Saint-Etienne, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Kristoff of Norway won Stage 12 of the Tour de France on Thursday and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali remains the overall leader of cycling's most prestigious event with two days in the Alps on the immediate horizon.
Kristoff completed the 185.5 kilometers from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne in a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 11 seconds, beating Slovakia's Peter Sagan in a sprint to the finish line for his first Tour de France stage victory.
Nibali was given the same time as the stage winner and was placed 25th on Thursday. He still owns the overall lead with an advantage of 2 minutes and 23 seconds over Australia's Richie Porte, who was 21st on Thursday.
A total of 60 riders were awarded the same time as Kristoff, including Spain's Alejandro Valverde. He was placed 34th on Thursday and still sits third overall, 2:47 behind Nibali.