Millar! With a big ol' yell at the line!
Millar actually has a bit of a sprint!
He's collapsed at the line.
Millar on the ground at the finish line, looking very spent
And is mobbed by reporters.
Millar gasping on the ground, the chainring gashes from Metz are still visible on his left forearm.
Big yell from Millar across the line, with a fierce expression on his face.
Imagine that, would you? You're at the limit, and greeted by the hive of reporters.
What a great result for Garmin. Whew. Hard fought.
Back to the peloton. Bernie just swung off, his day is over. Cav has no interest in today's finish.
The pace in the peloton is picking up
Look how attentive Wiggins is at the front of the bunch. A hawk.
BMC now comes to the front.
BMC hits the front. Wiggins sitting in 5th wheel, with EBV.
Peloton crosses under 3km to go kite
Boasson Hagen is on the front — every single day he has fans screaming outside the bus. It's remarkable. They drowned out my recording yesterday.
From LeTour.fr: Millar waited until Peraud pounced before he started his sprint. That happened with about 250m to go. The Scot has given Garmin its fifth stage win in the Tour de France. It's Millar's fourth following successes in Futuroscope (2000), Bezier (2002) and Nantes (2003).
The peloton is yet to finish but we can report the first five places in stage 12:
1. David Millar (GBR) Garmin-Sharp 226km in 5h42'46"
2. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale at same time
3. Egoi Martinez (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 5"
4. Cyril Gautier (FRA) Europcar at 5"
5. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO) Astana at 5"
Boassen Hagen certainly has the highest fan-per-rider ratio of anyone here. He's the only Norwegian in the race, and it seems that we see more Norwegian flags than French!
Michael Rogers on the front for Wiggins; Oss and Goss bumping shoulders
Nibali shadowing Wiggins and Froome
Inside the final km now, Sagan is a few bikes back
Looks like it's going to be Goss/Sagan throwdown....
and it's going to be..... Goss.
Goss takes the sprint, but Sagan not happy with his line
Sagan touches wheels with Goss, lets off the gas, swears in Italian (and gestures like one, too).
Wow, that hook might cost Goss
Goss moved left into Sagan's line; Sagan shakes his fist
Ah. Easy to see why from the overhead.
Neal: this is the first time I've seen Sagan's feathers ruffled. How about you? No smiles there...
It wasn't flagrant, but Goss clearly veered into Sagan's line
Matt: We've talked about how Sagan is a very clean sprinter; he doesn't like that sort of sprinting
Millar: There's nothing quite like winning a road stage; it's much more emotional than winning a time trial or a prologue.
More an issue of Sagan having his head down at the time, it seems.