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Cycling: Gallopin continues French feel-good factor at Tour

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:35 AM
France's Tony Gallopin celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 187.5 km eleventh stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Besancon and Oyonnax, eastern France on July 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AFP) - The 101st edition of the Tour de France is turning into a memorable one for the host nation.

Tony Gallopin won Wednesday's 11th stage from Besancon to Oyonnax after 187.5km of racing to add to Blel Kadri's success on Saturday's eighth stage.

Gallopin also wore the coveted leader's yellow jersey on Bastille Day on Monday after his strong finish the day before stripped Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the jersey for only the second day during this Tour.

What's more, there remain four Frenchmen in the top eight and three of those are aged 26 and under, meaning they probably have their best years ahead of them.

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