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Tour De France 2011 Standings: Updated Leaders and Times for Each Stage

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2011

Tour De France 2011 Standings: Updated Leaders and Times for Each Stage

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    Tour de France 2011 Kicks off on July 2nd

    The 2011 Tour de France kicks off on July 2nd at 7:00 AM Eastern Time on Versus.  Alberto Contador enters the race as the favorite to bring home the title once again for the fourth time.

    Contador has won the event in back to back years after also winning the event back in 2007.

    There is no doubt that Contador is one of the premier riders in the world, but like Lance Armstrong, he has been the center of a steroid controversy.  Contador has twice been the center of a scandal but nothing has ever been proven.

    According to Sky Sports, Alberto Contador was booed at the team presentation after stating that it would be ridiculous to strip him of his 2010 title.  He was recently quoted as saying,

    Since the beginning of last season no-one has been tested more than me and, let's be clear, no-one will be tested more than me during this race.

    My position has always been zero tolerance for doping.  I'm 100% against doping, but everybody can believe what they want to.

    Contador appears very confident in his lawyers to clear his name and prove that he was not under any sort of performance enhancing drugs and he insists that he is completely clean.

     

     

    With the 2011 Tour de France just days away it will be interesting to see if any of this will distract Contador or if he can come away with a third straight victory.

    As results and start times come in, Bleacher Report will continue to update the results for each stage of the race right here.

    For all cycling news, analysis and updates be sure and check out Bleacher Report's Cycling Center.

Cadel Evans Wins First Ever Tour De France, Mark Cavendish Wins Green Jersey

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    Place Rider Time
    1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 86:12:22  
    2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:34  
    3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:02:30  
    4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:20  
    5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:03:57  
    6 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:55  
    7 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:06:05  
    8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:07:23  
    9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:08:15  
    10 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:11

Cadel Evans Will Ride Yellow Jersey into Paris, Schleck Brothers Finish 2nd, 3rd

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    Cadel Evans will ride into Paris with the yellow jersey on his back after finishing second in the 20th stage of the Tour de France.

    Evans nearly won the sprint, but could not pass Tony Martin. However, he was able to take over the yellow jersey and will ride to Paris protected by his teammates and uncontested.

    Andy Schleck held the yellow jersey for just one day and again struggled in individual time trials. Individual time trials have been the thorn in Schleck's side the past few years and that continued this year.

    His brother Frank Schleck will finish third and stand opposite of him on the podium.

    Alberto Contador, the two-time defending champion, will finish fifth after an uneventful Tour de France for him.

    Here are the results from the 20th stage of the Tour de France:

    1Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)0:55:33
    2Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)0:00:07
    3Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank Sungard)0:01:05
    4Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)0:01:28
    5Richie Porte (Saxo Bank Sungard)0:01:30
    6Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale)0:01:32
    7Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)0:01:37
    8Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)0:01:42
    9Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)0:02:02
    10Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad)0:02:03

    Here are the overall standings after the 20th stage of the Tour de France:

    1Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)

    2Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek)0:01:34
    3Fränk Schleck (Leopard Trek)0:02:30
    4Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)0:03:20
    5Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank Sungard)0:03:57
    6Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)0:04:55
    7Damiano Cunego (Lampre – ISD)0:06:05
    8Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale)0:07:23
    9Thomas Danielson (Team Garmin-Cervelo)0:08:15
    10Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale)0:10:11

Andy Schleck Takes Overall Lead After 19 Stages, Will Need Sprint to Finish

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    Andy Schleck has finally captured the overall lead heading into the final two stages. Schleck finally took the yellow jersey from Thomas Voeckler and leads overall by 53 seconds.

    His brother, Frank Schleck, currently sits in second place and an individual time trial will determine the winner of the 2011 Tour de France.

    Australian Cadel Evans trails by nearly a minute and will need to make that minute up in a 26-mile sprint through Grenoble.

    Evans is built for these sprint time trials so he is expected to pick up some time, but will be be able to pick up a full minute or will Schleck hang on for the victory?

    Alberto Contador is all but eliminated from podium contention as he trails the leaders by almost four minutes.  Contador made his push today but slowed late in the stage and was eventually passed by Pierre Rolland.

