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Tour de France 2009

Date range:
July 4-26, 2009
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      15.5km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Monaco (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Brignoles
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Marseille
      End location:
      La Grande-Motte
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      39km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Montpellier (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Le Cap d'Agde
      End location:
      Perpignan
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Gérone
      End location:
      Barcelone
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Barcelone
      End location:
      Andorre Arcalis
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Andorre-la-Vieille
      End location:
      Saint-Girons
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Tarbes
    • Rest day

      Location
      Limoges
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Limoges
      End location:
      Issoudun
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      192km
      Start location:
      Vatan
      End location:
      Saint-Fargeau
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      211.5km
      Start location:
      Tonnerre
      End location:
      Vittel
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Vittel
      End location:
      Colmar
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Colmar
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Pontarlier
      End location:
      Verbier
    • Rest day

      Location
      Verbier
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Martigny
      End location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      169.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
      End location:
      Le Grand-Bornand
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      40.5km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy (ITT)
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bourgoin-Jallieu
      End location:
      Aubenas
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Montélimar
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Montereau-Fault-Yonne
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 15, Stage 11: Vatan - Saint-Fargeau 192km

Cavendish makes it four!

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 15, 2009, 16:01 BST,
Updated:
July 22, 2009, 18:05 BST

Columbia-HTC rider equals British Tour stage win record, is back in green

He's said time and time again it's not an objective, but regardless of what he says, Mark Cavendish is poised to win a bright-green-coloured jersey he could only dream of wearing one Tour de France ago.

Stage 11's uphill finish in Saint-Fargeau - not as difficult as the sixth stage to Barcelona, but much harder than the previous stage - was expected to suit overnight points leader Thor Hushovd ((Cervélo TestTeam) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) far more than Cavendish. Yet once again, reading like a page out of Tuesday's Tour de France book, Columbia-HTC performed a copycat procedure 50 kilometres from the line: assembling their forces to chase down the early escape, catching them within the final kilometres to discourage any further breakaway attempts and leaving their strongest quicks - George Hincapie and Mark Renshaw - to deliver Cavendish the perfect lead-out.

And when Renshaw dropped off his main man at the slightly later 150 metres-to-go mark, 24-year-old Cavendish accelerated on the rise as if it were flat.

"The guys were able to adapt to that situation. Normally, we have two guys in the last kilometre - today we had four, because they had to deliver me later [to the line]," Cavendish said of his team's strategy. "I had to be delivered to 150 metres and I kept the gear small. I was sprinting in the 13 or 14 [sprocket] instead of the 11, and I was able to get the jump on Thor [Hushovd]."

Tailing off ever so slightly towards the line, Farrar may have stood a chance of victory if there were another 30 or 40 metres more. Still, Wednesday's victor was a clear winner as he continues to frustrate the hell out of the American, forced to settle for another second. Just for a change, Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) finished third ahead of Oscar Freire (Rabobank), the Spaniard on the improve, while Hushovd could only manage fifth, the maillot vert slipping off his shoulders as a result.

Un po' problemo for Nocentini

Unlike the previous day, maillot jaune Rinaldo Nocentini did not come off scot-free on Wednesday, caught up in one of a number of crashes along the region's narrow, winding roads though not seriously hurt. And so, with the 15-second deficit awarded to 106 riders after the previous stage to Issoudun reversed, it's left the leader board's top-10 unchanged since the finish of the seventh leg to Andorra Arcalis.

"A crash occurred after 20 or 30 kilometres with many riders involved, including myself. But really, it was nothing serious and I was able to make it back to the peloton," Nocentini said of his fall.

"[Stage 13 on] Friday will be a very tough day, but I'm in a very good condition right now, so I hope to keep the maillot jaune all the way to Sunday [Stage 15]," he said.

Maillot vert a two-horse race to Paris

Cavendish's fourth victory at this year's Grande Boucle also equals Barry Hoban's British record of eight Tour stage wins but in a quarter of the time it took Hoban. While Cavendish said he's honoured for his name to be considered in the same sentence, quite clearly, they're not the best of friends.

"It's nice to be able to be spoken in the same sentence as Barry Hoban, one of the great British pros. He's given me some advice, but he's also said some things sometimes that offended me a little bit," said Cavendish, who is still some way off Eddy Merckx's extraordinary 34-stage-win feat.

Cavendish, on 176 points, is the new maillot vert by a margin of seven from Hushovd while third-placed Jose Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) lies too far behind to be worth mentioning.

