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Cavendish makes it four!

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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his fourth stage win at the 2009 Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) celebrates his fourth stage win at the 2009 Tour de France. (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) wins again in France.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) wins again in France. (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes stage win number four.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes stage win number four. (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) and Tylar Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) race to the finish of stage 11.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) and Tylar Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) race to the finish of stage 11. (Image credit: AFP)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) is in yellow for another day.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) is in yellow for another day. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Riders line up to start stage 11.

Riders line up to start stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Luis Leon Sanchez after sign in.

Luis Leon Sanchez after sign in. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck signs autographs at the start of stage 11.

Andy Schleck signs autographs at the start of stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), the world champ, heads to the start.

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), the world champ, heads to the start. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) gets ready to start stage 11.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) gets ready to start stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The lions were on display for stage 11.

The lions were on display for stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Joop Zoetelmek was on hand for the stage 11 festivities.

Joop Zoetelmek was on hand for the stage 11 festivities. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) takes the early lead, but Cavendish came on fast.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) takes the early lead, but Cavendish came on fast. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The sprinters barrel into Saint-Fargeau for the stage 11 finish.

The sprinters barrel into Saint-Fargeau for the stage 11 finish. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes the sprint.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes the sprint. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claims another win ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin)

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claims another win ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes his fourth stage of the 2009 Tour on stage 11.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) takes his fourth stage of the 2009 Tour on stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) equals the British record for Tour stages.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) equals the British record for Tour stages. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin) congratulates Cavendish on his fourth win.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin) congratulates Cavendish on his fourth win. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Success leads to happiness, as Mark Cavendish knows well.

Success leads to happiness, as Mark Cavendish knows well. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) went too early and faded to fifth.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) went too early and faded to fifth. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Gerald Ciolak (Milram) couldn't quite finish off his team's hard work.

Gerald Ciolak (Milram) couldn't quite finish off his team's hard work. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) comes in for 22nd.

Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) comes in for 22nd. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is having the curse of the Belgian champion's jersey this Tour.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is having the curse of the Belgian champion's jersey this Tour. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nicolas Roche (AG2R) made it through another day.

Nicolas Roche (AG2R) made it through another day. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Columbia teammates celebrate after Cavendish's win.

Columbia teammates celebrate after Cavendish's win. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) on the stage podium after his 4th win.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) on the stage podium after his 4th win. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) gets more podium time after stage 11.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) gets more podium time after stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) kept the yellow jersey on the sprinter's stage.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R) kept the yellow jersey on the sprinter's stage. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) regained the green jersey after winning stage 11.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) regained the green jersey after winning stage 11. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprints Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) to win stage 11.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprints Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) to win stage 11. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) sprints to his eighth career Tour de France win.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) sprints to his eighth career Tour de France win. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish celebrates his fourth stage win with his Team Columbia-HTC teammates.

Mark Cavendish celebrates his fourth stage win with his Team Columbia-HTC teammates. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme neutralises stage 11 momentarily due to a crash in the peloton.

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme neutralises stage 11 momentarily due to a crash in the peloton. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Several riders decided to walk through a field to bypass a crash.

Several riders decided to walk through a field to bypass a crash. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) gets back on his bike following a crash.

Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) gets back on his bike following a crash. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) remains in yellow for another day.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) remains in yellow for another day. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini and his wife Manola prior to the start of stage 11.

Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini and his wife Manola prior to the start of stage 11. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Several Caisse d'Epargne riders were involved in a crash on stage 11.

Several Caisse d'Epargne riders were involved in a crash on stage 11. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini gets a kiss from his wife prior to the start of stage 11 in Vatan.

Rinaldo Nocentini gets a kiss from his wife prior to the start of stage 11 in Vatan. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) on the start line in Vatan.

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) on the start line in Vatan. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini opts for a different bike on the start line in Vatan.

Rinaldo Nocentini opts for a different bike on the start line in Vatan. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton awaits the start of stage 11 in Vatan.

The peloton awaits the start of stage 11 in Vatan. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton passes by a field of sunflowers.

The peloton passes by a field of sunflowers. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Danes Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) and Brian Vandborg (Liquigas) chat prior ot stage 11.

Danes Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) and Brian Vandborg (Liquigas) chat prior ot stage 11. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) won a hard-fought stage 11 ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin) and Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ).

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) won a hard-fought stage 11 ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin) and Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A two-man break containing Marcin Sapa (Lampre-NGC) and Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto) was finally captured five kilometres from the finish.

A two-man break containing Marcin Sapa (Lampre-NGC) and Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto) was finally captured five kilometres from the finish. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A specator watches the peloton roll by en route to Saint-Fargeau.

A specator watches the peloton roll by en route to Saint-Fargeau. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin) tries to hold off Mark Cavendish in the sprint on stage 11.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin) tries to hold off Mark Cavendish in the sprint on stage 11. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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JJ Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) is helped up off the ground after crashing on stage 11.

JJ Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) is helped up off the ground after crashing on stage 11. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) goes off road to get around a crash.

Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) goes off road to get around a crash. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Quick Step's Sebastian Rosseler didn't have a great birthday, as he crashed on stage 11.

Quick Step's Sebastian Rosseler didn't have a great birthday, as he crashed on stage 11. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) gets a wheel from his teammate Martijn Maaskant after crashing on stage 11.

Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) gets a wheel from his teammate Martijn Maaskant after crashing on stage 11. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Mark Cavendish on the podium for his fourth stage win of the Tour.

Mark Cavendish on the podium for his fourth stage win of the Tour. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini visits the doctor's car after being involved in a crash during stage 11.

Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini visits the doctor's car after being involved in a crash during stage 11. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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.

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Full Results
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:17:55
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
11Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
12Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
15Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
16Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
17Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
18Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano
19Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
21Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
23Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
24Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
25Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
26Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
27Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
28Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
29Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
30Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
31Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
32Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
33Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
34Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
35Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto
36Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
37Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
38Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
39Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
40Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
41Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
42Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
43Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
44Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
45Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
46Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
47Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
48Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
49Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
50Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
51Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
52Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
53Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
54Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
55Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
56Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
57Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
58Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
59Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
60Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
61Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
62Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
63Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
64Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
65Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
66Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
67Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana
68Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
69Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
70Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
71Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
72Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
73Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
74Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
75Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
76Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
77Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC
78Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
79Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
80Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux
81Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
82George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
83Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
84Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
85Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
86Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
87Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
88Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
89Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
90Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
91Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
92Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
93Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
94Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
96Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
97José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
98Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
99Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel
100Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
101Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
102Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
103Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
104Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana
105Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
106Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
107Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
108Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
109Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
110Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
111Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
112Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
113Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
114Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
115Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
116Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
117Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
118Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
119Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC
120Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
121Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
122Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
123Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha
124Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
125Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
126David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
127Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
128Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
129Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
130José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
131Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
132Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
133Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
134Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
135Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
136Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
137Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas
138Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
139Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
140Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:24
141Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
142Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
143Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
144Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
145Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
146Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
147José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:27
148David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC
149Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:00:29
150Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
151Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
152Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
153Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
154David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
155Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:00:34
156Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
157Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:36
158Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:00:38
159Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
160Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
161David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
162Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:00:51
163Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:00:54
164Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
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 Bank

Points
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC35pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream30
3Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux26
4Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank24
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team22
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne20
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram19
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18
9William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom17
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha16
11Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC15
12Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha14
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas12
15Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
16Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step10
17Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana9
18Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano8
19Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha7
20Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC6
21Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux5
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
23Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3
24Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel2
25Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC1

Sprint 1 - Quincy, km. 26.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto6pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC4
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2

Sprint 2 - Saint-Ceols, km. 73.5
1Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC6pts
2Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto4
3Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2

Sprint 3 - Suilly-La-Tour, km. 114.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto6pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC4
3Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2

Mountain 1 - Côte d'Allogny (Cat. 4) km. 45.5
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto3pts
2Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC2
3Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

Mountain 2 - Côte de Perreuse (Cat. 4) km. 150.0
1Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC3pts
2Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto2
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas1

Young riders
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:17:55
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
4Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
5Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
6Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
7Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
8Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
9Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
11Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
12Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
14Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
15Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
17Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
18Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
19Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
20Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
21Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
22Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
23Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
24Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
25Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
26Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
29Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
30Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:24
31Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
32Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
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

Most aggressive rider
1Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto

Teams
1Team Katusha12:53:45
2Lampre - N.G.C
3Skil-Shimano
4Cervelo Test Team
5Bbox Bouygues Telecom
6AG2R-La Mondiale
7Garmin - Slipstream
8Liquigas
9Francaise Des Jeux
10Caisse d'Epargne
11Team Columbia - HTC
12Team Milram
13Astana
14Quick Step
15Euskaltel - Euskadi
16Silence - Lotto
17Rabobank
18Agritubel
19Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
20Team Saxo Bank

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 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
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 - HTC
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

Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC176pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team169
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne110
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream110
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram100
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank97
7Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale74
8Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne64
9Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank55
10William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom54
11Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel51
12Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano48
13Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom47
14Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas47
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale47
16Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne46
17Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step46
18Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana43
19Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC41
20Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom36
21Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC35
22Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto34
23Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34
24Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano34
25Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi33
26George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC32
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31
28Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale31
29Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha31
30Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30
31Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
32Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux30
33Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas29
34Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC29
35Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom29
36Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano28
37Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha28
38Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step27
39Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne27
40Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC27
41Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha27
42Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC26
43Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC25
44Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25
45Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24
46Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux23
47José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22
48Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana22
49Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel21
50Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21
51Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram21
52Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20
53Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20
54Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19
55Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank18
56Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi18
57Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18
58Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17
59Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux17
60Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17
61Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto16
62Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream16
63Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15
64Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step15
65Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14
66Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14
67Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank14
68Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14
69Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana13
70Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13
71Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto13
72Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto13
73Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux12
74Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11
75Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11
76Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
77David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10
78Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10
79Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
80Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana9
81Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9
82Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8
83Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8
84Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank7
85Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5
86Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5
87Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
88Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux4
89Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
90Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas4
91Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank4
92Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4
93Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3
94Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3
95Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3
96Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3
97Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3
98Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3
99Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2
100Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank2
101Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1
102Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1

Mountains classification
1Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi79pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne59
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas56
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
43Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto5
44Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC5
45Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
46Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4
47Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
48Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
49Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3
50Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3
51Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2
52Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1
53Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
54Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1
55Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1

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

Teams classification
1AG2R-La Mondiale128:53:09
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

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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