Tour de France 2021: Stage 12 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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1) Côte du Belvédère de Tharaux (category 3) - Nils Politt (GER)

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graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 12, Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 12:  FLAT

159.4 km / 1800m

SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHÂTEAUX > NÎMES

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

Official pre-race summary for Stage 12 (July 8):

CAVENDISH’S ROMANCE

Every times Mark Cavendish wins, he talks about the romance of the sport. He won stage 4 in Fougères like in 2015. He won stage 6 in Châteauroux like in 2008 – where the list of 33 stage wins begun. He won stage 10 in Valence but that town was new on his shopping list. Nîmes is where he claimed his fourth stage of the Tour de France, also in 2008, two days before pulling out as he was still too young to overcome two mountainous massifs. Aged 36, he has made it through the Alps and the double ascent of the Mont Ventoux so he’s in the situation to win in Nîmes again. It’s the same finish where Caleb Ewan won a bunch sprint two years ago. Stage 12 is another scenic one with the magical Gorges de l’Ardèche to be visited entirely by the Tour for the first time, but it’s very likely gonna be another bunch gallop, so it sounds all good for Cav again. Letour.fr - Stage 12 

Official pre-race summary for Stage 12 (July 8):

NILS POLITT CLAIMS HIS FIRST TOUR DE FRANCE VICTORY

Nils Politt emerged from a 13-man breakaway to solo to victory in Nîmes after three convincing attacks. Imanol Erviti and Harry Sweeny rounded out the podium of stage 12. Tadej Pogacar retained the yellow jersey.

13 riders in the lead

155 riders took the start of stage 12 at Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux at 13.49. One non-starter: Peter Sagan, due to a knee pain since stage 3. After a flying start thanks to the tail wind, 13 riders went clear at km 15: André Greipel (Israel-Start Up-Nation), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo), Connor Swift (Arkea-Samsic), Harry Sweeny and Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange), Sergio Henao (Qhubeka-Nexthash), Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies). As soon as the breakaway was formed, the peloton slowed down and UAE Team Emirates eventually set the pace. The time difference was 10’ with 90km to go and almost 11’ at half way into the race.

Politt attacks three times

As a time gap of 12’45’’ was recorded with 50km to go, Politt attacked from the front group. Swift reacted. Mezgec caught up with them. After the regrouping, a quartet went away 40km before the end: Politt, Sweeny, Küng and Erviti. Küng was dropped 14km before the end while the remaining of the breakaway was 1’ adrift and the peloton 15’ further back. Politt soloed 12km away from the finishing line.

A well-deserved victory

Politt remained composed until he crossed the line on the boulevard Salvador Allende in Nîmes where a bunch sprint was anticipated. The 27 year old German rider took a well-deserved victory, not only because he was the most active rider of the day but also because he previously got only one pro in his six-year tenure, a stage of the 2018 Deutschland Tour. A formidable classics rider, he finished second to Philippe Gilbert in the last edition of Paris-Roubaix up to date. He delivered Bora-Hansgrohe’s first victory at the 2021 Tour de France precisely the day Sagan abandoned the race for the first time in his career.  Letour.com - Stage 12

Climb:

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed (mph)

Côte du Belvédère de Tharaux

3

Nils Politt (GER)

2

Maxime V.

8:16 / 20.1

STAGE 12 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

Map of Tour de France 2021 Stage 12,  Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Nimes

Official Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 12.

Stage 12:

  • Distance: 159.3 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 1,800 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 52% flat or descent
  • 42% 0-5%
  • 6% 5-10%
  • Steepest:
  • 500 meters 7.4%
  • 1 Kilometer 6.5%
  • Highest Point on the Route:  326 meters
  • Lowest Point on the Route:  45 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 12:

“After a journey along the magical Gorges de l’Ardèche that will for the first time be entirely visited by the Tour, this stage should end with a bunched sprint in Nîmes, like in 2019 with a similar finish. One will however have to be extra careful: the wind could be a key factor on wide open roads and echelons could occur”  (Tour de France Stage 12).

THE CLIMB OF STAGE 12 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 3) - CÔTE DU BELVÉDÈRE DE THARAUX 

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EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)