July 19, 2018
Tour de France 2018: Stage 11
Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km
Thomas in yellow after two days of mountains take their toll on the peloton.
Sky's Geraint Thomas soared to a stage win and the maillot jaune with a series of moves during the last ten kilometres of the day's racing that saw the peloton splinter and GC rivals wrung out of every last ounce of energy.
It might have been just 108.5km (65miles) long but Stage 11 could have bene twice the length for the damage it did. The entire top ten was re-jigged. Thomas in top spot ended the day 1'25" ahead of teammate Chris Froome. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) climbed eight spots to lie in third, 1'44" down on the Welshman with Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) in fourth.
Big losers were Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) who all dropped out of the top ten.
Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Michael Valgren (Astana), Caruso, Barguil and Amaël Moinard (Fortuneo-Samsic) started the final climb to La Rosière in the lead while Tom Dumoulin and Soren Kragh (Sunweb) combined forces with Valverde and Marc Soler (Movistar). It was an interesting move by Valverde and Dumoulin, two serious challengers of favourites Team Sky.
Nieve went solo 9km before the end. Only in the last kilometre, he was passed by Thomas who had attacked from the main group to catch Dumoulin. After winning the inaugural time trial in Düsseldorf last year, the Welshman took his first normal stage of the Tour de France ..
Cavendish and Kittel miss the time cut
Team Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw together with Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha - Alpecin) were to be eliminated from the 2018 Tour de France after arriving 3h 29m outside the time limit on a punishing day for the heavy men.
Stage 11 Video Highlights (courtesy of ASO) French
Stage 11 Results
July 7, stage one: Noirmoutier-en-l'Île to Fontenay-le-Comte, 201km
July 8, stage two: Mouilleron-St-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon, 182.5km
July 9, stage three: Cholet, team time trial, 35.5km
July 10, stage four: La Baule to Sarzeau, 195km
July 11, stage five: Lorient to Quimper, 204.5km
July 12, stage six: Brest to Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan, 181km
July 13, stage seven: Fougères to Chartres, 231km
July 14, stage eight: Dreux to Amiens Métropole, 181km
July 15, stage nine: Arras to Roubaix, 156.5km
July 16: Rest day (Annecy).
July 17, stage 10: Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, 158.5km
July 18, stage 11: Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo, 108.5km
July 19, stage 12: Bourg-St-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d’Huez, 175.5km
July 20, stage 13: Bourg d’Oisans to Valence, 169.5km
July 21, stage 14: St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende, 188km
July 22, stage 15: Millau to Carcassonne, 181.5km
July 23: Rest day (Carcassonne/Bagnères-de-Luchon)
July 24, stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 218km
July 25, stage 17: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, 65km
July 26, stage 18: Trie-sur-Baïse to Pau, 171km
July 27, stage 19: Lourdes to Laruns, 200.5km
July 28, stage 20: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle to Espelette; individual time trial, 31km
July 29, stage 21: Houilles to Paris Champs-Élysées, 116km