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

Tour de France: Stage 12

Here is the General Classification following Stage 12 (Thursday 14th (Bastille Day))

1  VOECKLER Thomas  181  TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA  51h 54′ 44″   + 00′ 00″
2  SCHLECK Frank  18   TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX 51h 56′ 33″  + 01′ 49″
3  EVANS Cadel 141  BMC RACING TEAM  AUS  51h 56′ 50″  + 02′ 06″
4  SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  51h 57′ 01″  + 02′ 17″
5  BASSO Ivan  91  LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE  ITA  51h 58′ 00″  + 03′ 16″
6  CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD  ITA  51h 58′ 06″  + 03′ 22″
7  CONTADOR Alberto  1  SAXO BANK SUNGARD   ESP  51h 58′ 44″  + 04′ 00″
8  SANCHEZ Samuel  21  EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  51h 58′ 55″ + 04′ 11″
9  DANIELSON Tom  52  TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA  51h 59′ 19″  + 04′ 35″
10  ROCHE Nicolas  101  AG2R LA MONDIALE   IRL   51h 59′ 41″  + 04′ 57″

Jersey:  CAVENDISH Mark  171   HTC – HIGHROAD   GBR  260 point

Polka Dot Jersey: SANCHEZ Samuel   EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI   ESP  40 points

White Jersey: JEANNESSON Arnold   FRA   52h 00’34”

Team Competition: TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  155h 09’18”

Stage 12:

Samuel Sanchez of Spain won an exciting first day in the Pyrenees on this, Bastille Day.  Frenchman Thomas Voeckler was only 50 seconds behind the stage winner and retained the yellow jersey for another day.  The improving Alberto Contador, winner of last year’s  finished 6th,  43 seconds behind Sanchez,  and now lies 7th in the General Classification.

Stage 12 result:

1. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 6h 01′ 15″

Samuel Sanchez wins Stage 12 in the Pyrenees

2. Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +00’07”
3. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) +00’10”
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale +00’30”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) +00’30”
6. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) +00’30”
7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) +00’35”
8. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) +00’43”
9. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) +00’50”
10. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) +00’50”

Tour de France: Stage 10 and 11

Thomas Voeckler holds the Yellow Jersey, following Stage 11 (Wednesday 13th) of the Tour de France.

1 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA   45h 52’39” +00’00”

2 SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 47 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM   ESP  45h 54’28” +01’49”

3 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM   AUS  45h 55’05” +02’26”

4 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  45h 55’08” +02’29”

5 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK   LUX  45h 55′ 16″ +02’37”

6 MARTIN Tony 175 HTC – HIGHROAD   GER  45h 55’17” +02’38”

7 VELITS Peter 179 HTC – HIGHROAD   SVK  45h 55’17” +02’38”

8 KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK  GER  45h 55’22” +02’43”

9 GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  BEL  45h 55’34” +02’55”

10 FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  DEN  45h 55’47” +03’08”

Green Jersey:  CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR  251 points

Polka Dot Jersey:  HOOGERLAND Johnny VACANSOLEIL-DCM  NED  22 points

White Jersey: GESINK Robert  NED  45h 56’40”

Team Competition: TEAM EUROPCAR  136h 55′ 55″

Stage 10

German Andre Greipel beat his former HTC team-mate Mark Cavendish, as the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider pipped him to the line.  Cavendish looked to have the won the stage with a mere 20 metres to go, but Andre Greipel just sneaked it in a bunch sprint.

Stage 10 result:

1. Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma) 3h 31′ 21″

2. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) +0’0″

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +0’0″

4. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) +0’0″

5. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) +0’0″

6. Daniel Oss (Liquigas) +0’0″

7. Sebastien Hinault (AG2R) +0’0″

8. Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) +0’0″

9. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0’0″

10. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) +0’0″

Stage 11 result:

In a rain soaked Lavaur, Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel’s positions were reversed on Stage 11, as the British rider stormed to his 18th Tour stage win to claim the green jersey. just ahead of the bigPyreneesmountain tests.

Stage 11 result:

Mark Cavendish wins Stage 11 in Lavaur

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad)  3h 46′ 07″

2. Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +0’0″

3. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) +0’0″

4. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) +0’0″

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) +0’0″

6. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) +0’0″

7. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +0’0″

8. Sebastien Turgot (Europcar) +0’0″

9. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) +0’0″

10. William Bonnet (FDJ) +0’0″

Tour de France: Stages 7 – 9

As we enter today’s rest day, there have been dramatic changes at the top  (and I don’t mean the News of the world!)

