Frenchman Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) takes a dramatic solo win of stage 11 at the Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson
Fresh off his one-day dalliance with the yellow jersey at the end of stage 9, Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) gave his native France more reason to cheer with a brave and impressive late-day solo attack that netted triumph of stage 11 from Besancon to Oyonnax on Wednesday at the Tour de France. Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb sprinted out of the bunch for second. Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was third.
Meanwhile, race leader Vincenzo Nibali had a relatively easy day, finishing 20th and maintaining his 2:23 lead over Richie Porte (Sky). Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde is third overall, 2:47 behind the Astana captain.
At the other end of the spectrum was Garmin-Sharp’s former GC hope Andrew Talansky. After a spate of crashes in the Tour’s first week, Talansky couldn’t hold the pace of the bunch Wednesday and nearly dropped out of the race. But after pulling over and conferring with team director Robbie Hunter for several minutes, the rider nicknamed Pit Bull soldiered on alone, crossing the line more than a half hour after Gallopin, but inside the time cut.
Next up at the Tour is stage 12’s rolling 185.5km ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne. This classic transition stage takes the race to the edge of the big mountains. Expect a tug-of-war between breakaway specialists and the sprinters.
STAGE 11 RESULTS
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 11
Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Astana Pro Team
Green Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale
Polka Dot Jersey: Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP), Team Katusha
White Jersey: Romain Bardet (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale