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Tour de France 2012

Date range:
June 30 - July 22, 2012
  • Tour de France, Fra, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      6.4km
      Location
      Liège (ITT)
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Liège
      End location:
      Seraing
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Visé
      End location:
      Tournai
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Orchies
      End location:
      Boulogne-sur-Mer
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      214.5km
      Start location:
      Abbeville
      End location:
      Rouen
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Rouen
      End location:
      Saint-Quentin
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Metz
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      157.5km
      Start location:
      Belfort
      End location:
      Porrentruy
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      41.5km
      Start location:
      Arc-et-Senans
      End location:
      Besançon (ITT)
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Mâcon
      End location:
      Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      148km
      Start location:
      Albertville
      End location:
      La Toussuire - Les Sybelles
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      226km
      Start location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
      End location:
      Annonay Davézieux
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      217km
      Start location:
      Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
      End location:
      Le Cap d’Agde
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Limoux
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      158.5km
      Start location:
      Samatan
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      143.5km
      Start location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      222.5km
      Start location:
      Blagnac
      End location:
      Brive-la-Gaillarde
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      53.5km
      Start location:
      Bonneval
      End location:
      Chartres (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      120km
      Start location:
      Rambouillet
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 12, Stage 11: Albertville - La Toussuire - Les Sybelles 148km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Mark Robinson

Welcome to our live coverage of stage 11 from the 2012 Tour de France. Today may look relatively short on paper, being 'just' 148km, but the Alpine stage that runs from Albertville to La Toussuire contains two massive HC climbs and a category one climb to the finish line.

  1. 12:10:03 BST

    We're about ten minutes from the start of the stage, which gets underway at 1:20pm local time...

  2. 12:13:25 BST

    Stage 10 winner Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)

    The home crowd will be hopeful of another French victory following Thomas Voeckler's win in yesterday's 10th stage. You can read a full report and watch video highlights here, but here's the top ten:

     

    TOP TEN FINISHERS - STAGE 10

     

    1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 4:46:26
    2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:03
    3 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:07
    4 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:23
    5 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:30
    6 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:02:44
    7 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
    8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
    9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
    10 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:02:52

  3. 12:16:57 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Bradley Wiggins remains at the top of the overall GC and maintained the gap between him and his main rivals.

     

    TOP TEN GC AFTER STAGE 10

     

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 43:59:02
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:53
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:07
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
    5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:03:02
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:03:19
    7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:04:23
    8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
    9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:29
    10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:31

  4. 12:18:36 BST

    And we're off and running on stage eleven...

  5. 12:20:13 BST

    And we have an early breakaway. Waiting for the details but it looks like about a dozen riders.

  6. 12:23:53 BST

    Today's two HC climbs both rise past the 2,000m mark. The first one, the Col de la Madeleine, comes after 40km. The second one, the Col de la Croix de Fer, comes at the 95km point.

  7. 142km remaining from 148km

    12:25:42 BST

    Hearing that there are 28 riders in the early break. One man who is definitely there is Andriy Grivko, who was also part of yesterday's break.

  8. 12:27:36 BST

    Robert Gesink (Rabobank) is also there. Just waiting on confirmation of official numbers and names as it settles down...

  9. 138km remaining from 148km

    12:30:21 BST

    And the peloton have now caught the 30-odd breakaway riders. We're back to one massive group.

  10. 12:33:34 BST

    Sorry - conflicting information filtering through there. The leading 31 are actually still clear and they've built a lead of over 50 seconds.

  11. 12:36:01 BST

    We can see Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in this escape group. Dan Martin and Alexander Vinokourov are there too.

  12. 12:38:40 BST

    And the leaders are already at the foot of the first HC climb of the day, the Col de la Madeleine. There's some big ramps on this. A supreme early test of their mettle this afternoon.

  13. 12:39:29 BST

    The gap between the leading 31 and the peloton is now 35 seconds. We're expecting exact confirmation of them imminently...

