The pack rides during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 167 kilometers (103,77 miles) with start in Albi and finish in Toulouse, France, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Ewan posts first Tour stage win, Alaphilippe keeps yellow

July 17, 2019 - 11:24 am

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Tour de France debutant Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory on Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday, while Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the race leader's yellow jersey a day before the race enters the high mountains.

Ewan, a 25-year-old Australian, edged fellow sprinter Dylan Groenewegen by a tire's width and was awarded the victory after photo finish. Elia Viviani placed third.

There was a crash about 30 kilometers from the finish line that left Niki Terpstra with a suspected collarbone fracture and took him out of the race. Overall contenders Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte were also involved in the pile-up but got back on their bikes.

The battle for the general classification is expected to intensify over the next five days, with three mountain stages and a time trial on the program. Thursday's stage features two first category climbs

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