Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Stage 11Besançon / Oyonnax

Start 12h50 (Local time)

Key moments





see all the videos View all the photos

Stage summary16.07.2014

More fireworks for Gallopin

Tony Gallopin had his day of glory as he wore the yellow jersey on Bastille Day but he suffered a lot in the Vosges and didn't enjoy the ride really but he made it up after the rest day as he claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France in a brilliant manner. He attacked twice in the last five kilometers to deliver another thrilling finale in Oyonnax while Vincenzo Nibali retained the lead and Andrew Talansky experienced a completely different feeling with a sore back at the far...

read more

Garmin Sharp team director Charly Wegelius praised Andrew Talansky for finishing the stage inside the time cut in spite of awful pain in the back.  

read more

Green jersey wearer.

read more

Most aggressive rider.

read more

Suffering from pain in the back and on the verge of giving up, Andrew Talansky (GRS) finally crossed the line in last place, 32'05» behind stage winner Tony Gallopin.

read more

Suffering from a muscle injury since stage 5, John Degenkolb still managed second place in today's stage.

read more

"It's been hot today. We've passed from an extreme condition to the opposite one but I'm not sure the heat is particularly good for me because I'm from Sicily. By now I have ridden my bike and performed in any kind of weather condition. A big trouble because of the heat can happen to anyone, any time. Maybe that's what happened to Talansky today, I don't exactly know. It's been reported that I can lose the Tour because of the heat, because of crashes or because of my team. Crashes also can...

read more


How to adapt to the heat

The rest day was also an opportunity for Tour de France teams to prepare for the heat which suddenly hit the race on Wednesday.

read more

Off the bus quotes16.07.2014

Rest is over

After Tuesday's rest day, everyone is ready to tackle the second half of the Tour de France, which should be sunny at last.

read more

The of the town16.07.2014

Will a Frenchman be on the podium?

After the reshuffling of La Planche des Belles Filles and the presence of four Frenchmen in the top 10 of the Tour de France, the question at the village depart in Besancon was whether a Frenchman can make it on the podium in Paris.

read more

Sporting stakes16.07.2014

Sagan is the man

Traditionally, in the second week of the Tour de France, the race resumes on Tuesday after a rest day on Monday but this year, the organizers have prolonged the first third of the race by one day, otherwise, Bastille Day would have been a day off and it would have been a pity for the fans. Stage 10 has been epic with Michal Kwiatkowski's attempt to anticipate the action of the favorites from far out, with Alberto Contador crashing and eventually abandoning the race after the two other...

read more

While his leader, Pierre Rolland, lost more than six minutes on Vincenzo Nibali halfway through this Tour de France, Jean-Rene Bernaudeau is convinced that nothing is lost for Team Europcar.

read more

How was the first time ?15.07.2014

Marcel Wyss hoping to avenge his room-mate

Marcel Wyss was sharing Mathias Frank's room in the beginning of the Tour de France. He was also supposed to assist his room-mate in the mountains in this 101st edition.

read more

See you15.07.2014

Km 26 - A pinch of salt

Famous for its exceptional Royal Saltworks created by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux between 1773 and 1779, Arc-et-Senans hosted stage starts in 1996 and 2012

read more

Newsflashes (Local time)

17:21Top 5

1. Tony Gallopin (Lotto), 4.25.45

2. John Degenkolb (Giant)

3. Matteo Trentin (OPQS)

4. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff)

5. Simon Gerrans (Orica), all same time

17:18The winner is... Tony Gallopin!

Tony Gallopin wins stage 11 as he resists to the peloton.

17:16Gallopin alone at the flamme rouge

Gallopin is gone

17:15Gallopin goes again!

2.5km to go, Gallopin attacks again.

17:144.5km to go: Gallopin caught

Gallopin is caught by Rogers (Tinkoff),Kwiatkowski (OPQS) and Sagan (Cannondale).

17:10Roche the most aggressive

Nicolas Roche has been awarded the price of most aggressive rider of the day.

17:0910km to go: Gallopin in the lead

Gallopin insists

17:08Coquard and Degenkolb at the back

Noted in the second group: Bryan Coquard, John Degenkolb...

17:06Gallopin tries his luck downhill

Former Maillot Jaune Tony Gallopin tries to go solo in the downhill.

