Unstoppable Kittel wins fifth stage of 2017 Tour de France

Marcel Kittel

An unstoppable Marcel Kittel took his fifth stage win of the Tour this year. Kittel’s 14th career Tour stage win came ahead of Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

Team Sky’s Froome crossed the line safely in the pack, keeping the three-time Tour winner 18 seconds clear of Italian national champion Fabio Aru in the general classification.

Some of his rivals did not have a quiet day, though. Three of the main contenders crashed as last year’s runner-up Romain Bardet, third overall, Jakob Fuglsang (fifth) and twice winner Alberto Contador (12th) hit the deck in separate incidents.

Fuglsang was involved in a crash at the feed zone and went to the medical car to have his wrist checked while his Astana team mate Dario Cataldo was forced to abandon because of a wrist injury after the Italian also fell.

“He was a key rider. He would have had an important role in the mountains,” said Astana sports director Dmitry Fofonov.

“We have to decide if he undergoes operation in France or in Italy. As for Fuglsang, he already broke the wrist that’s injured today. It hurts, he said.”

“I escaped unhurt but now I’m happy that the flat stages are over,” said Bardet, who is expected to attack in Thursday’s 12th stage, a 214.5-km trek featuring three major climbs and a summit finish in Peyragudes.

Tour de France 2017 – stage 11 results (Eymet – Pau):

1Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)


2Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


4Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)


5Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Oscaro)


6Davide Cimolai (FDJ)


7André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)


8Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


9Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates)


10Danilo Wyss (BMC)


11Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


12Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)


13Florian Vachon (Fortuneo – Oscaro)


14Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


15Damiano Caruso (BMC)


16Rüdiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)


17Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


18Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)


19Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie)


20Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)



General classification after stage 11:

1Christopher Froome (Team Sky)


2Fabio Aru (Astana)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R)


4Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)


5Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


6Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


7Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


10George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


11Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


12Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


13Pierre Latour (AG2R)


14Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)


15Sergio Henao (Team Sky)


16Damiano Caruso (BMC)


17Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R)


18Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


19Carlos Betancur (Movistar)


20Brice Feillu (Fortuneo – Oscaro)



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