Tour de France 2021: Van Aert conquers the Ventoux, Pogacar retains yellow

Wout van Aert Tour 11 - Tour de France 2021: Van Aert conquers the Ventoux, Pogacar retains yellowimage: Cor VosWout van Aert attacks from the breakaway early on in the second ascent of the Ventoux. The Belgian champion solos to victory. Although Jonas Vingegaard drops Tadej Pogacar in the last kilometres of the climb, the Slovene stays in the GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 11th stage Tour de France 2021

1. Wout van Aert (bel)
2. Kenny Elissonde (fra) + 1.14
3. Bauke Mollema (nld) s.t.
4. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 1.38
5. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.
6. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
7. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
8. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 1.56
9. Wilco Kelderman (nld) s.t.
10. Enric Mas (spa) + 3.02

11. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 3.28
12. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 4.05
15. Ben O’Connor (rsa) + 5.35

GC after stage 11
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Rigoberto Uran (col) + 5.18
3. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 5.32
4. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 5.33
5. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 5.58
6. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 6.16
7. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 6.30
8. Enric Mas (spa) + 7.11
9. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 9.29
10. Pello Bilbao (spa) + 10.28

Race report
Nairo Quintana and Julian Alaphilippe jump off the front after 25 kilometres of hard racing. The two reach the first climb, Côte de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, 25 seconds ahead of the peloton. The Frenchman drops the Colombian on the climb.

Alaphilippe forges on alone. Dan Martin, Anthony Perez, Neilson Powless, Elie Gesbert and Jakob Fuglsang rejoin the World Champion after 40 kilometres. Several riders almost jump across on the Côte de Gordes, which inspires Martin and Alaphilippe to head out together. Perez and Pierre Rolland track them down before the top.

Vegard Stake Laengen, Julian Bernard, Bauke Mollema, Nils Politt, Xandro Meurisse, Kristian Sbaragli, Luke Durbridge and Quentin Pacher are chasing the four before Wout van Aert, Greg Van Avermaet, Benoît Cosnefroy, Kenny Elissonde and Pierre-Luc Périchon rejoin them.

Cosnefoy drops back on the Col de la Liguière and Dan Martin is the first rider to reach the summit. Gaudu can’t follow the pace in the peloton.

The first Ventoux climb eliminates nine riders from the lead group. Initially Alaphilippe, Van Aert, Bernard, Elissonde, Perez, Meurisse and Durbridge are the survivors, but Mollema closes the gap just before the summit.

Elissonde strikes on the early slopes of the second ascent of the Ventoux. Van Aert rejoins him, while Mollema drops Alaphilippe to become the first chaser.

Van Aert drops Elissonde 11 kilometres before the summit, while Ben O’Connor can’t follow the pace in the peloton.

Van Aert reaches Chalet Reynard 53 seconds ahead of Elissonde with Mollema another 20 seconds further behind. The GC riders are trailing at 4.22 minutes.

Team mates Ellissonde and Mollema come together with 4 kilometres left to climb before the Ventoux summit. Vingegaard strikes in the GC group with Pogacar in his wheel. Another acceleration and the young Dane is alone.

Van Aert reaches the summit 1.15 minutes ahead of Mollema and Elissonde, closely followed by Vingegaard. The yellow jersey is 2 minutes behind before he is rejoined by Uran and Carapaz in the descent.

The national champion of Belgium extends his lead in the descent and he wins the most anticipated mountain stage of the 2021 Tour de France.

The Pogacar group rejoins Vingegaard in the descent and the yellow jersey wins the sprint for second place.

As O’Connor drops back, Uran and Vingegaard move up to second and third behind title defender Pogacar.

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