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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 16, Stage 11: Besançon - Oyonnax 187.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:32 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 9:04 BST

Stage preview

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) salutes after taking the win

Stage details

Distance: 187.5km

Category: Flat

Highest point: 998m

The peloton will see 140km roll under the wheels before three categorised climbs pass in very quick succession. Just one or two probably wouldn’t unseat the pure sprinters, but three in a row?

The Tour’s organisers hope the combination is enough to stress the green jersey contenders and see who’s got the legs to stay in contact with the peloton. A final climb, the third category Côte d’Echallon, falls 20km from the line in Oyonnax, a first time Tour host city. By the time they reach the outskirts, the peloton will be in full cry, probably after mopping a group of opportunists who had been in pursuit of a few KOM points and perhaps a tenure-ship of the polka dot jersey before the real climbs begin.

It’s a similar stage to last year’s stage 7 from Montpellier to Albi where Cannondale rode up hill and down dale to shed Sagan of his pure sprint rivals and deliver him to his one and only stage victory of the race. Can they repeat formula? It’s difficult to see past the Slovak if his team is as strong as 2013, but almost two weeks into the race it’s also a far taller order this time around.

Roy Curvers says... "With four hills in the last 50km, this is going to be a difficult final. It is going to be either a stage for the puncheurs, like Chavanel or Gilbert, or I think that it could be more of a stage suited to those sprinters with a big engine - Sagan, Degenkolb or Kristoff."

Local history

Jean de Gribaldy, a rider turned DS-cum-talent scout was born in Besançon. Reputed to have ‘found’ Sean Kelly, Steven Rooks, a Dutch climber of the 1980s and 1990s and Eric Caritoux, a French Vuelta a España winner. He was also known a DS who was ahead of his time, tuning riders’ diets and training regimes. He was also credited with building short winter breaks in riders’ schedules. "I am not a sports director but a counsellor,” he once quipped.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 11

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 11