French riders appear to be recapturing their love of the Tour de France this season – and none more so than Tony Gallopin.
Having spent a stage in the yellow jersey before the rest day, the Frenchman then followed it up with solo success on stage 11.
With Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) also among the stage winner so far
this year and Gallopin one of four French riders in the top eight it has been a great Tour so far for the home riders.
maillot jaune, however, remains under the control of an Italian – Vincenzo Nibali – as the Astana man remained attentive from start to finish to remain in the overall lead.
Relive the stage through the lens of UCI WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti in the full-width gallery below, as racing resumed in enthralling style.
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Vincenzo Nibali was in relaxed mood as he signed autographs prior to the start of stage 11 (pic: Sirotti)
Wave those troubles away
Peter Sagan also appeared happier than he has been, having been able to overcome his slight injuries on the rest day (pic: Sirotti)
King of the Mountains
Joaquim Rodriguez stepped out in the polka dot jersey for the first time (pic: Sirotti)
Take full advantage of the feed stations, but be measured in how and when you take food on (pic: Sirotti)
Christian Prudhomme did not have the most straight-forward day - the flag he uses to start the race having gone missing (pic: Sirotti)
Former team-mates Rui Costa and Alejandro Valverde share a joke before the start of the stage (pic: Sirotti)
Nico Roche was one of several riders to try a solo attack - the Irishman showing Tinkoff-Saxo have had little trouble switching their focus after Alberto Contador's injury (pic: Sirotti)
Tony Gallopin's audacious solo attack proved to be perfectly timed on stage 11 as he won the stage (pic: Sirotti)
Peter Sagan led the chasing group, which also included Michal Kwiatkowski and Michael Rogers, but they could not chase down Tony Gallopin (pic: Sirotti)
Out of time
The peloton bore down on Gallopin in the final kilometre, but the Frenchman stayed clear to take victory by several lengths (pic: Sirotti)
John Degenkolb, though, proved he is back in form after sprinting to second (pic: Sirotti)
Rui Costa missed the split in the peloton and dropped out of the top ten as a result (pic: Sirotti)
Party time again
Tony Gallopin celebrates on the podium again, following up his day in the yellow jersey with stage victory (pic: Sirotti)
Vincenzo Nibali remained attentive throughout the stage and had no problem defending his yellow jersey (pic: Sirotti)