Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) claimed his second win of the 2020 Tour de France in a hectic sprint on stage 11 of the race.
Ewan beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) into second and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) into third place. But Sagan was later relegated for a barge on Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
South Africa’s Ryan Gibbons, riding for NTT Pro Cycling, finished in the sprint in 10th, his best result of the Tour so far, while countryman Daryl Impey, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, was also inside the top 20, in 19th, after 4hr 00min 01sec of cycling.
Impey moved up to 122nd in the overall standings, with Gibbons 137th.
The slightly uphill finish into Poitiers saw double 2020 stage winner Van Aert take his sprint up early with 250m to go, with Bennett, Sagan, and Ewan tucking in behind him. Bennett and Ewan were able to find space to move around on the left of a fading Van Aert, while Sagan was forced up the right close to the barriers. Sagan then seemed to barge Van Aert to make space for him to come through and lunge for the line against Ewan and Bennett.
It was Ewan, though, who was able to just get his wheel over the line first, with Sagan narrowly getting in ahead of the green jersey, Bennett. The Irishman will move up to second place now, though, with Sagan officially relegated from the sprint because of his barge on Van Aert, who now takes third.