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2011 Tour De France, Stage 15 Results: Mark Cavendish Boosts Green Jersey Lead With Stage Victory

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The 2011 Tour de France heads into its second rest day with no change at the top of the yellow jersey standings. Mark Cavendish won his 30th Tour career stage, but it was a virtual tie for 116 cyclists including Santa Rosa-based Levi Leipheimer and Cadel Evans of Santa Rosa-based BMC Racing. Cavendish did not get time with his stage victory but he did take a big step towards securing the green jersey. He boosted his lead to 37 points with six stages remaining.

The Tour heads into the mountains for three days before the individual time trial and the final march down the Champs-Élysées. Thomas Voeckler has maintained his lead through the mountains and will have to do so for three more brutal stages in the Alps. Cadel Evans sits 2:06 back Voeckler, sandwiched between the Schleck brothers. Frank is in second place 1:49 back of Voeckler and Andy is in fourth place, nine seconds back of Evans. The Schleck brothers can dominate in the mountains so Evans will face a tough battle against those two.

Here are your overall standings heading into the rest day:

Stnd Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 65h 24' 34"  
2. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 65h 26' 23" + 01' 49"
3. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 65h 26' 40" + 02' 06"
4. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 65h 26' 49" + 02' 15"
5. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 65h 27' 50" + 03' 16"
6. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 65h 28' 18" + 03' 44"
7. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 65h 28' 34" + 04' 00"
8. CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE - ISD 65h 28' 35" + 04' 01"
9. DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 65h 30' 20" + 05' 46"
10. DE WEERT Kevin 124 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM 65h 30' 52" + 06' 18"

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 and Bay Area-based BMC Racing. 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.