  14. 12:42:37 BST

    We finally have official confirmation of the breakaway riders: Dumoulin (COF); Hoogerland (VCD);Paolini (KAT); Hutarovich (FDJ); Gesink and Kruiswijk (RAB); Karpets (MOV); Sorensen and Sorensen (STB); Grivko, Iglinskiy, Kieserlovski and Vinokourov (AST); De Weert and Pineau (OPQ); Albasini (OGE); De Kort, Gretsch and Huguet (ARG); Burghardt, Cumming, Gilbert (BMC); Popovych (RNT); Malacarne (EUC); Perez (EUS); Bole (LAM); Koren (LIQ); Martin (GRS); Cherel and Riblon (ALM).

  15. 130km remaining from 148km

    12:49:15 BST

    There are fractures already appearing in this lead group, however. The peloton is only 20 seconds behind them. Sky are at the front of the chasing pelton, led by Boasson Hagen.

  16. 12:51:03 BST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    And we now have a separate lead group of seven riders. And mountains classification leader Thomas Voeckler has already fallen off the back of the main peloton after yesterday's heroics.

  17. 12:56:32 BST

    Valverde (Movistar) and Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) have joined them to make a leading group of nine. The other seven are Chris Anker Sorensen, Koren, Vinokourov, Kiserlovski, Riblon, Martin and Hoogerland. They are over 30 seconds ahead of the main peloton.

  18. 13:00:00 BST

    Horner brought five others with him to the front: Malacarne (EUC), Kadri (ALM), Basso (LIQ), P. Velits (OPQ) and Weening (OGE)

  19. 120km remaining from 148km

    13:04:40 BST

    Rolland, Kern and Feillu have also successfully bridged the gap to the leaders...

  20. 13:13:21 BST

    We now have a group of 21 leaders and the race looks to have settled down a bit. they have a 20-second lead on four chasers who are Moinard (BMC), Marzano (LAM), Ten Dam (RAB) and Leipheimer (OPQ). The main peloton is over a minute further back.

  21. 13:19:14 BST

    It's very early days in the stage but this leading group is huge and also contains some crack climbers - the likes of Martin, Rolland, Hoogerland and Kessiakoff to name but a few. It's not hard to envisage the winner coming from this lot, even at this early stage.

  22. 13:22:23 BST

    • RadioShack-Nissan's 2012 Jersey

    So the big news before the start today was the withdrawal of RadioShack-Nissan's Fabian Cancellara. He's returned home to support his wife ahead of the birth of their second child. Read what he had to say right here.

  23. 13:23:22 BST

    And Leipheimer's group have joined the leaders. We now have a lead group of 26.

  24. 112km remaining from 148km

    13:29:07 BST

    And the leaders are now about 5km from the summit of this first HC climb. Gap is 1:42 to the peloton.

  25. 13:33:13 BST

    • Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    ABANDONMENT: Hearing that Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) has abandoned...

  26. 13:35:06 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    The highest-placed rider in the GC in this breakaway is Scarponi. He was in 15th place this morning, 7:14 behind Wiggins.

  27. 13:36:59 BST

    And two more riders have joined the leading group: Bouet (AG2R-LaMondiale) and Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

  28. 13:38:24 BST

    So that's a whopping 28 riders in this lead group. They're not getting away from the peloton very quickly though. Sky are really pushing the pace back down the road to keep them in touch. As a result, plenty of riders are falling off the back. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is the latest man to drop off.

  29. 110km remaining from 148km

    13:39:09 BST

    It's Boasson Hagen who has been doing a lot of the work for Sky at the front. How long can he keep up this pace?

  30. 13:40:06 BST

    Closing in on the summit now. Scramble for points will start. Kessiakoff is eyeing the polka dot jersey again with Voeckler struggling today.

  31. 13:42:11 BST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Velits and Kessiakoff are tussling for the 25 points here. And Velits takes them. Kessiakoff takes 20 points for second and is now the new leader of the KOM standings. Full results to come when we get confirmation.

