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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has called for calm after a number of incidents tarnished the 12th stage up to the iconic Alpe d'Huez on Thursday.

Staying close to Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet, Thomas had plenty left in the tank in the final 5km to overhaul long-time leader of the stage Steven Kruijswijk and storm to victory.

For a long time, it looked as if Thomas, a two-time Olympic gold medallist in team pursuit, would relinquish his yellow jersey as Kruijswik opened up a commanding lead in the climb up Alpe d'Huez.

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"Winning a Tour de France stage is the best for a professional rider", said Fraile, who already had a Giro d'Italia stage win to his name.

With the Tour dropping down from the Alps, there were only two categorized climbs for the riders to contend. De Gendt won the first of the day at Côte de Brié while Scully won the second at Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans.

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Daniel Ostanek: After the GC drama - Bardet's attacks, Nibali's crash, Quintana dropping, Landa reeturning and so on - on the latter half of the climb, it's easy to forget about Kruijswijk and his courageous ride today. In the end Kruijswijk came away nearly empty-handed for all his efforts, but with the Pyrenees to come next week, there will be more chances for the 31 year old to go for glory.

Sagan's 11th career win at the world's biggest bike race came after he was the fastest to the line in bunch sprints on Stages 2 and 5.

Although Froome was able to stay on his bike and keep with the leading group all the way to the summit, 2014 Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali crashed in the final few kilometres, apparently hitting a spectator, and is out of the Tour due to a fractured vertebra. "In cycling, you can support a rider without booing the others".

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The Italian crashed with about four kilometers left on l'Alpe d'Huez but got up and ended the stage in seventh place, 13 seconds behind victor and race leader Geraint Thomas.