This two-horse race for green to Paris is becoming an ever-intriguing one. We know Hushovd will most likely be stronger in the third week, and we know Cavendish suffered through the Pyrenees. So upon whose shoulders this jersey rests on seems to depend on how Cavendish and his lead-out brigade fair in the Alps. Then again, if he wins another two stages, it may well become out of reach for Hushovd - provided Cav' makes it to Paris, which he fully intends to do.

"I've raced 11 days of the Tour de France; for sure I'm going to feel a little bit tired," said Cavendish. "There are still 10 more days of racing to go, and I'm going to do 10 more days of racing. I've got a good team that looks after me; keeps me out of as much danger as possible, keeps me as relaxed and as fresh as possible."

Racist? Not me, says Cav' - just that "I'm an arsehole"

Asked about an article in Wednesday's L'Equipe that said he was mouthing out to a French rider during the previous stage and being derogatory towards the French people, Cavendish refuted being labelled as a racist.

"I think I get hot-headed sometimes and it's irrelevant what nationality they are," Cavendish said. "I got shown the article this morning and I had to laugh at it. It would have been nice to have a name of the writer of the article to find out where this came from or the name of the rider that supposedly said this, so I could go and see what the problem was and find out."

Exuding a few nervous laughs, the occasionally outspoken British rider who's doing his best of late to contain inflammatory comments because of the trouble it gets him into, apologised for any offence caused, but says there's perhaps a reason behind why the French sports daily wrote such an article about him.

"I take it as a compliment they [L'Equipe] go and try and start s--- about something that's not my bike riding, because they've got nothing to criticise my bike riding about.

"I love to come here to race and I love to be here, and for sure, I'm going to get arsey [sic] at some riders because I'm an arsehole, but it's irrelevant of nationality, and it's irrelevant of anything else. Like I said, I'm an arsehole," he said.

Come again or go away?

Vatan, which means to go away, is a member of the Association of French Towns with unusual meanings, along with Arnac-la-Poste (cheat the post office), Bouzillé (broken) and Trécon (very stupid). But perhaps the funniest tidbit lies in Vatan's meaning and its juxtaposed motto proudly displayed in this town of just 2,000 inhabitants situated in the Champagne Berry region: "Vatan...you'll be back." What the...?

Ignoring the motto, Johan Van Summeren (Silence Lotto) and Marcin Sapa (Lampre-NGC) decided to take on Vatan's literal meaning 24 kilometres into the 192-kilometre journey to Saint-Fargeau, on an almost identical parcours to the day before.

Forty one kilometres in, the Belgian-Polish lead pair - quite the odd couple with the gangly legs of 197-centimetre-tall Van Summeren and the 179 stockier centimetres of Sapa - were 4:15 in front, which turned out to be their maximum advantage, no where near enough to make the move a success. Still, stranger things have happened at the Tour.

Run at a brisk 44.0 km/h average for the first three hours, the 40.8 km/h average for the third hour in comparison to the near 50 km/h first-hour average was indicative of fatigue within the break, their lead no more than two minutes 50 kilometres from Saint-Fargeau. Meanwhile, back in the bunch, the peloton traversed the small hills in the départments of Nievre and Yonne without difficulty, posing little problem for the supremely fit Tour de France athlete.

Shortly after, Garmin-Slipstream's Ryder Hesjedal strangely entangled himself, causing his bike to stutter and splutter like a diesel car filled with petrol, and with his front wheel locked, the Canadian went over his bars. Thankfully, his fall wasn't at speed and he was soon on his bike and receiving the deserved attention of the Tour's mobile race doctor.

Twenty kilometres from historical Saint-Fargeau, best known for its magnificent 12th century castle and home to numerous historical figures including Jacques Coeur, the Duchess of Montpensier, first cousin of Louis XIV and named ‘La Grande Mademoiselle, the Columbia-led peloton was now 47 seconds behind Van Summeren and Sapa.

Breathing heavily down their necks, it was all over red rover for the pair five clicks from home, the entire Columbia-HTC squad setting the pace up front. Slightly uphill the last 500 metres, it was expected to pose a few problems for the Might From The Isle of Man - but no such luck for Farrar and Hushovd, Cav's jump again proving superior.

