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Cavendish goes long to claim third stage

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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-THC) wins stage 10, which ended in a bunch sprint.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-THC) wins stage 10, which ended in a bunch sprint. (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-THC) wins his third stage of teh Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-THC) wins his third stage of teh Tour de France. (Image credit: AFP)
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Break riders Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Benoit Vaugrenard (Francaise des Jeux), Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano)

Break riders Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Benoit Vaugrenard (Francaise des Jeux), Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano) (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) crosses the line as the stage winner.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) crosses the line as the stage winner. (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) leads Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Slipstream) in the final sprint.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) leads Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Slipstream) in the final sprint. (Image credit: AFP)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) is the World Champion.

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) is the World Champion. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) and his wife

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) and his wife (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) takes home the flowers and the lion.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) takes home the flowers and the lion. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Christophe Lemevel (Francaise des Jeux) and his wife

Christophe Lemevel (Francaise des Jeux) and his wife (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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It's all about yellow for race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale).

It's all about yellow for race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The bunch crosses a bridge during stage 10.

The bunch crosses a bridge during stage 10. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton is bunched together tightly.

The peloton is bunched together tightly. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A fan from Texas cheers on passing racers.

A fan from Texas cheers on passing racers. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton all together

The peloton all together (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) on the podium.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) on the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel - Euskadi), mountains leader, before the start.

Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel - Euskadi), mountains leader, before the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) started the day in green.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) started the day in green. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) before the start

Lance Armstrong (Astana) before the start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) is ready for stage 10.

Alberto Contador (Astana) is ready for stage 10. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Belgian National Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) waves

Belgian National Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) waves (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The start of stage 10.

The start of stage 10. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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An artist gives his impressions of the Tour before the start.

An artist gives his impressions of the Tour before the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) speaks to the media.

Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) speaks to the media. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) has been busy working for his teammate, race leader Rinaldo Nocentini.

Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) has been busy working for his teammate, race leader Rinaldo Nocentini. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team Saxo Bank)

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Slipstream)

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Slipstream) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team Saxo Bank) stages a protest before the start. He would later crash during the stage.

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team Saxo Bank) stages a protest before the start. He would later crash during the stage. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Three jersey wearers at the start: Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel - Euskadi), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) PIC48127S.jpg Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his win.

Three jersey wearers at the start: Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel - Euskadi), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) PIC48127S.jpg Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his win.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) finishes with the bunch on stage 10.

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) finishes with the bunch on stage 10. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) on the podium.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) on the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Oscar Freire (Rabobank) in action during stage 10.

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) in action during stage 10. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The battle for green is turning red-hot.

At the start stage of the 10th stage in Limoges, maillot vert Thor Hushovd appeared to be growing in confidence, possibly thinking another green jersey is just around the corner.

But without the dedicated lead-out train that Mark Cavendish commands from his Columbia-HTC posse, Hushovd's job in stage finishes is invariably made more difficult. And when that train combines with the Manxman's unmatched finishing speed as it did Tuesday in Issoudun, Hushovd and Garmin-Slipstream's Tyler Farrar were relegated to their all-too-familiar positions, Cavendish seems to have delivered an unspoken message: The green jersey is not yours. It's mine.

Said Cavendish of the last 500 metres, "There was a slight incline and with the corners, we knew we had to be at the front. George [Hincapie] went and then Mark [Renshaw] went. I was afraid of being jumped, like [Alessandro] Petacchi did [to me] at the Giro. My saying now is, '[If] in doubt, hit out'. I hit out early."

Clearly, Cavendish is coming of age. Previously believed to lack the endurance to contest sprints at the end of long one-day races or three-week tours, his stunning victory in the March classic Milano-Sanremo was the first indication that the 24-year-old had grown stronger. Again at the Centenary Giro d'Italia, he displayed a newfound ability to go long and still go fast, the last of his hat-trick of wins coming at the end of the second week.