17:05Talansky and Hunter still in talks

Robbie Hunter, the first African to have won a stage at the Tour de France in Montpellier in 2007, is making very efficient debuts as a directeur sportif. He keeps encouraging Andrew Talansky from his support car. The American from Garmin-Sharp seems likely to make the time cut in Oyonnax despite his sore back.

17:02Split in the bunch

The bunch is split in two. World champion Rui Costa is in the second group.

17:00Roche reeled in

Nicolas Roche is reeled in with 16km to go.

16:59Martin on the hunt

Tony Martin leads the peloton behind lone leader Nicolas Roche in the downhill of the Echallons.

16:5719km to: only Roche ahead

Côte d'Echallon:

1. Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 2 points 0.20:

2. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 1

16:55Serpa and Scarponi down

Serpa and Scarponi crash uphill. They're back on their bike.

16:52Roche in the lead

With 21km to go, Roche is alone away.

16:51Elmiger, game over

Elmiger is reeled in. Roche goes away solo at the front.

16:5022km to go: 14 seconds

Cannondale and Orica keeps riding hard at the head of the peloton. Their deficit is down to 14 seconds with 22km to go. Roche accelerates in the front group as he climbs the côte d'Echallon.

16:4525km to go

25km to go: 23 seconds between the five leaders and the main peloton.

16:40Orica and Cannondale chase

With 30km to go, the peloton is led by Orica and Cannondale again. Time gap to the five leaders: 27 seconds.

16:33Five riders in the lead

With 36km to go, five riders in the lead: Gautier (Europcar), Herrada (Movistar), Elmiger (IAM), Roche (Tinkoff) and Bakelants (OPQS).

16:31Gautier and Herrada in pursuit

Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) are about to catch the leading trio.

16:29Three riders in the lead

Roche and Bakelants have rejoined Elmiger. Three riders in the lead with 37km to go. Peloton at 35 seconds.

16:28Côte de Choux

1. Martin Elmiger (IAM), 2 points

2. Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 1

16:26Elmiger still in the lead

Martin Elmiger keeps fighting alone at the front. He's first atop the côte de Choux.

16:23Lemoine reeled in

Cyril Lemoine is back in the peloton in the second climb of the day, the côte de Choux

16:19Roche and Bakelants in the chase

Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff) and Jan Bakelants (OPQS) are chasing Elmiger down. They're at 30 seconds with 43km to go. Peloton at 1 minute, Talansky at 15'45''.

16:17Elmiger first at côte de Rogna

Côte de Rogna:

1. Martin Elmiger (IAM), 2 points

2. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 1

16:16Charly Wegelius: «A big disillusion for Talansky»

Questioned in French by France Televisions, Garmin-Sharp's first directeur sportif Charly Wegelius said: “Andrew came to the Tour with a lot of ambitions. It's a big disillusion for him. He fights and shows his courage. He doesn't want to stop. We hope that he reaches the finishing line. If he's got the legs, he'll come across to the laughing group.”

16:12Slagter and Bakelants on the move

TJ Slagter (Garmin) and Jan Bakelants (OPQS) are gone away from the bunch

16:09Elmiger alone in the lead

In the côte de Rogna, Elmiger goes away solo. Lemoine can't follow.

16:07Talansky resumes racing!

Robbie Hunter has convinced Andrew Talansky to resume racing. The American resumes racing, alone off the back.

16:06Delaplace caught by the bunch

Anthony Delaplace is back in the bunch. Many riders are dropped. Elia Viviani is one of them. Marcel Kittel another one, with Ji Cheng.

16:04Talansky quits

With 60km to go, Andrew Talansky calls it a race. His DS Robbie Hunter talks to him a lot on the road side.

16:01Delaplace dropped

Anthony Delaplace gets dropped in the côte de Rogna. The race has entered its lumpy phase.

16:00Talansky: it's the back

The staff of Garmin-Sharp informed France Televisions that Andrew Talansky woke up this morning with a sore back but the winner of the Dauphiné said after being dropped that he wouldn't pull out. He's nicknamed "The pitbull" after all... He's now 6.10 behind the peloton.

15:5643.6km/h after three hours

43.1km have been covered in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 43.6km/h.

