The Spanish was part of the chasing group which animated the end of the stage.
He finished in 5th position, his 2nd "top 5" since the start of the Tour.
On his hand, Guillaume Martin, supported all day by his teammates, retains his 3rd position in overall classification at the end of the 12th stage.
In the last 30 kilometers of the longest stage of the Tour (218 km), between Chauvigny and Sarran, they went on the attack.
A dozen seasoned riders, including Jesus Herrada, the Spanish runner-up, tried to catch up with today's winner, Marc Hirschi.
The Spanish rider of the Cofidis formation was not unworthy, he who crossed the line in 5th position.
Jesus thus confirmed his good form at the moment, less than a week after taking 2nd position at the top of Mont Aigoual.