Geraint Thomas takes stage 11 and yellow jersey; Dan Martin leaps into top-ten

Geraint Thomas takes stage 11 and yellow jersey; Dan Martin leaps into top-ten
Geraint Thomas celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the eleventh stage of the Tour de France. AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Geraint Thomas will wear the yellow jersey after winning stage 11 of the Tour de France in La Rosiere to take the overall lead.

Thomas attacked six kilometres from the top of the final climb of this 108.5km stage from Albertville, overhauling rival Tom Dumoulin and then pushing on to catch former team-mate Mikel Nieve who was looking to win the stage out of the breakaway.

It will be a second spell in yellow for Thomas, who won the opening time trial of last year's Tour in Dusseldorf.

Thomas' Sky team-mate Chris Froome was third on the stage, level on time with Team Sunweb's Dumoulin as they came home 20 seconds after Thomas.

That sees Froome move up to second in the general classification, with the provisional standings showing him one minute and 25 seconds behind.

Dumoulin now sits third, a further 19 seconds back.

Dan Martin finished sixth today, and is now up to tenth on general classification. He's three minutes and 16 seconds behind yellow.

Thomas' second career Tour stage win was delivered with panache. With BMC's Greg Van Avermaet struggling off the back of the peloton by the midpoint of the stage on the Col du Pre, the battle for yellow was on.

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde tried a long-range attack, while Dumoulin attacked on the descent of the penultimate climb, the Cormet de Roseland, linking up with Valverde before the road rose up again towards La Rosiere.

But Sky kept their powder dry until Thomas launched his move. Froome initially held back, marking counter-moves from AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet and UAE Team Emirates' Martin before leaving them both behind.

By catching Dumoulin, Thomas had already done enough for yellow but wanted more as Nieve slid into view, kicking again to pass Nieve inside the final 400 metres and take the stage win.

But while Team Sky could celebrate, Team Dimension Data did not get the Mandela Day gift they were hoping for as Mark Cavendish faced elimination from the Tour, missing the time cut after being dropped early on and spending the entire stage off the back.

PA

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