Tour de France

Sagan wins TDF 11th stage, Froome gains time

2016-07-13 17:50
Peter Sagan (AFP)

Montpellier - Overall leader Chris Froome produced another surprise attack to gain time on his Tour de France rivals as Peter Sagan won Wednesday's blustery 11th stage.

The two star riders broke away from the peloton with a team-mate each inside the final 13km of a 162.5km stage from Carcassonne to Montpellier ridden at breakneck speed.

With Tinkoff's Maciej Bodnar and Geraint Thomas of Sky helping their team-mates, the front four quickly established a 20-second lead over a peloton that was slow to react.

The move came with the sprinters' teams manoeuvring to set up their leads for a bunch dash to the line.

But Sagan, the green jersey points leader, caught them out with a determined attack alongside his team-mate Bodnar.

Froome, 31, and his lieutenant Thomas were the only riders to react and quickly bridged over to the front two.

They had just enough of a gap for Froome to gain six seconds on the line as well as another six bonus seconds.

World champion Sagan easily won the sprint with Froome second and Bodnar third.

It means Froome now leads fellow Briton Adam Yates by 28sec with Dan Martin of Ireland third at 31sec.

Froome's main rival Nairo Quintana is fourth at 35sec.

Following his break on a downhill finish to the seventh stage, where he gained 13sec along with another 10-second bonus, it was another masterstroke from Froome

A two-man breakaway set off onto the wide open plains on a stage where wind promised to be a complicating factor.

From early on that proved the case as several crashes occurred in the bunch, one notably involving French climber Thibaut Pinot.

Australian Leigh Howard and French road race champion Arthur Vichot gallantly laboured on with what was always sure to be a futile escape.

Yet the peloton felt comfortable enough to let them stretch their lead out to four and a half minutes.

But when Tinkoff, Etixx and Sky put the hammer down the leaders' gap was halved within just a few kilometres.

The acceleration at the front, coupled with strong winds, saw the peloton split in two with the second group quickly drifting out to a 40-second deficit before clawing their way back.

Yet no sooner did they join up, another burst at the front caused splits all over the peloton as the leaders' advantage tumbled quickly down to just 20 seconds with 70km left.

The end came for Howard and Vichot with just over 60km left but the pace didn't let up until the peloton passed the intermediate sprint, which was won by Marcel Kittel from Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

The slowing in pace allowed the distanced riders to latch back on to form one compact peloton with 35km left.

But the pace went up again 15km from the end with Sagan's attack that again split the peloton all over the road.

Results from the 11th stage of Tour de France, a 162.5km ride from Carcassonne to Montpellier on Wednesday:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN) 3hrs 26min 23sec

2. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) at 0:00.

3. Maciej Bodnar (POL/TIN) 0:00.

4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:06.

5. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 0:06.

6. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 0:06.

7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:06.

8. André Greipel (GER/LOT) 0:06.

9. Sondre Enger (NOR/IAM) 0:06.

10. Oliver Naesen (BEL/IAM) 0:06.

11. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 0:06.

12. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 0:06.

13. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 0:06.

14. Daniel McLay (GBR/FVC) 0:06.

15. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:06.

16. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 0:06.

17. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:06.

18. Simon Gerrans (AUS/ORI) 0:06.

19. Shane Archbold (NZL/BOA) 0:06.

20. Oscar Gatto (ITA/TIN) 0:06.

21. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:06.

22. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:06.

23. Bryan Coquard (FRA/DEN) 0:06.

24. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:06.

25. Marcel Kittel (GER/ETI) 0:06.

26. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 0:06.

27. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:06.

28. Michael Schär (SWI/BMC) 0:06.

29. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:06.

30. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 0:06.

31. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 0:06.

32. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 0:06.

33. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/IAM) 0:06.

34. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:06.

35. Daniel Martin (IRL/ETI) 0:06.

36. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:06.

37. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:06.

38. Paul Voss (GER/BOA) 0:06.

39. Michael Andersen (DEN/TIN) 0:06.

40. Angelo Tulik (FRA/DEN) 0:14.

41. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/ETI) 0:16.

42. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/ETI) 0:16.

43. Wilco Kelderman (NED/LNL) 0:20.

44. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM) 0:20.

45. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/BOA) 0:20.

46. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 0:20.

47. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/TIN) 0:20.

48. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:20.

49. Antoine Duchesne (CAN/DEN) 0:20.

50. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/GIA) 0:24.

51. Gregory Rast (SWI/TRE) 0:27.

52. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/COF) 0:30.

53. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LOT) 0:30.

54. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 0:30.

55. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/LNL) 0:30.

56. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/LNL) 0:30.

57. Georg Preidler (AUT/GIA) 0:30.

58. Julien Vermote (BEL/ETI) 0:30.

59. Greg Henderson (NZL/LOT) 0:35.

60. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:43.

61. Yohann Gene (FRA/DEN) 0:43.

62. Iljo Keisse (BEL/ETI) 0:43.

63. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) 0:50.

64. Petr Vakoc (CZE/ETI) 1:00.

65. Louis Meintjies (RSA/LAM) 1:09.

66. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 1:09.

67. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LOT) 1:09.

68. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 1:09.