And now, coming into the back-half of the 21-stage, 3,459.5-kilometre loop around France, Cavendish, after a brief lull, seems to have kicked again.

Asked if there are less opportunities than previous years, Cavendish said, "I don't think so. I targeted seven days here, maybe eight. That is quite a lot. I was pretty excited when I was at the unveiling of the Tour route this year. It is a tough parcours... This year is good for me and other pure sprinters."

As he pulled the maillot vert across his shoulders, Hushovd - still the points leader but now by a margin of four - appeared decidedly edgy.

It wasn't the natural, emphatic smile of the stage winner we saw in Barcelona five days ago. It was the shaky, forced grin one has to make when standing on the Tour de France podium. And while speaking to French television at the post-stage press conference, the Norwegian watched the replay in front of him with the intensity of an air-traffic controller during a snowstorm: staring intently at the screen, analysing the final 500 metres over and over, asking himself if there was anything - anything at all - he could've done differently. His facial expression said "no". Not a thing.

"He was very, very fast. His team was very, very strong," were Hushovd's first words. What else could he say?

The Cavendish-Hushovd dynamic is not dissimilar to the ding-dong battle between Robbie McEwen and Erik Zabel in the decade past, where between them, nine green jerseys are stacked in their wardrobes.

Like Cavendish, McEwen was faster than Zabel, but like Hushovd, Zabel was slightly stronger (particularly in the mountains), a little cagier and more calculating. Now, with just six points separating the pair and possibly three more stages to come before the next mountain leg to Verbier this Saturday, the Thunder God will need to be as strong, cagey, and calculating as he's ever been.

Mellow day for yellow, but a subtle change to the leaderboard

Maillot jaune Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R), despite not having the aid of his radio earpiece like the his other 170 colleagues in the peloton, enjoyed a day without incident. So trouble-free, in fact, that the 31-year-old said it was his easiest day in yellow so far. And if things go to plan, the Italian could well have it for another three more.

"It was a good day, a lot calmer than the last two stages," said Nocentini. "It's very emotional and it's a great feeling to have it on my shoulders. There are still two flat stages to come, so that should be okay, but Friday will be a lot tougher. Still, I hope to have the jersey on my shoulders Friday evening."

Astana's Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Slipstream's Bradley Wiggins weren't as fortunate. They were among a group of 106 riders caught out in the mayhem of the finale and ended up 15 seconds down on the first group of 52. Consequently, it's seen a subtle change in the top 10, Leipheimer and Wiggins dropping to fifth and seventh on the general classification, with Andreas Klöden (Astana) and Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) now sitting fourth and sixth, respectively.

At the gates of the Limousin countryside

From Limoges, a medium-sized and rather cosmopolitan town in central France boasting 51 square metres of greenery per resident, a peloton of 171 departed at 12.30 p.m. sans earpieces, the first of two stages at the 2009 Tour where radio communication has been done away with (the other being Stage 13).

The 194.5-km rolling profile had bunch sprint finish written all over it, but a breakaway quartet that included three Frenchmen attempted to do their country proud on Bastille Day, Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Benoit Vaurengard (Francaise des Jeux), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) and Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) the ones that got away. Following a number of successful escapes in recent days, the peloton was keeping a tight lid on proceedings, although they gave the illusion they weren't riding particularly hard. After 60km, the gap was just two-and-a-half minutes, which also may have had something to do with Ignatiev, the only non-Frenchman in the move doing just two percent of the workload up front.

The overcast conditions experienced at the start continued throughout the afternoon, the break's advantage holding steady after 100km covered, and after three hours, raced at a 37.7 km/h average. However, it was more because of a crash in the bunch than the strength of the lead quartet. Saxo Bank's Kurt Asle Arvesen came off worst, suspected to have a broken left collarbone.

The ol' fashioned chalkboard may have replaced information coming through race radio, but it did nothing for the break's chances. It appeared to be riding under a cloud of impending doom. Naturally, Columbia-HTC, knowing full well they needed to deliver Cavendish another stage victory to stand a chance against current points leader Thor Hushovd, motioned their forces to the fore in the closing kilometres.