    Here are the overall standings heading into the 20th stage:

    1Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek82:48:43 
    2Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:00:53 
    3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:57 
    4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:10 
    5Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – ISD0:03:31 
    6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:55 
    7Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:22 
    8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:40 
    9Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:07:11 
    10Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:57 

Andy Schleck Makes Move on Thomas Voeckler, Will He Take Overall Lead?

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    Someone had to make a move eventually on overall leader Thomas Voeckler and it looks like Andy Schleck will be that guy.

    He led the Peloton for the entire day and closed the gap on Voeckler all the way down to 15 seconds. With just one key stage in the Alps remaining, Schleck will need to continue his surge on Friday.

    With the solo sprint to victory, Schleck will be hoping he can continue his push to the top of the standings and wear the yellow jersey as the group rides into Paris.

    Schleck has long been considered the biggest threat to Alberto Contador so it is no surprise to see him at the top of the standings, but it is a surprise to see Contador slipping. While he still remains in the top 10, he doesn't have much of a chance of catching the leaders barring a miracle.

    Stage 18 Results:

    1Andy Schleck- Leopard Trek6:07:56 
    2Fränk Schleck- Leopard Trek0:02:07 
    3Cadel Evans- BMC Racing Team0:02:15 
    4Ivan Basso- Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:18 
    5Thomas Voeckler- Team Europcar0:02:21 
    6Pierre Rolland- Team Europcar0:02:27 
    7Damiano Cunego- Lampre – ISD0:02:33 
    8Rein Taaramae- Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:22 
    9Thomas Danielson- Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:25 
    10Ryder Hesjedal- Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:31 

     

    GC After Stage 18

    1Thomas Voeckler- Team Europcar79:34:06 
    2Andy Schleck- Leopard Trek0:00:15 
    3Fränk Schleck- Leopard Trek0:01:08 
    4Cadel Evans- BMC Racing Team0:01:12 
    5Damiano Cunego- Lampre – ISD0:03:46 
    6Ivan Basso- Liquigas-Cannondale  
    7Alberto Contador Velasco- Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:44 
    8Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez- Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:20 
    9Thomas Danielson- Team Garmin-Cervelo0:07:08 
    10Jean-Christophe Peraud- AG2R La Mondiale0:09:27 

Thomas Voeckler's Position as Leader Grows More Tenuous After Stage 17

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    Stage 17 was marked with big climbs and steep descents. And it was ruled by Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen. Hagen captured his second 2011 Tour de France stage victory on Wednesday. He bested a group of 14 breakaway riders in the stage's final climb to cross the finish line first.

    Thomas Voeckler was strong enough to hold onto the yellow jersey, but for the second straight his grip on that jersey loosened. Voeckler lost 26 seconds to Cadel Evans, Frank and Andy Schleck, Samuel Sanchez and Alberto Contador.

    Those five riders all finished in the same pack and tightened up the overall standings. Voeckler was with that group for the majority of the race. Voeckler was disappointed with the result and knew he let some seconds slip away. He had this to say after the race:

    "It's a pity, because I saw that Contador, Evans and the Schlecks finished together.

    "If I'd taken fewer risks, I would have finished with them."

    The risks Voeckler was likely talking about occurred on the steep downhill portion of the race. Voeckler took a couple of wide turns and that accounted for the lost ground in the closing kilometers of the stage. For a time it looked as if Contador and his compatriot Samuel Sanchez would be able to pull away from the Schleck brothers, but Frank and Andy stuck right with them to maintain there lead over the Spaniards.

    Top Ten Standings for Stage 17

    1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Team Sky) 4hrs 18mins 00secs

    2 Bauke Mollema (Ned/Rabobank) at 0:40

    3 Sandy Casar (Fra/FDJ) at 0:50

    4 Julien El Fares (Fra/Cofidis) same time

    5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Quickstep)

    6 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz/Astana) at 1:10

    7 Maciej Paterski (Pol/Liquigas)

    8 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz/RadioShack)

    9 Jonathan Hivert (Fra/Saur-Sojasun) at 1:15

    10 Borut Bozic (Slo/Vacansoleil) at 2:20

    Top Ten Overall Standings After Stage 16

    1. Thomas Voeckler (France/Europcar) 73 hrs 24 mins 34 secs

    2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1.18

    3. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg / Leopard) +1:22

    4. Andy Schleck (Luxembourg / Leopard) +2:36

    5. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / Euskaltel) +2:59

    6. Alberto Contador (Spain / Saxo Bank) +3:15

    7. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Lampre) +3:34

    8. Ivan Basso (Italy / Liquigas) +3:49

    9. Tom Danielson (U.S. / Garmin) +6:04

    10. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Team Sky) +7:36

Stage 16 Shows Alberto Contador Is Still Good at This Cycling Up Hills Thing

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    The hammer of the gods has returned to the 2011 Tour de France. That's right, Thor is back...kind of.