For images of stage 11 click here

Full Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:17:55  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
3 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
10 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
11 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
12 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
13 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
14 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
15 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
16 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana    
18 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
19 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
20 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
21 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
22 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
23 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
24 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
25 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
26 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
27 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
28 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
29 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
30 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
31 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
32 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
33 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
34 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto    
36 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
37 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
38 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
39 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
40 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
41 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
42 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
43 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
44 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
46 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
47 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
48 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
49 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
50 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
51 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
52 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
53 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
54 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
55 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
56 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
57 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
58 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
59 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
60 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
61 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
62 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
63 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
64 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
65 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
66 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
67 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
68 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
69 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
70 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
71 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
72 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
73 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
74 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step    
75 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
76 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
77 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC    
78 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
79 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
80 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
81 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux    
82 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
83 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
84 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
85 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
86 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
87 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
88 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
89 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
90 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
91 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
92 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
93 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
94 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
95 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
96 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
97 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
98 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
99 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel    
100 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
101 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
102 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
103 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
104 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
105 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
106 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
107 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
108 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
109 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
110 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
111 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
112 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
113 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
114 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
115 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
116 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
117 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
118 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
119 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
120 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
121 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
122 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
123 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
124 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
125 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
126 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
127 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
128 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
129 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
130 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
131 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
132 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
133 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
134 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
135 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
136 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
137 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
138 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
139 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
140 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:00:24  
141 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
142 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
143 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
144 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
145 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
146 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
147 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:27  
148 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC    
149 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 0:00:29  
150 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
151 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
152 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
153 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
154 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
155 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 0:00:34  
156 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
157 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:36  
158 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:00:38  
159 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
160 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
161 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
162 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:51  
163 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 0:00:54  
164 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
165 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:00  
166 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:01  
167 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:06  
168 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:10  
169 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:03:37  
170 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:11  
DNS Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank    
Points
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 35 pts
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 30  
3 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 26  
4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 24  
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 22  
6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 20  
7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 19  
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
9 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 17  
10 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 16  
11 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 15  
12 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 14  
13 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 13  
14 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 12  
15 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
16 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 10  
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 9  
18 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 8  
19 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 7  
20 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 6  
21 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 5  
22 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
23 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3  
24 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 2  
25 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1  
Sprint 1 - Quincy, km. 26.5
1 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 6 pts
2 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 4  
3 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Sprint 2 - Saint-Ceols, km. 73.5
1 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 6 pts
2 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 4  
3 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Sprint 3 - Suilly-La-Tour, km. 114.5
1 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 6 pts
2 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 4  
3 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Mountain 1 - Côte d'Allogny (Cat. 4) km. 45.5
1 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 3 pts
2 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 2  
3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Perreuse (Cat. 4) km. 150.0
1 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 3 pts
2 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2  
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1  
Young riders
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:17:55  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
4 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
5 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
9 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
11 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
12 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
13 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
15 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
17 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
18 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
19 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
20 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
21 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
22 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
23 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
24 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
25 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
26 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
27 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
28 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
29 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
30 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:00:24  
31 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
32 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
33 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:29  
34 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:36  
35 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:01  
36 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:11  
Most aggressive rider
1 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
Teams
1 Team Katusha 12:53:45  
2 Lampre - N.G.C    
3 Skil-Shimano    
4 Cervelo Test Team    
5 Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
6 AG2R-La Mondiale    
7 Garmin - Slipstream    
8 Liquigas    
9 Francaise Des Jeux    
10 Caisse d'Epargne    
11 Team Columbia - HTC    
12 Team Milram    
13 Astana    
14 Quick Step    
15 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
16 Silence - Lotto    
17 Rabobank    
18 Agritubel    
19 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
20 Team Saxo Bank    
General classification after stage 11
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 43:28:59  
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:06  
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:00:08  
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0:00:39  
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:46  
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:00:54  
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:00  
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:24  
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:49  
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:01:54  
11 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:16  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:21  
13 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:25  
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:02:40  
15 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:45  
16 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:52  
17 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:02  
18 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:03:07  
19 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 0:03:16  
20 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:49  
21 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:03:58  
22 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:04:14  
23 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0:04:20  
24 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
25 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:26  
26 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:00  
27 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:05:02  
28 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:05:25  
29 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:05:28  
30 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:06:03  
31 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:54  
32 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 0:06:56  
33 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:59  
34 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:07:27  
35 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:08:06  
36 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:08:21  
37 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:09:37  
38 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:09:59  
39 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:10:36  
40 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:11:44  
41 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:11:50  
42 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:12:00  
43 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:12:17  
44 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:13:52  
45 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 0:14:37  
46 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:14:56  
47 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:15:30  
48 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:16:02  
49 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:16:44  
50 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:45  
51 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:16:52  
52 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:17:07  
53 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:18:40  
54 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:20:13  
55 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:55  
56 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:21:34  
57 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:23:02  
58 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:23:38  
59 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:24:44  
60 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:25:03  
61 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:26:43  
62 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:27:58  
63 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:28:07  
64 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 0:28:08  
65 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:28:18  
66 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:28:32  
67 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:29:48  
68 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:30:28  
69 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 0:32:02  
70 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:32:26  
71 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 0:32:28  
72 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:33:18  
73 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:33:22  