15:55Garmin at the head of the peloton

Garmin-Sharp is now pulling hard at the head of the peloton while their leader Andrew Talansky keeps riding alone off the back.

15:47Talansky alone off the back

With 62km to go, the peloton led by Cannondale rides hard behind the breakaway riders. Their deficit is reduced to 2.55 while Andrew Talansky is alone off the back at 6.14.

15:41Eddy Seigneur: "They need four minutes lead with 50km to go»

Questioned during the race by, IAM Cycling's DS Eddy Seigneur considered the chances for breakaway rider Martin Elmiger to succeed: “We always hope that it works but Cannondale and Orica seem to be willing to catch us. Our hope is that the finale is made for an eventful race. The breakaway riders will keep defending their chances but they would have been more important if the group was bigger. They need four minutes lead with 50km to go.”

15:34Talansky 1.20 behind

Andrew Talansky cruises 1.20 behind the peloton. He's encouraged by his directeur sportif Robert Hunter but no team-mate awaits him.

15:3175km to go

With 75km to go, the time gap is 3.30. Cannondale and Orica are still leading the peloton.

15:22Talansky in trouble

Andrew Talansky had a puncture earlier in the race but now, he got dropped from the peloton and he can't follow the ryhthm of the riders to come across to the peloton after answering the call of the nature. The American winner of the Dauphiné crashed twice in the first week.

15:15Time gap back on the up

New time gap with 85km to go: 4.40. The riders have enjoyed a tail wind since the start in Besançon.

15:13A lot of withdrawals...

French daily sports newspaper L'Equipe noted that 19 riders (including today's non starter Fabian Cancellara) have pulled out in the first ten stages, which is above the average of the number of abandons at that point of the race in the five past editions of the Tour de France: 17.

15:043.50 at the sprint line

Time gap on the line of the intermediate sprint: 3.50.

15:03Sagan didn't force his talent this time...

Result of the intermediate sprint in Charcier, km 89

1.    Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), 20 points

2.    Martin Elmiger (IAM), 17

3.    Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne), 15

4.    André Greipel (Lotto), 13

5.    Marcel Kittel (Giant), 11

6.    Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), 10

7.    Mark Renshaw (OPQS), 9

8.    Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 8

9.    Roy Curvers...

14:56Average speed: 43.8km/h

The average speed after two hours of racing: 43.8.

14:55Cyril Lemoine wins the intermediate sprint at Charcier

Cyril Lemoine sprinted to the line of the intermediate sprint at Charcier, km 89

14:45Only one "V7" left

Following the withdrawal of Fabian Cancellara, Marcel Kittel remains the most successful rider in the peloton in terms of stage wins. His three victories in the first week were added to the four he claimed last year to make it a "V7" on his frame plate until he wins another one. His next big goal is on Sunday in Nîmes.

14:27Down to 4.40

At Montrond, km 64, the time gap is 4.40.

14:25Viviani in a domestique role

It's Elia Viviani stretching the peloton. As he told this morning, the Italian sprinter had two options: either he'd make the breakaway or he'd ride in support of Peter Sagan.

14:22Five minutes

The time gap at km 60 is five minutes.

14:2047.5km in the first hour

The leading trio covered 47.5km in the first hour of racing.

14:145.40 at km 55

The advantage of the leaders keep going down: 5.40 at km 55.

14:10Six minutes

The gap keeps going down: 6 minutes.

14:09Alexis Vuillermoz: "The climbs are hard!"

Local newspaper Le Progrès asked AG2R-La Mondiale rider Alexis Vuillermoz to reconnoitre today's course, which uses his usual training roads. The Frenchman who finished 11th at the Giro d'Italia gave an interesting insight: “Three of the four climbs have been classified in third category but I find the organizers very optimistic! I know those climbs really well, they're harder than that. The côte de Rogna isn't too difficult but the end of the côte de Choux is steep. I can guarantee...

14:06Time gap on the down

Cannondale and GreenEdge have decided to ruin the breakaway. The time gap goes down to 6.15.

14:04Km 50: 6.30

At km 50, the time gap is 6.30.

14:00Peloton strunge out

Following one rider from GreenEdge and two from Cannondale, the peloton is stretched and obviously active in chasing the leading trio.

