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Stage 11, 2016 Tour de France
On Wednesday the Tour travels from Carcassonne to Montpellier. The 162.5km (101mi) flat stage should see the sprinters battle it out for the stage win, though anything is possible with Mont Ventoux looming on Thursday. The last two stage finishes in Montpellier, in 2011 and 2013, saw Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) take the win, respectively.
Besides Paris, Bordeaux used to be the sprinters’ preferred hunting terrain. But in recent years, Montpellier has taken over, especially in the past 10 years since Robbie McEwen took one of his 12 Tour de France victories in the capital of the Languedoc back in 2007. Mark Cavendish claimed one of his first victories in Montpellier in 2008. As he remembers every single detail of each of his successes, he’ll be inspired to make it four near the Yves-du Manoir rugby stadium where the last Tour de France winner was André Greipel in 2013. Cavendish is hungry for more, but Greipel hasn’t won yet. Marcel Kittel can’t be satisfied with only one victory. Neither Lotto-Soudal nor Etixx-Quick Step rode to chase the breakaway on stage 10. Katusha did for a while, for Alexander Kristoff, who also hasn’t won yet at the Tour de France this year, but the Russian outfit gave up quickly. The first part of stage 11 is suitable for a breakaway. The GC contenders have already set their focus on the Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day and the time trial of the day after.
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Distance: 162.5km (101mi)
Elevation Gain: 1190m (3904ft)
Tour de France (2.UWT) Escaldes-Engordany → Revel
BMC Racing Team
Chris Froome (Team Sky): “Tomorrow we’re hoping for another similar day to today. Just another day we can tick off and get through hopefully without too much happening.”
Sean Yates (Tinkoff director): “Tomorrow’s another day where we should have a sprint – the sprint teams that haven’t won a stage yet will be keen to try so I don’t expect a break to go the distance.”