Tour de France stage 11 analysis: It’s not that easy being green

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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in green at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Peter Sagan’s relegation on stage 11 of the Tour de France, from the runner-up spot to last place, for shoulder-barging Wout Van Aert in the sprint, has suddenly made his prospects of retaining the green jersey for a record eighth time look very difficult.

For a brief moment, as Sagan hurled his bike forward over the line nudging himself ahead of rival Sam Bennett, he was back on the front foot; he’d closed the gap to the Irishman to just five points in the classification and crucially, scored a confidence-boosting victory over him. 

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Sophie Hurcom is Procycling’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2017, after working at Cycling Weekly where she started on work experience before becoming a sub editor, and then news and features writer. Prior to that, she graduated from City University London with a Masters degree in magazine journalism. Sophie has since reported from races all over the world, including multiple  Tours de France, where she was thrown in at the deep end by making her race debut in 2014 on the stage that Chris Froome crashed out on the Roubaix cobbles.