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Froome joins break to extend lead as Sagan takes 'crazy' stage

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Peter Sagan beats Chris Froome in a sprint

Defending champion Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France as Peter Sagan won stage 11.

Sagan won a sprint after he, Tinkoff team-mate Maciej Bodnar and Team Sky’s Froome and Geraint Thomas launched a surprise attack late in the 162.5km stage from Carcassonne to Montpellier.

Froome, who finished six seconds clear of the peloton, collected a six-second bonus for his second-place finish.

He now leads fellow Briton Adam Yates by 28 seconds and Nairo Quintana by 35.

Mark Cavendish, who had been among the favourites to pick up a fourth stage win of this year’s race and 30th overall, finished well adrift after suffering a mechanical problem late on.

Thursday’s planned finish on top of Mont Ventoux has been cancelled because of high winds in Provence. The 12th stage will now finish several kilometres down the mountain at Chalet Reynard.