Tour de France '07 Stage 12: Montpellier - Castres

Boonen - FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Steegmans lead out Boonen from the front and the rest of the field was stuck with a view of Boonen's rear end. Zabel stuck to Boonen's wheel like glue, which propelled him to second place just ahead of Robbie Hunter.

Breakaway - JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty ImagesTxurruka (Euskatel) and Fredrigo (Bouygues Telecom) put pressure on the peloton with a breakaway that went with over 130km to go. Many riders couldn't hold on as the peloton charged over the final climb and into headwinds. The peloton pushed its luck with the reel-in, but was able to catch the two riders just before the 1k kite.

Millar was unlucky with his breakaway attempt again as his earlier break was reeled in, making way for Txurruka and Fredrigo to go away.

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CyclingNews Stage 12 Preview: "Friday will be another hot day that starts from Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and another transitional stage as the Tour heads inland from the Mediterranean coast to the textile town of Castres. Although an early break should get away in the flat first half of the stage, a counter-attack on the tough 10.4-kilometres climb of Montée de la Jeante with 60 kilometres to go could be successful."

Prediction: Jens Voigt. Both Cancellara and Voigt have made attempts at a stage win for Stuart O'Grady. I wouldn't put it past Voigt to try again even if this prediction is a bit unlikely. I wanted to make a dark horse pick of Robbie Hunter for Stage 11, but instead went with a boring Boonen pick. I'll cross my fingers and go with a gut feeling on this one.

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Versus Picks

  • Phil: Pozzato
  • Al: Hincapie
  • Paul: Zabel
  • Bob: Vande Velde

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