Team Columbia-HTC's Mark Cavendish sprinted to his third stage win at this years Tour de France at the end of a technology free stage 10. Lead out by Mark Renshaw, Cavendish admitted even he thought he may have started the sprint too soon, but it didn't matter, because green jersey holder Thor Hushovd could only follow Cavendish to the line.

Rinaldo Nocentini
remains in the Maillot Jaune.

Stage 10 Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC - 4:46:43
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
8 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
10 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom

General classification after stage 10
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 39:11:04
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
6 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:00
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:01
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:24
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:01:49
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:01:54

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Rinaldo Nocentini
Thor Hushovd
Egoi Martinez
Tony Martin

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"Cavendish takes his third stage of the Tour de France

ISSOUDUN, France (AFP) - British rider Mark Cavendish won his third stage of this year's Tour de France here on Tuesday when he claimed the 10th stage and his seventh in three participations.

Italian cyclist Rinaldo Nocentini retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

On the first stage in years to be held entirely without the radio earpieces, through which team managers can communicate in their cars to the riders, a four-man group broke away early in the 194.5 km stage between Limoges to Issoudun." Read more from the AFP...

"Cavendish wins technology-free Tour stage

ISSOUDUN, France (AP) - Teammates Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong remained second and third in the Tour de France after a technology-free day of riding in which Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 10th stage.

Organizers banned rider earpieces for Tuesday's 121-mile route, forcing cyclists to devise tactics without radio instructions from team cars.

Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy kept the leader's yellow jersey on a flat route favoring sprinters. Contador crossed the line in 40th place. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, finished in the main pack at 46th. Overall, Nocentini stayed six seconds ahead of Contador and eight in front of Armstrong.

Armstrong is coming out of 3 1/2 years of retirement and chasing an eighth Tour title. Contador is aiming for a second title after winning in 2007. The Spanish mountain specialist was unable to defend his title last year because his Astana team was barred from the race because of doping scandals." Read more from the AP...

"Cavendish goes long to claim third stage

Hushovd, Farrar could not get the jump on Columbia star

It's been four years since a Frenchman, David Moncoutié, won on Bastille Day and the home country will have to wait another year for one of its own to emerge victorious on this national holiday. Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) won his third stage of the Tour, taking advantage of a textbook lead-out to win the tenth stage's bunch gallop into Issoudun.

Green jersey holder Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) finished second and third respectively, unable to counter the blazing Manxman's finishing acceleration. The second place was just enough for Hushovd to hold onto the points classification lead." Read more from

"Cav' wins stage 10

Despite rider and team concerns, race radio ban goes ahead

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) won a leisurely, radio-free 10th stage of Tour de France on Tuesday.

It was Bastille Day, and a breakaway full of Frenchmen declared independence early on, but the home crowd would have no reason to celebrate the finale - with a little help from George Hincapie and Mark Renshaw, Cavendish won yet another drag race to the line ahead of green jersey Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Chipotle)." Read more from