After a well deserved rest day the Tour de France is back with a 187.5km stage which takes the peloton from Besancon to Oyonnax via three Cat 3 climbs and one Cat 4.
But with the climbs not as testing as some that will feature later on in the race this could well be suited to a breakaway but the likes of Peter Sagan and Simon Gerrans, who could struggle to get into the breakaway, will be hoping their teams can keep them in the hunt for stage victory.
Oliver Yew takes a look at three names who could be in the hunt on Stage 11…
Will it be 11th time lucky for Peter Sagan at this year’s Tour de France?
The green jersey holder has been in the mix for stage wins on nearly every day of the race so far but frustratingly for the Slovakian rider – and his supporters – he has come up just short every time.
None more so than on stage seven when Omega Pharma – Quick-Step’s Matteo Trentin edged Sagan in a photo finish but tomorrow represents yet another opportunity for the Cannondale rider, unless a breakaway, which he could struggle to get into, is successful.
If there is a breakaway Cannondale will be expected to do much of the chasing as they try to get Sagan into a winning position come the final few kilometres.
A stage victory would not have even been on Michael Rogers radar had it not been for team-mate Alberto Contador’s withdrawal from the race.
The Aussie rider’s main aim of the Tour was to support Contador but now the Spaniard is out of the Tour Tinkoff-Saxo will be looking for stage wins with Rogers a possible contender for Stage 11.
The former Team Sky man has been in good form this year. He won two stages at this year’s Giro d’Italia with one featuring very similar terrain as to what will be found on the 187.5km from Besancon to Oyonaxx.
Rodgers is definitely one to watch and at a very big price!
This is the German veteran’s last Tour de France and he will be targeting a stage win to go out with a bang!
And this could be the perfect stage for the all-rounder to attack and add to his two individual stage wins as the course suggests a breakaway could be successful.
Don’t be surprised to see Jens shouting at his legs one final time in a bid to get over the line.
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