69. Sébastien Reichenbach (SWI/FDJ) 1:09.

70. Pierre Rolland (FRA/CAN) 1:09.

71. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA) 1:09.

72. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 1:09.

73. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 1:09.

74. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOA) 1:09.

75. Diego Rosa (ITA/AST) 1:09.

76. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 1:09.

77. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 1:09.

78. Luis Ángel Maté (ESP/COF) 1:09.

79. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 1:09.

80. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/FVC) 1:09.

81. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG/FVC) 1:09.

82. Patrick Konrad (AUT/BOA) 1:09.

83. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 1:09.

84. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA/AST) 1:09.

85. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/ALM) 1:09.

86. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT) 1:09.

87. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 1:09.

88. Martin Elmiger (SWI/IAM) 1:09.

89. Cyril Gautier (FRA/ALM) 1:09.

90. Daniel Teklehaymanot (ERI/DDT) 1:09.

91. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LOT) 1:09.

92. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 1:09.

93. Anthony Roux (FRA/FDJ) 1:09.

94. Robert Wagner (GER/LNL) 1:16.

95. Luka Pibernik (SLO/LAM) 1:18.

96. Tony Martin (GER/ETI) 1:23.

97. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/KAT) 1:47.

98. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT) 2:07.

99. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/CAN) 2:07.

100. Bertjan Lindeman (NED/LNL) 2:15.

101. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LOT) 2:24.

102. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ETI) 2:30.

103. Stef Clement (NED/IAM) 2:58.

104. Steve Morabito (SWI/FDJ) 2:58.

105. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 3:01.

106. Matteo Bono (ITA/LAM) 3:01.

107. Brice Feillu (FRA/FVC) 3:01.

108. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 3:01.

109. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/TRE) 3:37.

110. Frank Schleck (LUX/TRE) 3:42.

111. Jan Polanc (SLO/LAM) 3:42.

112. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN) 3:42.

113. Mathias Frank (SWI/IAM) 3:50.

114. Adrien Petit (FRA/DEN) 3:50.

115. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF) 3:50.

116. Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA/FVC) 3:50.

117. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) 3:50.

118. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 3:50.

119. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 3:50.

120. Tom Slagter (NED/CAN) 3:50.

121. Peter Stetina (USA/TRE) 3:50.

122. Nélson Oliveira (POR/MOV) 3:50.

123. Brent Bookwalter (USA/BMC) 3:50.

124. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) 3:50.

125. Florian Vachon (FRA/FVC) 3:50.

126. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 3:50.

127. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 3:50.

128. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/FVC) 3:50.

129. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 3:50.

130. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST) 3:50.

131. Simon Geschke (GER/GIA) 3:50.

132. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 3:50.

133. Matti Breschel (DEN/CAN) 3:50.

134. Natnael Berhane (ERI/DDT) 3:50.

135. Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI) 3:50.

136. Jan Bárta (CZE/BOA) 3:50.

137. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/KAT) 3:50.

138. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 3:50.

139. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/DDT) 3:50.

140. Mark Cavendish (GBR/DDT) 3:50.

141. Jon Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 3:50.

142. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 3:50.

143. Cesare Benedetti (ITA/BOA) 3:50.

144. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 3:50.

145. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 3:50.

146. Serge Pauwels (BEL/DDT) 3:50.

147. Matthew Hayman (AUS/ORI) 3:50.

148. Christopher Juul-Jensen (DEN/ORI) 3:50.

149. Leigh Howard (AUS/IAM) 5:39.

150. Reto Hollenstein (SWI/IAM) 5:39.

151. Tsgabu Grmay (ETH/LAM) 5:39.

152. Daniel Moreno (ESP/MOV) 5:39.

153. Winner Anacona (COL/MOV) 5:39.

154. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 5:39.

155. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/DEN) 5:39.

156. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 5:39.

157. Alberto Losada (ESP/KAT) 5:39.

158. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 5:39.

159. Angel Vicioso (ESP/KAT) 5:39.

160. Rubén Plaza (ESP/ORI) 5:39.

161. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 5:39.

162. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA/COF) 5:39.

163. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 5:39.

164. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 5:39.

165. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 5:39.

166. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 5:39.

167. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 5:39.

168. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI) 5:39.

169. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/FVC) 5:39.

170. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) 5:39.

171. Jérome Coppel (FRA/IAM) 5:39.

172. George Bennett (NZL/LNL) 5:39.

173. Laurens ten Dam (NED/GIA) 5:39.

174. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 5:39.

175. Alex Howes (USA/CAN) 5:39.

176. Stephen Cummings (GBR/DDT) 5:39.

177. Ian Stannard (GBR/SKY) 5:39.

178. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 5:39.

179. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/LAM) 5:39.

180. William Bonnet (FRA/FDJ) 5:39.

181. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 5:39.

182. Vegard Breen (NOR/FVC) 5:39.

183. Jérôme Cousin (FRA/COF) 5:39.

184. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/DEN) 5:39.

185. Borut Božic (SLO/COF) 5:39.

186. Edward Theuns (BEL/TRE) 5:48.

187. Andreas Schillinger (GER/BOA) 5:59.

188. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOA) 5:59.

189. Alexis Gougeard (FRA/ALM) 5:59.

190. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 5:59.

191. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 5:59.

192. Lawson Craddock (USA/CAN) 17:01.

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