2010 Tour de France Stage 11 Recap: Cavendish Wins Again

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Oakley’s speedster Mark Cavendish won his third sprint finish of the 2010 Tour de France today, giving him 13 career Tour de France stage wins. The stage took the riders out of the mountains, allowing the sprinters to take center stage with the GC candidates playing it cool in the heavy heat.

Oakley’s Thor Hushovd crossed the line seventh and surrendered the green jersey to Alessandro Petacchi, who now leads that competition with 161 points, four more than the man from Norway.

“It was a really hard sprint, very long,” said Cavendish. “I have been really suffering in this heat, but I wanted to win this team. My third stage win here shows that I am the best sprinter in this Tour. We want to get to Paris to try to win again on the Champs-Elysees.”

There were no other significant changes in the standings— Andy Schleck (Saxo) retained the yellow jersey by 41 seconds over Alberto Contador (Astana).

“The pressure is there every day when you’re in yellow,” Schleck said. “One mistake and it’s gone. I sacrificed everything to be ready for this Tour. I was second last year and I am trying to win. The team rode full-bloc in the end to avoid any danger.”

Author

Matt Murray

Date

July 15, 2010