Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Stage 11Pau / Cauterets - Vallée de Saint-Savin

Start 12h05 (Local time)

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Stage summary15.07.2015

Majka wins in the mountains again

Rafal Majka claimed his first victory of the 2015 season as he repeated his two stage victories in Risoul and Saint-Lary-Soulan at the first Tour de France he took part in last year. The Polish climber rode away solo from a breakaway group to clinch the prestigious Souvenir Jacques Goddet at the top of the Tourmalet. A surprise King of the Mountains last year, he confirmed his status as a great Tour de France contender once he got freed from his domestique duties at the service of Alberto...

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Second overall a year ago, France's Jean-Christophe Peraud struggled again in stage 11, finishing 21'44» behind Rafal Majka.

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Everyone knows that my rival for the green jersey is André Greipel. Every day I have to study the stage to beat him. Today it's been hard but maybe less for Rafal [Majka]. I've tried to make the break but all the sprinters were on my wheel. I've lost a lot of energy in the fight for the points of the intermediate sprint but reaching the finishing line in the middle of the peloton has helped me recovering. I'm happy with Rafal's win. It's a morale booster for the team. We keep racing with...

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It's been a very hard beginning of a stage today, with quite many attacks, but in the climbs near the finish I had pretty good feelings, which was important. I think it has taken time for the breakaway to go because we were paying for our efforts from yesterday. In the last climb it went to fast that I couldn't even try anything. Vincenzo Nibali's team has made many riders tired. They like attacking. They like to make a spectacular racing. In some ways, it favors me. An attack from far out...

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Struggling in the climb to La Pierre St Martin, Alberto Contador fared better in today's stage, but still expects «a complicated Tour».

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It's been another very hard stage. Maybe for the viewers it's been calm but I can guarantee that a lot of people have left a lot of energy on the road with the temperatures and the high speed of the first two hours of racing. Actually the last two hours have been tough because of the accumulated effects of the first two hours. It's been brutal! It's a pity there wasn't TV coverage of that moment. It was exciting racing. Everyone was at the limit, the breakaway riders to stay at the front,...

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Third last year, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) again lost round in this 11th stage.

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The stage win was not an objective today but I found an opportunity. I followed an attack and I saw a lot of guys suffering a lot. When we had 45 seconds lead, my sport director told me to go. A lot of people asked me before the Tour de France if I was going for the polka dot jersey again but it's not easy because I came to the Tour to help Alberto Contador. Today's win will boost the team's morale after the abandons of Ivan Basso and Daniele Bennati to whom I dedicate this victory as well...

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Injured in a crash yesterday, France's Warren Barguil (TGA) was dropped on the Tourmalet but fought his way back to preserve his 9th place overall.

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To get another second place after Mûr de Bretagne is a good result, considering how far back I was from the breakaway when I counter attacked. I was weak at the wrong moment when Rafal Majka attacked in the Tourmalet. I just didn't have the legs to follow him at that time. I also had pretty bad legs at the start of the stage, so I took it easy and it was kind of a stupid moment when I decided to chase the breakaway down but I did. As a team we had to do something after what happened...

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Sporting stakes14.07.2015

Tourmalet in sight, Froome in control

French attacker Pierrick Fédrigo who already has four Tour de France stage wins under his belt went away during the first Pyrenean stage but the second one definitely suits his characteristics better. Now that Chris Froome has confirmed in the mountains his dominance in the flat part of the race, he'll be even keener to let a breakaway go from far. Starting in Pau, the self-confessed “capital of the Tour”, for having hosted a stage on 66 occasions already (only Paris and Bordeaux have...

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