Road: Sprint teams flexed muscles on the 11th stage of the tour and challenged each other to target in Bourg-les-Valence. Mark Renshaw (Team HTC-Columbia) went hard to his competitors in the finals when he head-butted Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) three times and pushed up Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) against the fence.
Sprint teams flexed muscles on the 11th stage of the tour and challenged each other to target in Bourg-les-Valence. Mark Renshaw (Team HTC-Columbia) went hard to his competitors in the finals when he head-butted Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) three times and pushed up Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) against the fence.
It made for Mark Cavendish (Team HTC-Columbia) won easily and secured his 13th stage win, more than anyone else managed to.
The victory was costly for Team HTC-Columbia. Mark Renshaws tough fight in the end was over the permitted and the lead in the Tour de France took the decision to throw him out of the race.
“It’s always us, right? It was two guys who fought another day so I really can’t comment on this, “said a disappointed Mark Cavendish at having lost its most important link in its train.
Cavendish showed his skill in the stretch by pulling up and running with almost 400 meters remaining to the finish when the chance came up.
– Normally, I started straight with 200 or 250 metres to go. But with 375 meters, I saw a gap, it was not so much of a Sprint but more of a small splinter group, in each case with my standards. It was tough, it was actually a very long route to goal. I thought someone would sit on my wheel and go on but they didn’t, “explains Mark Cavendish.
Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) was second and Tyler Farrar who was prevented by Mark Cavendish crossed the finish line as the third man.
In the abstract it is unchanged, with Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) in the lead before Alberto Contador (Astana).
Tour de France-Stage 11:
1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Team HTC-Columbia 4:42:29
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3 Tyler Farrar (United States) Garmin-Transitions
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
6 Mr. Yukiya Arashiro (Jap) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
7, Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
10 Gerald Ciolek (Tys) Team Milram
41 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team
A total of:
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 53:43:25
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 0:41
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:45
4, Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 2:58
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3:31
6 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack 3:59
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 4:22
8 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 4:41
9 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 5:08
10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 5:09
19 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 8:03
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