Tour de France: Stages 13 – 15

The General Classification, following Stage 15 (Sunday 17th) is as follows:

1 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR   FRA  65h 24’34” +00’00”

2 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  65h 26’23” +01’49”

3 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM   AUS  65h 26’40” +02’06”

4 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  65h 26’49” +02’15”

5 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE   ITA  65h 27’50” +03’16”

6 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  65h 28’18” +03’44”

7 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD   ESP  65h 28′ 34″ + 04′ 00″

8 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD   ITA  65h 28’35” +04’01”

9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA 65h 30’20” +05’46”

10 DE WEERT Kevin 124 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM   BEL  65h 30’52” +06’18”

Green Jersey: CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR   264 points

Polka Dot Jersey: VANENDERT Jelle OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  BEL  34 points

White Jersey: URAN Rigoberto  COL  55h 57’52”

Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  166h 54’52”

Stage 13

Previous yellow jersey wearer, Thor Hushovd chased down Jeremy Roy in the final 2 kilometres to win this stage 28-year-old Jeremy Roy, the Francaise des Jeux rider,  dominated most of this 158 kilometre stage fromPautoLourdes, emerging from a breakaway just prior to 48 kilometres. He held his lead over the hors categorie climb upCold’Aubisque. Following that, he was pursued by fellow Frenchman David Moncoutie (Cofidis) and Garmin’s Hushovd. He finally finished the stage trailing in third place,  but did brilliantly well, winning a lot of plaudits along the way.

Stage 13 result:

1.    Thor Hushovd    (Garmin-Cervelo)    3h 47′ 36″

2.    David Moncoutie    (Cofidis)    + 00′ 10″

3.    Jeremy Roy    (FDJ)    + 00′ 26″

4.    Lars Bak     (HTC – Highroad)    + 05′ 00″

5.    Jerome Pineau    (Quick Step)    + 05′ 02″

6.    Edvald Boasson Hagen    (Team Sky)    + 05′ 03″

7.    Vladimir Gusev    (Katusha)    + 05′ 08″

8.    Alessandro Petacchi    (Lampre)    + 05′ 16″

9.    Maarten Tjallingii    (Rabobank)    + 05′ 16″

10.  Philippe Gilbert    (Omega Pharma)    + 06′ 48

Stage 14

While Thomas Voeckler battled it out with the Schleck brothers, Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso,Belgium’s Jelle Vanendert became the surprise winner of the stage. France are still looking for their first stage win. They’ve not had to wait this long since 1999!  Who has been my rider of the Tour so far?  It has to be Cadel Evans.  He’s been consistent, and presently lies 3rd, only 2’06” off the leader.

Stage 14 result:

1. Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma – Lotto)  5h 13′ 25″

2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel – Euskadi)  +00’21”

3. Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)  +00’46”

4. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)  +00’48”

5. Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling)  +00’48”

6. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard)  +00:48″

7. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)  +00:48″

8. Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)  +00:48″

9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale  +00:48″

10. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) +00:48″

Stage 15:

Mark Cavendish winning Stage 15

Mark Cavendish won the 19th stage of his Tour de France career and extended his lead the green jersey competition  He took the stage in the sprint finish after being lead to the front by Mark Renshaw with 300 metres to go after another perfect set-up by his HTC-Highroad team-mates.  He beat Tyler Farrar into second by half a bike-length and Alessandro Petacchi was third.

Stage 15 result:

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC – Highroad)4:20:24

2. Tyler Farrar (Team Garmin – Cervelo) +00:00

3. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre – ISD) +00:00

4. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) +00:00

5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) +00:00

6. Ben Swift (Team Sky) +00:00

7. Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step Cycling Team) +00:00

8. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne) +00:00

9. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) +00:00

10. Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale) +00:00

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