Kristoff Wins 12th Stage, Nibali Remains in Lead

(MGN Online)
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SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) - Alexander Kristoff has won the 12th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint and Vincenzo Nibali still has the yellow jersey.

Kristoff, a Norwegian with the Katusha team, emerged from the barreling pack which overtook a pair of breakaway riders with less than seven kilometers to go on Thursday.

The mostly flat 185.5-kilometer (115.5-mile) ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne in southeastern France was well suited for a sprint finish.

The top standings didn't change. Nibali holds a lead of 2 minutes, 23 seconds over Australian Richie Porte, and 2:47 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

American rider Andrew Talansky did not start, pulling out due to severe back pain from previous crashes.