  32. 13:44:17 BST

    The peloton are now approaching the top of the first climb...

  33. 100km remaining from 148km

    13:49:38 BST

    100km to go. We're roughly a third into the race, distance-wise. Riders are descending fast. Gap is now almost up to two minutes.

  34. 13:49:50 BST

    Three minutes, not two...

  35. 13:54:10 BST

    Full results of the Col de la Madeleine climb:

     

    1. Peter Velits (OPQ) 25pts

    2. Kessiakoff (AST) 20pts

    3. Kern (EUC) 16pts

    4. Sorensen (STB) 14pts

    5. Scarponi LAM) 12pts

    6. Rolland (EUC) 10pts - 20"

    7. Feillu (SAU) 8pts

    8. Kiryienka (MOV) 6pts

    9. Vinokourov (AST) 4pts

    10. Valverde (MOV) 2pts

  36. 13:57:20 BST

    • Attack

    Velits and Kessiakoff attacked the other leaders on that descent and have opened up a gap quite quickly.

  37. 87km remaining from 148km

    14:03:35 BST

    • Liquigas-Cannondale's 2012 Jersey

    Liquigas riders Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss have broken away from the main peloton and have formed a second chase group. Sagan is a skilled descender but not really sure what his tactics are here. There's an intermediate sprint coming up but surely he is too far back to get into the points? Or is he?

  38. 14:08:17 BST

    Boasson Hagen still there at the front of the peloton. He's been there almost permanently over the last 30km.

  39. 14:10:47 BST

    And Kessiakoff and Velits have been caught by the first chasing pack. But it appears that pack is now minus Leipheimer and Vinokourov.

  40. 14:13:44 BST

    • Liquigas-Cannondale's 2012 Jersey

    Sagan and Oss have given up their attempts to catch the leaders and have come back to the main peloton.

  41. 14:16:09 BST

    And the leaders are now at the intermediate sprint point...

  42. 14:17:48 BST

    And we now have a small breakaway off the front of the main escape group: Rolland (EUC), Kessiakoff (AST), Velits (OPQ), Trofimov (KAT), Kiryienka (MOV), Valverde (MOV), and Scarponi (LAM)

  43. 75km remaining from 148km

    14:22:41 BST

    And we're now on to the next HC climb - the brutal Col de la Croix de Fer. It's a gruelling 23km to the summit, which stands at 2067m.

  44. 14:24:04 BST

    OFFICIAL RESULTS - INTERMEDIATE SPRINT

     

    1. Kessiakoff (AST) 20pts

    2. Velits (OPQ) 17pts

    3. Kern (EUC) 15pts

    4. Scarponi (LAM) 13pts

    5. Valverde (MOV) 11pts

    6. Kiserlovski (AST) 10pts

    7. Rolland (EUC) 9pts

    8. Trofimov (KAT) 8pts

    9. Basso (LIQ) 7pts

    10. Kadri (ALM) 6pts

    11. Horner (RNT) 5pts

    12. Sorensen (STB) 4pts

    13. Martin (GRS) 3pts

    14. Riblon (ALM) 2pts

    15. Feillu (SAU) 1pt

  45. 14:27:32 BST

    Bouet, Izagirre and Koren have been dropped by the first chase group and are now back with the main peloton again.

  46. 14:33:40 BST

    Looks like Boasson Hagen's exploits at the front of the peloton have taken their toll - he's dropped off the back

  47. 14:35:12 BST

    And the leaders have been caught again by the first chase group. We have a leading group of 22 riders now.

  48. 14:38:37 BST

    And Scarponi, Vinokourov, Marzano and Moinard have almost immediately been dropped as that lead group came together

  49. 14:40:55 BST

    Leipheimer is the next rider to feel the pinch and has dropped away. Kern and Rolland are really forcing the pace up front as they tackle this monster climb.

  50. 14:41:12 BST

    And Basso and Valverde are the next to crack...