And for the third time in 10 days, Cavendish's coterie of Trojan horses timed their chase to perfection, catching Hupond, the last of the escapees, 1.3 kilometres from the line. Hushovd, Oscar Freire and Tom Boonen were expected to thrive on the slightly uphill finish, but in the end, it suited Cav' to a T.

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Full Results*
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:46:43
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
4Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
8William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
10Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
11Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
12Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
13Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto
14Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
15Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
16Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
18Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
19Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
22Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
23Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
27Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
28Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
30Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
31Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
32Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
33George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
34Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
35Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
36Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
37Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
39Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
40Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
41Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
42Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
43Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
44Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
45Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
46Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
47Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
48Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
49Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux
50Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
51Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
52Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
53Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
54Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
55Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
56Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
57Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
58Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
59Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano
60Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
61Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
62Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
63Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
64Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
65Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
66Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
67Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
68Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
69Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
70Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
71Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
72Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
73Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
74Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC
75Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
76Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
77Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
78Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
79Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
80Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
81Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
82Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
83Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
84Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC
85Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
86Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel
87Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
88Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
89Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
90Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC
91Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
92Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
93José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
94Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
95Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
96Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
97Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
98Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
99Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
100Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana
101Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
102David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC
103Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana
104Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
105Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
106Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
107Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
108Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
109José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
110Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
111Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
112Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
113Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
114Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
115Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
116Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
117Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
118Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
119Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas
120Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
121Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
122David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
123Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
124Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
125Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
126Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
127Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
128Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
129José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
130Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
131Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC
132Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
133Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
134Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
135Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
136Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
137David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
138Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
139Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
140Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
141Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
142Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
143Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
144Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha
145Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux
146Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
147Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
148Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
149Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
150Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
151Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto
152Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
153Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
154David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
155Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
156David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
157Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
158Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
159Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:39
160Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:00:41
161Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:00:47
162Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:01:04
163Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:13
164Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank
165Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
166Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
167Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC
168Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:01:35
169Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
170Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:25
171Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux

Sprint 1 - Lauriere - 44.0 Km
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6pts
2Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano4
3Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux2

Sprint 2 - Aigurande - 122.5 Km
1Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux6pts
2Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano4
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2

Sprint 3 - Saint-Août - 167.5 Km
1Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano6pts
2Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux4
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2

Finish - Issoudun - 194.5 Km
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC35pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team30
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream26
4Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne24
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20
7Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano19
8William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom18
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas17
10Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom16
11Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram15
12Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC14
13Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto13
14Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank12
15Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank11
16Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel10
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale9
18Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8
19Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC7
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC6
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto5
22Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank4
23Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas2
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC1

Mountain 1 - Côte de Salvanet - 12.5 Km
1Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano2
3Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1

Mountain 2 - Côte de Saint-Laurent-les-Eglises - 27.5 Km
1Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano2
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1

Mountain 3 - Côte de Bénévent-l'Abbaye - 58.5 Km
1Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano3pts
2Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux2
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1

Young riders
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:46:43
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
5Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
6Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
10Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
11Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
13Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
14Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
15Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
16Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
17Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
19Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
20Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
21Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
22Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
23Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
24Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
25Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
26Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
27Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
28Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
29Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
30Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux
31Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
32Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
33Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:39
34Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:00:41
35Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:01:13
36Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha

Most aggressive rider
1Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano

Teams
1Bbox Bouygues Telecom14:20:09
2Team Columbia - HTC
3AG2R-La Mondiale
4Liquigas
5Silence - Lotto
6Team Saxo Bank
7Caisse D’Epargne
8Lampre - N.G.C
9Team Milram
10Garmin - Slipstream
11Skil-Shimano
12Rabobank
13Cervelo Test Team
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
15Astana
16Euskaltel - Euskadi
17Agritubel
18Francaise Des Jeux
19Team Katusha
20Quick Step

