Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) tooks his second triumph of this 2020 Tour de France at a frenzied sprint on point 11 of this race.
Ewan beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to instant and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) into third position, nevertheless Sagan would afterwards be relegated by the commissaires to get a barge on Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
p > Tour de France 2020: Peter Sagan relegated after pushing Wout van Aert in rush
The somewhat stern end into Poitiers saw twice 2020 stage winner Van Aert take his sprint early 250m to move, with Bennett, Sagan, and Ewan tucking in behind him. Bennett and Ewan managed to find space to maneuver around on the trunk of a fading Van Aert, while Sagan was pressured up the ideal near the hurdles. Sagan then appeared to barge Van Aert to make space for him to come through and lunge to the line from Ewan and Bennett.
It was Ewan however who managed to only get his wheel on the line , with Sagan narrowly getting ahead of the green jersey,” Bennett. The Irishman will move up to second position today though, with Sagan formally transitioned in the sprint due to his barge on Van Aert, that takes third.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) managed to stay safe in his general lead, completing with another GC contenders at the front bunch.
The way that it occurred
Phase 11 of this 2020 Tour de France appeared to be a 2nd successive day for the sprinters, although possibly with no wind-caused chaos of period 10 the evening before.
The 167.5km point from Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers appeared pretty straightforward on paper, save to an uphill haul to the end that could make a sprint finish possibly more receptive to additional riders.
A cross-headwind in the management of the end meant the peloton appeared to take event fairly peacefully, with only 1 rider heading out to the breakaway.
Groupama-FDJ’s veteran Matthieu Ladagnous appeared like he had been expecting different riders to join in the afternoon’s escape, but nobody was forthcoming and thus that the Frenchman powered on independently.
He immediately established a maximum gap of about four minutes, but his odds of making it into the end while he stayed alone were extremely slender. With only under 20kilometers gone nonetheless, a set of Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Tom Van Aesbroeck (Israel Start-Up Nation), along with Michael Gogl (NTT) assaulted and obtained nearly two minutes on the peloton. Deceuninck-Quick-Step weren’t keen on allowing such a powerful group get away however, and pegged them back fast, finally seeing the band succumb to the group together with 38km gone.
The upcoming actual activity came with 59.5km to proceed in the intermediate sprint, which saw Sam Bennett headed out by his own group to acquire the most points available later Ladagnous was through. Sagan followed him behind to take the next position points. Bennett’s final third place in the conclusion and Sagan’s relegation supposed he’d continue to the green jersey with a transparent perimeter of 243 points into Sagan’s 175.
Up beforehand, Ladagnous valiantly pedalled on even though the inevitability of being captured, along with his gap slowly diminished before the peloton consumed him 43kilometers to go.
The speed out there slowly awakened, as they entered a village over the road with 30kilometers staying, a crash watched Ion Izagirre (Astana) removed and made to leave the race having some horrible looking injuries.
in the last 10kilometers Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Jumbo-Visma directed the way, but the speed slowed on the technical run-in to Poitiers allowing Lukas Pöstlberger to assault with 6.3kilometers to go, chased by Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels (equally Deceuninck-Quick-Step). Jungels went right to the front once they bridged to Pöstlberger, together with Lotto-Soudal the principal chasers with Cofidis.
The trio had eight moments with 3.3kilometers to proceed after Asgreen did a massive pull, until he fell off with 3km to go because they went faulty. The gap then immediately dropped away, along with the major pair were captured with 2.2kilometers to go.
Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) then place in a massive effort to pull on the peloton in the last kilometre until B&B Hotels took it up in the front.
Wout van Aert, with no team-mates, surfed the brakes and was able to create it towards the front of the band, but appeared to strike too early since he jumped around 250m to move.
Another sprinters bided their time, until Bennett and Caleb Ewan came across him on the left of Van Aert with Sagan then barging him from their way on the best. Ewan managed to only get his bicycle throw right and defeat everyone to the lineup; the Australian shooting another success of the race following his triumph on phase three.
The Tour de France continues on Thursday with point 12, quite a long and scenic 218kilometers route from Chauvigny to Sarran.
Tour de France 2020, phase 11: Châtelaillon-Plage into Poitiers (167.5km)
1. ) Caleb Ewan (Aud) Lotto-Soudal, in 4-00-01
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
3. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
4. ) Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels — Crucial Concept
5. ) Clément Venturini (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
6. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
7. ) Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
8. ) Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
9. Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
10. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling, all exactly the same time
General classification after stage 11
1. ) Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, in 22-15-24
2. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos Grenadiers, in 21s
3. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis in 28s
4. ) Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, at 30s
5. ) Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic, in 32s
6. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Pro Cycling, exactly the same time
7. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, in 44s
8. Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 1-02
9. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, in 1-15
10. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, in 1-42