Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tour De France: Stage 11

Well it's another sprint finish and another win for Mark Cavendish.  Also a change in the points competition with Alessandro Petacchi taking the lead with his second place finish.  But the big story of the day was Mark Renshaw, Cavendish's lead out man, getting booted from the tour for his behavior in the final sprint.  You can check it out here.  Lead out men are very crucial for sprinters and Renshaw is the best in the business these days.  It will be interesting to see how Cavendish does without him.  There is a very good chance we won't see another sprint finish until stage 18.

General classification after stage 11
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 53:43:25
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:41
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:45
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:02:58
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:31
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:59
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:04:22
8 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:41
9 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:05:08
10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:05:09

Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 161  pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 157
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 138
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 132
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 122

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