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Cavendish equals record with win

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

Mark Cavendish
Cavendish won back the green jersey from Thor Hushovd

Mark Cavendish again left his rivals in his wake to win stage 11 of the Tour de France and equal Barry Hoban's British record of eight stage wins.

The Manxman also takes back the green jersey from Thor Hushovd who, along with Tyler Farrar, attacked him in the last 200m but was beaten to the line.

Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini keeps the yellow jersey, with a six-second lead.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins is fifth overall after race judges returned time he lost in a crash in stage 10.

Pre-race favourite Alberto Contador is Nocentini's closest challenger, while his team-mate Lance Armstrong is in third place, eight seconds off the lead.

The early part of Wednesday's 192km route from Vatan to St Fargeau was marred by several crashes, before Belgian rider Johan Van Summeren and Marcin Sapa of Poland broke away.

That duo stayed clear until the final 4km, setting up the sort of bunch sprint finish that has become Cavendish's territory, but, with the finish on an incline, he was not the overwhelming favourite to triumph.

For the first time in this year's Tour, the 24-year-old and his Team Columbia team-mates were given a tough test in the closing stages but they adjusted their tactics accordingly.

Several Milram riders attempted to crowd out the Team Columbia contingent at the front of the peloton in the final 300m.

Hushovd also attacked early, about 200m from the line, but Cavendish was able to stay clear and he also held off Farrar's late surge before again accelerating away over the finish line.

It was beautiful the way the guys could just adapt to the situation to deliver me to a perfect position to sprint.

Mark Cavendish salutes his Team Columbia team-mates after his win in stage 11

"It was slightly uphill in the last 500m so we knew we had to leave it later, it was going to be different from the full-blown fast lead-out that we're used to," Cavendish said afterwards.

"But we still had to take control. You saw how well we worked. Normally we have two guys in the last kilometre but today we had four because I had to be delivered to 150m (from the finish).

"I kept the gears small and I was able to get the jump on Thor and win.

"It was beautiful the way the guys could just adapt to the situation to deliver me to a perfect position to sprint."

The stage win was Cavendish's fourth of this year's Tour, and second in successive days. It also means he leapfrogs Hushovd to move top of the points category with 176 points, seven ahead of the Norwegian.


Cavendish could have the chance to go for another stage victory - and break Hoban's record - on Thursday, at the end of a 211.5km trek from Tonnerre to Vittel.

Hoban, 69, won his eight stages between 1967 and 1975 - the last at the age of 35, while Cavendish is taking part in only his third Tour.

There are 170 riders left in this year's Tour after Norway's Kurt Asle Arvesen withdrew before the race left Vatan. Arvesen had broken his collarbone in a crash on Tuesday.

Stage 11 result:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Columbia) 4 hours 17 minutes 55 seconds
2. Tyler Farrar (US/Garmin) "
3. Yauheni Hutarovich (Bel/FdJ) "
4. Oscar Freire (Spa/Rabobank) "
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor/Cervelo Test Team) "
6. Leonardo Duque (Col/Cofidis) "
7. Gerald Ciolek (Ger/Milram) "
8. Lloyd Mondory (Fra/AG2R) "
9. William Bonnet (Fra/BBox Bouygues Telecom) "
10. Nikolai Trussov (Rus/Katusha ) "

Selected others:

34. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita/AG2R) "
38. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Garmin) "
43. Alberto Contador (Spa/Astana) "
54. Lance Armstrong (USA/Astana) "
151. Charlie Wegelius (GB/Silence) + 34 seconds
165. David Millar (GB/Garmin) + 1 minute

Overall standings:

1. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita/AG2R) 43 hours 28 minutes 59 seconds
2. Alberto Contador (Spa/Astana) + 06secs
3. Lance Armstrong (USA/Astana) + 08
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA/Astana) + 39
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Garmin) + 46

Selected others:

16. Carlos Sastre (Spa/Cervelo) + 2minutes 52secs
65. David Millar (GB/Garmin) + 28mins 18 secs
81. Charlie Wegelius (GB/Silence) + 36mins 14secs
134. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Columbia) + 1hour 13mins 54 secs

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