Tour de France stage 11 LIVE: Sorgues to Malaucène

Follow the live updates of the two ascents of Mont Ventoux

Good afternoon cycling fans and welcome to live updates from stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France

Stage finish: 17.18 to 17.57 local time (16.18 to 16.57 UK)


Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 11 of the 2021 Tour de France.

Here's the profile for today's 198.9km stage:

Mont Ventoux hasn't featured in the Tour since 2016 when the stage had to be cut short to a finish midway up at Chalet Reynard thanks to the wind.

We take on the classic ascent from Bédoin today on the second time up, but the first ascent will be from the town of Sault.

It's also not a summit finish either this time, giving a breakaway rider the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Eros Poli in 1994 and take the stage win after crossing Mont Ventoux 

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We have started in the virtual start, quite a long one with around 8km before we get racing.

Sergio Henao with a mechanical with 2km left in the neutral start to go. Henao has been nowhere near his Paris-Nice winning form since leaving Ineos. Now at Qhubeka-NextHash.

Time for kilometre zero. We are racing! And no attacks from the flag drop.

First move goes with TotalEnergies leading the attacks with Julian Alaphilippe, Michael Matthews, Nils Politt, Mohorič, Thomas De Gendt, Philippe Gilbert, Xandro Meurisse, Chris Juul-Jensen and multiple others attempting to get up the road.

Alaphilippe looks really up for today. Mark Cavendish right up there too as he tries to potentially get more green jersey points.

Anthony Turgis kicks out of the peloton with a few other riders who bridge up to Geschke and its all back together again with a big tailwind helping the riders at the moment.

Rickaert being chased down by Davide Ballerini as the peloton sits up for the moment interestingly. 

Wout van Aert and Jokob Fuglsang getting involved in the counter attacks in the breakaway. 

Kluge, Juul-Jensen, Vakoč, Cosnefroy, Van Aert, Bernard and about seven others as Vincenzo Nibali pings across the gap.

Alex Aranburu with a back wheel change. Disappointing for the Basque rider. 

Jasper Philipsen trying to get up the road to try and get some green jersey points but he's not allowed much space. Gilbert, Haller, Alaphilippe, Dillier and Cavendish all involved in this move but nothing going yet.

Julian Alaphilippe and Nairo Quintana on the move now! Julien Bernard trying to bridge the gap. 

Tony Martin has gone into a ditch and off the bike again. He looks in a very bad way too with blood all down his side. Looking very unsteady as he sits down on the side of the road.

Alaphilippe and Quintana have pulled out 20 seconds on the peloton with no-one able to bridge just yet, but the first climb is coming up.

As the peloton hit the first climb, Van Aert goes again. Asgreen, Izagirre, Mollema, Nibali, Konrad, Fraile, Gautier, Cosnefroy, Guerreiro, Woods and a huge amount of others.

Cosnefroy and Quintana joined by Van Aert, Asgreen, Henao and Konrad but the peloton is back onto them again. Alaphilippe has 11 seconds with 165km to go. He took the one point at the top of the climb.

Next counter attack, Yates, Teuns, Devenyns, Konrad, Henao and then the rest of the peloton again. 

We're almost at the intermediate sprint but no sprinters, at the moment, are anywhere near the front.

Mark Cavendish is not in the front group but they have just joined up again I think, can he get to the front? Alaphilippe will likely take the 20 points.

Alaphilippe takes maximum points in the intermediate sprint. He sits up for the next group that have 20 seconds on the peloton.

Powless dropped by the break as Woods, Poels and Barguil are chasing. Geraint Thomas is dropped with Cavendish at the back of the peloton.

Michael Mørkøv has joined Cavendish who has been dropped with Jasper Philipsen. 

Dan Martin and Julian Alaphilippe have gone clear as a duo with 154km as the pace continues to be rapid. 

Attaque de Pierre Rolland!! He has joined Perez, Alaphilippe and Martin at the front of the race.

Oh wow Clément Russo is a long long way behind everyone else as he only now crosses the intermediate sprint line. Looks like he's going to struggle to make it to the finish in time today.

Cavendish has been guided onto the back of the grupetto by Mørkøv and Declercq. The peloton is still riding at a good pace but the group of sprinters look to be making their way back.

So we have a four man break up the road but Julien Bernard counters with a few more riders as the pace kicks off yet again.

We have Sbaragli and Meurisse of Alpecin-Fenix joining Bernard as well as Politt. I think Bjerg is the rider from UAE chasing with maybe five more riders dotted in no-mans-land too, 

Clément Russo joins Tony Martin on the abandon list for today unfortunately. 

Sbaragli, Meurisse, Laengen, Mollema, Politt, Pacher Durbridge and Bernard are the first chasing group behind the Alaphilippe leading group.

Right, lets try and give a clear look at the race situation.

Well, rather oddly, Ineos Grenadiers have taken full control of the peloton with the entire team on the front. This includes Thomas who looks to be doing a bit better now.

Pogačar with a mechanical but he is making his way back in easily enough.

The gap to the lead break is only now going over three minutes. Ineos Grenadiers continue to work. Pogačar still out of the bike with mechanical issues but surely he'll just be taking it very steady and not putting too much into the chase. 126km to go.

