Strong finish carries Kittel to win in 11th stage

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Strong finish carries Kittel to win in 11th stage

Tuesday's flat stage may have been a stroll in the Dordogne countryside, but the prospect of crosswinds on Wednesday has got the Tour de France peloton feeling jittery.

Chris Froome says that it was nice for Stage 10 to not be a insane day after the chaos of Sunday. A series of four climbs will shake things up, before the Peyresourde and Peyragudes climbs see a summit finish.

Tour de France stage 12 will start at 6:25 AM ET and with the live television viewing in the United States by NBCSN which will begin the coverage at 8:00 AM ET.

"It was very pleasant", Warren Barguil said, summing up the day. The stage features six categorized climbs - including one Hors Categorie, but Tour organizers have disappointingly chosen a route that sees the stage conclude on a less-demanding category 2 climb.

"When you're on your top level as a sprinter, it's like playing Tetris and you're just trying to find the gaps", said Kittel.

"In the last kilometres, I was thinking that I could do it", he said. It's definitely going to help shape the General Classification even further I believe.

Team Sky's Froome crossed the line safely in the pack to retain his 18-second lead over Italian national champion Fabio Aru in the general classification.

He missed out on the stage win by just 19 seconds and certainly appeared to be strong enough to catch the Spaniard.

Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo was second ahead of Team Dimension Data's Edvald Boasson Hagen.

It provoked Bodnar to go solo, with the Polish rider bravely holding off the field until the final 250 metres of racing.

Team Sky road captain Luke Rowe is one of the key men charged with keeping Froome in yellow, but he is unfazed by the prospect of being the Tour's Lantern Rouge.

"Any talk of crosswinds gets the whole peloton quite nervous and everyone will be fighting for those positions at the front", said the three-time Tour victor.

Now, we're into the second half of the festivities in this year's Tour de France with just 11 more stages left before the end of the competition.

Cannondale-Drapac team manager Jonathan Vaughters explained that the approach to rest days isn't really understood scientifically because there have not been enough studies of elite riders performing three-week races. "If you get arrogant and think you are unbeatable then you will lose".

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