Tour de France – Stage 11 – Three’s a charm.

Mark Cavendish (HTC) has claimed his third stage of the Tour de France. He answers back in what looks to be the closest dual of the sprinters between himself and Greipel, as Greipel finishes second once again. Tyler Farrar was third in the sprint with Rojas in seveth and Gilbert nowhere to be seen.

The Tour de France is always influenced by the weather given it’s length (nearly a month) and most often it’s the heavy heat. This year’s Tour however, looks to be one of the wetter Tours in recent history. Today was no exception, with heavy rain through the last 30km and a downpour at the line. This benefitted the breakaway as it held the peloton off slightly, giving the six riders (Boom, Grivko, Ruben Perez, Engoulvent, Valentin, Delage) a little more advantage than may occur in dry conditions. With 4.8km remaining Boom went alone, but he only lasted until 2km remaining. However, all the chasing had cooked the HTC team, with Eisel and Goss out the back before the catch.

Stage 11 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC)________(45)_____3h46’07”
2. Andre Greipel (Lotto)_________(35)
3. Tyler Farrar (Garmin)_________(30)
4. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha)___(26)
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)___(22)

Complete Stage results: Le Tour

General Classification Top Three after Stage 11
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)_______42h06’32”
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank)______+1’49”
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)_______________+2’26”
4. Frank Schleck (Leopard)___________+2’29”
5. Andy Schleck (Leopard)____________+2’37”

Complete Overall results: Le Tour

Green Jersey (points) Top Three after Stage 11
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC)______(251)
2. J.J. Rojas (Movistar)_______(235)
3. Philippe Gilbert (Lotto)______(231)

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