Caleb Ewan has won his second stage victory of this Tour de France. The Australian was again the fastest in the bunch sprint and won the eleventh stage from Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers.
Peter Sagan came second, but was put back because of a headbutt. Sam Bennett came second. Wout van Aert, who received the headbutt from Sagan, moved up to third place. Cees Bol could not compete in the sprint and finished eighteenth.
Watch the reaction of Van Aert after Sagan’s headbutt and the reaction of Bora-hansgrohe team leader Enrico Poitschke after the verdict of the jury:
With this victory, 26-year old Ewan is still one stage victory away from his total of the previous Tour, when he took three stages to his name. In the current Tour de France the Lotto Soudal rider was also the fastest in the third stage.
Primoz Roglic didn’t get in trouble today and remains the leader of the general classification.
Matthieu Ladagnous was in the mood for a day at the front and chose the attack. The peloton was fine and let the Frenchman go. Stefan Küng, Jasper Stuyven, Oliver Naesen, Michael Gogl, Lukas Pöstlberger and Tom Van Asbroeck were also in the front group, but the sprinting teams stopped them
The six chasers were taken back and Ladagnous was allowed to stay in front. The 35-year old rider from Groupama-FDJ is in his eighth Tour de France, but never won a stage
Ladagnous picked up the only mountain point that could be earned today and was, not entirely surprisingly, proclaimed the most attacking rider, but the stage victory passed him by.
In the only intermediate sprint of the day Bennett and Sagan, among others, competed for the points. The Irishman won that battle and ran again four points on the Slovak.
The peloton counted Ladagnous more than forty kilometers before the finish and the sprinters fought for the victory in Poitiers. Pöstlberger tried to prevent this by making a breakaway five kilometres before the finish, but the Austrian didn’t make it to the finish line.
Bad news for Pogacar
Davide Formolo didn’t get on his bike today. The Italian climber from UAE suffered a collarbone fracture in the tenth stage and needs surgery.
That’s bad news for Tadej Pogacar. The young Slovenian, who ranks seventh in the general classification at just 44 seconds of sighted rider Primoz Roglic, also saw teammate and gifted climber Fabio Aru squeezing the brakes in the ninth stage. Formolo and Aru had to assist Pogacar in the mountains.
Gregor Mühlberger did start, but had a hard time all day. The Austrian gave up the fight 38 kilometers before the finish.
Jon Izagirre didn’t make it to the finish either. Astana’s Spaniard didn’t get up after a crash and became the fifteenth drop out of the Tour