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2012 Tour de France
July, 2012

Stage 11, Thursday, July 12: Albertville - La Toussuire/ Les Sybelles

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Stage 11, Thursday, July 12: Albertville - La Toussuire/ Les Sybelles, 148 km. High mountains

Rated ascents:

Stage 11 finish

The Race: Surviving from an early break, Europcar's Pierre Rolland gave his team a second stage victory in a row when he finished nearly a minute ahead of his chasers. This win came despite a fall on a descent.

But the real news was the carnage the mountainous stage inflicted on several hopefuls, most notably Cadel Evans. Evans attacked without success on the Croix de Fer, having brought a knife to today's gunfight.

On the final climb, after the Yellow Jersey group had been reduced to a few, Evans astonished all by being dropped. Teammate Tejay Van Garderen, holder of the White Jersey, dropped back to shephard him to the finish.

Even Wiggins showed weakness when Chris Froome jumped near the finish, taking Vincenzo Nibali, but not his captain Wiggins. Froome slowed to let Wiggins get back on.

Scrolling down the results, one can see Scarponi, Klöden, Valverde, Leipheimer and Menchov suffered significant time losses. The end result was Wiggins now has a tighter grip on the lead and Christopher Froome is in second place.

Results: Cycling Heroes: The Golden Years

  1. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 4hr 43min 54sec. 31.3 km/hr
  2. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat)@ 55sec
  3. Chris Froome (Sky) s.t.
  4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) @ 57sec
  5. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) s.t.
  6. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) s.t.
  7. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 1min 8sec
  8. Janez Brajkovic (Astana) @ 1min 58sec
  9. Vasili Kiryienka (Movistar) @ 2min 13sec
  10. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 2min 23sec
  11. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
  12. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) s.t.
  13. Christopher Horner (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 3min 53sec
  14. Andréas Klöden (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  15. Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
  16. Haimar Zubeldia (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  17. Juan José Cobo (Movistar) s.t.
  18. Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) s.t.
  19. Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) @ 6min 17sec
  20. Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) @ 7min 27sec
  21. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 8min 2sec
  22. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 8min 21sec
  23. Blel Kadri (Ag2r) @ 10min 21sec
  24. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) s.t.
  25. Dominik Nerz (Liquigas) @ 11min 19sec
  26. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) @ 12min 4sec
  27. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) s.t.
  28. Mikel Cherel (Ag2r) s.t.
  29. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 13min 6sec
  30. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) s.t.
  31. Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil) @ 14min 13sec
  32. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Movistar) s.t.
  33. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) @ 14min 15sec
  34. Pieter Weeining (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
  35. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  36. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) s.t.
  37. Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  38. Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick step) s.t.
  39. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
  40. Yury Trofimov (Katusha) s.t.
  41. Denis Menchov (Katusha) s.t.
  42. Jérémy Roy (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  43. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
  44. Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) @ 14min 43sec
  45. Gianpaolo Caruso (Katusha) @ 15min 28sec
  46. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp) @ 15min 50sec
  47. Richie Porte (Sky) s.t.
  48. Michael Rogers (Sky) @ 18min 31sec
  49. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) s.t.
  50. Amaël Moinard (BMC) s.t.
  51. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 23min 58sec

General Classification: 1959 km raced so far at an average speed of 40.21 km/hr

  1. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) 48hr 43min 53sec
  2. Chris Froome (Sky) @ 2min 5sec
  3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 2min 23sec
  4. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 3min 19sec
  5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) @ 4min 48sec
  6. Haimar Zubledia (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 6min 15sec
  7. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) @ 6min 57sec
  8. Jenez Brajkovic (Astana) @ 7min 30sec
  9. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) @ 8min 31sec
  10. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 8min 51sec
  11. Andréas Klöden (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 9min 29sec
  12. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 9min 45sec
  13. Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) @ 10min 49sec
  14. Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) @ 11min 27sec
  15. Christopher Horner (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 12min 41sec
  16. Denis Menchov (Katusha) @ 16min 20sec
  17. Maxime Monfort (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 17min 41sec
  18. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) @ 18min 10sec
  19. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Movistar) @ 19min 2sec
  20. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 20min 12sec
  21. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) @ 20min 32sec
  22. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) @ 25min 53sec
  23. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) @ 27min 4sec
  24. Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 27min 37sec
  25. Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) @ 28min 43sec
  26. Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) @ 30min 41sec
  27. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 30min 46sec
  28. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) @ 30min 47sec
  29. Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) @ 31min 18sec
  30. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 31min 59sec
  31. Michael Rogers (Sky) @ 32min 57sec
  32. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 33min 59sec
  33. Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil) @ 37min 48sec
  34. Juan José Cobo (Movistar) @ 40min 36sec
  35. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) @ 41min 49sec
  36. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) @ 45min 20sec
  37. Richie Porte (Sky) @ 47min 17sec
  38. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) @ 50min 4sec
  39. Jean-Christopher Peraud (Ag2r) @ 50min 36sec
  40. George Hincapie (BMC) @ 51min 24sec
  41. Dominik Nerz (Liquigas) @ 56min 23sec
  42. Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 56min 30sec
  43. Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur--Sojasun) @ 56min 52sec
  44. Gianpaolo Caruso (Katusha) @ 56min 58sec
  45. Yuriy Torfimov (Katusha) @ 59min 2sec
  46. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) @ 59min 32sec
  47. Michael Schär (BMC) @ 59min 39sec
  48. Davide Malacarne (Europcar) @ 59min 49sec
  49. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) @ 1hr 0min 23sec
  50. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) @ 1hr 0min 49sec


  1. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana): 66 points
  2. Pierre Rolland (Europcar): 55
  3. Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff): 39
  4. Michele Scarponi (Lampre): 33
  5. Christopher Froome (Sky): 32


  1. Peter Sagan (Liquigas): 232 points
  2. Matthew Harley Goss (Orica-GreenEdge): 205
  3. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol): 172
  4. Mark Cavendish (Sky): 129
  5. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre): 109

Young Rider:

  1. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) 48hr 50min 50sec
  2. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 1min54sec
  3. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) @ 23min 50sec
  4. Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil) @ 30min 51sec
  5. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) @ 38min 23sec

Team Classification:

  1. Radio Shack-Nissan: 132hr 2min 22sec
  2. Sky @ 4min 58sec
  3. BMC @ 22min 6sec
  4. Astana @ 25min 56sec
  5. Omega Pharma-Quick Step @ 26min 0sec

Stage 10 map and profile

Stage 11 map

Stage 11 map

Stage 11 profile

Stage 11 profile

Stage 10 photos

Chris Froome

Chris Froome leads Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali up the final climb

Christopher Froome

Chris Froome was much stronger than Wiggins today. After one attack, he had to wait for Wiggins.

Vanden Brocek

Jurgen Van Den Broeck and Thibaut Pinot are in the same group.

Frank Schleck

Fran Schleck was a new man today and did very well.

Cadel EVans

But today was pure misery for Cadel Evans, here led by teammate Tejay Vangarderen.

Chris Horner

Chris Horner finished 13th today.

Andreas Kloden

Andreas Kloden

Chris Anker Sorensen

Chris Anker SorensenJanez Brajkovic

Janez Brajkovic

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Egoi Martinez

Egoi Martinez

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin. Just noticed he wears Vittoria Shoes, one of our sponsors.

Richie Porte

Richie Porte

Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso, Michael Rogers, I think George Hincapie in the center, back.

Christopher kern

Christopher Kern worked hard for Rolland's victory.

Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer leads Marco Marzano

Michele Scarponi

No doubt tired from yesterday's exploit, Michele Scarponi was tossed and gored today.

Thomas Voeckler

As was yesterday's hero, Thomas Voeckler

Pierre Rolland

What a brilliant day for Pierre Rolland, who gave his team its second stage win in a row.

Wiggins finish'

Van Den Broeck, Nibali and Wiggins finish. Wiggins looks to have dissipated some of the friction between the two riders.

Pierre Rolland

Happy Pierre Rolland

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has tightened his grip on the lead.Fredrik Kessiakoff

Fredrik Kessiakoff has retaken the KOM jersey.