Rolland Climbs to Victory in Stage 11 of Tour de France
Pierre Rolland (Europcar) is making a habit of epic victories in the Tour de France.
tell him to drop back to Wiggins. Froome did so and paced the groupe maillot jaune to the finish.
"I've been part of many big teams and some big rides," Yates said, "but today was right up there with some of the best performances I've witnessed during my years being involved with cycling.
"Everything was kept in check, which was the goal at the start of the day. Everyone wanted to have a dig and attack, which was to be expected. We managed the situation and the opponents and ultimately took some time out of Cadel.
"Froomey took a couple of seconds in the final and moved up to second on the day. There was some real commitment by the boys today and I'm really proud of the whole team. I can't praise them enough."
BMC acknowledged the difficulty of trying to catch Wiggins, particularly with an increased time deficit, but the Swiss squad remained resolute. Van Garderen said, "Cadel is mentally tough so he's not going to let this day get him down. He's going to keep fighting. If Sky continues on a decline with their strength in numbers and Cadel shakes off today and has a better day in the coming days, we can get the time back."
BMC directeur sportif John Lelangue sounded a similar note. "Cadel is disappointed, of course," Lelangue said. "We have done great until now. We have tried to limit everything, and I think the team did great today. But making up more than three minutes is complicated knowing that you have the time trial at the end and there are not so many mountaintop finishes--and looking at the team Sky has here. It's always possible. We won't say today it's finished. We'll keep fighting until Paris."
In the overall, Wiggins leads Froome by 2:05 and Nibali by 2:23. Stage 12 will probably not change this state of affairs. The 226-km run from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Devezieux will feature two Category 1 climbs, but they will be in the first 90 km of the stage. A breakaway should win the day. Who will be in it? Who will win? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!