  51. 14:43:17 BST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    ABANDONMENT: Hearing that Mark Renshaw is the latest rider to quit on this stage...

  52. 67km remaining from 148km

    14:44:10 BST

    Gap between these leaders and the main peloton is over four minutes now...

  53. 14:46:04 BST

    Trofimov, Sorensen and Weening have also now been dropped by the leaders. This climb and the pace of the Europcar riders up front is really taking its toll...

  54. 14:48:02 BST

    But Trofimov and Sorensen have rallied and are back in touch with the leaders now, who are a group of 11.

  55. 14:49:53 BST

    There are actually 12 of them: Horner, Kern, Rolland, Martin, Kadri, Trofimov, Ten Dam, Kiryienka, Sorensen, Kessiakoff, Kisierlovski and Velits

  56. 14:52:53 BST

    • Rabobank Cycling Team's 2012 Jersey

    ABANDONMENT: Not a good day for Rabobank. Bauke Mollema is the next one of their ranks to abandon

  57. 64km remaining from 148km

    14:53:41 BST

    • Attack

    Cadel Evans has attacked from the peloton here and has pulled away from them. How will his main rival Wiggins respond?

  58. 14:55:14 BST

    Handing over to Susan now for a few minutes while I take a break...

  59. 14:56:33 BST

    Susan here, just as we hit the steepest part of the climb.

  60. 14:57:27 BST

    Sky driving steadily in chase of Evans.

  61. 62.5km remaining from 148km

    14:59:21 BST

    The Evans group is now 3:22 back from the front, with the Wiggins group another 17 seconds or so back. There are 10 to 12 riders in the latter group.

  62. 15:00:02 BST

    Klöden has dropped out of the Wiggins group. And Evans is not really getting away.

  63. 15:00:52 BST

    Evans has now caught Vinokourov.

  64. 15:01:54 BST

    Wiggins still has three teammates at his side. Up front, Van Garderen has outpaced his captain Evans.

  65. 15:02:31 BST

    Schleck and Zubeldia, both RadioShack, are now together chasing the Wiggins group.

  66. 15:03:05 BST

    Europcar continues to drive the leading group.

  67. 15:04:13 BST

    The Evans group is now very close to being caught by the Wiggins group.

  68. 15:04:48 BST

    Situation is a bit difficult at the moment, there are so many small groups on the road, with things changing constantly.

  69. 60km remaining from 148km

    15:05:53 BST

    Mick Rogers pulls the Wiggins group up this fierce climb.

  70. 59.8km remaining from 148km

    15:07:19 BST

    That's it, the Wiggins group has caught Evans now.

  71. 15:08:17 BST

    13 riders in the Wiggins group.

  72. 15:09:53 BST

    Kern has dropped back from the lead group.

  73. 15:10:57 BST

    Now Horner takes his turn at the head of the lead group. They Wiggins group is 2:50 back.

  74. 15:13:23 BST

    The WIggins group also contains Froome, Rogers, Porte, Evans, van Garderen, Basso, Nibali, Pinot, van den Broeck, and Brajkovic.

  75. 15:14:24 BST

    Only five riders in the lead group now: Horner, Kisierlovski, Kessiakoff, Rolland, Martin, Ten Dam, and Kiryienka.

  76. 15:15:11 BST

    Huge crowds here as the leaders approach the mountaintop.

  77. 57.3km remaining from 148km

    15:16:21 BST

    Still three km for the leaders to the official top of the climb.

  78. 15:17:22 BST

    It is almost hard to see the road, there are so many fans here.

  79. 15:18:13 BST

    Dan Martin has re-joined the lead group, giving us six there.

  80. 15:18:26 BST

    And Cobo has joined the Wiggins group.

  81. 15:18:58 BST

    The first one to cross the mountaintop here will win a 5000 Euro bonus.

  82. 15:19:43 BST

    Zubeldia has also caught the Wiggins group.

  83. 15:20:08 BST

    We are above the tree line here.

