Gallopin wins Stage 11, Nibali remains Tour leader

Gallopin wins Stage 11, Nibali remains Tour leader

<p>Frenchman Tony Gallopin shook off losing the coveted yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.</p>

Oyonnax, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Frenchman Tony Gallopin shook off losing the coveted yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

Gallopin was the overall leader of cycling's most prestigious event after Stage 9, but Italian Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 10 to reclaim the yellow jersey in advance of the race's first rest day.

Wednesday's stage was a 187.5-kilometer trek from Besancon to Oyonnax that featured four climbs near the end. Gallopin pulled away in the final kilometers and charged to the finish line, completing the course in a time of 4 hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds.

"I've experienced mixed feelings in a couple of days," Gallopin said. "I was over the moon when I took the yellow jersey, the next day was a nightmare on the bike and now I'm a Tour de France stage winner. It's incredible."

There was no change among the overall classification as the top riders were credited with the same time as Gallopin.

Nibali finished 20th and maintained a lead of 2:23 over Australia's Richie Porte. Spain's Alejandro Valverde remains another 24 seconds behind in third place, while France's Romain Bardet is 3:01 behind in fourth. Gallopin continues to occupy fifth place, 3:12 off the pace.

"My team worked very well today again," Nibali said. "Many of my teammates were involved in that work. We have to be careful every day."

Thursday's Stage 12 is a 185.5-kilometer ride from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint Etienne.

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