Stage 21 2011 Tour de France

July 03, 2011
Stage 21 2011 Tour de France

2011 Tour De France Overview - Stage 21

Its official, Cadel Evans has become the first Australian ever to be crowned as the Tour De France champion after an iconic race that will live long in the history books.

It was a very proud moment for the Aussie as he rode into Paris towards the Champs-Élysées, but for what was only an honor ride for Cadel, was still a fight for the sprinters as the Green Jersey was still up for grabs.

Mark Cavendish once again showed he is the world’s fastest cyclist by winning the final stage of the 2011 Tour De France, making him the overall winner of the sprint.

But the spotlight was all on Cadel as the BMC rider crossed the finish line in Paris to be congratulated by his fellow teammates for his remarkable achievement.

Before the weekend Cadel had a major task ahead of him, he not only had to avoid crashing but had to shed time off the cyclist's ahead of him.

After suffering mechanical problems early in stage 18 things looked dire as the Australian had to catch the front cyclists Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador who pushed the gap to 3 minutes.

But Cadel showed everyone the champion he is and after leading the peloton for most of the race he caught the front runners and eventually passed Schleck in the final kilometer of the race.

Leading into the final time trials stage Cadel knew that in order to win the race he had to pull of something special as the BMC rider was 57 seconds behind the Yellow Jersey leader Schleck.

The Australian did one better by not only catching Schleck but beating the Luxembourg giant by over 2 minutes to be crowned champion of the world’s biggest cycling event.

Cadel’s effort is arguably the greatest ever sporting achievement in Australian history and here at bikeExchange we could not be happier for him.

Congratulations Cadel Evans!

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 21 Results

1.Mark Cavendish, HTC-Highroad, 2h 27min 02sec
2.Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling, at 00:00
3.André Greipel, Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 00:00
4.Tyler Farrar, Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:00
5.Fabian Cancellara, Team Leopard, at 00:00

2011 Tour de France Overall Leaders

1. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, in 86h 12′ 22″
2. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard, at 01:34
3. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard, at 02:30
4. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, at 03:20
5. Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 03:57

2011 Tour de France Overall Jersey Leaders

  1. Yellow Jersey - Cadel Evans
  2. Green Jersey - Mark Cavendish
  3. Polkadot Jersey - Samuel Sanchez
  4. White Jersey - Pierre Rolland
  5. Team Jersey - Team Garmin – Cervelo

 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 20

Australia’s Cadel Evans has claimed the Yellow Jersey for the first time this year after finishing in second behind Tony Martin in the stage 19 time trials.

Evans was 57 seconds behind Andy Schleck before going into the time-trials and he knew that nothing could go wrong if there was any hope to claim the Yellow Jersey from the Luxembourg rider.

From start to finish Evans proved why he is one of the world’s best time trailers after not only gaining the 57 second deficit but beating Schleck to be ahead by 1min 34sec in the overall standings.

It was an extremely emotional moment for Evans knowing he had just won the biggest race in the world and is now recognised as the first Australian ever to be crowned champion of Le Tour De France.

The main focus for the Aussie tonight is to just stay on the bike as he makes his way to the Champs-Élysées in Paris for the final stage of the tour.

In the other Jersey standings, Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish will be wearing the Green, Samuel Sanchez will be in the Polkadot and Pierre Rolland will be in the White.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 20 Results

1.Tony Martin, HTC-Highroad, 55min 33sec
2.Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 00:07
3.Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 01:06
4.Thomas De Gendt, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 01:29
5.Richie Porte, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 01:30

 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 19

Andy Schleck is the new Yellow Jersey leader after an extremely tough ride from what was undoubtedly the hardest stage of the tour.

Contador set the pace early after the reigning champion broke away from the main peloton with over 90 kilometres and the successive climbs of the Col de Telegraphe (1,566m) and the Galibier (2,566m) still to go.

Contadors break surprised all but was a necessary risk if the Spanish giant was hoping for any kind of podium finish when they reach Paris.

Thomas Voeckler, Cadel Evans and the Schleck brothers knew that they couldn’t allow Contador back within title contention forcing them to follow.

Frank Schleck was the first to drop out as his fatigue from stage 17 showed, pushing the Luxembourg rider back to the main peloton.

Cadel Evans was looking in fine form until the Australian suffered mechanical problems that forced him to change bikes, eventually joining Frank at the front of the peloton.

Thomas Voeckler showed his strength and determination in keeping up with his main rivals to retain the Yellow Jersey, but his efforts where in vain and was eventually caught by Frank and Evans.

