Tour de France Stage 11: Top Ten Finish for Danilo Wyss12. July 2017, Pau (FRA) — Road Team
After testing his legs in the sprint on stage 10, Danilo Wyss sprinted to tenth place on stage 11 of the Tour de France in a sprint that was almost upset by the breakaway.
Three riders went clear when the flag dropped on the 203.5km stage and the peloton quickly sat up to allow their advantage to grow to a maximum of 4’45”.
Strong winds threatened to split the peloton during the stage but it was only crashes that caused chaos throughout the day.
With the nervous peloton closing in on the leading trio inside the final 30km of racing, Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked from the breakaway and maintained the advantage of 40 seconds over the bunch.
With 5km to go, Bodnar’s advantage was still 20 seconds but the sprinters’ teams were determined to see another bunch sprint play out and Bodnar was swept up 200 meters before the line.
Wyss was well-positioned in the technical finale, with multiple corners, and sprinted to the first top ten finish in his Tour de France career.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“There was a bit of a crosswind so the second part of the stage was a bit stressful, but not as much as I expected. It was quite ok and then it was headwind in the last 20km so we caught the breakaway and went for the sprint.”
“Like yesterday, I had good legs and good feelings. I tried again to sprint. It was a bit hectic with all of the turns but I liked it. It was a bit better for me and I could find my way up the middle. Tenth place, it’s ok for me, it’s good.”
“We have two hard mountains stages coming now so it’s going to be completely different. I think tomorrow is a good day for the breakaway so they could stay away.”
Tour de France
Stage 11 Eymet > Pau (203.5km)
Top 3: 1. Marcel Kittel (Quickstep Floors), 2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), 3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 10. Danilo Wyss, 15. Damiano Caruso, 92. Nicolas Roche
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