OYONNAX, FRANCE (SportsNetwork.com) — Frenchman Tony Gallopin shook off losing the coveted yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.
Gallopin was the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious event after Stage 9, but Italian Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 10 to reclaim the yellow jersey in advance of the race’s first rest day.
Wednesday’s stage was a 187.5-kilometer trek from Besancon to Oyonnax featuring four climbs near the end. Gallopin pulled away in the final kilometers and charged to the finish, completing the course in 4 hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds.
There was no change among the overall classification as the top riders were credited with the same time as Gallopin.
Nibali finished 20th and maintained a lead of 2:23 over Australia’s Richie Porte. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde remains another 24 seconds behind in third place, while France’s Romain Bardet is 3:01 behind in fourth.
Gallopin continues to occupy fifth place, 3:12 off the pace.
Today’s Stage 12 is a 185.5-kilometer ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne.