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Tour de France: Frenchman Tony Gallopin wins Stage 11

Paris: Two days after wearing the yellow jersey on Bastille Day, Frenchman Tony Gallopin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France yesterday.

France's Tony Gallopin celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 187.5 km eleventh stage of the Tour de France. Pic/AFP
France's Tony Gallopin celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 187.5 km eleventh stage of the Tour de France. Pic/AFP 

The 26-year-old escaped from a depleted peloton on a fast descent in the last 10km of the 187.5km run from Besancon to Oyonnax.

Although he was caught by a trio of chasers, he attacked them in the final 3km and held on for victory ahead of John Degenkolb and Matteo Trentin.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali finished safely in the chasing pack and held onto the leader's yellow jersey. Richie Porte remains second at 2min 23sec with Alejandro Valverde third at 2:47.

Following Tuesday's rest day it was a hilly challenge for the remaining 179 riders in the peloton.

Having worn yellow already in this Tour, Gallopin now added his first stage victory in the Grand Boucle and the second by a Frenchman this year.

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