'I was in front for 200km and fell short by 200m'

Polish rider Maciej Bodnar came as close as anyone to winning from the breakaway on one of the Tour de France's sprint stages

Maciej Bodnar tries a solo break on stage 11 of the Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Tour de France's peloton cruelly crushed solo escapee Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final 200 metres of the 203.5-kilometre stage 11 to Pau on Wednesday.

The Polish cyclist escaped at the start of the day with only two others and went solo with 23 kilometres left to the city at the foot of the Pyrenean Mountains.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.