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by Mark Zalewski
July 15, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera
“Today was just something you cannot plan — it’s something special. Green jersey with yellow jersey in the front group?”
The words of stage winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) summed up the day’s racing perfectly. In theory, stage 11 of the 2016 Tour de France was supposed be one of the most straightforward of the race — a regulation transition stage seemingly destined to end in a bunch sprint. But what unfolded instead was a chaotic, wind-affected stage with a most unpredictable finale.
With 12km to go and the expected bunch kick on the horizon, Tinkoff duo Maciej Bodnar and Peter Sagan saw an opportunity and went for it, prizing open a small gap at the head of a strung-out peloton. Overall leader Chris Froome (Sky) and teammate Geraint Thomas battled their way across and the race-winning selection had been made.
It was a remarkable sight. The yellow jersey and green jersey off the front of the peloton in the dying minutes of a sprint stage. The two teams of two riders, each working towards the shared interest of holding off the bunch. The four riders all contributing equally to the effort.
The quartet managed to stay away, leaving both Tinkoff and Sky with plenty to celebrate. Froome and Thomas had managed to secure more time in the former’s battle for the GC. And Sagan and Bodnar had finished the stage with first and third respectively.
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