TOUR DE FRANCE Date: 4 July - 26 July Coverage: BBC Sport website: text commentary of each stage and streamed BBC commentary of the last 90 minutes of each stage available; commentary on selected stages on BBC 5 Live sports extra
Cavendish was again too strong for Hushovd in a sprint finish
Mark Cavendish produced another superb sprint finish to hold off Norway's Thor Hushovd and clinch his third stage win of this year's Tour de France.
The Manxman attacked in the last 200m and was accelerating away from Hushovd, his main rival for the green jersey, when he crossed the line in Issoudun.
Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini keeps the yellow jersey, with a six-second lead.
But Britain's Bradley Wiggins was caught up in a crash near the finish and drops out of the top five overall.
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong and 2007 winner Alberto Contador both finished with Nocentini, safely near the front of the peloton.
But their Astana team-mate Levi Leipheimer was affected by the split in the main group that delayed Wiggins, and he also lost 15 seconds on the other contenders in the general classification.
That, and Cavendish's superb victory, added some late drama to what had been a dull day.
Most of the 194.5km, 10th stage had been overshadowed by an apparent 'go-slow' protest against a ruling that prevented radio contact between team managers and riders.
Fourteen of the 20 teams participating in the 2009 Tour had lodged official protests about the ruling, which is also in place for Friday's stage between Vittel and Colmars, but they also seemed to take matters into their own hands.
The first 150km of the race saw little action, apart from an early break by four riders - Benoit Vaugrenard, Mikhail Ignatiev, Thierry Hupond and Samuel Dumoulin - soon after the race left Limoges.
That quartet - including three Frenchmen chasing a stage win on Bastille Day - maintained a steady 90-second lead for much of the day and were only caught inside the last 2km.
The mass sprint finish was ideal for Cavendish, and his Team Columbia team-mates again set their man up perfectly for what was the seventh Tour stage win of his career.
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