    Thor Hushovd outsprinted Norwegian compatriot Edvald Boasson Hagen to take his second stage victory as riders competed with a 162.5km ride over hilly terrain from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux in Tuesday's stage 16 action. They also had to compete with the rain. 

    The results were not good enough to put the early yellow jersey holder, Hushovd, back into contention. Thomas Voeckler will hold onto the yellow jersey. 

    However, Voeckler lost time to Cadel Evans and two-time defending champ, Alberto Contador. Evans finished tenth and he is now in second just one minute and 45 seconds behind. The biggest story of the day may have been Contador though.

    Alberto Contador came in just behind Evans. He now sits in sixth position in the overall standing and just just three minutes and 42 seconds off the lead.

    Contador is clearly not out of this Tour, and after Stage 16 this Tour is wide open.

    Top Ten Standings for Stage 16

    1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    03:31:38
    2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:02
    4 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:38
    5 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:52
    6 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:25
    7 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
    8 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:55
    9 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
    10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 0:01:58

    Top Ten Overall Standings After Stage 16

    1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    69:00:56
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:45
    3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:49
    4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:03:03
    5 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:26
    6 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:03:42
    7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:03:49
    8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:04:01
    9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:06:04
    10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:07:55

Riders Rest on Monday as They Prepare for the Alps and the Final Week of Racing

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    The Monday following Stage 15 at the 2011 Tour de France offers the riders a much needed off day. And that is the good news. The bad news? This is their second and last day of rest and it serves as a much needed recharge for the grueling Alps stages that lay just ahead of them.

    Did I even need to mention grueling in that previous statement? It seems a bit redundant doesn't it? I think the adjective is sufficiently contained in the word Alps. Because unless someone is going to drive a car up the Alps and then ride down, the task is going to be, at the least, grueling. And since the only cars involved in the Tour de France are busy crashing into riders, we can safely assume these riders are spending their day off contemplating this daunting task.

    Two parts of this upcoming task is particularly intimidating, and that will await riders on Thursday and Friday. 

    The first is the Col du Galibier in Stage 18 and it is part of the Alps near the border with Italy. Riders first tackled this climb at the Tour de France in 1911. Only a few riders were able to finish that race—84 cyclists started that race but only 28 finished.

    The 19th stage will find riders embarking on what is perhaps cycling’s most famous climb, the Alpe d’Huez.

    This is a favorite spot of fans. They spray paint riders names on the road while they wait for the cyclists to reach them. And when they do fans often run along side these riders and even reach out to touch them.

    Versus commentator and retired cyclist, Paul Sherwen, knows the significance of the Alps climbs. Sherwen:

    I’ve always found the Alps much more dramatic than the Pyrenees. Especially the climbs. They’re iconic.

    These grueling and iconic climbs set up for an exciting and dramatic closing week to the Tour de France. There are still plenty of riders with a chance to win. Now it is time for the Alps to pick one.

    Top Five Overall Standing After Stage 15

    1. Thomas Voeckler, Europcar, 65:24:33
    2. Frank Schleck, Leopard-Trek: + 1:49
    3. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team: + 2:06
    4. Andy Schleck, Leopard-Trek: + 2:15
    5. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale: + 3:16

The Manx Missile Wins Again, but Voeckler Is Still in Yellow After Stage 15

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    Three days of daunting climbs left the riders of the 2011 Tour de France eager to greet a flat stage 15. None more so than Mark Cavendish—a flat stage is music to the pedaling feet of Cavendish.

    Cavendish has once again proven why he is called "The Manx Missile" as he has shown the world the riders at the Tour de France that when it comes to sprinting he cannot be beaten. Although, this one was not without challenge. 

    Cavendish, and his HTC-Highroad teammates had to chase down a five man pack that had broken away on the mostly flat 192.5-kilometer (119.6-mile) route that traveled through vineyards from Limoux to Montpellier.