74 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:33:23  
75 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:33:28  
76 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:35:02  
77 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:35:22  
78 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:35:43  
79 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:36:01  
80 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:36:11  
81 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 0:36:14  
82 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 0:36:46  
83 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 0:37:52  
84 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:39:02  
85 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:39:43  
86 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:54  
87 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:41:58  
88 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 0:42:34  
89 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 0:42:35  
90 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:42:38  
91 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:43:48  
92 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:44:31  
93 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:44:45  
94 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:45:36  
95 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 0:47:25  
96 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:48:08  
97 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 0:48:31  
98 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 0:48:57  
99 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:49:07  
100 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:50:59  
101 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:51:29  
102 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 0:52:33  
103 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:52:49  
104 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:53:00  
105 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:55:24  
106 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 0:55:45  
107 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:55:50  
108 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 0:56:53  
109 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:57:49  
110 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:57:57  
111 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:58:41  
112 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0:59:34  
113 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:59:42  
114 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 0:59:44  
115 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 1:00:08  
116 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1:01:08  
117 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 1:03:53  
118 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:04:01  
119 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:04:18  
120 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 1:04:32  
121 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1:05:16  
122 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:05:23  
123 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 1:07:00  
124 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:08:57  
125 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:10:00  
126 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:10:19  
127 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream 1:10:38  
128 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:11:01  
129 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 1:12:14  
130 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 1:12:45  
131 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:13:01  
132 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:13:18  
133 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:13:23  
134 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 1:13:54  
135 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 1:14:02  
136 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 1:14:04  
137 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 1:15:08  
138 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:15:10  
139 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 1:15:19  
140 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 1:15:32  
141 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 1:16:38  
142 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 1:16:45  
143 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 1:16:47  
144 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:17:56  
145 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:18:44  
146 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:19:10  
147 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 1:20:23  
148 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 1:20:37  
149 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 1:20:38  
150 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 1:21:41  
151 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:21:56  
152 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 1:22:06  
153 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:22:51  
154 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 1:23:04  
155 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
156 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 1:23:31  
157 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:23:32  
158 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:23:43  
159 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:23:52  
160 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1:24:35  
161 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:24:36  
162 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 1:26:15  
163 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:26:32  
164 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 1:28:15  
165 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:29:18  
166 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:30:55  
167 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1:32:46  
168 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 1:33:10  
169 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:43:42  
170 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:59:32  
Points classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 176 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 169  
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 110  
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 110  
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 100  
6 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 97  
7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 74  
8 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 64  
9 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 55  
10 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 54  
11 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 51  
12 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 48  
13 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 47  
14 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 47  
15 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 47  
16 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 46  
17 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 46  
18 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 43  
19 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 41  
20 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 36  
21 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 35  
22 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 34  
23 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 34  
24 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 34  
25 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 33  
26 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 32  
27 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
28 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 31  
29 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 31  
30 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 30  
31 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
32 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 30  
33 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 29  
34 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 29  
35 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 29  
36 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 28  
37 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 28  
38 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 27  
39 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 27  
40 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 27  
41 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 27  
42 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 26  
43 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 25  
44 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 25  
45 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 24  
46 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 23  
47 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 22  
48 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 22  
49 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 21  
50 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 21  
51 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 21  
52 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 20  
53 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
54 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 19  
55 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 18  
56 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 18  
57 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 18  
58 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 17  
59 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 17  
60 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 17  
61 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 16  
62 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 16  
63 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 15  
64 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 15  
65 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
66 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 14  
67 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 14  
68 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14  
69 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 13  
70 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 13  
71 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 13  
72 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 13  
73 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 12  
74 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 11  
75 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 11  
76 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
77 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 10  
78 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
79 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
80 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 9  
81 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 9  
82 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 8  
83 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 8  
84 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 7  
85 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 5  
86 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 5  
87 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
88 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 4  
89 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
90 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 4  
91 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 4  
92 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
93 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 3  
94 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 3  
95 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
96 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3  
97 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
98 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 3  
99 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
100 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 2  
101 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 1  
102 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
Mountains classification
1 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 79 pts
2 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 59  
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 56  
4 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 49  
5 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 49  
6 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 46  
7 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 43  
8 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 38  
9 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 35  
10 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
11 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 32  
12 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 32  
13 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 31  
14 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 31  
15 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
16 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 23  
17 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 21  
18 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 21  
19 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 20  
20 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 20  
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 19  
22 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 17  
23 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 17  
24 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 17  
25 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 15  
26 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
27 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14  
28 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 14  
29 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 13  
30 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 12  
31 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 11  
32 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 10  
33 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
34 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9  
35 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 9  
36 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 8  
37 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 8  
38 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 7  
39 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
40 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
41 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
42 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 6  
43 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 5  
44 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 5  
45 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
46 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
47 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
48 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
49 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
50 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
51 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
52 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
53 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
54 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
55 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1  
Young rider classification
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 43:29:59  
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:49  
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:54  
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:01:40  
5 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:03:26  
6 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:04:28  
7 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:07:06  
8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:08:59  
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:45  
10 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:16:07  
11 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:17:40  
12 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:27:07  
13 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:32:28  
14 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:34:02  
15 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:43:45  
16 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:44:36  
17 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:48:07  
18 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:52:00  
19 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:54:24  
20 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:57:41  
21 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:07:57  
22 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:12:18  
23 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:12:23  
24 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 1:12:54  
25 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 1:14:08  
26 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:14:10  
27 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 1:14:32  
28 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 1:15:47  
29 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:16:56  
30 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:18:10  
31 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 1:19:37  
32 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 1:21:06  
33 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:22:32  
34 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:25:32  
35 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 1:27:15  
36 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:28:18  
Teams classification
1 AG2R-La Mondiale 128:53:09  
2 Astana 0:00:03  
3 Team Columbia - HTC 0:04:45  
4 Team Milram 0:05:20  
5 Team Saxo Bank 0:05:24  
6 Garmin - Slipstream 0:05:56  
7 Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:05  
8 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:10:00  
9 Rabobank 0:11:11  
10 Francaise Des Jeux 0:12:59  
11 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:13:07  
12 Cervelo Test Team 0:16:13  
13 Liquigas 0:18:10  
14 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:22:05  
15 Silence - Lotto 0:23:15  
16 Agritubel 0:24:36  
17 Team Katusha 0:27:41  
18 Quick Step 0:50:05  
19 Lampre - N.G.C 1:35:23  
20 Skil-Shimano 2:53:45  