General classification after stage 10
1Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale39:11:04
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:06
3Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana0:00:08
4Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana0:00:39
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:46
6Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana0:00:54
7Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:00
8Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:24
9Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:49
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:01:54
11Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:16
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:21
13Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:02:25
14Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:02:40
15Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:45
16Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:52
17Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:02
18Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:03:07
19Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:16
20Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:49
21Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:58
22Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana0:04:14
23Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana0:04:20
24Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
25Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:04:26
26Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:00
27Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:05:02
28George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:05:25
29Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:05:28
30Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03
31Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:54
32Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:06:56
33Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:06:59
34David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:27
35Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:08:06
36Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:08:21
37Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:09:37
38Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:59
39Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:10:36
40Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:11:44
41Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:11:50
42Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:12:00
43José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:12:17
44Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:52
45Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:14:37
46Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:14:56
47Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:15:30
48Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:15:53
49José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:02
50Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:45
51Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:16:52
52Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:17:07
53Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:18:40
54Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:13
55Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:55
56Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:34
57Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:23:02
58Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:23:38
59Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:24:44
60Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:25:03
61Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:26:43
62David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:27:18
63Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:27:58
64Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:28:03
65Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:07
66Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:28:08
67Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:29:48
68David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:29:50
69Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank0:31:01
70Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:31:28
71Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:31:57
72José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:32:01
73Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:32:44
74David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:32:49
75Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:33:23
76Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:33:28
77Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:34:51
78Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:35:02
79Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:35:22
80Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:35:40
81Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:35:43
82Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:36:11
83Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:36:46
84Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:37:52
85Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:02
86Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:39:43
87Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:39:54
88Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:41:25
89Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:41:58
90Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:42:10
91Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:42:35
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:42:38
93Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:43:48
94Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:44:31
95Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:44:45
96Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:47:25
97David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:48:04
98Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:48:08
99Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:48:57
100Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:49:07
101Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:50:35
102Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:51:29
103Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:52:33
104Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:49
105Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:53:00
106Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:54:12
107Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:55:24
108Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:55:45
109Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:55:50
110Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:56:53
111Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:57:40
112Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:57:57
113Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:59:14
114Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:59:34
115Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:59:42
116Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:59:44
117Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1:00:44
118Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha1:03:53
119Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:04:01
120Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:04:18
121Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team1:04:32
122Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1:04:47
123Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:05:23
124Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1:07:00
125Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:08:57
126Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:09:22
127Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:10:19
128Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:10:37
129Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream1:10:38
130Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:12:14
131Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1:12:45
132Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:12:49
133Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:13:01
134Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:13:23
135Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:13:54
136Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC1:14:02
137Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:14:04
138Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:14:44
139Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:15:10
140Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana1:15:19
141Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:15:32
142Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram1:16:07
143Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC1:16:09
144Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1:16:47
145Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:17:56
146Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:18:44
147Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:19:10
148Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step1:20:23
149Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel1:20:37
150Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram1:20:38
151Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1:21:41
152Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:21:56
153Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas1:22:06
154Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC1:22:25
155Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:22:51
156Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:22:56
157Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano1:23:04
158Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
159Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:23:43
160Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:23:52
161Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto1:24:35
162William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:24:36
163Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana1:25:21
164Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:26:32
165Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:27:51
166Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:28:54
167Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:30:55
168Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1:32:46
169Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux1:33:10
170Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:43:42
171Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:59:32

Points classification
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team147pts
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC141
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne97
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram81
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream80
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank73
7Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank55
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale54
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel49
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom47
11Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas47
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale47
13Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne46
14Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step46
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne44
16William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom37
17Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano37
18Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom36
19Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC35
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC35
21Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana34
22Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto34
23Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34
24George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC32
25Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31
26Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale31
27Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30
28Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
29Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi29
30Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom29
31Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano28
32Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step27
33Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne27
34Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC26
35Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano26
36Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC25
37Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25
38Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24
39Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux23
40José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22
41Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana22
42Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel21
43Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21
44Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram21
45Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20
46Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20
47Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20
48Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19
49Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank18
50Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi18
51Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18
52Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17
53Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17
54Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas17
55Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream16
56Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15
57Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha15
58Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14
59Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14
60Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha14
61Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank14
62Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC14
63Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana13
64Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13
65Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto13
66Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto13
67Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC12
68Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux12
69Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux12
70Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11
71Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11
72Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
73David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10
74Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10
75Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
76Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
77Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana9
78Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9
79Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8
80Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8
81Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank7
82Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5
83Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5
84Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5
85Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
86Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux4
87Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
88Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas4
89Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank4
90Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4
91Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux4
92Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3
93Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3
94Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3
95Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3
96Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3
97Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2
98Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank2
99Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank2
100Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1
101Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1

