Monday, 18 July 2011

Tour de France 2011: Mark Cavendish wins 19th Tour stage

Manxman Mark Cavendish secured his fourth win of this year's Tour de France, and 19th overall, with a well-timed sprint at the end of stage 15.

Quick Step rider Niki Terpstra had a 12-second lead with 5km remaining but he was soon swallowed by the peloton before the HTC team put Cavendish in a position to attack in the final 200m.

He now has a 37-point lead over Jose Joaquin Rojas in the race for green.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler retains the leader's yellow jersey, 
The other overall leading positions remained the same, with a gap of one minute and 49 seconds separating Voeckler and second-placed Frank Schleck of Leopard-Trek with Cadel Evans of BMC, 2.06 behind the leader.

But once again, Cavendish and his team HTC-Highroad grabbed the headlines.

The 26-year-old's victory on the 193-km stage from Limoux to Montpellier was his 19th Tour success in four years.

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