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
King of the Mountains.read more
Stage 11 winner.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
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
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
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
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 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
Newsflashes (Local time)
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
|17:18||The winner is... Tony Gallopin!|
Tony Gallopin wins stage 11 as he resists to the peloton.
|17:16||Gallopin alone at the flamme rouge|
Gallopin is gone
|17:15||Gallopin goes again!|
2.5km to go, Gallopin attacks again.
|17:14||4.5km to go: Gallopin caught|
Gallopin is caught by Rogers (Tinkoff),Kwiatkowski (OPQS) and Sagan (Cannondale).
|17:10||Roche the most aggressive|
Nicolas Roche has been awarded the price of most aggressive rider of the day.
|17:09||10km to go: Gallopin in the lead|
|17:08||Coquard and Degenkolb at the back|
Noted in the second group: Bryan Coquard, John Degenkolb...
|17:06||Gallopin tries his luck downhill|
Former Maillot Jaune Tony Gallopin tries to go solo in the downhill.
|17:05||Talansky 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.
|17:02||Split in the bunch|
The bunch is split in two. World champion Rui Costa is in the second group.
|17:00||Roche reeled in|
Nicolas Roche is reeled in with 16km to go.
|16:59||Martin on the hunt|
Tony Martin leads the peloton behind lone leader Nicolas Roche in the downhill of the Echallons.
|16:57||19km to: only Roche ahead|
1. Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 2 points
2. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 1
|16:55||Serpa and Scarponi down|
Serpa and Scarponi crash uphill. They're back on their bike.
|16:52||Roche in the lead|
With 21km to go, Roche is alone away.
|16:51||Elmiger, game over|
Elmiger is reeled in. Roche goes away solo at the front.
|16:50||22km 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.
|16:45||25km to go|
25km to go: 23 seconds between the five leaders and the main peloton.
|16:40||Orica and Cannondale chase|
With 30km to go, the peloton is led by Orica and Cannondale again. Time gap to the five leaders: 27 seconds.
|16:33||Five riders in the lead|
With 36km to go, five riders in the lead: Gautier (Europcar), Herrada (Movistar), Elmiger (IAM), Roche (Tinkoff) and Bakelants (OPQS).
|16:31||Gautier and Herrada in pursuit|
Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) are about to catch the leading trio.
|16:29||Three riders in the lead|
Roche and Bakelants have rejoined Elmiger. Three riders in the lead with 37km to go. Peloton at 35 seconds.
|16:28||Côte de Choux|
1. Martin Elmiger (IAM), 2 points
2. Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff), 1
|16:26||Elmiger still in the lead|
Martin Elmiger keeps fighting alone at the front. He's first atop the côte de Choux.
|16:23||Lemoine reeled in|
Cyril Lemoine is back in the peloton in the second climb of the day, the côte de Choux
|16:19||Roche 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''.
|16:17||Elmiger first at côte de Rogna|
Côte de Rogna:
1. Martin Elmiger (IAM), 2 points
2. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 1
|16:16||Charly 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.”
|16:12||Slagter and Bakelants on the move|
TJ Slagter (Garmin) and Jan Bakelants (OPQS) are gone away from the bunch
|16:09||Elmiger alone in the lead|
In the côte de Rogna, Elmiger goes away solo. Lemoine can't follow.
|16:07||Talansky resumes racing!|
Robbie Hunter has convinced Andrew Talansky to resume racing. The American resumes racing, alone off the back.
|16:06||Delaplace 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.
With 60km to go, Andrew Talansky calls it a race. His DS Robbie Hunter talks to him a lot on the road side.
Anthony Delaplace gets dropped in the côte de Rogna. The race has entered its lumpy phase.
|16:00||Talansky: 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.
|15:56||43.6km/h after three hours|
43.1km have been covered in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 43.6km/h.
|15:55||Garmin 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.
|15:47||Talansky 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.
|15:41||Eddy Seigneur: "They need four minutes lead with 50km to go»|
Questioned during the race by letour.fr, 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.”
|15:34||Talansky 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.
|15:31||75km to go|
With 75km to go, the time gap is 3.30. Cannondale and Orica are still leading the peloton.
|15:22||Talansky 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.
|15:15||Time 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.
|15:13||A 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.
|15:04||3.50 at the sprint line|
Time gap on the line of the intermediate sprint: 3.50.
|15:03||Sagan didn't force his talent this time...|
Result of the intermediate sprint in Charcier, km 89
|14:56||Average speed: 43.8km/h|
The average speed after two hours of racing: 43.8.
|14:55||Cyril Lemoine wins the intermediate sprint at Charcier|
Cyril Lemoine sprinted to the line of the intermediate sprint at Charcier, km 89
|14:45||Only 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.
|14:27||Down to 4.40|
At Montrond, km 64, the time gap is 4.40.
|14:25||Viviani in a domestique role|
It's Elia Viviani stretching the peloton. As he told letour.fr this morning, the Italian sprinter had two options: either he'd make the breakaway or he'd ride in support of Peter Sagan.