  84. 15:21:18 BST

    One of the Astana riders prepares for the approaching descent, stuffing a newspaper in the front of his jersey.

  85. 55km remaining from 148km

    15:22:43 BST

    Rolland attacks to try and catch the mountain points and bonus!

  86. 15:22:58 BST

    It was neck and neck with Kessiakoff.

  87. 15:23:45 BST

    It looks as if the Swede was first over the top.  The two are now together in teh lead on teh descent.

  88. 15:24:45 BST

    Nibali lets the team car helper fill his jersey pocket with snacks, and gets a bit of oil on his bike as well.

  89. 15:25:12 BST

    The Wiggins group crosses over the top with a gap of about 2:10.

  90. 15:26:56 BST

    There is much discussion between Kessiakoff and Rolland. And there is still no official word as to who won the moutain ranking.

  91. 15:28:12 BST

    This is a long descent. And has its shares of sharp turns and steep fall offs and just generally makes us very nervous.

  92. 15:30:03 BST

    Chris Anker Sorensen has caught Ten Dam and another rider, and the three take the descent together.

  93. 47.8km remaining from 148km

    15:31:13 BST

    The gap from the front to the Wiggins group is holding steady at just over the two minute mark.

  94. 15:32:31 BST

    MIck Rogers misses a curve, but comes through safely. He was lucky.

    The Wiggins group catches Kern.

  95. 15:33:10 BST

    It looks like the lead group is coming back together again.

  96. 15:37:07 BST

    The descent is 14.3km long, but then it goes directly up the next climb, the category 2 Col du Mollard.

    And that one is then directly followed by a climb up to the finish atop the category 1 La Toussuire.

       
  97. 15:38:05 BST

    Rolland has been declared the winner of the last mountain ranking, ahead of Kessiakoff.

  98. 15:39:28 BST

    Velits has re-joined the lead group and now attacks out of it. He is joined by Sorensen and then Horner, plus Keissiakoff.

  99. 15:41:04 BST

    No, not Kessiakoff in the lead.  The gruop is falling apart again, and in fact in the lead we now seem to have Rolland and Kiserlovski.

  100. 15:41:29 BST

    Horner had to pull over to the side, apparently with a mechanical.

  101. 39.5km remaining from 148km

    15:42:17 BST

    Kiserlovski and Rolland in the lead, ahead of Velits and Sorensen. Wiggins group at 2:28.

  102. 15:43:17 BST

    There is 11 seconds between the first two two-man groups.

  103. 38.6km remaining from 148km

    15:45:02 BST

    The gap is creeping up, now at 2:32.

  104. 15:46:18 BST

    Sorensen pulls away from Velits, and Kiryienka catches the Dane.

  105. 15:47:08 BST

    Wiggins still has three teammates with him.

  106. 15:47:39 BST

    And here is Mark back again!

  107. 15:50:22 BST

    Thanks Susan. Hi everyone.

  108. 15:52:37 BST

    VIDEO: While I was at lunch we've sorted a video of the finish. We drove up the final climb of today's stage in the Cyclingnews car this morning and filmed every single twist and turn. Footage is at 1500% speed. Really worth a look, even if we do say so ourselves. Watch it right here.

  109. 35km remaining from 148km

    15:54:15 BST

    Here are full details of the Wiggins group:

     

    Bradley Wiggins, Christopher Froome, Richie Porte and Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling), Cadel Evans and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol Team), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat), Alexandr Vinokourov and Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team), Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team), Frank Schleck, Andreas Klöden and Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack-Nissan), Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Christophe Kern (Team Europcar), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun), Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale)

  110. 15:59:33 BST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    And the leaders are over the penultimate climb. Results as follows:

     

    1. Rolland (EUC) 5pts

    2. Kiserlovksi (AST) 3pts

    3. Kiryienka (MOV) 2pts

    4. Sorensen (STB) 1pt

  111. 16:01:02 BST

    And they're on to the next technical and fast descent. Then there's another climb straight after...

