12, he said: "I don't need to at this point. but let's see out on the road".

Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the pack during the 10th stage of the Tour de France.

In 2016, Froome stopped to wait for three teammates who had crashed in a descent ahead of the climb up to the Mont Ventoux, and the rest of the peloton slowed down to wait on them.

Kittel made it two wins in two days following his win in Bergerac 24 hours earlier, extending his dominance of the sprint stages in this year's Tour.

Le Tour de France 2017- Stage Thirteen
It was a warm day in parts of the south of France

Froome is now wearing the yellow jersey for the rider who has completed the stages so far in the least time.

While Cavendish went home with a broken shoulder blade and world champion Peter Sagan was disqualified for causing the incident, Swift thought he had escaped largely unscathed. Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) continued his impressive form to follow his third place yesterday with second today, while Edvald Boasson-Hagen of Dimension Data took third. That's the theory, at least, and it is given some credence by Aru's performance on Stage Five, where he seemed the strongest climber in the race. "If you get arrogant and think you are unbeatable then you will lose".

Michael Matthews said it is time for a rethink after he finished 13th in the 10th stage of the Tour de France. "Maybe it was a good day for me considering how my legs felt, but those last 200 metres saddened my day", Bodnar said.

The victor of Stage 12 will be awarded at the altiport of the French Pyrenees; this is the same location where the James Bond series' movie- Tomorrow Never Dies was filmed.

"Thursday's stage 12 menu of the 2017 Tour de France will be a 214.5 kilometer battle from Pau to Peyragudes in the Pyrenees".

"The airstrip is over 20 per cent in gradient, it's quite savage", Froome said.

It could be a great stage for a breakaway to last, with the domestiques in the peloton not expected to push the tempo until the penultimate climb.

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