BESANCON, France (AP) The Tour de France pack is back in action after the race’s first rest day and heading off on a 187.5-kilometer (116.3-mile) ramble through hilly eastern France.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey for Wednesday’s 11th stage from Besancon to Oyonnax, featuring four small climbs that could be well suited for a breakaway rider to win.
The Italian leader of the Kazakh team Astana has a lead of more than two minutes on his closest rivals, Australia’s Richie Porte in second and Alejandro Valverde of Spain in third.
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Nibali is looking well-positioned for possible victory when the race ends in Paris on July 27, although tough days lie ahead: in the Alps later this week, and the Pyrenees mountains in Week Three.