Opposite to the today´s stage which ends on the Mont Ventoux, yesterday was expected that the sprinter’s will battle for the stage win in Montpellier after 162,5 kilometres.
Therefore, BORA - ARGON 18's plan was to work for Shane Archbold and Sam Bennett, who feels every day better and better.
But from the beginning there was very strong crosswind and the race was very frantic and also there were many crashes during the day. From BORA – ARGON 18 once CeCe (Cesare Benedetti) was involved, but could come back without problems.
The peloton split into several groups again and again. The result was many confused situations. Some times the bunch was split 6 groups. 11 kilometres before the finish, Peter Sagan and Chris Froome attacked with two team members and could hold a gap of 25 seconds. At the finish line the gap fell down to 5 seconds. Sagan won the stage in front of Froome and Bodnar.
The team supported then Shane Archbold, who finished in 19th place today's stage.
Because of the support of his BORA – ARGON 18 teammates, Emu could get together with Patrick Konrad to the finish in the 2nd group and lost just one minute to the stage winner. In the GC he moved up to 22nd place which means also the 5th place in the young rider classification where also Patrick Konrad takes the 8th place after 11 stages.
For tomorrow's 12th stage wind is projected up to 100km/h, so Christian Prudhomme decided to shorten the stage for 6k’s because of the safety riders and spectators.
“Today it was a very fast and nervous stage. The field was split in many groups and there were many crashes. My teammates supported my great today and I go to the finish line one minute behind the winner. I don’t like windy races, my teammates and I did the best to limit losses today.” – Emanuel Buchmann
„It was a pretty fast day and the last few kilometers was crazy and hectic. Bartosz and Paul did a good job today and brought me always in a good position. But when the peloton split in the final I hadn’t a good position, so the sprint was just for 5th place anymore.“ – Shane Archbold