Marcel Kittel is dominating with his five wins at the 2017 Tour de France. Kittel has now won more stages than any one rider in a single Tour de France since Mark Cavendish’s haul of five back in 2011. Eight is the most that anyone rider has won in a single Tour de France, with just three riders achieving that.

Here, we have listed down the stage 10 & 11 highlights. Have a look:

Stage 10: Perigueux – Bergerac, 178km

    • Stage 10 saw a peloton of the 180-rider who started from Perigueux after a rainy rest day
    • Germany’s Marcel Kittel won a sprint to the line on stage 10 to claim his fourth victory of this year’s Tour de France
    • Kittel finished ahead of compatriot John Degenkolb, with Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen third on stage 10, 178km from Perigueux to Bergerac.
    • It was Kittel’s 13th Tour stage win, taking him one ahead of Erik Zabel’s German record of 12.
    • Britain’s Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey. It was his 50th yellow jersey.
    • Froome kept his 18 second lead over Fabio Aru (Astana), and 51 seconds over Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale).
    • French pair Elie Gesbert and Yoann Offredo launched an early break, but their lead of more than five minutes was reined in with a little under 7km to go.

Tour de France stage ten winners

  1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 1min
  2. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo) Same Time
  3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo)
  4. Ruediger Selig (Ger/BORA-hansgrohe)
  5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/Katusha-Alpecin)
  6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)
  7. Daniel McLay (GB/ Fortuneo-Oscaro)
  8. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
  9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)
  10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Dimension Data)

Stage 11: Eymet – Pau- 203.5 km

  • After very little happening in the opening half of the stage, the second half was affected by several crashes. The most serious of which saw Dario Cataldo (Astana) abandon the race. His team leader Jakob Fuglsang was also involved in the incident but avoided any serious injury.
  • Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) continued his domination of the sprint competition. He won his fifth stage of this year’s Tour de France with victory on stage 11.
  • Kittel had a clear advantage over second-placed Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).
  • Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey.
  • Froome was well protected by his team-mates throughout to easily claim the 51st yellow jersey of his career, moving him into fourth outright on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx (96), Bernard Hinault (75) and Miguel Indurain (60).
  • Froome leads by 18 seconds overall from Italy’s Fabio Aru and is 51 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet in third.
  • Poland’s Maciej Bodnar was caught in the final 300 metres in Pau, having led for the rest of the 203.5km route.
  • Britain’s Daniel McLay finished fifth in the stage, with compatriot Ben Swift in ninth.

Stage 11 result:

  1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 34mins 27secs
  2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) Same time
  3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Dimension Data)
  4. Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb)
  5. Daniel McLay (GB/Fortuneo-Oscaro)
  6. Davide Cimolai (Ita/FDJ)
  7. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto Soudal)
  8. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis)
  9. Ben Swift (GB/Team UAE Emirates)
  10. Danilo Wyss (Swi/BMC Racing)

Stage 12 preview: Pau – Peryagudes, 214.5 km

After two stages for the sprinters, the race heads back to the mountains to reignite the Tour’s GC battle. The race will enter the Pyrenees on Stage 12 with a long stage (214.5km) featuring six categorized climbs. Starting in Pau, the riders will head southeast through Tarbes before hitting the day’s first ascent, the Category 4 Côte de Capvern. The Category 2 Col des Ares and Category 1 Col de Menté arrive as the race enters its second half, but it’s the final three climbs that should determine the day’s outcome.

The real action begins on the Port de Balès, the only “Beyond Category” Pyrenean summit of the 2017 Tour de France. It’s not the longest nor steepest climb in the Tour, but after 170km of racing, it’s going to do some damage on a tired peloton.

It will be exciting to see sprinters battling for their position and Marcel Kittel chasing for another win at the Tour de France. Keep reading this section for more updates.

DSPORT will telecast the tour highlights on the day after the each staging event.

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