    It was a day when all sprinters seemed on the game and ready to shine again as the Tour had just exited the Pyrenees Mountains.

    The five man breakaway consisted of Mickaël Delage (FDJ), Niki Terpstra (Quick Step), Anthony Delaplace (Saur Sojasun), Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis). led the race from the two kilometer mark until there were only three kilometers remaining.

    And while the breakaway set the pace and dominated most of the race they were not a factor at the finish line.

    Philippe Gilbert was the first to overtake the peloton, while Anthony Roux was sitting on his wheel. And HTC-Highroad was not far behind as all teams to jostle for position. Garmin Cervelo, Lampre ISD and FDJ looked like they would have riders blocking Mark Cavendish from victory, but a strong move by his teammate Mark Renshaw paved the way and all that was left for Cavendish was to out sprint Tyler Farrar of the United States for the narrow victory.

    It was the fourth stage victory at this Tour de France for Cavendish and the 19th of his career. 

    And with the sprinters dominating there was little movement at the top of the overall standings. Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey.

    Check out the race results and overall standings below:

    Top Five Standing for Stage 15

    1. Mark Cavendish, HTC-Highroad, @ 4:20:24
    2. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Cervélo, same time
    3. Alessandro Petacchi, Lampre-ISD, s.t.
    4. Daniel Oss, Liquigas-Cannondale, s.t.
    5. Jose Joaquin Rojas, Movistar, s.t.

    Top Five Overall Standing After Stage 15

    1. Thomas Voeckler, Europcar, 65:24:33
    2. Frank Schleck, Leopard-Trek: + 1:49
    3. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team: + 2:06
    4. Andy Schleck, Leopard-Trek: + 2:15
    5. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale: + 3:16

Andy Schleck Fails to Gain Ground, Voeckler Retains Yellow in Grueling Stage 14

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    After a grueling day of racing, Thomas Voeckler is still in possession of the coveted yellow jersey. However, glory for the day belongs to Belgian rider Jelle Vanendert that stole the show on Saturday's stage 14 168.5-kilometer (105-mile) trek that traveled from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille finished. 

    Saturday's course was marked with the famously tortuous 15.8-kilometer (10-mile) climb to Plateau de Beille. 

    Vanendert cruised to a 21 second victory over stage 12 winner Samuel Sanchez. And while the fight to be the first to finish on Saturday didn't bring much excitement, the action behind them certainly did. The pack behind the first and second riders was packed with the leaders of the Tour. 

    Andy Schleck, the Tour runner up the last two years, managed to finish ahead of the pack and in third on the day, but only by two seconds.

    After the effort he put in today that is going to feel like a defeat.

    Schleck tried to make three separate runs to put some distance on himself and two time defending champion Alberto Contador and 2007 and 2008 runner up Cadel Evans. However, the two were able to stick with him.

    The three actually were in the lead in the stretch, but were over taken by Vanendert and then Sanchez.

    Top Ten Overall Standing After Stage 14

    1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    61:04:10
    2 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek 0:01:49
    3 Cadel Evans (Aus) Team BMC Racing 0:02:06
    4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek 0:02:15
    5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:03:16
    6 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:44
    7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:04:00
    8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:04:01
    9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:05:46
    10 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:06:18

Thor Hushovd Descends to Victory in Stage 13, American Cracks Top 10

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    Thor Hushovd might not own the yellow jersey anymore but he was celebrating on the podium after winning the 13th stage of the 2011 Tour de France.

    Hushovd dominated the descent from the top of the mountain and knocked off the Peloton by approximately five minutes.

    Even with the big victory, Hushovd did not re-claim the yellow jersey as Thomas Voeckler and Frank Schleck remains in second place over a minute behind Voeckler.

    Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Thomas Danielson also entered the top ten overall after the stage.  Danielson is the top American at this point of the race but sits a total of four minutes behind Voeckler.

    Team RadioShack's bad luck continued today as Andreas Kloden was forced to withdraw from the race following a crash.