Andy and Contador were leading the charge for most of the race but Andy chose not to follow when the reigning champion made another break on the final 13.8km Alpe d'Huez climb.

After a brave fight by Cadel who led most of the way at the front of the main peloton, the Australian caught up to Andy and eventually passed him in the final kilometre of the race.

However, Pierre Rolland from Team Europcar was first to cross the finish line to claim the young rider’s first ever stage win, followed by Wold champion Samuel Sanchez in second and Contador in third.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 19 Results

1.Pierre Rolland, Team Europcar, in 3h 13min 25sec
2.Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:14
3.Alberto Contador, Saxo Bank Sungard, at 00:23
4.Peter Velits, HTC-Highroad, at 00:57
5.Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 00:57

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 18

Andy Schleck has proven to all other riders’ that he is the man to beat as the Luxembourg star convincingly won stage 18 by over two minutes, jumping him up to second in the overall leaders’ board.

A breakaway that was made early in the stage proved to be the difference as Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy led the group to win the first two climbs of the stage.

Andy Schleck took advantage of this and broke away from the Yellow Jersey group to catch Iglinskiy with a little more than 30kms to go.

Iglinskiy couldn’t match Andy’s strength and pace, eventually falling back with only seven kilometres to go giving a clear indication of who the stage winner was going to be.

Although the stage was lost, the other top contenders showed that the title race is still on as they reduced Andy’s lead from what was once over 4min to a little more than 2min.

Andy’s brother and teammate was next to cross the finish line at 2min 7sec, followed by Cadel Evans at 2min 15sec, Ivan Basso at 2min 18sec and Thomas Voeckler at 2min 21sec.

Voeckler has once again held onto the Yellow Jersey but with Andy Schleck’s fine performance and no help from his fellow Europcar teammates his lead has been reduced to only 15 seconds.

There has only been one change in the Jersey holders, Rigoberto Uran was involved in a crash which resulted in him losing the White Jersey to Rein Tarramae from Team Cofidis.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 18 Results

1.Andy Schleck, Team Leopard, in 6h 07min 56sec
2.Frank Schleck, Team Leopard, at 02:07
3.Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 02:15
4.Ivan Basso, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 02:18
5.Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, at 02:21

2011 Tour de France Overall Leaders

1. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, in 79h 34′ 06″
2. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard, at 00:15
3. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard, at 01:08
4. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 01:12
5. Damiano Cunego, Lampre-ISD, at 03:46

2011 Tour de France Overall Jersey Leaders

  1. Yellow Jersey - Thomas Voeckler
  2. Green Jersey - Mark Cavendish
  3. Polkadot Jersey - Jelle Vanendert
  4. White Jersey - Rein Tarramae
  5. Team Jersey - Team Garmin – Cervelo

 

 

 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 17

Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen from Team Sky has claimed his second stage win of this year’s tour, beating second placed Bauke Mollema by over 40 seconds, followed by Sandy Cesar in third place.

But the most significant news of the day is Cadel Evans, although still sitting in second he has gained a further 27 seconds on Thomas Voeckler the current overall race leader.

Voeckler has managed to hold onto the Yellow Jersey after what was a cataclysmic stage 17 where the Frenchmen ran off the road on three separate occasions and was lucky to avoid serious injury.

But that is all Voeckler can feel lucky about with the Yellow Jersey slowly slipping through his fingers as the other title contenders have once again shed more time of the Frenchmen’s lead.

The Schleck brothers have retained third and fourth position as has Samuel Sanchez in fifth and Alberto Contador in sixth but have all gained 27 seconds on Voeckler.

Now with the race leading into Italy for the first time, the test of the Alps will surely determine who has what it takes to be the 2011 Tour De France champion.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 17 Results

1.Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling, in 4h 18min 00sec
2.Bauke Mollema, Rabobank Cycling Team, at 00:40
3.Sandy Cesar, Team FDJ, at 00:50
4.Julien El Fares, Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne, at 00:50
5.Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step Cycling Team, at 00:50

 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 16

The time has come to separate the strong from the weak, with BMC favourite Cadel Evans proving he has what it takes to be the first Australian ever to claim the Tour De France title.

Reigning champion Alberto Contador was the first to make a move on what was an extremely rainy and hazardous stage 16.

With only 14km to go the Spanish giant made an unexpected surge leaving the other top contenders behind in the hope of gaining much needed time back.

Contador’s break proved to be a successful one as the Schleck brothers and Thomas Voeckler, the current Yellow Jersey holder, where unable to match the reigning champs speed.