1 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR FRA 38h 35′ 11″ + 00′ 00″

2 SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 47 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM ESP 38h 37′ 00″ + 01′ 49″

3 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM AUS 38h 37′ 37″ + 02′ 26″

4 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK LUX 38h 37′ 40″ + 02′ 29″

5 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK LUX 38h 37′ 48″ + 02′ 37″

6 MARTIN Tony 175 HTC – HIGHROAD GER 38h 37′ 49″ + 02′ 38″

7 VELITS Peter 179 HTC – HIGHROAD SVK 38h 37′ 49″ + 02′ 38″

8 KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK GER 38h 37′ 54″ + 02′ 43″

9 GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO BEL 38h 38′ 06″ + 02′ 55″

10 FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK DEN 38h 38′ 19″ + 03′ 08″

(Existing Yellow Jersey holder, Thor Hushovd moves down to 24th position.  Last year’s winner Alberto Contador is now up to 16th)

Green Jersey: GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO BEL 217pts

Polka Dot Jersey:   HOOGERLAND Johnny VACANSOLEIL-DCM NED 22pts

White Jersey: GESINK Robert NED 38h 39′ 12″

Team Competition: TEAM EUROPCAR 115h 03′ 31″

 So why all this change?  A dramatic few days is the answer.

Stage 7:

Mixed fortunes for British riders in this stage saw Mark Cavendish grab yet

Bradley Wiggins crashes during Stage 7.

another stage win, but also the withdrawal of the unfortunate Bradley Wiggins after an awful crash.  His joy was clouded by a broken collarbone sustained by Bradley Wiggins after a pile-up in the peloton, which forced the 31-year-old Team Sky rider to retire.  Even worse for Team Sky, delays suffered by Geraint Thomas following that crash meant he relinquished the white jersey to Dutchman Robert Gesink (Rabobank).

Stage 7  result:

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) 5h 38′ 53″

2. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) +00′ 00″

3. Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma – Lotto) +00′ 00″

4. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) +00′ 00″

5. Willian Bonnet (FDJ) +00′ 00″

6. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) +00′ 00″

7. Thor Hushovd (Garmin – Cervelo) +00′ 00″

8. Sebastien Turgot (Europcar) +00′ 00″

9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +00′ 00″

10. Sebastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale) +00′ 00″

Stage 8:

Rui Costa won the stage for Movistar, but it was Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert who retained yellow and grab green respectively.  A week in and 189 riders are left in the starting pack for Saturday’s tricky Stage 8  from Aigurande to Super-Besse with four climbs either side of the sole intermediate sprint at Auzances.

Stage 8 result:

1. Rui Costa (Movistar) 4h 36′ 46″

2. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +00′ 12″

3. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) +00′ 15″

4. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) +00′ 15″

5. Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) +00′ 15″

6. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) +00′ 15″

7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) +00′ 15″

8. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Bank Sungard) +00′ 15″

9. Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) +00′ 15″

10. Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) +00′ 15″

Stage 9

A dramatic day in the Massif Centralmountains proved disastrous for some riders, with a number being forced to abandon the race after crashes. One crash involved a collision black car owned by a French television channel and
Johnny Hoogerland. In the last few kilometres of the race, the car attempted to overtake the him,  but, swerving to avoid a tree by the side of the road, rammed into the side of Flecha, who in turn sent Hoogerlander cartwheeling painfully into a barbed-wire fence.   The bloodied pair eventually remounted  and were soon absorbed back into the main pack and both finished the stage.  A tearful Hoogerland later accepting his hard-won King of the Mountains jersey.
In Thomas Voeckler,  it was a Frenchman in the Yellow Jersey however.  The last time the Tour passed through the town of Saint Flour, where this year’s ninth stage was due to conclude, Thomas Voeckler was wearing the maillot jaune of the race leader.  After today’s finish, where the Frenchman lead an early breakaway that lasted right to the stage’s end, he won back the golden fleece once again, the first time since 2004.

Stage 9 result:

1. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) 5h 27’09”

2. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) +00’05”

3. Sandy Casar (FdJ) +00’13”

4. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto + 03’59”

5. Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) + 03’59”

6. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)  + 03’59”

7. Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) + 03’59”

8. Tony Martin (HTV-Highroad + 03’59”

9. Frank schleck (eam leopard-trek + 03’59”

10. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) +03

Tour de France: Stage 6

Following Stage 6, on Thursday (7th),  this is how the General Classification stands:

1 Thor HUSHOVD (Nor) TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO   22h 50’34” + 00’00”
2 Cadel EVANS (Aus) BMC RACING TEAM  22h 50’35” + 00’01”
3 Frank SCHLECK (Lux) TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  22h 50’38” + 00’04”
4 David MILLAR (GB) TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  22h 50’42” + 00’08”
5 Andréas KLÖDEN (Ger) TEAM RADIOSHACK  22h 50’44” + 00’10”
6 Bradley WIGGINS (GB) SKY PROCYCLING  22h 50’44” + 00’10”

Green Jersey: Philippe Gilbert  Omega Pharma-Lotto 144pts
Polka Dot Jersey: Johnny Hoogerland  Vacansoleil-DCM  4pts
White Jersey: Geraint Thomas  Team Sky  22:50:46

Team Sky gained their first ever Tour de France stage win, as Edvald Boasson Hagen won a tough sprint ahead of HTC’s Matt Goss and Garmin rider Thor Hushovd.  Sky, formed just 2 years ago, are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.  A sort of AFC Wimbledon of the cycling world.
With team-mate Bradley Wiggins in contention for the yellow jersey, and young Welshman Geraint Thomas retaining the white jersey after Stage 6, Boasson Hagen rounded off a good day for the team, winning a sprint to the line at Lisieux.

