Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel proves unstoppable as Chris Froome retains yellow

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Eleven
Marcel Kittel is also in the lead of the Tour de France green points jersey (Source: Getty)

German sprinter Marcel Kittel romped to his fifth stage win of this year’s Tour de France today as Britain’s Chris Froome safely held onto his general classification lead.

A valiant breakaway attempt by Poland's Maciej Bodnar came to nought as Kittel surged past him in the final metres of the flat 204km 11th stage from Eymet to Pau.

Kittel, who has now won almost half of all the 2017 stages, said: "It's incredible because even being at the top your game, you're never sure to win."

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Britain’s Dan McLay, who was cruelly passed by Kittel on Tuesday’s sprint finish, notched up a further placing in fifth. Fellow Briton Ben Swift was ninth.

Froome and his yellow jersey rivals finished together, keeping his 18-second lead in the general classification intact. Compatriot Simon Yates retained the white jersey for the Tour’s best young rider.

Bodnar, a team-mate of disqualified rider Peter Sagan, admitted he had been hopeful right until the end.

In the last kilometres, I was thinking that I could do it,” he said. “With 2km to go, I looked back and I saw the bunch still 200m back – but it was also only 200m.

Tomorrow the riders venture into the Pyrenees with a mountain top finish at Peyragudes.

Froome said: “I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at tomorrow’s stage.

“There are only two uphill finishes left now in this year’s Tour de France and tomorrow is one of them so is going to be one of the key stages of this year’s race.”

Yates added: “Tomorrow it's gonna be very difficult from the beginning and the finish will be hard too. I certainly haven't secured the white jersey yet. It's still a long way to go.”

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 KITTEL MARCEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 04H 34' 27''
2 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
3 BOASSON HAGEN EDVALD TEAM DIMENSION DATA 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
4 MATTHEWS MICHAEL TEAM SUNWEB 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
5 MC LAY DANIEL TEAM FORTUNEO - OSCARO 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
6 CIMOLAI DAVIDE FDJ 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
7 GREIPEL ANDRƒ LOTTO SOUDAL 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
8 BOUHANNI NACER COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
9 SWIFT BEN UAE TEAM EMIRATES 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''
10 WYSS DANILO BMC RACING TEAM 04H 34' 27'' + 00' 00''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 47H 01' 55''
2 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 47H 02' 13'' + 00' 18''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 47H 02' 46'' + 00' 51''
4 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 47H 02' 50'' + 00' 55''
5 FUGLSANG JAKOB ASTANA PRO TEAM 47H 03' 32'' + 01' 37''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 47H 03' 39'' + 01' 44''
7 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 47H 03' 57'' + 02' 02''
8 QUINTANA NAIRO MOVISTAR TEAM 47H 04' 08'' + 02' 13''
9 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 47H 05' 01'' + 03' 06''
10 BENNETT GEORGE TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 47H 05' 48'' + 03' 53''

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