Tonight is stage 11, Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, 168 km
This stage marks the halfway point of the Tour but the sprinters will have already past most of their winning opportunities. After today, the only two stages where they will be expecting to get a look-in are in Montpellier and 11 days down the line on the Champs-Elysées. Consequently, it will be a surprise if they allow this stage to elude them. That said, there will be many baroudeurs who have come up with a similar assessment of their own prospects, unless they are the kind of breakaway specialist who can stay the pace on seriously big climbs. A bunch finish… probably.
- Stage 11 (167.5 km) Blaye-les-Mines >> Lavaur [SBS]
- Stage 11 preview: Blaye-les-Mines → Lavaur, 168 km (rolling) [SteepHill]
- July 13, Stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines – Lavaur 168km [CyclingNews]
- Stage 11 • BLAYE-LES-MINES > LAVAUR • 167.5km [EuroSport]
- stage 11 – Blaye-les-Mines > Lavaur 167.5 km [www.letour.fr]
After the excitement of @thejensie joining Twitter, can the intertubes handle #fabianese?
Another non-native speaking cyclist on Twitter that is popular with the tifosi is ex-time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara. While Voigt’s syntax is mostly correct and understandable, Cancellara’s borders on a new language named “Fabianese” by the kegels world champion @mmmaiko. Myself and others are hoping that Cancellara’s English doesn’t improve as his placement of nouns and adjectives in sentences are delightfully refreshing. Please. I beg of you on Twitter – don’t correct Fabian!
— brown eye
- SBS 2011 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Blaye-les-Mines – Lavaur “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 11 – Blaye-les-Mines > Lavaur 167.5 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 11 results
01 CAVENDISH, Mark (HTC-HIGHROAD) 3h 46′ 07″
02 GREIPEL, André (OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO)
03 FARRAR, Tyler (GARMIN-CERVELO)
04 GALIMZYANOV, Denis (KATUSHA)
05 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald (SKY)
06 FEILLU, Romain (VACANSOLEIL-DCM)
07 ROJAS GIL, Jose Joaquin (MOVISTAR)
08 TURGOT, Sébastien (EUROPCAR)
09 VENTOSO ALBERDI, Francisco José (MOVISTAR)
10 BONNET, William (FDJ)
Sprint king Mark Cavendish made amends for a stage ten defeat by rival Andre Greipel by notching up his 18th career victory in the Tour de France in the race’s 11th stage.
Sprint king Mark Cavendish made amends for an earlier defeat by rival Andre Greipel by notching up his 18th career victory in the Tour de France in the race’s 11th stage.
Thomas Voeckler, of Europcar, retained the yellow jersey after the 167.5km stage from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, which ended in a group sprint after an early breakaway was caught 4km from the finish.
— SBS Cycling Central
All of the favourites crossed the line together in a group, causing no changes in the GC. Thomas Voeckler of Europcar easily held on to his yellow jersey for one more day, with Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) lurking behind him in second and third as the mountains approach.
Voeckler enjoyed what he knew would probably be his last day in yellow. “To be honest, I expect to lose the jersey tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean I won’t fight. I will try, but we’ll see.”
Defending the yellow jersey has been difficult on the Europcar team, which is down to eight men after Christoph Kern abandoned with tendinitis on stage 5.
General classification after stage 11
01 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 45:52:39
02 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:49
03 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:02:26
04 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:02:29
05 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:02:37
06 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:02:38
07 Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad
08 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack 0:02:43
09 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:55
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:03:08