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Summary - Stage 11 - Tour de France 2017

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Stage summary12.07.2017

Marcel Kittel is unstoppable

Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors took his fifth stage victory as he outsprinted Dylan Groenewegen and Edvald Boasson Hagen in Pau. Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the first Pyrenean stage to Peyragudes.

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"In stages like today and yesterday, it's difficult to say if I'm in the shape I want to or not because it's just about cruising in the bunch. Tomorrow, I'll know more in the mountains but I certainly like to think that my curve is still on the up. I'm hoping to hit the last week in the best shape I've ever been. I think the number 1 priority will be to not allow someone to come back on GC and I'll keep a close eye on Aru. I'll stick to him like glue."

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"We are riding without our captains [Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka], so we want to take advantage of our opportunities. We have to respect our fans, our sponsors and our staff. Usually working for others, it doesn't often happen to me to work for myself. In the last kilometers, I was thinking that I could do it. With 2km to go, I looked back and I saw the bunch still 200 metres back but it was also only 200 metres…"

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"I'm looking forward to tomorrow more than today because of the stress of the flat stages. Tomorrow it's gonna be very difficult from the beginning and the finish will be hard too. I certainly haven't secured the white jersey yet. It's still a long way to go. The guys behind me are very strong. I'll watch them and if I find a good opportunity at the end, I'll try my luck."

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"I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I hope to have the legs to make the break. But it'll also depend on who else makes the break. I want both the KOM points and the stage victory. I went to Peyragudes for skiing last winter. I managed to ride up there and to Port de Balès as well because there wasn't too much snow. So I know the finish."

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Marcel Kittel: "It's like playing Tetris"

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"It was very nervous. I was twice caught in crashes. I'm happy to get away unhurt and to see the flat stages away. It's never pleasant to crash twice. These are days when you need to be patient and wait for better days. Tomorrow is the queen stage of the Pyrenees but there are several queen stages on the Tour. It's an important stage. Another uphill finish, I hope that well see a great battle. We'll do the best we can. It's a marathon stage of 200 km, it's the kind of stages I like."

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"It's incredible because even being at the top your game, you're never sure to win. In those five bunch sprints I won, I never made a mistake. Today again I could jump from wheel to wheel. It's nice to give the team a win again. Julien Vermote, Jack Bauer, Philippe Gilbert…, they're champions and they gave everything for me to win today. I'm speechless! It's hard to work on winning. Most importantly, I've got the legs and the mind for it at the moment."

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Sporting stakes12.07.2017

Another bunch sprint on the horizon

Following Marcel Kittel's fourth stage win at Bergerac, another bunch gallop is expected at Pau, the third most visited city behind Paris and Bordeaux in the history of the Tour de France. At half way into stage 11, the peloton will greet “The Chapel of the Cyclists” at Labastide-d'Armagnac. It's a church full of cycling memorabilia such as champions' jerseys and bikes. Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx are among the stars who donated some of their personal...

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Presentation - Stage 11 - Tour de France 2017

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17:40Top 5

1. Marcel Kittel

2. Dylan Groenewegen

3. Edvald Boasson Hagen

4. Michael Matthews

5. Dan McLay

17:385th win for Kittel

Kittel beats Groenewegen and Boasson Hagen

17:37All together

Bodnar is reined in with less than 1km to go. Bunch sprint ahead.

17:343km to go

Bodnar has 15 seconds lead with 3km to go

17:316km to go

With 6km to go, despite the peloton chasing hard, Bodnar keeps 30 seconds lead.

17:26Bodnar maintains 40 seconds lead

Maciej Bodnar rides strongly solo and maintains 40 seconds lead with 10km to go.

17:22Bodnar the most aggressive

Maciej Bodnar has been awarded the most aggressive rider price of the day

17:18Contador back in the pack

Alberto Contador is back in the pack.

17:15Bodnar with 20km to go

Maciej Bodnar has 40 seconds lead with 20km to go. Contador is chasing behind the peloton.

17:14Contador and Gogl crash

Crash in the bunch. Alberto Contador is down, so is Michael Gogl who looks more affected than the Spaniard. Jarlinson Pantano waits for Contador.

17:10Bodnar alone with 25km to go

The peloton, timed 45 seconds behind lone leader Bodnar, is about to catch Backaert and Marcato.

17:06Bodnar alone in the lead

Maciej Bodnar attacks with 28km to go. He leaves Backaert and Marcato behind.

