Tour de France: Robbie Hunter wins stage 11
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Michael Rasmussen of Denmark retained the overall lead finishing the stage with the first peleton. The biggest change in the chase for the yellow jersey was Christophe Moreau losing more than three minutes on the leaders and dropping out of the top ten.
For a good portion of the stage, Wegmann, Florencio, Gilbert, Millar and Fofonov had the lead. The five-man breakaway group was gobbled up by the peleton. With 30 km to go the peleton split into two clearly defined main groups with about 1:40 separating them. The gap grew to two full minutes with 20 km to go. The second peleton finished 3:17 behind Hunter's time.
In the wake of the doping test of Patrik Sinkewitz, German networks ZDF and ARD ended their live coverage of the Tour. In response, Tour organizers, Amaury Sport Organisation, signed deals with Sat.1 and ProSieben, so that German fans can continue to watch.
"With the agreement of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) a replacement solution has been found. We have leased the TV rights to Sat.1 and ProSieben," Yann Le Moenner of ASO told Reuters.
General classification after stage 11
|1||Michael Rasmussen||Rabobank||53h 11' 45"|
|2||Alejandro Valverde||Caisse d'Epargne||+2' 35"|
|3||Iban Mayo||Saunier Duval-Prodir||+2' 39"|
|4||Cadel Evans||Predictor-Lotto||+2' 41"|
|5||Alberto Contador||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+3' 08"|
|6||Carlos Sastre||Team CSC||+3' 39"|
|7||Andreas Klöden||Astana Team||+3' 50"|
|8||Levi Leipheimer||Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team||+3' 53"|
|9||Kim Kirchen||T-Mobile Team||+5' 06"|
|10||Mikel Astarloza||Euskaltel-Euskadi||+5' 20"|
- "Hunter powers to sprint victory" — , July 19, 2007
- Charlie Henderson. "Stage eleven - as it happened" — , July 19, 2007
- "stage 11 - Marseille Montpellier 182.5 km" — , July 19, 2007
- Julien Pretot, Reuters. "Tour organisers lease TV rights to Sat 1 and Pro Sieben" — , July 19, 2007