    Here are the overall standings after the 13th stage:

    RiderTime
    1. Thomas Voeckler-Team Europcar 55:49:57
     
    2. Fränk Schleck- Leopard Trek+0:01:49
     
    3. Cadel Evans- BMC Racing Team+0:02:06
     
    4. Andy Schleck- Leopard Trek+0:02:17
     
    5. Ivan Basso- Liquigas-Cannondale+0:03:16
     
    6. Damiano Cunego- Lampre – ISD+0:03:22
     
    7. Alberto Contador Velasco- Saxo Bank Sungard+0:04:00
     
    8. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez- Euskaltel-Euskadi+0:04:11
     
    9. Philippe Gilbert-Omega Pharma-Lotto+0:04:35
     
    10. Thomas Danielson-Team Garmin-Cervelo   
    +0:04:35

Climbs Beyond Classification Mark Stage 12 and the Top Ten Adds Some New Names

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    These Tour de France riders have had it too easy. They need to start climbing! Enough of this flat racing dominated by sprinters. It is time for some mountain climbs. And not just any mountain climbs but the hardest mountain climbs..

    The 131.1-mile 13th stage ride travels from Cugnaux to the Luz-Ardiden ski station. This course features three tough climbs in the Pyrenees. The good news for the riders is that one is fairly ordinary.

    The bad news? Two of those climbs are among the hardest in pro cycling. I am getting tired just typing about it.

    The two daunting ascents travel up Col du Tourmalet and Luz-Ardiden. They are so wicked they have their own names and they are known as Hors Categorie climbs, or HC.

    I'd give you their classification, but they are so monstrous that they are off the charts. They don't have classifications.

    Samuel Sanchez didn't mind the climbs. Sanchez won the 12th stage, and for the 2008 Olympic gold medal winner, it is his first Tour stage victory.

    Thomas Voeckler was very solid in the climbs and retained the overall lead.

    The biggest surprise of the day was that two-time defending champ Alberto Contador failed to make a move. In fact, he lost ground to the pack. With the Tour hitting the mountains it was widely expected that Contador would begin to make his push to the top. Contador is a renowned climber. But he lost seven seconds to Damiano Cunego, 13 seconds to Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso, and 33 seconds to Frank Schleck.

    Top Ten-Overall Standings After Stage 12

    1. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar,

    2. Luis-leon Sanchez, Rabobank Cycling Team, at 01:49

    3. Cadel Evans, Bmc Racing Team + 02:06

    4. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek + 02:17

    5. Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale + 3:16

    6. Damiano Cunego, Lampre-ISD + 3:22

    7. Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard + 4:00

    8. Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltal Euskadi + 4:11

    9. Tom Danielson, Garmin-Cervelo + 4:35

    10. Nicolas Roche, AG2R LaMondiale + 4:57

Sprinters Rule the Day and Dodge Rain Drops in Stage 11

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    The riders of the Tour de france were treated to a relatively flat day of racing during Wednesday's Stage 11. And that means it is a day for sprinters to dominate, and a day dominated by sprinters typically means it is going to be a day dominated by the man known as the 'Manx Missile,' Mark Cavendish.

    Cavendish sprinted his way to some revenge for stage 10 winner, and former teammate, André Greipel. Cavendish looked like he was going to capture the stage 10 victory only to have Greipel overtake him at the end. Greipel was not as fortunate today.

    Cavendish out sprinted Greipel to the line as the pair once again finished in first in second, but in an inverted order from the day before.

    The victory allowed Cavendish to capture the green jersey from Philippe Gilbert. Cavendish spoke with Samuel Petrequin of 8 News Now after the race,

    My most dangerous point is my acceleration.  I'm super happy. I hope I get to keep the green jersey this year. We've been fighting for it all along.

    There was little movement among the top ten in the overall standings as it was a fairly uneventful and crash free race despite off and on rain showers. Check them out below:

    Top Ten-Overall After Stage 11
    1.Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar
    2.Luis-leon Sanchez, Rabobank Cycling Team, at 01:49
    3.Cadel Evans, Bmc Racing Team, at 02:26
    4.Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 02:29
    5.Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 02:37
    6.Tony Martin, HTC Highroad, at 02:38
    7. Peter Velits, HTC Highroad, at 02:38
    8. Andréas Kloden, Team Radioshack, at 02:43
    9. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma – Lotto, at 02:55
    10. Jakob Fuglsang, Team Leopard-Trek, at 03:08

Stage 10 Is Dominated by Hills and Sprinters

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    Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France was marked by several big climbs. This doesn't sound like a recipe for success for a sprinter, but that is exactly what it was. Andre Greipel captured the stage victory after beating former teammate Mark Cavendish to the finish line. 

