Yet again, so close but no cigar. BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet beat Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan in a thrilling battle for the line. The reminants of the break could smell the finish line with less than 500m to go yet like hounds chasing a fox, they were hunted down and passed.
Sagan sat on Van Avermaet wheel but just could not find a way past the Belgian.
- The intense 37°C heat, 198.5 km of bumpy terrain, tired legs and the tough 570m uphill finish were just some of the challenges riders had to overcome on today’s stage that saw the closely contested green points jersey awarded to Peter Sagan (TCS) for the third time in a row.
- A breakaway of six riders created a perfect target for the peloton to chase down. They made a valiant effort to hold off the ‘cavalcade’ in the final 10 km; in the end it was Greg van Avermaet (BMC), narrowly beating the stage favourite Peter Sagan (TCS), that stole the show.
- The exact and perfect timing of how the peloton caught the breakaway group today was pure genius. Team MTN Qhubeka played a pivotal role in the ‘chase down’, they are really maturing as a team.
- Chris Froome (SKY) holds on to the yellow jersey for the 7th consecutive stage; another day closer to Paris. Sleep well Chris.
6 – the highest number of riders who retired on a single stage (stage 11), it is also the number of team members left in ORICA GreenEDGE; the smallest team that competed in today’s race.
Click here to see more of the halfway summary statistics we publsihed yesterday.
Day in data:
- Today was considered a transition stage, riders had to fight fatigue as they made their way from Muret (1st time stage town) to Rodez; hosting le Tour for a third time.
- 175 – the number of riders who started today’s stage.
- 2092.3 km – the riders are now almost two thirds of the way into their journey to Paris.
- 570 m – the length of the final grueling 9.6 % gradient climb to the finish.
- 2 – the number of times Kwiatkowski (EQS) has been recognised as the most combaitive rider. He is the only rider so far in this year’s Tour de France to wear the red number more than once.
- 43.15 km/h – speed of De Gendt (LTS) as he won the intermediate sprint at Laboutarie. Click here to see the average speeds of De Gendt (LTS), Perichon (BSE) and Haas (TCG) at the intermediate sprint.
- 23.87 km/h – the everage speed reached by De Gendt (LTS) as he takes the win on the first climb of the stage.
- 27.69 km/h – the everage speed of Geniez (FDJ) as he wins the the category 4 climb at Côte de Pomparie. Click here to see Geniez’s speed profile on the climb.
- 92.23 km/h – top speed recorded on the stage by Quinziato (BMC) at the 153 km mark.
- 37.9 km/h – average speed of today’s stage winner Greg van Avermaet (BMC) in final kilometre.
- 41.10 km/h – average speed on the stage.
- 21’ 37” – time between first and last rider.
BEL | Greg van Avermaet | BMC
Stage time: 4h 43’ 42”
Average speed: 41.98 km/h
Speed across finish line: 36.44 km/h
Overall Jersey Leaders:
Tomorrow is a more lumpy stage, a punchy 178.5km route from Rodez to Mende. The riders will cross four categorised climbs, two category 4 and two category 2 climbs. The 2nd category Côte de la Croix Neuve which comes at 177km is a gutsy 10% average for 3 kilometers. Will we see Nario Quintana put in an attack to try and take time out of Froome or will the British Sky rider take the fight to his chasers again?