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Caleb Ewan doubles the bet on the Tour de France

Already winner of the third stage, the Australian Caleb Ewan of the Lotto-Soudal formation won this Wednesday during the 11th stage of the Grande Boucle in Poitiers. The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

Already winner of the third stage, the Australian Caleb Ewan of the Lotto-Soudal formation won this Wednesday during the 11th stage of the Grande Boucle in Poitiers. The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

(AFP) – Photo-finish at the finish: the Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) narrowly won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday in Poitiers, his second success since the start. Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) kept the yellow jersey at the end of this 167.5 kilometer transition stage between Charentes and Poitou. To win, Ewan got back on the line Peter Sagan, who had to force the passage at the expense of the Belgian Wout Van Aert, and the Irish Sam Bennett. The Slovak was also sanctioned by the jury of commissioners, which demoted him to the last place of the peloton.

Winner of the third stage, on August 31, in Sisteron (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), Ewan now has five stage victories in the Tour. Last year, for his first participation, the small Australian (1.65 m) had won three times in the Tour. “I knew I had to wait because of the headwind,” explained the “aussie” pocket rocket. “I had to be patient even if it was until the last moment. Yesterday (Tuesday), I was disappointed with my sprint. With two victories, I am very happy ”.


Christian Prudhomme underwent a test, which turned out to be positive for covid-19 and must deviate from the test for a week, we learned on Tuesday from the race organization. However, all runners are negative and can continue the race.


In this plain stage, Matthieu Ladagnous’ solitary breakaway, who started at the front from the first kilometer, was extended up to 45 kilometers from the finish. The Palois, who was confined at the start of Nice to a role of team member in the service of Thibaut Pinot, has turned into an adventurer, an exercise he knows to be in his 11th breakaway in the Tour since 2007.

Behind him, the peloton controlled the gap. He only really accelerated behind a group of counter-attackers (with Stuyven, Naesen and Küng in particular) formed after about twenty kilometers and neutralized by the Deceuninck team for Sam Bennett. “It is always the peloton which decides, it is he who sets the tempo of the day”, recalled Yvon Madiot, the sports director of Ladagnous at Groupama-FDJ.

Jungels ends up slightly off the hook

The adventure ended with the entry of the last hour of the race a few minutes before the abandonment of the Austrian Gregor Mühlberger, ill and relegated to the back of the peloton in the final of this stage which he raced. mostly with a tracksuit despite the ambient heat. Another retirement was recorded after the fall of Spaniard Ion Izagirre in a village crossing, 30 kilometers from the finish. In the final, the Austrian Lukasz Pöstlberger tried his luck in the five kilometers. Joined by two of Sam Bennett’s teammates, he was caught two kilometers from the line.

The only Luxembourgish present on the Tour this year, Bob jungels (Deceuninck-Quick Step) ends the step slightly off the hook, at the 92nd place 1’15 ″ from the winner. In the general classification, Jungels points to 48th row to 1h00’28 “ by Roglic.

The yellow jersey Primoz Roglic had a rather quiet day on Wednesday

The yellow jersey Primoz Roglic had a rather quiet day on Wednesday

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Thursday, the 12th stage, the longest of this 107th edition with 218 kilometers, is aimed primarily at backpackers and other attackers, between Chauvigny (Vienne) and Sarran (Corrèze). The race passes through Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, the town of former French champion Raymond Poulidor, who died last November.


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