    The majority of the race was dominated by a six man breakaway group, but the race tightened up as it neared its conclusion.

    In the final kilometer, the final pack grew into a group of twenty riders. And surprisingly there were quite a few sprinters in the pack including Thor Hushovd. 

    A Liquigas rider was leading was leading the group. However, he was quickly overtaken by Cavendish, 'The Manx Missile.' And that is when Andre Greipel came out to overtake the lead and his former teammate at the last minute. He didn't overtake it by much. Greipel finished less than a meter ahead of Cavendish.

    Check out the overall standings and jersey wearers below:

    Overall Standings After Stage 10:
    1. Thomas Voeckler, Europcar

    2. Luis-Leon Sanchez, Rabobank: +1:49

    3. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing: +2:26

    4. Frank Schleck, Leopard Trek: +2:29

    5. Andy Schleck, Leopard Trek: +2:37

    6. Tony Martin, High Road: +2:38

    7. Peter Veltis, High Road: +2:38

    8. Andreas Klöden, Radioshack: +2:43

    9. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma: 2:55

    10. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard Trek: +3:08

    Jersey Holders for Stage 11:

    Yellow: Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) 38h 35min 11sec
    Green: Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) 217 points
    Polka dot: Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) 22 points
    White: Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 38h 39min 12sec

Stage 9 Brings More Disaster and a Change of the Yellow Jersey

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    Thor Hushovd finally lost his yellow jersey at the end of the ninth stage as Thomas Voeckler claimed the jersey with a second place finish in the ninth stage.

    The Peloton never really had a chance to catch breakaway group that was led by Voeckler.  However, Voeckler was beaten out on the final sprint by Luis-Leon Sanchez who won the final stage.

    Alexander Vinokourov, Dave Zabriskie, Jurgen Van den Broucke, and Frederik Willems were all knocked out of the race following a crash approximately halfway through the stage.  The crash was a disastrous one for Vinokourov who announced prior to the race that this was his final Tour de France.  He has apparently sustained a broken fibula from the crash, which would have likely ended his career.

    Voeckler holds the yellow jersey and is a full 1:46 ahead of Sanchez, while BMC Racing's Cadel Evans sits 2:26 behind, just ahead of the Schleck Brothers.

Stunning Stage 8 Ends in Victory for Rui Costa, Thor Hushovd Hangs onto Lead

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    Stage Eight was another exciting stage on the 2011 Tour de France as the breakaway group held on to the finish line.

    Rui Costa was part of the breakaway group and held on for the victory by 12 seconds over Philippe Gilbert. 

    Alexander Vinokourov was with Rui Costa until the final sprint when the Peloton was able to catch him, they just were not able to finish the task and catchll Rui Costa.

    Many felt that the eighth stage would be the stage where Thor Hushovd lost his yellow jersey but he was able to stick with the Peloton and hang onto the overall lead.

    The big news came prior to the start of the race when it was announced that American Chris Horner would be unable to continue his pursuit of the Tour de France due to a concussion he sustained during stage seven.

A Windy Stage 7 Brings Disaster for Sky Procycling, Joy for Mark Cavendish

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    Stage 7 was a sprint for nearly the entire race in a very windy stretch from

    There were no serious climbs in today's race and it was expected to be fairly routine.  However, things turned for the worse when Sky Procycling's top rider Bradley Wiggins was involved in a crash that knocked him out of the race for good.  It is believed that he has a broken collarbone and has reached an unfortunate end to his Tour.

    Prior to his crash he was believed to be a contender for the yellow jersey and he was currently positioned in sixth place overall.

    Also affected by the crash were RadioShack riders Levi Leipenheimer and Chris Horner who lost approximately three minutes off the leaders.

    HTC-Highroad's Mark Cavendish proved he is the top sprinter in the world as he closed for the victory and won his second stage of this year's Tour de France.

    Thor Hushovd maintained the yellow jersey with a seventh place finish and leads Cadel Evans by a second.

Riding in the Rain: Top Riders Finish in Lead Pack in Rain Soaked, Long Stage 6

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    And into the lives of the Tour de France riders a little rain must fall. The good news for the riders is that we are talking reality and not metaphorically here. Rain showers came and went during stage six of the Tour de France.

