British cyclist David Millar won Stage 12 of the Tour de France on Friday with a time of five hours, 42 minutes, and 46 seconds.
Even with the Stage 12 victory, Millar is in 79th place overall but should be praised for his ability to win the race's longest stage at 226km.
There's no question that Millar's Stage 12 performance will give him some confidence ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, where he will participate in the road race event.
Here is a video of Millar crossing the finish line on Friday.
The man with the yellow jersey at the Tour de France will not change when the race moves to Stage 13 on Saturday, as Bradley Wiggins continues to lead the competition.
Not all was good for Wiggins on Friday, however:
Wiggins confirms he was burnt by a spectators flare at about 25km out today #TDF— Brendan gallagher (@gallagherbren) July 13, 2012
The incident with the flare won't prevent Wiggins from competing in Stage 13. After a long day of racing, the cyclists will need to recover quickly because Stage 13 is the third longest of the entire race at 217km.
Wiggins has shown no signs of slowing down throughout the race and is certainly the favorite to win the competition.
Here is the leaderboard heading into stage 13.
|1st||Bradley Wiggins ||54:34:33|
Cadel Evans ||+0:03:19|
Jurgen Van Den Broeck
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