• Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan crosses the finish line ahead of Deceuninck-QuickStep Sam Bennett (Getty)Source: Getty
Get the riders' finish line reactions after another action-packed stage of the 2020 Tour de France.
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SBS Cycling Central

10 Sep 2020 - 9:21 AM 

Caleb Ewan, Lotto-Soudal

"It was very, very hectic. I  was really close to the front with three and then one kilometre to go, I was more forward than I wanted to be, especially with a headwind finish. I dropped back into the bunch but from there it was quite crazy. 

"I knew from the first stage that I won that I had to stay calm and wait for the right time and right gap to open it in the end. 

Ewan comes late to secure thrilling win
A final, chaotic sprint lit up a sleepy stage 167-kilometre stage from Châtelaillon-Plage to Poitiers, with Caleb Ewan claiming the victory.

"I had a real desire to win today after yesterday. I was quite disappointed with that sprint. I’m happy to repay my teammates with the win. 

"I didn’t really know I’d won, I saluted just in case. I did a big throw and you’re basically looking down at the ground, so you don't see if you won or not. Sometimes you can feel it and I felt quite close.

"I’m super happy with two stage wins; one takes the pressure off and after the first one, you want a second. Now I want another, especially in Paris. I hope to get through the mountains all right and have another sprint in Paris."

Sam Bennett, Deceuninck-QuickStep

"I don’t really know what happened, it was so hectic. But the team did a fantastic job all day looking after me. 

"It was hard to make the switch from following a teammate to going alone and I found myself too far forward too early. Then I was trying to drift back but it was a bit late to drift back. Then they came at speed and it was a complete mess. I tried to limit my losses and get the best result I could. 

"A big part of sprinting is bumping shoulders and rubbing shoulders. I have to see it, I really don’t know what happened but when did sprinting get soft? 

Bennett now with firm grasp on green jersey after Sagan relegation
Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) beat Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) to the line on Stage 11 of the Tour de France, but was relegated after the race jury found that he had sprinted in an irregular manner when he shouldered Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the run to the line, relegating the Slovakian star to last position in the group.

"When Pöstlberger attacked, my two teammates went and I let the wheel go. When I had a gap, they’re two big engines, so I was shouting on the radio to go, go, because the chances of catching them in that final was difficult.

"Pöstlberger’s attack didn’t affect us at all. What was he going to do? In the end it affected everyone else’s train because we didn’t have to chase. They’re just burning matches."

Mathieu Ladagnous, Groupama-FDJ

"I saw a stage where we had nothing to play for. We don’t have a sprinter and we don’t have the GC to think about anymore. Yesterday Stefan [Kung] went in the break, and today I had a go. 

"I was hoping some other guys would come with me but I found myself all alone. I rode. The wind was against me but I tried to do my best and I enjoyed myself all the same. I think it’s the only breakaway I’ve done on my own, so I made the most of it."

Primož Roglič, Jumbo-Visma

“When you are wearing the yellow jersey you cannot afford to sleep or to make any mistakes. It is about focussing for every kilometre. 

"The stage was easier than yesterday, but on these roads and with the crash at the end, it was hard, but the team did, again, a great job. Wout van Aert is exceptional, and so is everyone [on Jumbo-Visma], who do their part, it’s why we have the jersey. 

"If you start to think or worry too much a lot of things can happen. I don’t [worry too much] and the thing is, we all need to focus on our jobs every day, and we are doing well, so let’s keep doing that.”

Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe

"Today, I had the speed and, in the sprint, I tried to go on the right side. I passed one rider easily, but then it got really narrow. I had to move to avoid the barriers and as a result, I got relegated. 

"This cost me a lot of points but I still have not abandoned the fight for the Green jersey."

Van Aert fuming after 'dangerous' Sagan shoulder in sprint
Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was far from happy after being shouldered by Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) in the sprint to the line on Stage 11 of the Tour de France. Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage after emerging late from the middle of the pack to seize victory.
Sagan relegated after shoulder barge in final sprint
Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) was relegated by the commissaire's panel at the conclusion of Stage 11 of the Tour de France after headbutting Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) late in the sprint.

Lukas Pöstlberger, Bora-Hansgrohe

"I wanted to put some pressure on the others, with the climb, but if everyone was fresh after an easy day, it was always going to be hard. I wanted to try because I might have been able to win, or if not Peter [Sagan] would have a better chance. 

"I knew [Kasper] Asgreen and [Bob] Jungels would pull. Bob is strong on the climbs and I knew Asgreen would pull until the climb and then Jungels would attack. I was able to stay in the wheel but the peloton came back. 

"It was tough, but it we don’t try, we don’t know. It was a bit of a gamble but we had to do something."

The Tour de France continues tonight with Stage 12, the longest of this year’s race, a 218-kilometre course similar to an Ardennes classic, from Chauvigny to Sarran. Watch the race on the SBS ŠKODA Tour Tracker from 7.40pm AEST, with television coverage starting from 9.30 AEST on SBS HD.