    The left the rider to battle not only each other and 140 miles of hills, but also slick roads. The hills were mostly on the second half of the stage. The hills weren't big, just plentiful. They included three categorized ascents, two category threes and one category four.

    And if that wasn't enough, they had to fight some brisk wind gusts as well. Oh, and they had to do it over the longest stage of the Tour. You're welcome, riders. Signed, Mother Nature.

    Edvald Boasson Hagen thinks the conditions were perfect, but that's what happens when you cross the line in first. It was the first ever stage victory for the 24-year-old Team Sky rider.

    Hagen's victory did not help him in the overall standings as all the lead riders finished in the first pack. Tour leader and Thor Hushovd finished in third. Check out the updated standings after six stages below:

    Overall Standings:
    1. Thor Hushovd, Garmin Cervelo
    2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing:  +00:01
    3. Frank Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:04
    4.David Millar, Garmin Cervelo:  +00:08
    5.Andreas Klöden, Radioshack:  +00:10
    6. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:10
    7. Geraint Thomas, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    8. Boasson Hagen Edvald, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    9. Andy Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:12
    10. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard Trek:  +00:12

A Smashing Stage Five Results in Little Movement Among Top Ten

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    It was a crash filled fifth stage at the Tour de France on Wednesday.

    Quick Step teammates Tom Booned and Gert Steegmans were in a pile up with Sylvain Chavanel and Bradley Wiggins. And that wasn't the only crash.

    Defending champion Alberto Contador was involved in his second crash in the Tour's five stages. This one did not cost him though as he acutally improved his standing to 39th. He is one minute and 42 seconds off the lead. 

    Contador fared better than his Saxo Bank colleague Nicki Sorensen. He was struck by a motorcycle. Yaroslav Popovych also had a spill.

    Mark Cavendish had no such problems today. Cavendish crossed the line first to capture his 16th stage victory at the Tour de France. There was little movement in the top ten as the majority of the leaders finished in the lead pack.

    Check out the top ten, through five stages, below:

    Overall Standings:
    1. Thor Hushovd, Garmin Cervelo
    2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing:  +00:01
    3. Frank Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:04
    4.David Millar, Garmin Cervelo:  +00:08
    5.Andreas Klöden, Radioshack:  +00:10
    6. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:10
    7. Geraint Thomas, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    8. Boasson Hagen Edvald, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    9. Andy Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:12
    10. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard Trek:  +00:12

Stage Four Results and Overall Standings

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    Alberto Contador finally made his presence felt at the Tour de France as he came in second place in the fourth stage.

    Contador and stage winner Cadel Evans battled to a photo finish that was determined by a matter of inches.  Evans was not even sure if he had won after crossing the finish line, but after video replay it appears that he was just slightly ahead of Contador at the finish line.

    The biggest news coming out of the race was that Contador was unable to make up any time on overall leader Thor Hushovd.

    Hushovd finished in sixth place and maintains his overall lead entering the fifth stage of the race.

    Here are the overall standings entering the fifth stage:

    Overall Standings:
    1. Thor Hushovd, Garmin Cervelo:
    2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing:  +00:01
    3. Frank Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:04
    4.David Millar, Garmin Cervelo:  +00:10
    5.Andreas Klöden, Radioshack:  +00:10
    6. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:10
    7. Geraint Thomas, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    8. Boasson Hagen Edvald, Sky Pro Cycling:  +00:12
    9. Andy Schleck, Leopard Trek:  +00:12
    10. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard Trek:  +00:12

Stage Three Final Results

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    Garmin-Cervelo had another spectacular day at the Tour de France. American Tyler Farrar took the third stage and Thor Hushovd took the yellow jersey.

    Here is a look at the top-ten finishers for stage three;

     

    1. Tyler Farrar    (U.S./Garmin)         4h40:21s

    2. Romain Feillu (France/ Vacansoleil)

    3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain/ Movistar)

    4. Sebastien Hinault (France/ AG2R)

    5. Mark Cavendish (Britain/ HTC-Highroad)

    6. Thor Hushovd (Norway/ Garmin)

    7. Julian Dean (New Zealand/ Garmin

    8. Borut Bozic (Silovenia/ Vacansoleil

    9. Andre Greipel (Germany/ Omega Pharma - Lotto

    10. Jimmy Engoulvent (France/ Saur - Sojasun

Stage Two Final Results and Overall Standings

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    The Stage Two team time trial is complete, and their is a new man dressed in yellow. Thor Hushovd put on the yellow jersey for fourth time in his career after his Garmin-Cervelo team captured a Stage Two victory with a time of 24 minutes and 48 seconds for the 23 kilometer race.

