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TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 11: MOUNTAIN STAGE 3
198.9 km / 4570m
SORGUES > MALAUCÈNE
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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)
Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
82h 56’ 36”
UAE Team Emirates
Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)
83h 01” 56”
00h 05' 20"
Richard Carapaz (ECU)
83h 03’ 39”
00h 07’ 03”
UAE Team Emirates
Official pre-race summary for Stage 11 (July 7):
“THE DOUBLE DOSE OF MONT VENTOUX
Race facts will determine whether or not this is the queen stage. The double ascent of the Mont Ventoux is certainly one of the highlights of the 108th Tour de France. It’s unprecedented. Gordes is a touristic gem on the route. Col de Liguière (cat. 1) is an opportunity to fire up the race. The versant of the Giant of Provence via Sault is softer than the other one, via Malaucène. However, the fast downhills might be as crucial as the uphills. It’s the hottest venue of the whole race. Yellow jersey holder Tadej Pogacar said he’s looking forward to this unique experience that is likely to contribute to his legend.” letour.fr - Stage 11
Official post-race summary for Stage 11 (July 7):
Belgian champion Wout van Aert made the most of the double dose of the Mont Ventoux originally set to suit the pure climbers. He rode away solo from a breakaway group in the second ascent to fend off Kenny Elissonde and Bauke Mollema in Malaucène. Despite an attack by Jonas Vingegaard 1.2km before the summit, Tadej Pogacar retained the yellow jersey.
Alaphilippe the most active rider in the first half of stage 11
164 riders took the start of stage 11 at Sorgues at 12.15. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) was first in action. Simon Geschke (Cofidis) tried his luck. Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick Step) stayed longer at the front. At km 25, Alaphilippe and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) rode away while Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) crashed out. The world champion powered to the côte de Fontaine-du-Vaucluse (cat. 4, km 32) alone in the lead. He was caught by five riders at km 42 after passing first at the intermediate sprint. Alaphilippe was reinforced after the côte de Gordes (cat. 4, km 43.7) by Dan Martin (Israel-Start Up-Nation), Anthony Perez (Cofidis) and Pierre Rolland (B&B-KTM). A group of 13 chasers was formed behind them: Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Julian Bernard, Bauke Mollema, Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Xandro Meurisee, Kristian Sbaragli (Alpecin-Fenix), Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-KTM), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Greg Van Avermaet, Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-Citröen), Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis).
Ineos-Grenadiers in the lead of the yellow jersey group
Cosnefroy got dropped and swallowed by the peloton. At the bottom of the Mont Ventoux, the four leaders were reunited with the twelve remaining chasers with 99km to go while Ineos-Grenadiers kept pacing the pack five minutes behind. 12km before the summit, Alaphilippe, Durbridge, van Aert, Meurisse, Bernard, Elissonde and Perez rode away. Mollema came across to them with 1km to go to the top. Alaphilippe sprinted to take the KOM points before Perez and Mollema. With 50km to go, it was still Ineos-Grenadiers leading the peloton with the same deficit while David Gaudu was the only member of the top 10 overall to have been dropped, suffering the heat and the consequences of a very fast start.
Van Aert counters the Trek-Segafredo trio
Bernard upped the tempo as the front group headed back to the Mont Ventoux, paving the way for Elissonde to attack and go solo with 36km to go and 14km yet to climb. Van Aert came across to the Frenchman two kilometres further. While Mollema rode Alaphilippe off and tried to bridge the gap to the leading duo, van Aert went solo 11km before the summit. Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën) was the first of the top 9 riders on GC to get distanced from the yellow jersey group still led by four Ineos-Grenadiers. Eventually, it wasn’t Carapaz but Vingegaard who launched an attack with 1.2km to go to the summit. While van Aert managed to retain in the descent the lead of 1’05’’ he had over Elissonde and Mollema at the Mont Ventoux, Vingegaard was brought back by Pogacar, Uran and Carapaz before the finish in Malaucène. It’s the fourth stage win for van Aert at the Tour de France after three bunch sprints in Albi, Privas and Lavaur.letour.fr - Stage 11
Stage 11 Climbs
Côte de Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Côte de Gordes
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Col de la Liguiére
Daniel Martin (IRL)
Mont Ventoux - Sault
Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Mont Ventoux - Bedoin
Wout van Aert (BEL)
Chris Froome (2013 TdF)
STAGE 11 DETAILS AND STATISTICS
COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 11:
“Five years after a windy visit, the Tour returns to the Giant of Provence that has become a Regional Natural Parc, for a double climb (including the almost unprecedented one going through Sault) and a finish at the bottom. A fine way to salute the initiative of the Conseil départemental of Vaucluse that refurnished the summit road for cyclists” (Tour de France Stage 11).
THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 11 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE
CLIMB 1 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE FONTAINE-DE-VAUCLUSE
CLIMB 2 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE GORDES
CLIMB 3 (CAT 1) - COL DE LA LIGUIÈRE
CLIMB 4 (CAT 1) - MONT VENTOUX (SAULT)
FIRST OF TWO ASCENTS UP MONT VENTOUX
CLIMB 5 (HC; BONUS POINTS) - MONT VENTOUX (BEDOIN) (SECOND HC OF TOUR)
EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS
FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE
KOM DEFINED: Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.
“Category”: When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th). In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category. Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).
The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:
KOM HISTORY: King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)
POINTS: KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:
TDF POINTS FORMULA:
Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:
he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:
BONUS POINTS: These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.
This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:
Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)
Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon
Stage 8: Col de la Colombière
Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage
Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis
Stage 15: Col de Beixalis
MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS
Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000
Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000
The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)