VITTEL, France — Denmark’s Nicki Sorensen has won the 12th stage of the Tour de France, with Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and overall leader Rinaldo Nocentini among those in the chasing pack.
Sorensen broke away Thursday and finished well ahead of Laurent Lefevre of France. Armstrong entered the day in third place overall. Contador, his rival and Astana teammate, was second.
Sorensen was part of a group of seven riders arriving several minutes in front of the main pack. The lead group was unchallenged during the 131-mile ride from Tonnerre to Vittel. The chasing pack was more than six minutes back.
Armstrong scrambled back to the main pack after the seven-time champion punctured a tire with about 37 miles left.