Mountains classification
1Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi78pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne59
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas55
4Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel49
5Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom49
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale46
7Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux43
8Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi38
9Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale35
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale34
11Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank32
12Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram32
13David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne31
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom31
15Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step23
17George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC21
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21
19Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto20
20José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto19
22Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha17
23Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank17
24Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas17
25Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15
26Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14
27Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14
28Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana14
29Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank13
30Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12
31Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank11
32Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana10
33Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
34Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9
35David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream9
36David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream8
37Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8
38Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano7
39Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6
40Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6
41Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
42Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6
43Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
44Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4
45Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
46Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
47Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3
48Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3
49Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2
50Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1
51Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
52Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1
53Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1

Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC39:12:04
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:00:54
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:01:40
5Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:03:26
6Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:04:28
7Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:06
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:59
9Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:45
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:07
11Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:17:40
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:27:07
13Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:32:28
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:34:02
15Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:40:25
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:43:45
17Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:48:07
18Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:52:00
19Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:54:24
20Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:56:40
21Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:07:57
22Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:11:49
23Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:12:23
24Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:12:54
25Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:13:44
26Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:14:10
27Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:14:32
28Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1:15:47
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:16:56
30Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:18:10
31Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel1:19:37
32Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas1:21:06
33Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:21:56
34Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:25:32
35Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:26:51
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:27:54

Teams classification
1AG2R-La Mondiale115:59:24
2Astana0:00:03
3Team Columbia - HTC0:04:45
4Team Milram0:05:20
5Team Saxo Bank0:05:24
6Garmin - Slipstream0:05:56
7Caisse d'Epargne0:07:05
8Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:10:00
9Rabobank0:11:11
10Francaise Des Jeux0:12:59
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:07
12Cervelo Test Team0:16:13
13Liquigas0:18:10
14Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:22:05
15Silence - Lotto0:23:15
16Agritubel0:24:36
17Team Katusha0:27:41
18Quick Step0:50:05
19Lampre - N.G.C1:35:23
20Skil-Shimano2:53:45

* Results revised July 11, 2009 to reverse 15 second split in peloton which affected GC.

Hushovd to play the tactical game

Entering Stage 10 with an 11-point buffer over previous points classification leader Mark Cavendish, Cervelo TestTeam's Thor Hushovd was a picture of calm in Limoges, despite holding a somewhat tenuous lead.

The green jersey champion of 2005 and Tour stage winner in Barcelona told Cyclingnews the next four stages will be critical if he's to consolidate his advantage over the sprinting wunderkind from the Isle of Man. "Oh, they're really important," Hushovd said of the coming days, "so I have to fight to get as many points as possible.

"Of course, I'll play the tactical game. Columbia has to work to get the jersey back, but it depends what happens [during the stage], how many guys go away, and also we [as a team] can't spend too much energy," he said, referring to the team's other objective of helping to defend Carlos Sastre's Tour de France crown, which, as the days go on, appears to be getting more remote.

Tuesday being the first stage without radio communication between rider and director, Hushovd said the absence of an earpiece doesn't really bother him, although he's against the notion of racing ‘old-school'. "It doesn't change too much. I really look towards the finale. It's more during the race, especially when groups go, to see who is up there or not. I think we should have radios, because it's a normal part of the future of cycling. But I also think it's stupid to neutralise the stage."

And while age does not always work to the benefit of a sprinter, the 31-year-old Norweigan - seven years Cavendish's senior and a veteran of as many Tours de France - tends to grow stronger as the race progresses. Remember the Champs-Élysées at the 2006 Tour and Hushovd's dominant victory against Australians Robbie McEwen and Stuart O'Grady, bookending his prologue win in Strasbourg three weeks earlier?

"I didn't go really deep in the Pyrenees, so I think I'm getting better and better, and that's important. What happens with Cavendish, I can do nothing [about], really," he said.

Hushovd's last words proved prophetic. Four-and-three-quarter hours later in Issoudun, the maillot vert didn't stand a chance against the might and power of Cavendish and his Columbia-HTC team.

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