Tour de France 2017: stage 11

Tour de France 2017: stage 11

Tour de France 2017: stage 11

Marcel Kittel made it back-to-back stage wins in the Tour de France as he produced another storming sprint finish to seal victory on Wednesday.

Matthews was left without answers as explosive rival Marcel Kittel took his fourth stage win of the Tour and a vice-like grip on the points classification. Chris Froome had no problems in the peloton and retains the yellow jersey before the race heads into the Pyrenees.

Froome later caught the Aru group but said the contact with the Astana rider was unintentional.

Kittel won by a bike's length and had plenty of time to raise his arms in celebration before crossing the line. A total of 14 stage wins extended his lead atop the all-time German riders list.

"I'm not so happy about today", said a dejected Bodnar. I apologized straight away on the road as soon as it happened.

Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen completed the podium in the medieval town.

Britain's Dan McLay, who was cruelly passed by Kittel on Tuesday's sprint finish, notched up a further placing in fifth.

"Kittel was the strongest, he came from behind", Bouhanni said.

"It went so well that it's now pretty clear I have to just go for it and ride smart. I personally like to act like I don't have green on my shoulders because you saw a couple of days ago with the GC guys the race can very quickly be over", Kittel said.

Video footage shows the French rider elbowing an unidentified rider from the Quick-Step Floors team toward the end of the stage.

Having won two stages in the Vuelta a España Simpson went into the 1967 Tour de France in buoyant mood, though it ended in tragedy.

The trio has been remotely controlled by the peloton, less than five minute.

Otherwise, the stage will likely follow a classic pattern, with a breakaway being allowed a certain amount of leeway before the sprinters' teams chase them down and set up the final dash to the line. We had a big chat last night about what we wanted to do and we did that.

"Most of you know me and know that I am quite optimistic, but now the priority is to recover and, if I do it, try to do the best I can", Contador told journalists on Monday.

On Stage Nine, he was part of an elite climbing group that featured three-time champion Froome, multiple Grand Tour victor Nairo Quintana, talented Frenchman Romain Bardet and 2015 Vuelta a España victor Fabio Aru.

For Froome and the other overall contenders it was a quiet and calm day in the saddle.

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