The time gap at km 60 is five minutes.
|14:20||47.5km in the first hour|
The leading trio covered 47.5km in the first hour of racing.
|14:14||5.40 at km 55|
The advantage of the leaders keep going down: 5.40 at km 55.
The gap keeps going down: 6 minutes.
|14:09||Alexis 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...
|14:06||Time gap on the down|
Cannondale and GreenEdge have decided to ruin the breakaway. The time gap goes down to 6.15.
|14:04||Km 50: 6.30|
At km 50, the time gap is 6.30.
|14:00||Peloton strunge out|
Following one rider from GreenEdge and two from Cannondale, the peloton is stretched and obviously active in chasing the leading trio.
|13:58||Cannondale 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.
|13:51||Time gap: 6.10|
New time gap: 6.10.
|13:48||4.40 at km 39|
Lemoine, Elmiger and Delaplace have a lead of 4.40 after 39km of racing.
New time gap: two minutes
|13:35||Time gap: 1.30|
Km 36: the time gap between the leading trio and the bunch is 1.30.
|13:34||Degenkolb 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.
Three riders in the lead: Elmiger (IAM), Lemoine (Cofidis), Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché Environnement).
|13:29||Km 31: 30 seconds lead|
At km 31, Elmiger has 10 seconds lead over Lemoine and Delaplace. Peloton at 30 seconds. No reaction so far.
|13:28||Lemoine and Delaplace in the chase|
Elmiger is gone at km 28, quickly chased down by Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) and Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne)
|13:27||Elmiger 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.
|13:24||Peloton 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.
|13:21||Feeding 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.
|13:17||Km 18: fast, fast, fast....|
At km 18, the bunch is strunge out, riding at a very fast speed.
|13:14||Sagan is reined in|
Peter Sagan has been caught. All together at km 17.
Peter Sagan continues in the lead with a chasing group riding flat out at his pursuit.
|13:11||Sagan: 5 seconds lead|
Peter Sagan has 5 seconds lead. He's away solo...
After regrouping, Peter Sagan attacks at km 13!
At km 12 it's all together again and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) tries his luck for the second time
|13:06||Hansen tries his luck|
Australian rider Adam Hansen (Lotto) is alone in the lead at km 10 but the peloton chases hard.
|13:01||All together at km 7|
End of the breakaway at km 7.
|13:00||10 seconds lead|
The leading quartet only has ten seconds of advantage.
|12:59||Devenyns is the fourth man|
Dries Devenyns (Giant) is the fourth rider in the lead. He has rejoined Roy, Rast and Pineau.
|12:57||Peloton riding fast|
One rider has joined the three leaders and the peloton is riding fast.
|12:57||Roy, Rast and Pineau in the lead|
Three riders in the lead: Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Gregory Rast (Trek) and Jérôme Pineau (IAM).
|12:55||Three 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.
|12:53||Garmin 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.
|12:52||The race is on|
The start proper has been given to 179 riders at 12.52.
|12:52||Michael Morkov: «A new Tour begins for us»|
Questioned by letour.fr 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...
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.
|12:45||Kittel also punctures|
Another stage winner has a flat tyre in the neutral zone: Marcel Kittel (Giant).
|12:43||Boom 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.
|12:40||Simon Gerrans: «I've ridden the last 50km, it looks good for me»|
Questioned before the start by letour.fr, 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....
|12:39||27° and sunny in Besançon|
Great weather at the Tour today: it's sunny with 27° at the start in Besançon.
|12:38||Elia Viviani: «It's a day for breaking away»|
Questioned before the start by letour.fr, 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.
|12:37||In the neutral zone|
The riders are cruising in the neutral zone.
|12:35||AG2R-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.
|12:34||Bardet 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.
|12:34||Rodriguez 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.
|12:33||Peter 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!
|12:32||Nibali 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”.
|12:31||Four climbs, all in the last 46km|
Climbs of the day:
|12:30||Cancellara 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.
|12:27||Jersey 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 letour.fr. The start of the race is scheduled at 12.30.
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- Yes, the pure sprinters will beat him72.36%
- No, he'll win stage 19 in Bergerac18.23%
- No, he'll win in Bergerac and in Paris9.4%