Mark Cavendish strengthened his grip on the Tour de France sprints when he won the 11th stage on Wednesday to equal Barry Hoban's British record of eight victories in the world's greatest race.

The Isle of Man rider outsprinted American Tyler Farrar and Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus to win his fourth stage at this years tour.

Rinaldo Nocentini remains in yellow, 6 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador and 8 seconds ahead of Lance Armstrong.

Stage 11 Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC - 4:17:55
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
4 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
10 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha

General classification after stage 11
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale - 43:28:59
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:08
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0:00:39
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:46
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:00:54
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:01:00
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
Mark Cavendish
Egoi Martinez
Tony Martin

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"Cavendish makes it four!
Columbia-HTC rider equals British Tour stage win record, is back in green

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) proved yet again he's the fastest man in the Tour de France, sprinting to his fourth stage victory in Saint-Fargeau. Cavendish timed his acceleration to perfection on the uphill dash to the line, besting American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Belarus national champion Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux). Oscar Freire (Rabobank) finished in fourth place while Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) crossed the line in fifth.

In addition to reclaiming the green jersey from Hushovd, today's victory was Cavendish's eighth career Tour de France stage win, equalling the British record held by Barry Hoban." Read more from CyclingNews...

"Cavendish wins 11th Tour stage, Armstrong in 3rd

SAINT-FARGEAU, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held onto the yellow jersey and Lance Armstrong remained third overall.

Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, with his Astana teammate Alberto Contador narrowly ahead of him in second place overall after Wednesday's 119-mile trek from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau.

Nocentini leads Contador by six seconds and Armstrong trails by eight." Read more from the AP...

"Cavendish goes on record to grab 4th Tour stage win
By Justin Davis

SAINT FARGEAU, France (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish will continue leaving his rivals picking up the crumbs after claiming a record-equalling fourth victory from this year's Tour de France on Wednesday.

Italian Rinaldo Nocentini of AG2R retained the race leader's yellow jersey after the 11th of the 21 stages with a six- and eight-second lead respectively on race favourites Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong of Astana.

Cavendish, meanwhile, showed another clean pair of heels to his sprint rivals to equal his four stage wins from last year.

His eighth victory, from the past two of his three participations, equalled the British record held until now by Englishman Barry Hoban who carved out his eight stage wins in the 1960s and 70s." Read more from the AFP...

"The uphill finish was not supposed to suit Cavendish, but the Manx Missile didn't seem to mind

They said stage 11's uphill finish would certainly shed Mark Cavendish, opening the door for someone else to win.

They were wrong.

With his trusty leadout Columbia-HTC train of George Hincapie and then Mark Renshaw setting him up at the front of the peloton, Cavendish jumped on the uphill sprint finish of stage 11 to take the win ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam).

The bunch finish came at the end of Wednesday's flat 192km stage from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau, following an all-day two-man breakaway that was caught with 5km to go." Read more from