Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL Jumbo) continued his impressive form to follow his third place yesterday with second today, while Edvald Boasson-Hagen of Dimension Data took third.
In an action-packed ninth stage on Sunday, Astana's Fabio Aru attacked Team Sky's Chris Froome 6km from the top of the key climb of the day as the race leader raised his arm for assistance, later saying he had a mechanical problem.
"We won't be holding anything back on a stage like [Thursday's] but at the back of our minds we will be thinking about the following day", Froome said.
The intermediate sprint came 61km from the finish and was hotly contested by those that considered themselves to still be in with a shot at clawing back the large advantage of Marcel Kittel in the race for green. "It's not about being a VIP or part of history", Kittel said.
Froome leads by 18 seconds from Italian Aru, and is determined to make sure there are no time losses in the Pyrenees over the coming days.
"I am disappointed because I was caught in the last 250 metres and it was my best day and I wanted to win for my team, for Peter Sagan [who was disqualified after stage four] and my dad who died two months ago", Bodnar told ITV4.
I'm really, really happy'.
Marcel Kittel has won back-to-back stages in the Tour de France, outsprinting the field on the final stretch of the 11th stage. It's definitely going to help shape the General Classification even further I believe.
"I nearly can not believe what's happening here at the Tour".
Bouhanni was later fined 200 Swiss francs ($207) and given a one-minute penalty in the general classification for "assault", the race jury said without elaborating.
"Any talk of crosswinds gets the whole peloton quite nervous and everyone will be fighting for those positions at the front", said the three-time Tour victor. The following year Simpson managed top 10 finishes in two of the most prestigious one-day classics La Flèche Wallonne and Paris-Roubaix with trademark attacking rides that, although ultimately futile, earned him many admirers.
Michael Matthews said it is time for a rethink after he finished 13th in the 10th stage of the Tour de France.
Thursday's Stage 12 is extremely hard, with six categorized climbs - three of them either rated one or "hors categorie" - and a short but steep uphill finish to an altitude of 1,580 meters.