Tour de France Stage 11: Reaction

Stage 11 of the Tour de France ended in the predicted bunch sprint in which the South African champion Ryan Gibbons finished in 10th place.

Caleb Ewan (LTS) took another stage victory ahead of Sam Bennett (DQT), who remains in the green jersey. While Peter Sagan who had crossed the line second was relegated by the race jury.

Edvald Boasson Hagen meanwhile was 14th having been well marshaled in the final stages by Max Walscheid.

Edvald Boasson Hagen

It was pretty hectic but the team did a really good job today overall and a I really good leadout from Max, so that was perfect. I didn’t manage to get into a better position but the team was really great together today and we will try again for success tomorrow.

Ryan Gibbons

Our plan today was to work for Edvald but I dropped my chain with about 6km to go and with the speed that they were going it took me about that long to get back. (In the final) I saw an opening with about 500m on the left hand side and I saw that Edvald was in the wind, so I went past as fast as I could thinking that he was there. I felt people coming past me so I sat back down but then I realised that it wasn’t him so I just kept on going until the line.

Unfortunately I left Edvald alone and obviously I wasn’t really sprinting I just happened to be up there in the mix but we have a lot more to give and it was an unfortunate day. There are some more opportunities to come.

You don’t need to breathe to pedal and it has been hard with fractured ribs but it’s getting better and better each day and today was quite positive.