But Cadel Evans showed that he wasn’t intimidated, matching Contador stride for stride and narrowly beating the Spanish giant by three seconds.

Reigning world champion and previous Yellow Jersey holder Thor Hushovd ended up winning the stage, but Evans 11th place finish has put him second overall and has gained 21sec on the leader.

Frank Schleck has moved back to third 1:49 behind Voeckler with his brother staying in fourth but losing 48sec from the other leaders.

Samuel Sanchez has moved up to fifth with fellow countrymen Contador in sixth, moving Ivan Basso out of the top five and now sitting in seventh position.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 16 Results

1.Thor Hushovd, Team Garmin – Cervelo, in 3h 31min 38sec
2.Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling, at 00:00
3.Ryder Hesjedal, Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:02
4.Tony Martin, HTC - Highroad, at 00:38
5.Mikhail Ignatyev, Katusha Team, at 00:52

 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 15

The British sprint champion Mark Cavendish has clinched his fourth stage win of this year’s tour, taking out stage 15 with a final 200 metre sprint.

Cavendish was hanging of the wheel off Australian teammate Mark Renshaw and with only 200 metres to go Cavendish shot out to claim the 19th stage win of his career.

Team Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler will continue to hold onto the Yellow Jersey, still maintaining his time difference on all of the top contenders.

Going into the rest day, the previous stage 14 leaders will also retain their respected positions, Frank Schleck in second 1:49 behind Voeckler, Cadel Evans in third at 2:06, followed by Andy Schleck at 2:15 and Ivan Basso at 3:16.

As we edge closer to the end of the tour and with some of the hardest climbs still to come, positions are sure to change with Voeckler clearly stating that his lead will not last much longer.

Reigning champion Alberto Contador is sitting just four minutes behind Voeckler, but with the fine form of both Schleck brothers and BMC’s Cadel Evans, the fight for the crown will surely be a close one.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 15 Results

1.Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC - Highroad, in 4h 20min 24sec
2.Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:00
3.Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD, at 00:00
4.Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale, at 00:00
5.Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 14

Omega Pharma-Lotto’s Jelle Vanendert has taken out stage 14 of the 2011 Tour De France, ending the final mountain stage of the Pyrenees.

What was meant to be an exciting day of racing between the top contenders proved to disappoint with not a single change in the overall leaders other than Andy Schleck gaining two seconds on Thomas Voeckler the current Yellow Jersey leader.

As the current leaders all waited for someone to make a move, Belgium Vanendert capitalised and broke away to clinch his first stage win of the 2011 tour.

After his impressive stage win and mountain climbs, Vanendert will now be wearing the Polkadot Jersey, Rigoberto Uran from Sky Procycling will be wearing the White and Mark Cavendish will continue to wear the Green.

2011 Tour de France Stage Results 14 Results

1.Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto’s 5h 13min 25sec
2.Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi +21sec
3.Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Leopard – Trek +46sec
4.Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +48
5.Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky Procycling +48
 

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 13

Reigning world champion Thor Hushovd from team Garmin-Cervelo has won stage 13 of Le Tour De France after breaking away from FDJ’s Jeremy Roy just 2 kilometres from the finish line.

Roy had escaped the rest of the peloton and solely lead the charge for the finish until previous Yellow Jersey leader Hushovd showed fine form on the final climb and with the final decent, closed in on Roy and claimed his first stage win of 2011.

Thomas Voeckler will once again be honoured with the Yellow Jersey after an impressive ride in the second consecutive mountain stage of the three stages in the Pyrenees.

After losing precious time in the previous stage Voeckler rose to the challenge and kept all other major contenders at bay, resulting in no changes in the overall leaders.

With Jeremy Roy now leading the Polkadot Jersey and FDJ teammate Arnold Jeannesson in the White, Britain’s Mark Cavendish is the only non-Frenchman to be wearing a leaders Jersey.

2011 Tour de France Stage 13 Results

1.Thor Hushovd (Nor) Garmin-Cervelo 3h 47' 36
2. David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne +10sec
3.Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ +26sec
4.Lars Bak (Den) HTC – Highroad +5:00min
5.Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step Cycling Team +5:02min

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 12

Olympic gold medallist Sammy Sanchez from team Euskaltel – Euskadi has won stage 12 of this year’s tour, the first of three consecutive mountain stages in the Pyrenees which have already proven to separate the main title contenders.

But the main story of the day is the team work by the Schleck brothers who initiated a brilliant strategy that placed Frank in third by the end of the stage and second in the overall leaders.

