The 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results began the Tour’s second half. Although the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results kept things the same, the Tour de France is still bound to change a few times. In a few days, the race will head for the Pyrenees, where Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador will have the showdown that decides everything. By most accounts, the race is down to these two leaders, as they are just staying level until they make their move. As such, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results kept everything as is for the second straight day.
The pattern of this race is to have a few days of chaos and changes, followed by a few days of relative calm. Currently, this is one of those calm periods, as Schleck and Contador have stayed the same since Stage 9. Today, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results were about not making mistakes.
For the third straight day, Schleck ended things with a 41-second lead over Contador, with the nearest challenger under three minutes back. The leaders all stayed together in a pack, while Mark Cavendish stole the spotlight again.
With the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results, Cavendish became the first rider to win three stages this year. The win was necessary for Cavendish to stay in contention for the green jersey, which changed hands for the first time in days.
Thor Hushovd had led the green jersey race for some time, but Alessandro Petacchi finally caught him today. The 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results left Petacchi with a four-point lead over Hushovd, while Cavendish moved up to fourth. However, Cavendish still trails Petacchi by 29 points, yet is now 25 behind Hushovd.
Meanwhile, the mountain jersey was worn by Jerome Pineau for the second straight day. He went up by one point over Anthony Charteau yesterday, and increased that lead to two today.
While the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results had some shakeups for the green and mountain contenders, the yellow jersey outlook remains the same. The countdown to the Pyrenees is now down to three days, as they arrive in the mountains on Sunday. Those stages, and the Stage 19 time trial, are likely to have the entire Tour at stake.
Following the 2010 Tour de France Stage 11 results, the riders now get to rest before the longest stage left in the race tomorrow.
Yahoo Sport- “Overall Time Standings: Stage 11”
UPI.com- “Cavendish wins third Tour de France stage”
New York Magazine- “Tour de France Contenders Bide Time Before Pyrenees”