Stage 12 was all about 22 year old, Marc Hirschi's maiden Tour de France stage win. Also, this stage honored the ever Pou Pou -alour, Raymond Poulidor! The stage passed through his village of Leonard-de-Noblat to remember him.
"I was doubtful because of the last two experiences I had. It's made it all the more special. I was really sad after Sunday's stage and had to discover the confidence to try again. In the last kilometre I was full of emotion, it was an incredibly nice feeling."
- Marc Hirschi