Nils Politt started the breakaway at the beginning of stage 12 and finished it with a solo win in Nimes.
“Directly after the start was the wind and it turned into a Tour de France win, it’s unbelievable,” said Politt, who rides for the Bora team.
“I attacked and opened up a gap from the other guys in the escape. This is my passion, and this is the biggest thing,” he said referring to the stage win.
It was a sweet end to the day for Bora after a sore knee brought a premature end to the race of the team’s seven-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan, with only 157 riders taking to the starting line in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateau on Thursday.
STAGE 12 HIGHLIGHTS
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini