Joaquim Rodriguez crashed but finished the stage.
Teams must have five riders cross the finish line in Paris.
Serge Pauwels, Qhubeka, showed the world that the wild card team has quality riders on it. He made a strong bid for a stage win today but had to settle for fourth place. The star of the day had to be Rafal Majka, Tinkoff, who made an early break and maintained it for the stage victory. No one could catch him today.
Stage 11 Standing General Classification
1. Rafal Majka, Tinkoff 1. Chris Froome, Sky
2. Dan Martin, Garmin 2. Tejay Van Garderen, BMC
3. Emanuel Buchmann, Bora 3. Nairo Quintana, Movistar
4. Serge Pauwels, Qhubeka, 4. Alejandro Valverde, Mov
5. Thomas Voeckler, Movistar 5. Geraint Thomas, Sky
Alberto Contador is currently in 6th place. Last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, is in 11th.
Stage 12 is even more of the pain. The route from Lannemezan to the Plateau de Beille included one cat. 2, two cat. 1s and finishes the 195 day with a HC finish.
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