Columbia-HTC keeping the dream for green alive

Repeatedly asked if he's going for the points classification at the Tour or not, Mark Cavendish tends to avoid the question, stating his primary objective is to win stages and make it to Paris. However, after he won Wednesday's stage to Saint-Fargeau, Columbia-HTC's sprint king is now seven points clear of Thor Hushovd in a classification he claims not to care too much about.

It's a different story when Cyclingnews spoke with his number one lead-out guy, Mark Renshaw, at the stage start in Vatan.

"I think the competition's always been alive," Renshaw said.

"Definitely, it's a lot tighter now - it's going to be a lot harder. We said all along it's not the main objective - the main objective is to win stages. But in saying that, if Cavendish wins five stages, it's a very realistic goal of taking home the green jersey.

"It's in the back of our heads to take the green, it's always nice. It's good for the team and great for Cav'. We're going to be chasing it, but at the end of the day, we're here to win stages," he said.

Those who witnessed the superlative performances of Renshaw and Cavendish the previous day, it appeared obvious both had fared well through the hat-trick of Pyrenean stages at the end of Tour's first week, but the stocky Aussie from Bathurst in country New South Wales admitted there were times when both were struggling.

"They certainly weren't easy," he said with a wry grin. "For us, we have to go at 100 percent every day just to get through the Pyrenees. I had a really bad day up to Andorra; [I] just didn't feel good on the bike, so that really hurt me for the next two days. And then Cav' started hurting in the end, so we both had bad days. But we recovered well on the rest day, and I think that's what made a big difference."

Acting as the lead-out man for Cavendish's main rival and arguably the strongest sprinter in the peloton last year with Crédit Agricole, and now in the same capacity for the fastest finisher at Columbia-HTC, what would Renshaw do if he were Thor Hushovd?

"Obviously, Thor's going to have to try and pick up points in the intermediate sprints. He's shown that's the way he can win the green jersey. Back a few years ago [in 2005], he picked up a lot of points at those intermediate sprints after climbs. Cavendish is not climbing that good - that's Thor's major advantage," he said, Renshaw and Cavendish sure to suffer some more when the Tour heads to the Alps.

Praised by the Columbia-HTC sprint king as "the world's best lead-out man", it's no doubt giving Renshaw a fantastic apprenticeship and a taste of what may be if he decides to become that quickest man. For now, Renshaw appears content in his role and is most likely generously paid. Still, there's nothing like the exhilaration of crossing the line first.

And like the battle for the maillot vert, that may also be in the back of his mind.