Oyonnax, France (4E Sports) – Former overall leader Tony Gallopin pulled away in the final kilometer to win Stage 11 of the Tour de France Wednesday.
Gallopin, who wore the yellow jersey following Stage 9, completed the 187.5-kilometer trip from Besancon to Oyonnax that featured four climbs near the end in four hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds.
Wednesday’s stage was a 187.5-kilometer trek from Besancon to Oyonnax that featured four climbs near the end.
“I’ve experienced mixed feelings in a couple of days,” said Gallopin, whose reign ended when Vincenzo Nibali regained the yellow jersey after winning Stage 10.
“I was over the moon when I took the yellow jersey, the next day was a nightmare on the bike and now I’m a Tour de France stage winner. It’s incredible,” Gallopin added.
The top riders in the overall classification remained unchanged as they were credited with the same time as Gallopin.
Nibali finished 20th and maintained a lead of 2:23 over Australia’s Richie Porte while Alejandro Valverde remains another 24 seconds behind in third place.
Romain Bardet of France remained in fourth, 3:01 behind, while Gallopin continues to occupy fifth place, 3:12 off the pace.
“My team worked very well today again,” Nibali said. “Many of my teammates were involved in that work. We have to be careful every day.”
Riders will take on a 185.5-kilometer ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne in Thursday’s Stage 12.