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Stage 6 result:

1  Edvald Boasson Hagen  (Team Sky)  5h 13′ 37″
2. Matthew Goss    (HTC-Highroad)     + 00′ 00″
3. Thor Hushovd    (Garmin-Cervelo)  + 00′ 00″
4. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil)     + 00′ 00″
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)   + 00′ 00″
6. Arthur Vichot (FDJ)  + 00′ 00″
7. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto  + 00′ 00″
8. Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step)    + 00′ 00″
9. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil)    + 00′ 00″
10. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ)    + 00′ 00″

Tour de France: Stages 4 & 5

Following Stage 5, on Wednesday (6th),  this is how the General Classification stands:

1  Thor Hushovd  (Nor)  Team Garmin – Cervelo  17h 36’57”

2  Cadel Evans  (Aus)  BMC Racing Team  17h 36’58”  +00’01”

3  Frank Schleck  (Lux)  Team Leopard-Trek  17h 37’01” + 00’04”

Green Jersey: Philippe Gilbert   Omega Pharma-Lotto   120pts

Polka Dot Jersey: Cadel Evans  BMC Racing Team   2pts

White Jersey: Geraint Thomas  Team Sky  17:37:09

Team Competition:  Team Garmin – Cervelo  52h 01′ 31″

Cadel Evans wins in a close finish on Stage 4.

In Stage 4,  Cadel Evans just managed to hold off Alberto Contador to gain victory on the line,  and win his first stage of the 2011 edition in Mur de Bretagne. The BMC Racing Team rider looked strong over the first few days and dug deep up the final uphill stretch to deny the controversial reigning champion Alberto Contador and Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov.

Stage 4 result:

1. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)  4h 11m 39s

2. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Bank Sungard) same time

3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) same time

4. Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) same time

5. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

6. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) same time

7. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) same time

8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) same time

9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

10. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack) same time

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won Stage 5 on the uphill finish to seal his 16th Tour stage win. Earlier on, the HTC-Highroad pace rider was boxed in at the intermediate sprint, which visibly angered him and gave him the adrenaline to upstage the likes of Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd.

Stage 5 result:

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad)  3h 38 min 32 sec

2. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) same time

4. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) same time

5. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) same time

6. Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

7. Sebastien Hinault (Agr2 La Mondiale) same time

8. William Bonnet (FDJ) same time

9. Daniel Oss (Liquigas) same time

10. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) same time

Tour de France: Stages 2 & 3

Thor Hushovd

Following Stage 3, on Monday (4th),  this is how the General Classification stands:

1 Thor Hushovd  (Nor)  – Team Garmin-Cervelo  9h 46′ 46”

2David Millar (GBR)  – Team Garmin-Cervelo  9h 46′ 46”

3 Cadel Evans (Aus)  –  BMC Racing Team   9h 46′ 50”

Behind Cadel Evans, right down to 17th place, there is a whole host of riders on the same time (just 4 seconds down).  Two British riders are in the top 4, and all five British riders are within the top 25.

Stage 2,  the Team Trial was won by Garmin-Cervelo.  With this, their rider, Norway’s Thor Hushovd took the yellow jersey.  Incumbent Yellow Jersey wearer Phillipe Gilbert took the green (points) jersey.

Stage 3 was won by Tyler Farrar (USA) – Garmin-Cervelo  (4h 40′ 21” ) , ahead of  Romain Feillu (Fra) – Vacansoleil and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) – Movistar, who took the green jersey,  and 4th Sébastien Hinault (Fra) – AG2R-Le Mondiale.  They all finished on the same time as winner Tyler Farrar.

Mark Cavendish and Thor Hushovd were docked points for an incident during Stage 3’s intermediate sprint.  Cavendish won the bunch sprint to take sixth place behind the five breakaway riders with Hushovd behind, however Tour officials deemed their behaviour leading into the line unacceptable.

Controversy continues over last year’s Tour winner Alberto Contador.  He has a performance-enhancing drug charge hanging over him.  He was originally stripped of the Tour win, but,  following an appeal, was reinstated as the winner.  Now, a counter-appeal has been launched – but this is not going to be heard until after this year’s Tour.  So, if he was to win this Tour as well,  and then, the counter-appeal is upheld, we might have the strange situation of him being stripped of both last year’s Tour – and this year’s as well.  This Tour has not gone well for him at all.  Even before Stage 1 started, when the teams were being presented,  he was booed.  Once the stage started,  he was involved in a collision with another rider, and a spectator,  and found himself down in 75th place.  It has been suggested the spectator causing the collision was not where they were by accident,  and an appeal was put in.  This has since been confirmed, not to be the case.  He is presently in 69th place.