Denmark’s Sorensen wins 12th stage of Tour |

Denmark’s Sorensen wins 12th stage of Tour

Nicki Sorensen of Denmark reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 211.5 kilometers (131.5 miles) with start in Tonnere and finish in Vittel, eastern France, Thursday July 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

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.

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