Tour de France 2021, stage 11: Wout van Aert wins at Ventoux



The champion of the flat country winner of Mont Ventoux: the Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo) won Wednesday July 7 in Malaucène the 11e stage of the Tour de France, which has climbed the Giant of Provence summit twice.

→ ANALYSIS. Tour de France 2021: double ration of Ventoux for the ogres of the road

The rider of the Jumbo formation got rid of his last breakaway companions in the second ascent of Mont Chauve to win solo. Crowned Belgian champion six days before the start of the Tour, he beat two riders from the same team (Trek) by more than a minute: the Frenchman Kenny Elissonde and the Dutchman Bauke Mollema.

The leader of the general classification, Tadej Pogacar, keeps the yellow jersey. But he was left behind for the first time in the mountains by the Dane Jonas Vingegaard.

The Slovenian, who had so far given no sign of weakness, let the 24-year-old Dane go and fell to the top of Ventoux with about thirty seconds behind this neophyte of the Tour who became the leader of the team Jumbo after the retirement of the Slovenian Primoz Roglic. The yellow jersey restored the situation on the descent with the Colombian Rigoberto Uran and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz to return to Vingegaard and take the 4e place of step.

Many dropouts

For his part, the Australian Ben O’Connor was left behind in the second ascent of Ventoux. Second at the start of the stage, he was taken off the podium where second place is now occupied by Uran (5 min 18 s from Pogacar).

→ THE ROUTE. Find the map of the 2021 Tour de France stages

The stage was marked by a series of withdrawals. The German Tony Martin (Jumbo), the French Clément Russo (Arkea-Samsic), the Belgian Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto) and the Australian Miles Scotson (Groupama-FDJ) retired in the first half of the course. The Belgian Tiesj Benoot (DSM) and the Briton Dan McLay (Arkea-Samsic) gave up on the first climb of the Ventoux, the Belgian Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka) thereafter.

Thursday, the sprinters return to the field in the 12e stage, 159.4 kilometers long between Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Drôme) and Nîmes. For Briton Mark Cavendish, this is the first opportunity to equal the record of 34 stage victories on the Tour of Belgian legend Eddy Merckx.

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→ AND ALSO: The general classification of the Tour de France 2021

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