  112. 16:02:37 BST

    Road surface is a bit of a mixed bag here - some fresh tarmac, some old tarmac, plenty of cracks and loose stones too. Not ideal as the pace quickens down the slopes.

  113. 16:04:46 BST

    • Crash

    CRASH: Rolland undercooks a left-hand turn there and hits the deck. He's quickly back on his feet and on his bike though.

  114. 24km remaining from 148km

    16:07:57 BST

    Rolland trying to catch Kiserlovski and Kiryienka after his crash. Sorensen has him in his sights now though. 25km to go. Final climb is only 6km away now.

  115. 16:09:31 BST

    Rolland has caught the leading duo

  116. 16:11:52 BST

    Almost all the major GC players are in the Wiggins group back down the road. Menchov is the only exception and he has fallen off the back. This final climb could see a shakeup in the standings.

  117. 20km remaining from 148km

    16:12:42 BST

    These leaders are all strong climbers. A lead of almost four minutes might be enough for one of them to land the stage win. It's going to be tight though.

  118. 16:13:52 BST

    And here we go. The leaders have started their final climb. A full 18km of category one. They will be bracing themselves for pain after what has come before...

  119. 16:15:09 BST

    Check out @cyclingthealps preview of stage 11 from Albertville to La Toussuire. Explore the route on a Google Map, with a Google Earth Tour or cycle it virtually! Watch profiles, Street View tours, detailed Google Earth tours and a lot more of each climb. Visit the website right here.

  120. 16:16:23 BST

    Rolland and Kiserlovski have attacked immediately on this climb. Bold move with 17km of it left to go...

  121. 17km remaining from 148km

    16:17:59 BST

    And the yellow jersey group are now approaching the foot of the final climb. Stand by for some drama over the next few minutes...

  122. 16:22:01 BST

    And Michael Rogers has cried enough after riding selflessly on the front of the Wiggins group for what seems like an eternity. Porte and Froome are there for the yellow jersey holder now.

  123. 16:23:01 BST

    With Porte and Froome there it makes things difficult for the other big names to attack. But there is still a long way to go.

  124. 16:24:05 BST

    At the front, Rolland and Kiserlovski have been rejoined by Sorensen and Velits now.

  125. 14km remaining from 148km

    16:26:23 BST

    Gap is now almost down to three minutes between the leaders and the yellow jersey group...

  126. 16:29:50 BST

    This gap is now coming down quite quickly. Suddenly it's at 2:51. Porte seems to be lifting the pace but it's still looking a tall order for them to catch the four leaders...

  127. 16:33:05 BST

    CORRECTION: It is, of course, Kiryienka and not Velits who is part of this leading quartet...

  128. 16:34:17 BST

    • Pro Team Astana's 2012 Jersey

    Janez Brajkovic (Astana) attacks from the yellow jersey group...

  129. 16:35:41 BST

    And almost at the same time, Rolland attacks on the front. Kiserlovski goes with him and they have almost immediately opened up a ten second gap on the other two...

  130. 16:37:01 BST

    Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) counter the attack of Brajkovic and have already reached him

  131. 10km remaining from 148km

    16:38:04 BST

    • Liquigas-Cannondale's 2012 Jersey

    And now it's the turn of Nibali (Liquigas) as he attacks from the pack. Will Froome and Porte let him get away?

  132. 16:38:47 BST

    And Kiserlovski has cracked. Rolland is left all alone up front. Can he emulate last year's win on the Alpe d'Huez?

  133. 16:39:37 BST

    Amazing work here by Froome. He is dragging the main yellow jersey pack back to Nibali

  134. 16:40:51 BST

    And Nibali attacks again. Is this psychological warfare? He just had a long look at Wiggins

  135. 16:42:48 BST

    Nibali is about 70m clear of the Wiggins group. Froome and Wiggins don't seem to be worried. Evans and Van Garderen are there with them.

  136. 8km remaining from 148km

    16:44:06 BST

    And Froome has had enough. He's dropped. Wiggins leads his small group as he goes in pursuit of Nibali without any help from his team.

  137. 7km remaining from 148km

    16:44:52 BST

    And Froome has caught them up again. Must have been having a breather.

  138. 16:46:42 BST

    Nibali has caught Pinot and Van Den Broeck. He's got a 23 second lead on the Wiggins group.

  139. 16:47:13 BST

    Rolland is looking like a good bet to hang on up at the front now

  140. 16:48:52 BST

    Evans looks like he's in trouble here...

  141. 16:49:41 BST

    Van Garderen has dropped back to help his struggling teammate. Puts his own position as leading young rider in jeopardy with Pinot up the road...

  142. 16:52:11 BST

    Froome seems to have found more strength from somewhere. Him and Wiggins have really turned the screw. They have left Schleck and Evans for dead and are closing on Nibali.

  143. 4km remaining from 148km

    16:52:50 BST

    Just 4km to go now for Pierre Rolland. Stage win looks in the bag.

  144. 16:53:36 BST

    And sensationally Wiggins has been dropped by Froome. Temporarily. Team orders have seen him slow down...

  145. 3km remaining from 148km

    16:56:40 BST

    Wiggins and Froome have caught Nibali and Van Den Broeck. Rolland looking comfortable.

  146. 2km remaining from 148km

    16:58:05 BST

    Pinot has been caught by the yellow jersey group. Evans is now over a minute behind them and his position on the podium is under threat.

  147. 16:58:34 BST

    Looking like two stages in a row for Europcar...

  148. 17:00:20 BST

    Final kilometre now for our leader

  149. 17:01:14 BST

    Brilliant performance from the Frenchman. He could now be in the top ten in the GC

  150. 17:02:10 BST

    Rolland wins in 4:43:57

  151. 17:03:50 BST

    1 Rolland

    2 Pinot

    3 Froome

  152. 17:04:42 BST

    Wiggins and Nibali cross the line together in fourth and fifth

  153. 17:05:32 BST

    Bad day for Evans, who finishes 2:23 (unofficial) behind the winner and looks like he might be out of the top three in the GC...

  154. 17:05:54 BST

    He finishes alongside Van Garderen and Schleck

  155. 17:07:07 BST

    Really deserved victory for Rolland. He was up in the breaks almost from the start and survived a crash on one of the descents. His attack with 11km to go on the final climb proved decisive.

  156. 17:09:26 BST

    Hearing confirmation that Evans is indeed down to fourth in the overall general classification. Froome and Nibali in second and third behind Wiggins.

  157. 17:11:44 BST

    Let's not forget that it was a 1-2 for France today. It's been a great couple of days for the host nation.

  158. 17:14:42 BST

    • BMC Racing Team's 2012 Jersey

    Selfless performance of the day? Van Garderen aiding his floundering teammate Evans through the last few kilometres. The American was looking much the stronger and had to sit with Evans while his rival for the white jersey, Pinot, was up the road.

  159. 17:15:23 BST

    TOP TEN FINISHERS - STAGE 11

     

    1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 4:43:54
    2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:55
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
    4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:57
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
    6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
    7 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:08
    8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:01:58
    9 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 0:02:13
    10 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:02:23

  160. 17:23:20 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    TOP 10 IN THE GC AFTER STAGE 11

     

    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 48:43:53
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
    4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:19
    5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
    6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:06:15
    7 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:57
    8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:30
    9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:31
    10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:51

  161. 17:32:04 BST

    That's all from stage 11. Another great day for France and also for Europcar, who win their second consecutive stage. Rolland was a deserving winner with a display of power, stamina and courage after being up near the front for almost the whole day.

     

    It was also another memorable day for Team Sky, who now occupy the first two spots in the overall general classification thanks to the performances of yellow jersey holder Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

     

    We'll have a full report, results, highlights and photos from the stage right here as we get them.

     

    And join us again tomorrow for live coverage of stage 12.