17:0230 seconds with 30km to go

The advantage of the leading trio is reduced to 30 seconds with 30km to go.

16:5635km to go

The deficit of the peloton is 50 seconds with 35km to go

16:52Quintana attentive

Nairo Quintana and three of his Movistar team-mates have moved to the first positions of the peloton, apparently very attentive to potential echelons as the peloton is experiencing some side wind and might be exposed to a three quarter head wind soon.

16:4842km to go

Backaert, Marcato and Bodnar have one minute lead left with 42km to go

16:44Vichot calls the doctor again

Arthur Vichot has called the medical car again. It's confirmed by AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu that Romain Bardet also crashed and hit his knee but without consequences apparently.

16:3950km to go

With 50km to go, the deficit of the peloton is 1.30.

16:38Dimitriy Fofonov: "Fuglsang is in pain"

Questioned by FranceTelevisions, Astana's sporting manager Dimitriy Fofonov commented the injuries of his riders Dario Cataldo and Jakob Fuglsang. “Cataldo is a big loss for us”, the Kazakh declared. “He was a key rider. He would have had an important role in the mountains. We have to decide if he undergoes operation in France or in Italy. As for Fuglsang, he already broke the wrist that's injured today. It hurts, he said. The doctor eased his pain. We'll figure out how bad it is at...

16:36Romain Bardet got a bike change

Romain Bardet who has been reported as having crashed as well got a bike change. He's back in the pack with the help of team-mate Cyril Gautier. Arthur Vichot is also back in the pack.

16:33On a slow motion

The peloton slows down to enable the injured riders to come across after crashing.

16:32Vichot injured

Arthur Vichot (FDJ) seems the most injured of the riders involved in another crash. Matthews, Colbrelli and Arashiro also went down. Vichot's left knee seems to hurt.

16:30Backaert first

Frederik Backaert scored one KOM point atop the only categorized climb of the the day, the côte d'Aire-sur-l'Adour with 61km to go

16:28Marcato wins the intermediate sprint

Result of the intermediate sprint at Aire-sur-l'Adour (km 142.5):

1.      Marco Marcato, 20 points

2.      Frederik Backaert, 17

3.      Maciej Bodnar, 15

At 2.20:       

4.      Alexander Kristoff, 13

5.      Michael Matthews, 11

6.      Marcel Kittel, 10

7.      André Greipel, 9

8.      Sonny Colbrelli, 8

9.      Philippe Gilbert, 7

10.  Zdenek Stybar,...

16:12Davis Phinney at the Tour, 30 years on...

Thirty years ago on July 12, Davis Phinney won his second stage of the Tour de France in Bordeaux. The father of Taylor, first polka dot jersey holder this year, is visiting the Tour in Pau today along with his wife Connie Carpenter who was the first Olympic champion of the history for women road racing in 1984 in Los Angeles.

16:0642.5km/h since the start

42.7km have been covered by Backaert, Marcato and Bodnar in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.5km/h.

16:03Fuglsang calls the doctor

Jakob Fuglsang has called the medical car to get his left wrist treated.

15:57Fuglsang also crashed

Jakob Fuglsang was also involved in the crash that took his team-mate Dario Cataldo out of the Tour. The consequences of this crash are unclear but he's in the bunch.

15:45Soon in the village of Luis Ocaña

At km 131, the peloton will pass the village of Le Houga, which was the home of the 1973 Tour de France winner Luis Ocaña. His father moved from Spain to work there as a woodcutter. Ocaña died in 1994. He was the second Spanish winner of the Tour after Federico Bahamontes (1959).

15:42Cataldo quits the Tour de France

Dario Cataldo is in the ambulance

15:40Degenkolb back in the pack

John Degenkolb who was also involved in the crash is back in the pack.

15:38Crash in the feed zone

Crash in the feed zone. Perrig Quéméneur (Direct Energie) and Dario Cataldo (Astana) are on the ground. The Italian looks to have a broken wrist.

15:32500km at the front for Backaert

Frederik Backaert has now accumulated 500km in a breakaway as he is at the front for the third time after stage 3 from Verviers to Longwy and stage 6 from Vesoul to Troyes.

15:22Philippe Gilbert leads the peloton

With 105km to go, it's Philippe Gilbert leading the bunch for Quick Step and no longer Julien Vermote. The deficit of the peloton is two minutes.

