Duo maintain GC position

17 Jul 2019

Duo maintain GC position

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Tour de France stage 11: Albi - Toulouse, 167km

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal maintained second and third overall as Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) was able to win a bunch sprint on stage 11 of the Tour de France.

The duo missed a late crash in the speeding peloton with 31 kilometres remaining which affected general classification rivals Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and were guided through a technical finale in Toulouse to finish safely in the top 25.

Porte and Quintana were able to re-join the peloton before the pace picked up in the closing kilometres, with the sprinters' teams coming to the fore to ensure a bunch kick to the line and make sure the GC picture remained the same.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

"There are some riders who need to make time up on GC, so I think that we are in a really good position and we don't need to take many risks before the time trial."
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Egan Bernal

“There was almost a crash near the end so I had to move up and try and avoid any time gaps. Today was not easy after the rest day, the day following the rest day is always hard, but it always looked like it would end in a sprint. 

"There are some riders who need to make time up on GC, so I think that we are in a really good position and we don't need to take many risks before the time trial."

"Tomorrow’s stage will be the first one in the mountains and I don’t know what to expect. I just hope to feel good. I think it’s too early to go on the offensive, especially as an ITT and another difficult mountain stage come right after. But, in any case, I’m sure there will be some attacks."
Egan Bernal continues to wear the white jersey

Egan Bernal continues to wear the white jersey

Stage 11 result

1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 3:51:26
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Elia Viviani (Deuceuninck-Quick Step) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
5. Jens Debusschere Katusha Alpecin s.t.
13. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) s.t.
23. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 47:18:41
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:12"
3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +1:16"

4. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:27"
5. Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +1:45"

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