What had been expected to be a routine sprint stage to Montpellier turned out to be anything but when the green jersey wearer Peter Sagan and yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome broke away on the run-in the finish, each with a team-mate for company.
The leading quartet featured Sagan’s fellow Tinkoff rider Maciej Bodnar and Froome’s Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas and they rode extremely hard to gain a few seconds over the peloton.
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Daniel Friebe and David Millar to discuss a thrilling 11th stage of the Tour from Carcassonne to Montpellier.
Crosswinds posed a threat all day and, but for a brief period when the peloton was split in two shortly after the escapees Leigh Howard and French champion Arthur Vichot were caught, the damage was fairly limited.
That all changed near the finish, though, when Sagan attacked, drawing a response from Froome. The leaders worked well together to open a gap ...