BORDEAUX, FRANCE, JULY 12 -- Davis Phinney of Boulder, Colo., today won the 142-mile 12th stage of the Tour de France cycle race, the last flat stage before the Pyrenees Mountains.

Phinney, a 7-Eleven rider, won a stage of last year's Tour. Today, he edged Dutchman Jean-Paul van Poppel of the Superconflex team on the sprint completing the stage from Brive. His time was 5 hours 46 minutes 21 seconds.

Van Poppel, Malcolm Elliot of Britain and Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande of Belgium followed in the same time.

Frenchman Martial Gayant, who took the lead with an 11-minute breakaway Saturday, retained his overall lead of 22 seconds over Systeme U teammate Charles Mottet, also of France.

The stage was marred by a spill at the 35th mile. Star racer Sean Kelly of Ireland fractured his left collarbone and was forced to abandon the race. Kelly, the Kas team leader, was 44th overall at more than 10 minutes off the lead.

In the final sprint there was a spill involving Belgium's Michel Vermotte and Manuel Jorge Dominguez of Spain. Neither rider was injured.

"It was Phinney," Vermotte said. "He knocked me into {Teun} Van Vliet and I went down. It's impossible to sprint in these conditions when guys don't respect their line."

Phinney shot ahead to win as Van Poppel looked back to see what damage the spill caused.

The stage marked the end of 12 days of flat road riding. Monday, the 23 nine-man teams tackle the first of two grueling stages in the Pyrenees, the 136-mile 13th stage from Bayonne to Pau through the heart of France's Basque country. Saturday, French police arrested two suspected Basque separatist terrorists, who they said might have been plotting an attack on the Tour during Tuesday's 14th stage in the Upper Pyrenees from Pau to Luz-Ardiden.


Jutta Niehaus of West Germany won the fourth leg in a sprint to the finish. Roberta Bonanomi of Italy kept the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Jutta completed the 32-mile course from Castillon-la-Bataille to Bordeaux in 1 hour 13 minutes 44 seconds.

Jeannie Longo of France was second and Gonny Van Keort of the Netherlands third. Both had the same time as the leader.

Bonanomi placed 34th, but held the lead with a 41-second advantage over Maria Canins of Italy. Bonanomi's overall time is 7:22:02.