    That time was four seconds better than second place finishers BMC Racing and Sky Pro Cycling. Thor now has narrow lead in the overall standings. Two time defending champion Alberto Contador lost 28 more seconds in Stage Two and is now one minute and 42 seconds behind.

    Stage Two-Top Ten
    1.Garmin-Cervelo: 24:48
    2.BMC Racing: @ 0:04
    3.Sky Pro Cycling: @ 0:04
    4.Leopard-Trek: @ 0:05
    5.HTC-Highroad: @0:05
    6.Radioshack; @ 0:10
    7.Rabobank: @ 0:12
    8.Saxo bank- Sungard: @ 0:28
    9.Pro Team Astana: @ 0:32
    10.Omega-Pharma-Lotto: @ 0:39

    Overall Classification- Top ten
    1.Thor Hushovd, Garmin-Cervelo: 5:06:25
    2.David Millar, Garmin-Cervelo: same time
    3.Cadel Evans, BMC Racing: @0:01
    4.Geraint Thomas, Sky Pro Cycling: @ 0:04
    5.Linus Gerdemann, Leopard-Trek: @ 0:04
    6.Frank Schleck, Leopard-Trek: @ 0:04
    7.Fabian Cancellara, Leopard-Trek: @ 0:04
    8.Boasson Hagne Edvald, Sky Pro Cycling: @ 0:04
    9.Manuel Quinziato, BMC Racing: @ 0:04
    10.Andy Schleck, Leopard-Trek: @ 0:04

Stage One Final Times

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    Here's a look at the final times of the top ten for stage one of the 2011 Tour de France:

    1.      GILBERT Philippe        32    OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO     4h 41' 31"  
    2.      EVANS Cadel            141    BMC RACING TEAM                + 00' 03"
    3.      HUSHOVD Thor           51    TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO      + 00' 06"
    4.      ROJAS Jose Joaquin   88    MOVISTAR TEAM                     + 00' 06"
    5.      VAN DEN BROECK J. 31    OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO       + 00' 06"
    6.      THOMAS Geraint       117    SKY PROCYCLING                   + 00' 06"
    7.      KLÖDEN Andréas       74     TEAM RADIOSHACK                + 00' 06"
    8.      TAARAMAE Rein       151    COFIDIS                                   + 00' 06"
    9.      HORNER Chris            72    TEAM RADIOSHACK                + 00' 06"
    10.    MARTIN Tony             175     HTC - HIGHROAD                    + 00' 06"

    -Andrew Kulha

Stage One Final Results

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    The 2011 Tour de France is well under way and the riders are starting to really jockey for position.

    Today marks the 98th time the Tour is being run and it consists of 198 riders and 22 teams riding through the beautiful country of France.

    The first leg of the race went through the Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes.

    Philippe Gibler won the first leg of the 2011 Tour de France riding for Omega Pharma-Lotto, which was his firt Tour stage win. Cadel Evans riding BMC finished second and Thor Hushovd third.

    Here’s a look at the full race standings as found on the Tour de France 2011 homepage.

    1.         GILBERT Philippe    

    2.         EVANS Cadel           

    3.         HUSHOVD Thor      

    4.         ROJAS Jose Joaquin  

    5.         VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen           

    6.         THOMAS Geraint     

    7.         KLÖDEN Andréas    

    8.         TAARAMAE Rein    

    9.         HORNER Christopher          

    10.       MARTIN Tony

    For all cycling news, analysis and updates be sure and check out Bleacher Report's Cycling Center.

    -Andrew Kulha

Stage One

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    Versus: 7:00 AM Eastern Time- July 2nd, 2011

    The first stage of the Tour de France kicks off at 7AM Eastern Time when the competitors will pass through the Passage du Gois.

    The Passage du Gois has traditionally been one of the more controversial stages of the race as part of the course is underwater during high tide.

    The course here is generally pretty slick, so expect many of the top riders to take it easy early on, to avoid any risk of injury that may limit them later in the race.

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