The third climb of the day is coming soon with the Col de la Liguière before we hit out first ascent of Mont Ventoux.

Riders are just reaching the summit of the first major climb of the day, the Col de la Liguière. 

Mountain points on offer at the top of the climb. 

We've had a shake-up at the front of the race, as the four-rider breakaway has been joined by the chasing group behind. 

Back in the yellow jersey group, Ineos Grenadiers are still controlling the pace with Geraint Thomas doing an enormous turn for his team. 

Dan McLay and Tiesj Benoot have joined the abandon list.

The leading group is now Van Aert, Alaphilippe, Perez, Bernard, Elissonde, Meurisse and Durbridge.

The clouds have cloaked the top of Ventoux as the break are starting to come out of the thinning tree line.

The chasing group with Rolland, Mollema and Martin are now down by a minute as Pacher has done his job for Rolland. 

Périchon and Van Avermaet have been dropped by Mollema and Rolland as they continue to chase the leaders down. 

Our man on the ground, Jonny long is at the top of Ventoux where he slept under the stars last night. 

Geraint Thomas has done his job as Dylan van Baarle takes over for Richard Carapaz

Mollema has attacked Rolland to kick across to the leaders as he's about to make it to the cars for the leaders. 

Mollema joins his two team-mates in the leading group with one kilometre to the top of the first ascent on Ventoux. 77km to go with a gap of 5-06 to the peloton and 6-33 to Gaudu.

Here we come to the top for the first time and Alaphilippe leaves everyone behind to take maximum points ahead of Perez and Mollema then the rest of the break. Rolland just 30 seconds back. 75km to go.

Right, onto the descent and something that's a bit of a unknown for us as it has been quite a while since we've gone down this side of the mountain. 

Ineos retake the lead of the peloton again. I really don't know why. Peloton is still quite large.

Gaps on the road:

Just seven other riders along with Cavendish at almost 19 minutes back on the leaders. He has four team-mates with him.

Ventoux one of the main climbs that could change the race, but will it?

Ineos still leading the way. They're likely wanting to set Carapaz up for the stage win and potentially to gain time in the GC, but why work this hard? 

Greg Van Avermaet becomes the next rider caught by the Ineos led peloton. He should not be in danger of missing the time cut today.

Bernard and Elissonde now working very hard for their main man, Bauke Mollema as we are on the Bédoin side of Mont Ventoux. The most used and hardest side. 38km to go with 4-50 to the peloton.

Dan Martin not having a great time. He's been caught by the peloton and dropped immediately. 

Bernard has done his job in the break. Elissonde attacks and this is very good tactics from Trek-Segafredo. 36km to go. 

Wout van Aert has dropped Mollema and Alaphilippe! Wow this is an immensely powerful ride by the Belgian champion. 

Mollema has attacked Alaphilippe now but the world champion isn't done yet. Straight back to him. These two are real battlers but they need to try and catch Elissonde and Van Aert.

Victor Campenaerts becomes the next man to abandon. Such a shame as the list heads closer to 30 riders to leave the race.

Wout Poels dropped by the peloton. Also, Pogačar only has one man left. But, as we have seen, that doesn't tend to matter when it comes to Pogačar.

Mollema actually really is dropping Alaphilippe now as the world champion has absolutely gone pop. He's all over the bike now, head down and that's it I would think.

Even in the hot weather, Alejandro Valverde is dropped. Sergio Higuita also loses touch.

That's the massive turn of Jonathan Castroviejo is done and dusted for Ineos Grenadiers as Miguel Ángel López is dropped. 

We have the first bit of movement in the top-five, as Ben O'Connor has lost touch with the yellow jersey group.

Richie Porte is absolutely smashing it on the front of the GC group now, Ineos still have Michał Kwiatkowski to burn for Richard Carapaz.

Meanwhil at the front of the race, Wout van Aert is alone on Ventoux with 7.4km left to the summit.

Van Aert is continuing to storm away on the seconds ascent of Ventoux.

In the GC group, Porte is done for the day as Kwiatkowski now leads the group for Carapaz. 

Here's how things stand:

Enric Mas (Movistar) is the latest rider dropped from the GC group.

Vingegaard is looking great, but Pogačar is looking even better. 

Vingegaard goes again and Pogačar has actually lost the wheel! 

Wout van Aert crests Mont Ventoux for the second and final time.

Pogačar really does look to be struggling as Vingegaard continues to ride away.

Vingegaard is over the top of Ventoux, followed by Pogačar, then Carapaz and Urán.

Wout van Aert still leads and is looking great on the descent.

Here's how it stands on the road:

Van Aert inside the final 2km and still has his advantage, he's going to do it! 

Wout van Aert wins stage 11 of the Tour de France 2021! 

Stage result: 

General classification after stage 11

1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, in 43-44-38
2. Rigoberto Urán (Col) EF Education-Nippo, at 5-18
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma, at 5-32
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, at 5-33
5. Ben O'Connor (Aus) Ag2r-Citroën, at 5-58
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 6-16
7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech, at 6-30
8. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar, at 7-11
9. Giullaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, at 9-29
10. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain-Victorious

Read our race report for a recap of how it all played out on stage 11:

Read Wout van Aert's reaction to his win today:

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