Tour de France 11th stage at a glance

The Associated PressJuly 16, 2014 

— A brief look at the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday:

Stage: A hilly 187.5-kilometer (116.3-mile) route in eastern France from Besancon to Oyonnax with four moderate climbs toward the end.

Winner: French rider Tony Gallopin continued his successful Tour by winning in a sprint to the line in a time of 4 hours, 25 minutes, 45 seconds. German rider John Degenkolb was second and Italy's Matteo Trentin was third.

Yellow jersey: Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali kept the yellow jersey — maintaining his lead of 2 minutes, 23 seconds over Australian Richie Porte and 2:47 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

Quote of the day: "It was for my teammates, for my team and the work that they've put into this Tour for me. I didn't just want to stop and go home after everything they've done for me," — American rider Andrew Talansky after riding alone in agony for hours at the back of the peloton because of intense back pains sustained from two previous crashes during the race. He was the last of 179 riders to finish.

Stat of the day: 32:05 — the time difference between Gallopin and Talansky.

Next stage: Thursday's 12th stage is an undulating 185.5-kilometer (115-mile) route from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne in south-eastern France.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service