13:58Cannondale and Orica in the chase

The time gap is stabilized at 6.45 with teams Orica-GreenEdge and Cannondale setting the pace of the peloton at km 46.

13:51Time gap: 6.10

New time gap: 6.10.

13:484.40 at km 39

Lemoine, Elmiger and Delaplace have a lead of 4.40 after 39km of racing.

13:36Two minutes

New time gap: two minutes

13:35Time gap: 1.30

Km 36: the time gap between the leading trio and the bunch is 1.30.

13:34Degenkolb calls for medical assistance, Greipel punctures

German sprinters in trouble: John Degenkolb who is injured since stage 6 has called for the medical assistance car while stage 6 winner André Greipel has a flat tyre.

13:31Three leaders

Three riders in the lead: Elmiger (IAM), Lemoine (Cofidis), Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché Environnement).

13:29Km 31: 30 seconds lead

At km 31, Elmiger has 10 seconds lead over Lemoine and Delaplace. Peloton at 30 seconds. No reaction so far.

13:28Lemoine and Delaplace in the chase

Elmiger is gone at km 28, quickly chased down by Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne)

13:27Elmiger on the move

The race unfolds near the Swiss border today. Fabian Cancellara took the opportunity to quit the race. Swiss champion Martin Elmiger (IAM) attacks.

13:24Peloton at Arc-et-Senans

At km 26, the peloton is at Arc-et-Senans, twice a starting stage, in 1996 and 2012. That's where Bradley Wiggins started his first winning time trial at the Tour de France.

13:21Feeding allowed at km 28

Exceptionnally and due to the hot conditions of racing, feeding from the team car will be allowed fromkm 28 onwards. It often coincides with the breakaway to take shape as the back of the peloton slows down for bottles collection.

13:17Km 18: fast, fast, fast....

At km 18, the bunch is strunge out, riding at a very fast speed.

13:14Sagan is reined in

Peter Sagan has been caught. All together at km 17.

13:12Sagan insists

Peter Sagan continues in the lead with a chasing group riding flat out at his pursuit.

13:11Sagan: 5 seconds lead

Peter Sagan has 5 seconds lead. He's away solo...

13:09Sagan attacks!

After regrouping, Peter Sagan attacks at km 13!

13:09All together

At km 12 it's all together again and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) tries his luck for the second time

13:06Hansen tries his luck

Australian rider Adam Hansen (Lotto) is alone in the lead at km 10 but the peloton chases hard.

13:01All together at km 7

End of the breakaway at km 7.

13:0010 seconds lead

The leading quartet only has ten seconds of advantage.

12:59Devenyns is the fourth man

Dries Devenyns (Giant) is the fourth rider in the lead. He has rejoined Roy, Rast and Pineau.

12:57Peloton riding fast

One rider has joined the three leaders and the peloton is riding fast.

12:57Roy, Rast and Pineau in the lead

Three riders in the lead: Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Gregory Rast (Trek) and Jérôme Pineau (IAM).

12:55Three riders in the lead at km 2

Three riders have broken clear.


The peloton reacts to the first attacks. All together at km 1.5.

12:53Garmin on the attack

The first rider to attack from the gun is identified by Tour director Christian Prudhomme as being from the Garmin-Sharp team.

12:52The race is on

The start proper has been given to 179 riders at 12.52.

12:52Michael Morkov: «A new Tour begins for us»

Questioned by before the start, Michael Morkov explained how a new Tour de France begins for Tinkoff-Saxo riders who now have the freedom to target stage wins after the sad departure of Alberto Contador. “It totally changes our way of racing”, said the Dane who was an early attacker in the 2012 Tour de France and wore the polka dot jersey for a week. “It's a new race for us. We'll try and go for stage wins, myself included. We have a lot of guys in the team who are fresh and...

12:49Mercury rising

It's going to be a hot day on the route of the Tour de France: 29.5° recorded at the line of the start proper.

12:45Kittel also punctures

Another stage winner has a flat tyre in the neutral zone: Marcel Kittel (Giant).

12:43Boom punctures in the neutral zone

Stage 5 winner Lars Boom has a flat tyre in the neutral zone. The peloton will be asked to wait for him before the actual start.

