Tour de France 2014 Stage 11 will be underway on Wednesday. Tuesday was a rest day that the contestants would have welcomed after the rain-affected and hard-fought earlier stages.
Vincenzo Nibali triumphed in Stage 10, which also saw Spaniard Albert Contandor retire from the race after a crash which did severe damage to his right tibia.
The contestants in Stage 11 head towards the Alps from the Vosges. A distance of 187.5 kilometres will be covered between Besancon to Oyonnax. The riders will be glad to know the mountain climbs would not be as hard as they were in the last few stages. Furthermore, in Stage 11 flatter territory lies before the contestants more often than not.
The contestants will have flat roads most of the time. However, there are undulating stretches they have to deal with, reported CyclingQuotes. At 89 kilometres, an intermediate sprint will appear before the contestants.
As the riders reach Oyonnax they will encounter hilly areas as this town's location is on the outskirts of the breathtaking Alps. Here, a total of four small climbs lie before the contestants, and all this within the ending 56 kilometres of Stage 11. All these mountains come one after another. The contestants will encounter Cote de Rogna first while the Cote de Choux and the Cote Desertin will follow. Thereafter, a downward trail commences as the last mountain Cote d' Echallon comes before the riders.
The closing 4 kilometres are mostly flat in nature as the last 1700 metres are without any turns. Peter Sagan, John Degenkolb, Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare will look to make an impact in Stage 11's mountain climbs.
Nibali, who showed his class on Sunday with a solo triumph, will look to repeat his success and strengthen his position as overall leader and yellow jersey holder. Marcel Kittel will look to be amongst the winners again as well.
Meanwhile, Biel Kadri, whose solo effort in Stage 9 was nothing short of incredible, will be looking to make French fans happy again with another win. Tony Martin and Lars Bloom, winners in earlier stages, will want to register wins again as well, while Tony Gallopin will be hopeful of donning the yellow jersey once again.
Where to Watch Live:
Ten Sports Day 11
7-45 PM To 9-15 PM (IST) Wednesday