Both Andy and Frank Schleck have gained much needed time on Thomas Voeckler who has again kept the Yellow Jersey after avoiding serious injury when his back wheel locked up, sending him into a parked car.

BMC Racing and Aussie favourite Cadel Evans has lived up to his team’s ambitions of beginning his serious challenge for the Yellow Jersey.

Putting in a fantastic performance Evans finished the race in fifth and although remaining in third position behind Frank Schleck in the overall leaders’ he has gained a respectable 20 seconds on Voeckler.

Andy Schleck has moved up to fourth while Luis-Leon Sanchez has drop out, making room for Italian giant Ivan Basso from team Liquigas Cannondale.

There have been a few changes in the Jersey holders, Johnny Hoogerland has lost the Polkadot Jersey to Sammy Sanchez and the French Arnold Jeannesson from team FDJ will now be wearing the White Jersey.

2011 Tour de France Stage 12 Results

1. Sammy Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, in 6hr 01′ 15″
2. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 00:07
3. Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Leopard, at 00:10
4. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas Cannondale, at 00:30
5. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 00:30

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 11

Mark Cavendish has claimed stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France by narrowly beating Andre Greipel who only just yesterday had done the same thing to Cavendish.

The days weather conditions where extremely harsh but luckily enough the crashes were limited and Cavendish has finished the day with his third stage win of the 2011 tour.

Cadel Evans has had another successful stage, finishing the race in the front peloton to maintain his 2 minutes and 26 seconds behind Thomas Voeckler who has held onto the Yellow Jersey for three consecutive stages.

The Schleck brothers and Luis-Leon Sanchez have also held their top 5 positions in the overall leaders’ board but this is sure to change with Contador finally finding his groove and the hard mountain stages that are still to come.

Cavendish’s stage win has made him the new Green Jersey leader, finally ending the continuous battle between Philippe Gilbert and Jose Joaquin Rojas and the only change in the current Jersey leaders.

2011 Tour de France Stage 11 Results

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC - Highroad, in 3hr 46′ 07″
2. André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 00:00
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:00
4. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team, at 00:00
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 10

Andre Greipel has won stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France by beating arch rival Mark Cavendish by no more than half a wheel, with Cadel Evans continuing his fine form finishing closely behind in the front peloton.

Both riders where leading the peloton with only seconds to go and what seemed like another stage win for Cavendish proved to be a premature break as Greipel capitalised narrowly beating the British sprint champion.

More drama continued with both Schleck brothers hitting the ground in the same crash that brought down Leopard teammates Stuart O'Grady, Fabian Cancellara and Maxime Monfort 10 minutes into the race.

All of the Team Leopard riders avoided serious injury and both Andy and Frank Schleck managed to finish in the front peloton keeping their overall time difference from the leader.

Thomas Voeckler has held off the other top four riders, retaining his Yellow Jersey and keeping the same time difference from second positioned Luis-Leon Sanchez at 1 minute 49 seconds.

This will be the second stage in a row that Voeckler will wear the leaders’ jersey after a crash filled mountain stage which completely rearranged the front runners and crushed tour hopes for many others.

2011 Tour de France Stage 10 Results

1. André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto, in 3hr 31′ 21″
2. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC - Highroad, at 00:00
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team, at 00:00
4. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:00
5. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil – DCM, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 9

Luis-Leon Sanchez has emerged victorious on a crash filled stage 9 of the 2011 Tour de France which has forced many riders to pull out of the race due to serious injuries.

The former Yellow Jersey holder Thor Hushovd has fallen back to 24th position, 5min 13sec behind the new leader Thomas Voeckler who jumped up from being in 19th position just yesterday.

Aussie Cadel Evans has also dropped back, now in third position, whilst last year’s runner up Andy Schleck has moved to fifth, joining his brother Frank who is sitting in fourth in the top five overall leaders.

The most controversial crash of stage 9 was when a tour car tried to pass both Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland but ended up swerving into the riders sending Fletcher off his bike and Hoogerland into a barb wire fence.

Amazingly enough this was not the worst injury of the day, Astana's Alexandre Vinokourov went off the road and hit a tree, breaking the head of his right femur ending his tour hopes.

Stage 9 has proven to be a real game changer with a total of seven withdrawals and only two of the top five riders from the previous stage remain, Andreas Kloden now in eighth and Jakob Fuglsang now in 10th.

