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2011 Tour De France, Stage Eleven Results: Mark Cavendish Claims Green Jersey Lead

The 2011 Tour De France wrapped up its longest stretch of relatively even course in stage eleven and now gets ready for the climb through the Pyrenees Mountains. Stage eleven was another sprinters route and Mark Cavendish took advantage claiming his 18th career stage victory. The stage saw 132 cyclists finish in a virtual tie which meant no changes at the top of the standings. Thomas Voeckler retained his yellow jersey before the mountains. One significant change was that Mark Cavendish claimed the points lead in the race for the green jersey.

The Tour will begin its real battle now as the cyclists head into the Pyrenees mountains. Six of the remaining ten stages involve serious mountain cycling which would seem likely to determine the winner. Riders like Alberto Contador and the Schleck brothers will look to take their first step forward to getting back to the front of the standings.

Here is the overall top ten heading into the mountains:

Stnd Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 45h 52' 39"  
2. SANCHEZ Luis-Leon 47 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 45h 54' 28" + 01' 49"
3. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 45h 55' 05" + 02' 26"
4. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 45h 55' 08" + 02' 29"
5. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 45h 55' 16" + 02' 37"
6. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 45h 55' 17" + 02' 38"
7. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 45h 55' 17" + 02' 38"
8. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 45h 55' 22" + 02' 43"
9. GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 45h 55' 34" + 02' 55"
10. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 45h 55' 47" + 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.