15:17At the chapel of the cyclists

The peloton is getting close to “The Chapel of the Cyclists” at Labastide-d'Armagnac. It's a church full of cycling memorabilia such as champions' jerseys and bikes. Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx are among the stars who donated some of their personal items to this museum of cycling created by Father Joseph Massie in 1959. The last time the Tour de France passed by was in 2000 when the riders were going from Agen to Pau. It'll be the fifth time since 1984....

15:111.45 with 110km to go

The leading trio is 1.45 ahead with 110km to go

15:0842.4km/h since the start

41.2km have been covered by Marcato, Bodnar and Backaert in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.4km/h.

15:07Froome has Indurain in sight

Shall he keep the yellow jersey all the way to Paris, Chris Froome will equal Miguel Indurain with 60 days in the lead of the Tour de France. The Spaniard did it from 1991 to 1995. Bernard Hinault (77) and Eddy Merckx (97) remain out of reach for the Brit this year.

15:03Chris Froome: "It's a dream to equal Anquetil"

Chris Froome told letour.com this morning: "It's a dream to be in the yellow jersey for a 50th day and equalling Jacques Anquetil.Today, the idea is to stay safely in he peloton, hope to have a day without problems and save energy for tomorrow and the Pyrenees."

15:0150th day in yellow for Chris Froome

Chris Froome is in the yellow jersey for the fiftieth time today since he first took it at Ax-3 domaines in 2013 on the occasion of the first Pyrenean stage of the 100th Tour de France. Today, he equals Jacques Anquetil with 50 yellow jerseys but this kind of statistics is biaised by the half stages contested the same day in the 60s and 70s. It even happened to have three stages in one day. In 1961, Anquetil took the yellow jersey on day 1 but in the afternoon after a morning stage won by...

14:50No more wind in the forest

The peloton is cruising in the middle of the immense forest of the Landes. Therefore, the riders don't feel the three-quarter head wind anymore - for now... It's cloudy but dry. Temperature: 23.5°.

14:44Steven de Neef: "The wind direction is not good for the breakaway"

Questioned by FranceTelevision, Wanty-Groupe Gobert's sport director Steven de Neef declared: “As we announced it at the beginning of the Tour de France, it's our goal to do this, to break away. This morning we expected the wind to blow from the west but it appears to blow from the south and that's not good for the escapees. Fortunately, Marcato and Bodnar, who are at the front with our rider Frederik Backaert, are two strong rouleurs too. But once again, it'll be difficult for the guys...

14:33Time gap on the down

With 138km to go, the time gap decreases: 2.30

14:29Mikel Landa: “I'd love to make the top 10, but…”

Team Sky rider Mikel Landa who was the King of the Mountain at the Giro d'Italia and is currently sixth on GC at the Tour de France declared to Spanish daily newspaper Marca: “I'd be happy to finish in the top 10 but it'll be complicated because I have to work for the leader [Chris Froome]. It won't be easy to win a stage either. I'm feeling better every day. I hope to reach a good level by the end of this week and an even better one for the last part of the Tour.”

14:27Machado in the chase

Tiago Machado (Katusha) has joined Julien Vermote and Lars Bak at the head of the peloton. Time gap: 3 minutes after 60km of racing.

14:1250km covered

The leading trio has covered 50km. Time gap on the down: 4 minutes

14:0443.6km in the first hour

Backaert, Marcato and Bodnar have covered 43.6km in the first hour of racing

13:594.30 after 40km

The deficit of the peloton remains 4.30 after 40km of racing.

13:49Thomas Boudat: "Even Voeckler led me out"

Thomas Boudat explained to newspaper Sud-Ouest: “My first week of the Tour was a period of discovery. I wanted to reach the rest day before getting my chance in the two sprints close from home [yesterday and today]. I'm grateful the team worked for me yesterday. Even Thomas Voeckler who doesn't want to crash in this Tour [his last one] led me out in the sprint.” Boudat is a former world champion for omnium but put an end to his track career after being disappointed by his performance at...

13:43More about Boudat... and little Boudat

Boudat who finished 11th yesterday is the grand-son of Joseph Cigana who took part in the 1954 Tour de France. He's the nephew of Alain Cigana who rode the Tour in 1974, 1975 and 1976. His cousin Massimo Cigana who is an Italian rode for MercatoneUno along with Marco Pantani. His younger brother Nicolas is one of the best junior riders in France and he visited him at the start in Eymet this morning. “I hope Thomas will make the top 10 today”, Nicolas told letour.com.