The Yellow Jersey was the only change in all of the previous Jersey holders, which is a massive achievement in itself as the Polkadot Jersey Holder Hoogerland managed to finish the race after his horrific crash with a tour car.

2011 Tour de France Stage 9 Results

1. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team, in 5hr 27′ 09″
2. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar, at 00:05
3. Sandy Casar (Fra) Team FDJ, at 00:13
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 03:59
5. Peter Velits (Skv) HTC - Highroad, at 03:59

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 8

Another day that was engulfed by rain and wind has seen Rui Alberto Costa claim his first ever stage win, finishing with a 12 second lead and taking out the first mountain stage.

Philippe Gilbert from Omega Pharma-Lotto was next to cross the line at the Super-Besse Sancy followed by Cadel Evans three seconds behind.

Evans has continued his fine form in such harsh weather, holding off reigning champ Alberto Contador and Luxembourg giant Andy Schleck, but was unable to claim the Yellow Jersey from Thor Hushovd who put in a stella performance to finish in the leading pack.

Evans, Frank Schleck and Andreas Kloden have all managed to maintain their time difference on Hushovd, but Scottish David Millar has fallen off the leaders’ board adding an extra 11 seconds on his time.

Robert Gesink, leading the youth section, has been the only other rider to hold onto his Jersey as Philippe Gilbert has for the second time taken the Green Jersey from Jose Joaquin Rojas, with Tejay Van Garderen to now wear the Polkadot Jersey.

2011 Tour de France Stage 8 Results

1. Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Movistar Team, in 4hr 36′ 46″
2. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 00:12
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 00:15
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi, at 00:15
5. Peter Velits (Skv) HTC - Highroad, at 00:15

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 7

Mark Cavendish has lived up to the expectation as a favourite of stage 7 beating Alessandro Petacchi who finished second and André Gripel taking out the final position of the podium.

However a crash inside the final 40k mark had stolen some light from Cavendish’s win as many top contending riders where involved.

Team Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen was one of these riders to hit the deck and so was team mate Bradley Wiggins who was rushed to hospital.

Thor Hushovd has once again held on to the Yellow Jersey but Aussie Cadel Evans still only remains one second behind marking no changes in the overall leaders’ board.

Andy Schleck has climbed in the overall standings maintaining only 12 seconds behind the Yellow Jersey putting him at equal 6th.

Jose Joaquin Rojas has reclaimed the Green Jersey, whilst Johnny Hoogerland will continue to wear the Polkadot Jersey and the White Jersey will now be worn by Robert Gesink.

2011 Tour de France Stage 7 Results

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC - Highroad, in 5hr 38′ 53″
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD, at 00:00
3. André Gripel (Ger) Omega Pharma – Lotto, at 00:00
4. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil – DCM, at 00:00
5. William Bonnet (Fra) Team FDJ, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 6

Norway’s Edvald Hagen has won the sixth stage, proving too strong in the sprint finish for Australian Matt Goss who followed closely behind in second.

Fellow Norwegian Thor Hushovd has retained his Yellow Jersey finishing the stage in third position while French Romain Feillu finished in fourth and Spanish Jose Joaquin Rojas in fifth.

Cadel Evans continued his fine form finishing the stage in 12th position and maintaining his overall place in second behind current leader Hushovd.

The longest stage of this year’s tour has proven to be quite a challenge as the strong winds and rainfall once again plague the riders as spills and technical problems where a constant reoccurrence.

This proved to have an effect on reigning champion Alberto Contador as his bad luck continued, suffering a bike malfunction that forced him to the back of the peloton to change bikes.

In the overall standings all remains the same with the top contenders maintaining their time differences on the current Yellow Jersey holder.

2011 Tour de France Stage 6 Results

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky Procycling, in 5hr 13′ 37″
2. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC - Highroad, at 00:00
3. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:00
4. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil – DCM, at 00:00
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 5

What has proven to be the toughest day yet, stage 5 only further demonstrated why Mark Cavendish is one of the world’s best sprinters when he clinched his first stage victory of this year.

With extreme winds that had caused many riders to crash and pull out of the race, the win by Cavendish only proved to be more impressive as he speed past Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert who finished in second.

Reigning champion Alberto Contador had also been involved in a crash around the 72k mark which caused a lot of concerns, but ended up returning to the race without adding additional seconds on the current leader.

Cadel Evans finished the stage in 11th position, also having no additional seconds added on from the current leader Thor Hushovd and maintaining his overall position of 2nd.

At the end of stage 5, the overall leaders have maintained their top five positions and there is only one change in the Jersey leaders, Jose Joaquin Rojas losing the Green Jersey to Philippe Gilbert from Team Omega Pharma – Lotto.

