Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 11 update as Tadej Pogacar defends the yellow jersey in the Alps

The threat of Covid-19 is great in the Tour de France peloton

The Tour de France resumes today after a tumultuous Stage 10 ended in which Magnus Cort Nielsen won a photo finish ahead of Nick Schultz on the Megeve airstrip. Yesterday’s action saw further Covid-19 withdrawals and even environmental street protests, temporarily halting the race.

Yellow Bib holder Tadej Pogacar maintained his lead at the top of the standings but could come under pressure as the likes of Jonas Vingegaard, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, David Gaudu and Romain Bardet will need to take some strides in the high mountains if this is the Case is you have aspirations to hit him.

Today’s stage sees riders tackle three big climbs on the Col du Telegraphe, the highest point of the race on the Col du Galibier, and the steep climb to the finish on the Col du Granon Serre Chevalier. Expect split times, time gains and maybe even more dropouts as the weather temperature continues to rise.

The 2022 Tour de France could be decided in the next few stages, especially if Pogacar cements its status as the race’s top rider. He is currently 39 seconds ahead of Vingegaard, Thomas is 1 minute and 17 seconds behind. Can anyone catch up with the reigning champion?

Follow all the action of Stage 11 of the Tour de France:

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128 kilometers to go: Van der Poel and Van Aert take turns at the front, but their lead over the peloton has shrunk to about 15 seconds. Mattia Cattaneo is now the only pursuer and positions himself between the two.

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134 kilometers to go: Van der Poel is at the wheel of Van Aert and lets the Belgian collect a maximum of 20 sprint points. You continue your way up the road, which will increase in gradient from here. Stan Dewulf and Brent Van Moer prevailed against the second group and finished third and fourth in the sprint.

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136 kilometers to go: Van Aert and Van der Poel have extended their lead to about 40 seconds over the peloton. There are a few riders trying to close the gap or fight for the remaining sprint points, including Tiesj Benoot and Patrick Konrad.

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140 km to go: You can see here why green jersey wearer Van Aert was so keen to fly out of the traps. The stage starts flat with the intermediate sprint in Val d’Arc, but from there it’s only one direction and it’s up. It’s going to be a big climbing day. So far, nobody has joined Van Aert and Van der Poel, who have a 15-second lead over the peloton.

Profile of the 11th stage of the Tour de France

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150 km to go: And we’re gone! And Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel aren’t hanging around! The Belgian and Dutchman fly straight down the street and break away from the peloton. You’ll be chasing early sprint points, with the intermediate sprint just 10 miles from the start line. Let’s see who joins them.

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Tour de France: Pogacar fights to retain yellow jersey as Magnus Cort wins stage 10

And here’s a recap of how the Tour unfolded yesterday as Tadej Pogacar struggled to retain the yellow jersey.

After a photo finish confirmed Magnus Cort Nielsen as the winner of Stage 10 ahead of Nick Schultz at the Megève aerodrome, the question arose as to whether the breakaway’s lead was enough to put Lennard Kamna in the lead of the race.

The German, who started the day eight minutes and 43 seconds down, was in a group that started the final climb with a lead of more than nine minutes, but he had to watch as Pogacar sprinted towards the finish line and was 11 seconds down stayed tuned .

Many had speculated that a sickness-stricken squad for UAE team Emirates would have been happy to ditch yellows and the responsibilities that come with them over the next two brutal days, highlighted by Wednesday’s summit finish at the Col du Granon, but Pogacar’s late rush seemed rushed to provide the answer.

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Tour de France: GC rankings ahead of Stage 11

  • 1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 37 hrs 11 mins 28 secs,
  • 2 Lennard Kamna (D) BORA-hansgrohe at 11 seconds,
  • 3 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 39 seconds,
  • 4 Geraint Thomas (Gbr) INEOS Grenadiers at 1min 17s,
  • 5 Adam Yates (Gbr) INEOS Grenadiers at 1min 25sec,
  • 6 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1 minute 38 seconds,
  • 7 Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM at 1 minute 39 seconds,
  • 8 Tom Pidcock (Gbr) INEOS Grenadiers at 1 min 46 sec,
  • 9 Enric Mas (Spa) Movistar team at 1 minute 50 seconds,
  • 10 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Bahrain Winner at the same time
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There is an earlier start to today’s stage, with riders now arriving ahead of the start line in Albertville 11:25 a.m depart.

Like everywhere else in Europe, the conditions are sweltering for a big day of this year’s tour.

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Tour de France: Col du Galibier

The Tour de France reaches its highest point of this year’s race up to the Col du Galibier – and the first rider to make it wins €5000 and the souvenir prize Henri Desgrange, named after the Tour’s first organizer in 1903.

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Tour de France: Demonstrators on the streets bring stage 10 to a standstill

A group called Dernière renovation took responsibility for the disruption. The group also held a protest at this year’s French Open, where a protester tied herself to the net in Roland Garros.

Their statement on social media read: “Today 9 citizens supporting Last Renovation disrupted the 10th stage of the Tour de France between Morzine and Megève in Magland to stop the mad race to annihilate our society.

“We can no longer remain spectators of the ongoing climate catastrophe. We still have 989 days to save our future, our humanity. The finish line is a ravine and we urge our government to turn back immediately.

“Our goal is to enforce legislation to drastically reduce France’s emissions, starting with energy renovation, the area that today most closely combines social and climatic justice.

“This is our last chance to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences: deadly heat, extreme weather events, famine, mass migrations, armed conflicts … and this for all next generations of people.”

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