13:38In Marmande, Boudat is close to home

In Marmande (at km 30 of today's race), the home of Pierrick Fédrigo, the last Tour de France stage winner in Pau (2010, 2012) who retired at the GP Plouay last year, Boudat will pass less than 50km away from his parents' vineyards in Mourens. The family Boudat-Cigana produces an excellent Bordeaux. They brought a few bottles of their new wine to the Direct Energie team during the rest day in Dordogne.

13:3725km covered: 4.10

The leading trio is 4.10 ahead of the peloton at km 25

13:36Thomas Boudat is today's hero

Today's enfant du pays is Thomas Boudat of Direct Energie, since FDJ riders Mickaël Delage and Matthieu Ladagnous aren't in the bunch. Delage who is from the Dordogne where the race started in Eymet is out of the Tour after escorting his leader Arnaud Démare who couldn't make the time limit on stage 9. Ladagnous who is from Nay in the near south east of Pau hasn't been selected after he was busy racing for Thibaut Pinot at the Giro d'Italia.

13:35Six second places for Degenkolb

John Degenkolb is taking part in his 5th Tour de France. He's yet to win a stage but finished second on six occasions. It was the second time it happened to him in Bergerac yesterday. In 2014, he won the bunch sprint in the city of the Dordogne but behind lone leader Ramunas Navardauskas.

13:32John Degenkolb: "It could be different today"

John Degenkolb (Trek) declared to letour.com this morning: "Yes I rode a good sprint yesterday. My form is improving after the bad crash I had and it showed yesterday. But Kittel for the moment is unbeatable even if things can change quickly on the Tour. Today could be pretty different if we have crosswinds. The finale is very technical with lots of roundabouts and corners. The key will be to be in a good position."

13:29Contador gets a wheel change

Alberto Contador gets a wheel change and make his way back to the peloton helped by Michael Gogl.

13:26Kittel at half way into the record?

With four stage wins under his belt already, Marcel Kittel has half the record of eight stage victories in a single Tour hold by Charles Pélissier (1930), Eddy Merckx (1970, 74) and Freddy Maertens (1976), some of them having been conquered at the time of the "half-stages". Kittel has four other occasions to win a bunch sprint this year: today in Pau, stage 16 at Romans-sur-Isère, stage 19 at Salon-de-Provence and stage 21 in Paris.

13:20Julien Vermote at the head of the peloton

Like yesterday, Julien Vermote (Quick-Step Floors) has seized the reins of the peloton followed by Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal). Time gap: 3.30 after 12km.

13:105km, 2.30

After 5km, Marcato, Bodnar and De Neef are 2.30 in the lead

13:09Team Sky with the yellow bibs and helmets

Team Sky leads the teams' classification by 7.12 over AG2R-La Mondiale and 26.17 over Astana.

13:09Simon Yates in white

Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) remains the best young rider with an advantage of 2.58 over Louis Meintjes (UAE) and 3.28 over Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale).

13:08Warren Barguil with the polka dot jersey

Warren Barguil (Sunweb) wears the polka dot jersey for the second time. He has 60 points in the King of the Mountains classification, exactly the double as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), 30, followed by Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), 27. There is one category 4 climb today: Côte d'Aire-sur-l'Adour at km 145.5.

13:07Marcel Kittel with a big advance

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) holds the green jersey with 275 points. Runner up Michael Matthews (Sunweb) has 173 points, André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) has 150. 70 points are up for grabs today with a maximum of 20 at the intermediate sprint in Aire-sur-l'Adour (km 142.5) and 50 on the finishing line in Pau.

13:053 in the lead

Marcato (UAE), Bodnar (Bora) and Backaert (Wanty) are gone clear from the gun. No reaction from the peloton.

13:04The race is on

The start proper has been given to 180 riders at 13.04.

13:02Chris Froome in yellow again

Chris Froome (Sky) is in the yellow jersey for the sixth day in this Tour de France. While the Pyrenees are looming, he leads the overall ranking by 18 seconds over Fabio Aru (Astana), 51 seconds over Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), 55 seconds over Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and 1.37 over Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).

13:01Second half of the Tour

The peloton is now in the second half of the Tour de France after they passed half way 3.5km before the finish yesterday.

13:01Riders on the move

The peloton is rolling towards the start proper at the exit of Eymet.

12:48Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 11 in the 104th Tour de France, 203.5km from Eymet to Pau. Start scheduled at 13.05.

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