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Tour Notebook Stage 11: Rogers lifts his game for Wiggins

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jul. 12, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM EST
Michael Rogers will swap his Sky jersey for Saxo-Tinkoff in 2013. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

The jerseys

Stage winner: Pierre Rolland brushed off a spill to deliver Europcar’s second consecutive stage win.
Yellow jersey: Bradley Wiggins (Sky) consolidated his grip on the maillot jaune after defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) slipped to fourth overall, behind Sky’s Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).
Polka dot jersey: Fedrik Kessiakoff (Astana) moved back into the King of the Mountains jersey by riding into the winning breakaway a day after losing it to Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).
Green jersey: Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) retained the green jersey on a day with no major shakeups.
White jersey: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) widened his grip on the best young rider’s jersey, now 1:54 to Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-Big Mat).
Best team: RadioShack-Nissan defended its grip on the best team category.
Most aggressive: Rolland

The peloton: Losing eight

The bunch is eight riders lighter today. Alessandro Petacchi and Yuriy Krivstov (both Lampre-ISD) finished beyond the time cut; Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who held the yellow jersey for the first week, did not start; Mark Renshaw and Bauke Mollema (both Rabobank), and Rob Ruijgh, Gustav Larsson and Lieuwe Vestra (all Vacansoleil-DCM) did not finish.

Weather forecast: Continued warm

Summer weather continues as the route pushes further south and rolls out of the Alps. The highs will be in the mid-80s F, with a slight chance of afternoon showers and gusting winds 10-20 kph.

Tomorrow’s stage: Breakaway delight

The 99th Tour continues Friday with the 226km 12th stage from Saint-Jean de Maurienne to Annonay-Davézieux in what’s the longest stage of this year’s Tour. The stage opens with two first-category climbs in the opening 85km before closing with a rolling middle section of the route. A third-category bump in the final 20km will provoke attacks from the stage hunters.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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