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2011 Tour De France, Stage Ten Results: Peloton Holds Steady On Flat Stretch

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The 2011 Tour De France saw little change on Tuesday as the peloton made its way through a fairly flat stretch of the Tour. The 158 kilometer course from Aurillac to Carmaux was led by the sprinters as Andre Greipel defeated Mark Cavendish by the length of his wheel in an all-out sprint to the finish line. The stage featured one of the fastest starts in Tour history with the average speed at 51.6 km/hr. Omega Pharma-Lotto claimed their second stage victory with Jose Joaquin Rojas finishing third and Thor Hushovd fourth.

The stage saw 81 riders finish in a virtual tie, including most of the top riders leaving Thomas Voeckler in the yellow jersey heading into Stage 12. There were some small crashes throughout the race but nothing that hurt some of the major riders. Levi Leipheimer found himself caught up in yet another crash in the first 10 kilometers but bounced back by the 15 kilometer to rejoin the peloton. His teammate Andreas Kloden remains in eighth place 2:43 back of the yellow jersey.

The top ten in the standings didn't change on Tuesday:

Stnd Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 38h 35' 11"  
2. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 47 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 38h 37' 00" + 01' 49"
3. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 38h 37' 37" + 02' 26"
4. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 38h 37' 40" + 02' 29"
5. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 38h 37' 48" + 02' 37"
6. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 38h 37' 49" + 02' 38"
7. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 38h 37' 49" + 02' 38"
8. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 38h 37' 54" + 02' 43"
9. GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 38h 38' 06" + 02' 55"
10. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 38h 38' 19" + 03' 08"

We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.