12:40Simon Gerrans: «I've ridden the last 50km, it looks good for me»

Questioned before the start by, Australian champion and Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans declared: “On paper, this is a good stage for me. But I have no clue of what's gonna happen. This is the Tour de France. It's harder to catch the right move than at any other race. The day after the Critérium du Dauphiné, I've ridden the last 50 kilometres of today's stage. It looks good for me. It's selective with very narrow roads. There's nothing too hard and nothing too long....

12:3927° and sunny in Besançon

Great weather at the Tour today: it's sunny with 27° at the start in Besançon.

12:38Elia Viviani: «It's a day for breaking away»

Questioned before the start by, Elia Viviani got to know that the last ten kilometers of today's stage are the same as for stage 2 of the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné that he won in Oyonnax, beating Gianni Meersman in a bunch sprint of riders who overcame the hills [Nacer Bouhanni and Thor Hushovd didn't]. It's a similar course in terms of difficulties but the climbs aren't the same as the Dauphiné came to Oyonnax from the east and today's stage comes from the north.

12:37In the neutral zone

The riders are cruising in the neutral zone.

12:35AG2R-La Mondiale newly in the lead

AG2R-La Mondiale has taken the command of the teams' classification with the great performances of Jean-Christophe Péraud, Romain Bardet and Christophe Riblon at La Planche des belles filles. The French squad has 3.19 over Astana and 4.25 over Belkin. They'll probably do their best to have one or two riders in the breakaway today for the teams' classification as much as for a stage victory.

12:34Bardet is a leader now

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is the new best young rider. He wore the white jersey earlier on in the Tour as a runner up to Peter Sagan but he's now the leader with 46 seconds lead over Thibaut Pinot, which leads to a potential duel between the two young exciting French climbers. Bardet warned that his main goal is a top ten finish overall rather than the white jersey.

12:34Rodriguez is a new comfortable leader

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is the new King of the Mountains. He has the perfect pedigree for the polka dot jersey and 17 points lead over Thomas Voeckler. Therefore, he'll keep his jersey today providing that he'll complete the stage inside the time cut, as a maximum of ten points are up for grab today.

12:33Peter Sagan always in green...

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is the only rider who has kept his jersey during stage 10. He even went for an epic ride in the mountains to win his first intermediate sprint and collect twenty more points. His lead has increased to 131 points over Bryan Coquard and 141 over Marcel Kittel. It's enormous!

12:32Nibali is back in the yellow jersey

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is back in the lead after giving Tony Gallopin a day of glory on Bastille Day. He doesn't have to look at Alberto Contador anymore. The Spaniard has pulled out after breaking a tibia in stage 10. Richie Porte is second at 2.23. Alejandro Valverde is third at 2.47. They are the main threats to the yellow jersey now but the Australian and the Spaniard will probably wait for the Alpine stages on Friday and Saturday to try and dethrone “The Shark”.

12:31Four climbs, all in the last 46km

Climbs of the day:

-    Km 141: côte de Rogna (cat. 3), 7.6km at 4.9%

-    Km 148.5: côte de Choux (cat. 3), 1.7km at 6.5%

-    Km 152.5: côte de Désertin (cat. 4), 3.1km at 5.2%

-    Km 168: côte d'Echallon (cat. 3), 3km at 6.6%

12:30Cancellara is a non-starter

Fabian Cancellara (Trek) is a non-starter today. Yesterday at the "Table de Gustave", the hotel named after famous painter Gustave Courbet in Ornans, he planned the second part of his season with team manager Luca Guercilena and decided to pull out of the Tour de France in order to prepare for the world championship in Spain at the end of September.

12:27Jersey holders on the start line

After the thrilling stages in the Vosges, the jersey holders on the front line of stage 11 in Besançon are Vncenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Joaquim Rodriguez (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white).


Welcome to the live coverage of stage 11 from Besançon to Oyonnax (187.5km) on The start of the race is scheduled at 12.30.


Jersey wearers after the stage 9

Classifications after the stage 9

Sponsorship and Environment

Since its creation, Amaury Sport Organisation has been committed to various charity work. Read more

Amaury Sport Organisation is engaged in an integration of the environment in the organization of races approach. Read more

The Jerseys of the Tour


Receive exclusive news about the Tour de France


Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?

  • Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
  • No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
  • No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
  • No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%
2498 votes

Discover Historical Guide

Partners of Le Tour