Cavendish makes it four!

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: "'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.

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Full Results
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:17:55
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des JeuxRow 2 - Cell 2
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) RabobankRow 3 - Cell 2
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 5 - Cell 2
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 6 - Cell 2
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 8 - Cell 2
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 10 - Cell 2
12Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) LiquigasRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick StepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Andreas Klöden (Ger) AstanaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 22 - Cell 2
24Romain Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 24 - Cell 2
26Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'EpargneRow 25 - Cell 2
27Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-ShimanoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Brice Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 28 - Cell 2
30Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) LiquigasRow 30 - Cell 2
32Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 31 - Cell 2
33Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - LottoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick StepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 38 - Cell 2
40Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 41 - Cell 2
43Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) AstanaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) RabobankRow 44 - Cell 2
46Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) AstanaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 46 - Cell 2
48Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team MilramRow 47 - Cell 2
49Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - LottoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Roman Kreuziger (Cze) LiquigasRow 49 - Cell 2
51Peter Velits (Svk) Team MilramRow 50 - Cell 2
52Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - LottoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lance Armstrong (USA) AstanaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) LiquigasRow 55 - Cell 2
57Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 56 - Cell 2
58Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team MilramRow 57 - Cell 2
59Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 58 - Cell 2
60Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick StepRow 60 - Cell 2
62Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGCRow 61 - Cell 2
63Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Christian Knees (Ger) Team MilramRow 64 - Cell 2
66Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team KatushaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Grégory Rast (Swi) AstanaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team MilramRow 67 - Cell 2
69Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 68 - Cell 2
70Levi Leipheimer (USA) AstanaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo BankRow 70 - Cell 2
72Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 71 - Cell 2
73Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo BankRow 72 - Cell 2
74Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick StepRow 73 - Cell 2
75Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTCRow 76 - Cell 2
78Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) AgritubelRow 78 - Cell 2
80Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des JeuxRow 80 - Cell 2
82George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTCRow 81 - Cell 2
83Grischa Niermann (Ger) RabobankRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 83 - Cell 2
85Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 84 - Cell 2
86Denis Menchov (Rus) RabobankRow 85 - Cell 2
87Joost Posthuma (Ned) RabobankRow 86 - Cell 2
88Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 87 - Cell 2
89Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 88 - Cell 2
90Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) RabobankRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 90 - Cell 2
92Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 91 - Cell 2
93Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 92 - Cell 2
94Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) AstanaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 94 - Cell 2
96Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
97José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 96 - Cell 2
98Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTCRow 97 - Cell 2
99Christophe Moreau (Fra) AgritubelRow 98 - Cell 2
100Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 99 - Cell 2
101Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 100 - Cell 2
102Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) AstanaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 105 - Cell 2
107Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 106 - Cell 2
108Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 108 - Cell 2
110Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo BankRow 109 - Cell 2
111Laurens ten Dam (Ned) RabobankRow 110 - Cell 2
112Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick StepRow 111 - Cell 2
113Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick StepRow 112 - Cell 2
114Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 114 - Cell 2
116Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 115 - Cell 2
117Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 116 - Cell 2
118Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 118 - Cell 2
120Brian Vandborg (Den) LiquigasRow 119 - Cell 2
121Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick StepRow 121 - Cell 2
123Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'EpargneRow 123 - Cell 2
125Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 124 - Cell 2
126David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 125 - Cell 2
127Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 126 - Cell 2
128Maxime Bouet (Fra) AgritubelRow 127 - Cell 2
129Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 128 - Cell 2
130José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 130 - Cell 2
132Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) AgritubelRow 131 - Cell 2
133Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AgritubelRow 132 - Cell 2
134Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 133 - Cell 2
135Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 134 - Cell 2
136Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 135 - Cell 2
137Frederik Willems (Bel) LiquigasRow 136 - Cell 2
138Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) LiquigasRow 137 - Cell 2
139Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:24
141Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team MilramRow 142 - Cell 2
144Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 143 - Cell 2
145Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 144 - Cell 2
146Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-ShimanoRow 145 - Cell 2
147José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:27
148David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGCRow 147 - Cell 2
149Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:00:29
150Stef Clement (Ned) RabobankRow 149 - Cell 2
151Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 151 - Cell 2
153Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - LottoRow 152 - Cell 2
154David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 153 - Cell 2
155Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:00:34
156Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:36
158Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:00:38
159Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team MilramRow 158 - Cell 2
160Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick StepRow 159 - Cell 2
161David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 160 - Cell 2
162Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:00:51
163Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:00:54
164Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team MilramRow 163 - Cell 2
165David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:00
166Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:01
167Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:06
168Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:10
169Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:03:37
170Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:11
DNSKurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo BankRow 170 - Cell 2
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1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC35pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux26Row 2 - Cell 3
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank24Row 3 - Cell 3
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team22Row 4 - Cell 3
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram19Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18Row 7 - Cell 3
9William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom17Row 8 - Cell 3
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha16Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC15Row 10 - Cell 3
12Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha14Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13Row 12 - Cell 3
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas12Row 13 - Cell 3
15Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano11Row 14 - Cell 3
16Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step10Row 15 - Cell 3
17Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana9Row 16 - Cell 3
18Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano8Row 17 - Cell 3
19Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha7Row 18 - Cell 3
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 21 - Cell 3
23Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3Row 22 - Cell 3
24Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC1Row 24 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Quincy, km. 26.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto6pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Saint-Ceols, km. 73.5
1Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC6pts
2Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Suilly-La-Tour, km. 114.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto6pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte d'Allogny (Cat. 4) km. 45.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto3pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Côte de Perreuse (Cat. 4) km. 150.0
1Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC3pts
2Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:17:55
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 6 - Cell 2
8Romain Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 7 - Cell 2
9Brice Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 8 - Cell 2
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) LiquigasRow 9 - Cell 2
11Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 10 - Cell 2
12Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 13 - Cell 2
15Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - LottoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) LiquigasRow 15 - Cell 2
17Peter Velits (Svk) Team MilramRow 16 - Cell 2
18Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team MilramRow 17 - Cell 2
19Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGCRow 19 - Cell 2
21Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 21 - Cell 2
23Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 22 - Cell 2
24Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 23 - Cell 2
25Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 24 - Cell 2
26Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'EpargneRow 25 - Cell 2
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) AgritubelRow 26 - Cell 2
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 27 - Cell 2
29Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:24
31Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team MilramRow 30 - Cell 2
32Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-ShimanoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:29
34Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:36
35Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:01
36Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:11
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Most aggressive rider
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
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1Team Katusha12:53:45
2Lampre - N.G.CRow 1 - Cell 2
3Skil-ShimanoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Cervelo Test TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 4 - Cell 2
6AG2R-La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Garmin - SlipstreamRow 6 - Cell 2
8LiquigasRow 7 - Cell 2
9Francaise Des JeuxRow 8 - Cell 2
10Caisse d'EpargneRow 9 - Cell 2
11Team Columbia - HTCRow 10 - Cell 2
12Team MilramRow 11 - Cell 2
13AstanaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Quick StepRow 13 - Cell 2
15Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Silence - LottoRow 15 - Cell 2
17RabobankRow 16 - Cell 2
18AgritubelRow 17 - Cell 2
19Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 18 - Cell 2
20Team Saxo BankRow 19 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 11
1Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale43:28:59
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 MilramRow 23 - Cell 2
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
48José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:02
49Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:16:44
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
62Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:27:58
63Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:07
64Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:28:08
65David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:28:18
66Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:28:32
67Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:29:48
68David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:30:28
69Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:32:02
70Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:32:26
71José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:32:28
72David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:33:18
73Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:33:22
74Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:33:23
75Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:33:28
76Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:35:02
77Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:35:22
78Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:35:43
79Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:36:01
80Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:36:11
81Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:36:14
82Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:36:46
83Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:37:52
84Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:02
85Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:39:43
86Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:39:54
87Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:41:58
88Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:42:34
89Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:42:35
90Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:42:38
91Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:43:48
92Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:44:31
93Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:44:45
94Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:45:36
95Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:47:25
96Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:48:08
97David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:48:31
98Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:48:57
99Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:49:07
100Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:50:59
101Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:51:29
102Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:52:33
103Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:49
104Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:53:00
105Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:55:24
106Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:55:45
107Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:55:50
108Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:56:53
109Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:57:49
110Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:57:57
111Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:58:41
112Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:59:34
113Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:59:42
114Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:59:44
115Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram1:00:08
116Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1:01:08
117Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha1:03:53
118Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:04:01
119Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:04:18
120Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team1:04:32
121Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1:05:16
122Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:05:23
123Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1:07:00
124Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:08:57
125Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:10:00
126Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:10:19
127Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream1:10:38
128Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:11:01
129Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:12:14
130Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1:12:45
131Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:13:01
132Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:13:18
133Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:13:23
134Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:13:54
135Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC1:14:02
136Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:14:04
137Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:15:08
138Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:15:10
139Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana1:15:19
140Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:15:32
141Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC1:16:38
142Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram1:16:45
143Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1:16:47
144Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:17:56
145Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:18:44
146Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:19:10
147Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step1:20:23
148Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel1:20:37
149Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram1:20:38
150Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1:21:41
151Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:21:56
152Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas1:22:06
153Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:22:51
154Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano1:23:04
155Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 154 - Cell 2
156Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC1:23:31
157Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:23:32
158Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:23:43
159Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:23:52
160Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto1:24:35
161William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:24:36
162Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana1:26:15
163Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:26:32
164Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:28:15
165Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:29:18
166Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:30:55
167Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1:32:46
168Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux1:33:10
169Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:43:42
170Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:59:32
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Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC176pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team169Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne110Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream110Row 3 - Cell 3
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram100Row 4 - Cell 3
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank97Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale74Row 6 - Cell 3
8Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne64Row 7 - Cell 3
9Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank55Row 8 - Cell 3
10William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom54Row 9 - Cell 3
11Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel51Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano48Row 11 - Cell 3
13Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom47Row 12 - Cell 3
14Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas47Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale47Row 14 - Cell 3
16Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne46Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step46Row 16 - Cell 3
18Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana43Row 17 - Cell 3
19Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC41Row 18 - Cell 3
20Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom36Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC35Row 20 - Cell 3
22Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto34Row 21 - Cell 3
23Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34Row 22 - Cell 3
24Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano34Row 23 - Cell 3
25Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi33Row 24 - Cell 3
26George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC32Row 25 - Cell 3
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31Row 26 - Cell 3
28Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale31Row 27 - Cell 3
29Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha31Row 28 - Cell 3
30Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30Row 29 - Cell 3
31Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30Row 30 - Cell 3
32Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux30Row 31 - Cell 3
33Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas29Row 32 - Cell 3
34Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC29Row 33 - Cell 3
35Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom29Row 34 - Cell 3
36Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano28Row 35 - Cell 3
37Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha28Row 36 - Cell 3
38Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step27Row 37 - Cell 3
39Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne27Row 38 - Cell 3
40Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC27Row 39 - Cell 3
41Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha27Row 40 - Cell 3
42Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC26Row 41 - Cell 3
43Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC25Row 42 - Cell 3
44Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25Row 43 - Cell 3
45Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24Row 44 - Cell 3
46Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux23Row 45 - Cell 3
47José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22Row 46 - Cell 3
48Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana22Row 47 - Cell 3
49Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel21Row 48 - Cell 3
50Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21Row 49 - Cell 3
51Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram21Row 50 - Cell 3
52Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20Row 51 - Cell 3
53Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20Row 52 - Cell 3
54Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19Row 53 - Cell 3
55Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank18Row 54 - Cell 3
56Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi18Row 55 - Cell 3
57Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18Row 56 - Cell 3
58Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17Row 57 - Cell 3
59Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux17Row 58 - Cell 3
60Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17Row 59 - Cell 3
61Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto16Row 60 - Cell 3
62Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream16Row 61 - Cell 3
63Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15Row 62 - Cell 3
64Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step15Row 63 - Cell 3
65Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14Row 64 - Cell 3
66Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14Row 65 - Cell 3
67Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank14Row 66 - Cell 3
68Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14Row 67 - Cell 3
69Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana13Row 68 - Cell 3
70Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13Row 69 - Cell 3
71Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto13Row 70 - Cell 3
72Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto13Row 71 - Cell 3
73Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux12Row 72 - Cell 3
74Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11Row 73 - Cell 3
75Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11Row 74 - Cell 3
76Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11Row 75 - Cell 3
77David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10Row 76 - Cell 3
78Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10Row 77 - Cell 3
79Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10Row 78 - Cell 3
80Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana9Row 79 - Cell 3
81Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9Row 80 - Cell 3
82Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8Row 81 - Cell 3
83Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8Row 82 - Cell 3
84Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank7Row 83 - Cell 3
85Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5Row 84 - Cell 3
86Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5Row 85 - Cell 3
87Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 86 - Cell 3
88Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux4Row 87 - Cell 3
89Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 88 - Cell 3
90Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas4Row 89 - Cell 3
91Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank4Row 90 - Cell 3
92Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4Row 91 - Cell 3
93Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3Row 92 - Cell 3
94Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3Row 93 - Cell 3
95Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3Row 94 - Cell 3
96Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3Row 95 - Cell 3
97Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3Row 96 - Cell 3
98Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3Row 97 - Cell 3
99Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2Row 98 - Cell 3
100Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank2Row 99 - Cell 3
101Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1Row 100 - Cell 3
102Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1Row 101 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi79pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne59Row 1 - Cell 3
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas56Row 2 - Cell 3
4Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel49Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale46Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi38Row 7 - Cell 3
9Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale35Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale34Row 9 - Cell 3
11Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank32Row 10 - Cell 3
12Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram32Row 11 - Cell 3
13David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne31Row 12 - Cell 3
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom31Row 13 - Cell 3
15Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step23Row 15 - Cell 3
17George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC21Row 16 - Cell 3
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21Row 17 - Cell 3
19Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto20Row 18 - Cell 3
20José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20Row 19 - Cell 3
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto19Row 20 - Cell 3
22Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha17Row 21 - Cell 3
23Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank17Row 22 - Cell 3
24Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas17Row 23 - Cell 3
25Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15Row 24 - Cell 3
26Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14Row 25 - Cell 3
27Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14Row 26 - Cell 3
28Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana14Row 27 - Cell 3
29Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank13Row 28 - Cell 3
30Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12Row 29 - Cell 3
31Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank11Row 30 - Cell 3
32Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana10Row 31 - Cell 3
33Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10Row 32 - Cell 3
34Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9Row 33 - Cell 3
35David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream9Row 34 - Cell 3
36David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream8Row 35 - Cell 3
37Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8Row 36 - Cell 3
38Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano7Row 37 - Cell 3
39Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6Row 38 - Cell 3
40Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6Row 39 - Cell 3
41Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6Row 40 - Cell 3
42Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6Row 41 - Cell 3
43Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto5Row 42 - Cell 3
44Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC5Row 43 - Cell 3
45Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 44 - Cell 3
46Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4Row 45 - Cell 3
47Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4Row 46 - Cell 3
48Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3Row 47 - Cell 3
49Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3Row 48 - Cell 3
50Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3Row 49 - Cell 3
51Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2Row 50 - Cell 3
52Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1Row 51 - Cell 3
53Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1Row 52 - Cell 3
54Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1Row 53 - Cell 3
55Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1Row 54 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC43:29:59
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
15Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:43:45
16Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:44:36
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 Jeux0:57:41
21Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:07:57
22Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:12:18
23Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:12:23
24Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:12:54
25Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:14:08
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-Shimano1:22:32
34Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:25:32
35Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:27:15
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:28:18
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Teams classification
1AG2R-La Mondiale128:53:09
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
10Francaise Des Jeux0:12:59
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:07
12Cervelo Test Team0:16:13
14Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:22:05
15Silence - Lotto0:23:15
17Team Katusha0:27:41
18Quick Step0:50:05
19Lampre - N.G.C1:35:23

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.

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