Poland's Rafal Majka celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 188 km eleventh stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 15, 2015, between Pau and Cauterets, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD
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Temperatures reached 35 Celsius in the Pyrenees Wednesday, making for a particularly tough day after Tuesday's first mountain stage.Majka was the strongest and he attacked on the steep roads to the Tourmalet – a 17.1-kilometer ascent at an average gradient of 7.3 percent – to claim victory a day after his team leader Alberto Contador suffered a heavy defeat at La Pierre St. Martin.Froome still leads American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) by 2:52 with Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in third place, 3:09 off the pace. Contador is sixth 4:04 behind Froome and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, who cracked in the final ascent of the day, a mild 6.4-kilometer climb, dropped out of the top 10 .
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