2011 Tour de France Stage 5 Results

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC - Highroad, in 3hr 38′ 32″
2. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Team Omega Pharma – Lotto, at 00:00
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team, at 00:00
4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne, at 00:00
5. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky Procycling, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 4

Cadel Evans wins stage four of this year’s Le Tour De France by holding off defending champion Alberto Contador in what was a fight right down to the finish.

After suffering two chain malfunctions throughout the race, Evans pulled of a miraculous comeback to lead the race with only 200m to go.

What seemed to be a sure win for the Australian shortly turned uncertain as Contador came sprinting to the front raising his arms in recognition, believing he had got the best of Cadel as they crossed the finish line.

A photo finished determined that the Spaniard's celebration was premature and the stage was won by Cadel, placing him third in the overall leaders board.

At the end of stage four the Yellow Jersey will still be worn by Garmin-Cervelo’s Thor Hushovd, the Green Jersey will be worn by Movistar’s Jose Joaquin Rojas, the Polkadot Jersey will be worn by Cadel Evans from Team BMC and the White Jersey will be worn by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas.

2011 Tour de France Stage 4 Results

1. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team, in 4hr 11′ 39″
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo Bank, at 00:00
3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Astana, at 00:00
4. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Team Sky, at 00:00
5. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Team Omega Pharma – Lotto, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 3

What was expected to be an exciting sprinter’s day of racing did not disappoint as from the word go riders attacked the course to set a 3min break at the 10km mark. After a tough 80km of riding this break stretched giving the front riders over an 8min gap from the rest.

At the end of the day the intermediate sprint was won by the French Mickael Delage giving FDJ’s second intermediate sprint win.

The fight for the stage win was just as exciting with the final stretch coming down to the wire. Like a fairy tale ending the U.S Tyler Farrar from Team Garmin-Cervelo took home his first ever stage win, setting a new record as the first American to ever win a stage of Le Tour De France on Independence Day.

More great news for Team Garmin-Cervelo as two of its riders, Thor Hushovd and David Millar, finish in first and second in the overall leaders board with Cadel Evans closely behind in 3rd. The Schleck brothers have climbed to 7th and 8th after a great stage three ride with more bad news for the reigning champ Alberto Contador 1m 42sec behind the current leader.

2011 Tour de France Stage 3 Results

1. Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin – Cervelo, in 4hr 40′ 21″
2. Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team, at 00:00
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team, at 00:00
4. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, at 00:00
5. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC – Highroad, at 00:00

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 2

Stage 2 of Le Tour De France is done and dusted, with world cycling champion Thor Hushovd and his Garmin team taking out the team time-trial with a time of 24min 48sec.

Closely finishing in second was the BMC team lead by the Australian champion Cadel Evans, followed by Geraint Thomas and his team Team Sky.

After a bad start in the first stage things only got worse for Spanish giant Alberto Contador losing more time and making his chances of clinching his third consecutive title very slim.

But the bad fortune of Contador couldn’t be better for Cadel Evans as he sits in a comfortable 3rd behind Scottish David Millar and Norwegian Thor Hushovd.

2011 Tour de France Stage 2 Results

1. Team Garmin – Cervelo, in 24min 48″
2. BMC Racing Team, at 00:04
3. Sky Procycling, at 00:04
4. Team Leopard – Trek, at 00:04
5. HTC – Highroad, at 00:05

 

2011 Le Tour De France Overview - Stage 1

Belgian Philippe Gilbert of the Mega Pharma Lotto team took out Stage 1 of the 2011 Tour de France overnight with an impressive uphill sprint finish. Aussie Cadel Evans surged clear of the bunch to claim second position and some vital seconds over rivals the Schleck brothers, Andy and Frank.
 

Controversial star Alberto Contador was involved in a crash with just 8km left to go in the stage. The tumble cost the Spaniard over a minute and could come back to haunt him later in the race.
 

But the day belonged to Gilbert who will wear the famous leaders yellow jersey when racing resumes on day two of the 2011 Tour de France.

 

2011 Tour de France Stage 1 Results

1. Philippe Gilbert, Omega Pharma – Lotto, in 4h 41′ 31″
2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 00:03
3. Thor Hushovd, Team Garmin – Cervelo, at 00:06
4. Joaquin Rojas Jose, Movistar Team, at 00:06
5. Broeck Jurgen Van Den, Omega Pharma – Lotto, at 00:06