Caleb Ewan pips Sam Bennett to win sprint finish as Peter Sagan hit with penalty

Caleb Ewan pips Sam Bennett to win sprint finish as Peter Sagan hit with penalty

Caleb Ewan snatched victory on stage 11 of the Tour de France in Poitiers as Peter Sagan was relegated from second place after receiving a penalty.

The 167.5km stage from Châtelaillon-Plage came down to the expected sprint finish with Ewan taking his second stage of the Tour. Peter Sagan claimed second on the road, beating Sam Bennett in a photo finish, but was penalised for a shove on Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert, who was promoted to third.

Ewan was a close second to Bennett on Tuesday on the Île de Ré but this time had the speed to come past the Irishman just before the line.

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Bennett had been hoping to repeat the victory of fellow Irishman Sean Kelly the last time a Tour stage finished in Poitiers back in 1978 but had to settle for retaining the green jersey, with his advantage over Sagan now at 68 points.

There was no change at the top of the general classification, with Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma continuing to lead from defending champion Egan Bernal of Ineos Grenadiers.

Victory for Australian Ewan followed his success on stage three to Sisteron.

“It was very, very hectic,” the Lotto-Soudal rider said. “I knew from the first stage that I won just to stay calm and wait for the right gap to open. I just had a real desire to win today after yesterday and I’m happy to repay my teammates with the win.”