Tour de France

Stage 11) Châtelaillon-Plage - Poitiers

FR France, Wednesday 09 September 2020
167.5 km

Tour de France: Bennett extends lead in green jersey standings

Tour de France: Bennett extends lead in green jersey standings

A strategic location between Paris and Bordeaux, capital of the historical Poitou region and the Vienne department, and the place where Charles Martel’s army defeated that of the Ummayad Caliphate in 732, Poitiers hosted a Tour de France finish for just the fourth time in history Wednesday afternoon.

Completely flat, the 167.5km stage 11 came to life inside seven kilometers to go, when one rider launched a move to foil the sprinters’ plans, only to be countered by Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels. Once they bridged across, the duo continued at the front, applying pressure on the other teams, who ignited a mad chase in order to bring them back with only two kilometers to go.

A 1.6km final straight preceded by a tricky lump was what awaited the riders in the final of this otherwise quiet day, which culminated in a bunch sprint that had Sam Bennet again amog the protagonists. The Irishman took the line down the center, his whirring legs generating again a huge sprint that netted him third behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), only 15 centimeters separating him from what would have been his second victory in as many days.

Minutes after the finish, Sam was elevated to second, after the Slovak was relegated by the race commissaires for irregular sprinting, the points he picked up in Poitiers and at the intermediate sprint in Les Grands Ajoncs, where he relied again on an excellent Michael Mørkøv, giving him a buffer of 68 points in the green jersey classification.

“The guys did a fantastic job looking after me and I got to enjoy another beautiful day in this nice jersey and get a lot of support and applause from the roadside fans. The sprint was really nervous and I found myself in the front too early, so I drifted back a bit, but it was too late. Despite that, I tried to limit my losses and get the most out of it, get the best result I Could. Would have been nice to add another win, but second is still a strong result in these conditions, especially as it helps me increase my lead in the points standings”, explained Bennett after the first Tour de France stage finish in Poitiers since 1978.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:00:01
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
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4 Bryan Coquard
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5 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
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6 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
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10 Ryan Gibbons
NTT Pro Cycling
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62 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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79 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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92 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
104 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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119 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:15
140 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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147 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
46:15:24
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:28
4 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
0:30
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:32
6 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
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7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:44
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:02
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:15
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
1:42
45 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
56:34
48 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:00:28
79 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:37:54
116 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:12:59
124 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:15:58
126 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:18:24
128 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:21:55
139 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:28:58
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
243 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
175 pt
3 Bryan Coquard
157 pt
4 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
155 pt
5 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
140 pt
6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
131 pt
7 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
100 pt
8 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
92 pt
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
82 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
72 pt
56 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
79 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
107 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
46:15:45
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:41
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
5:47
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
52:12
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
52:48
7 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:03:30
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
1:06:42
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
1:07:48
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:15:16
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:12:38
18 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:21:34
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
26 pt
4 Ilnur Zakarin
CCC Team
25 pt
5 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
6 Quentin Pacher
20 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
9 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
14 pt
10 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
14 pt
22 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
31 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 138:53:04
2 EF Pro Cycling 5:12
3 Trek - Segafredo 5:27
4 AG2R La Mondiale 13:22
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 17:07
6 Astana Pro Team 20:14
7 INEOS Grenadiers 26:07
8 Bahrain - McLaren 33:13
9 Mitchelton-Scott 40:10
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 1:14:06

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