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(Reuters) - Mark Cavendish defeated fierce rival Andre Greipel to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France Wednesday and snatch the green jersey in the process.

Briton Cavendish was set up perfectly by his team mate Mark Renshaw in the final stretch, prevailing one day after losing to Greipel to claim his 18th victory on the Tour after a 167.5-km effort from Blaye les Mines.



Stage 11 Results
1. Mark Cavendish HTC-Highroad - 3:46:07
2. André Greipel Omega Pharma-Lotto
3. Tyler Farrar Team Garmin-Cervelo
4. Denis Galimzyanov Katusha Team
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling
6. Romain Feillu Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
7. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil Movistar Team
8. Sébastien Turgot Team Europcar
9. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi Movistar Team
10. William Bonnet FDJ




General classification after Stage 11
1. Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar - 45:52:39
2. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil Rabobank Cycling Team - 0:01:49
3. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:02:26
4. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:02:29
5. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:02:37
6. Tony Martin HTC-Highroad - 0:02:38
7. Peter Velits HTC-Highroad
8. Andreas Klöden Team RadioShack - 0:02:43
9. Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto - 0:02:55
10. Jakob Fuglsang Leopard Trek - 0:03:08


Full results here..




Jersey Standings:
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Thomas Voeckler
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Mark Cavendish
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Johnny Hoogerland
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Robert Gesink





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"Britain's Cavendish wins Tour de France 11th stage
By Justin Davis (AFP)

LAVAUR, France - British sprint king Mark Cavendish made amends for defeat by German rival Andre Greipel by notching up his 18th career victory in the Tour de France in the race's 11th stage on Wednesday.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, of Europcar, retained the yellow jersey after the 167.5km stage from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, which ended in a group sprint after an early breakaway was caught 4km from the finish.

Voeckler finished the stage with all the yellow jersey favourites to retain his lead of 1min 49sec on Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez of Rabobank.

The biggest yellow jersey contenders, Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador, sit in third, fifth and 16th places respectively at 2:26, 2:37 and 4:07 behind Voeckler.

Despite a late burst of rain hindering the peloton's bid to catch a six-man breakaway that escaped inside the first 10km, Cavendish's HTC-Highroad were determined not to let the stage win slip away.

With Cavendish tipped for the win, they were given only scant help in the chase by rival sprinters' teams but in the end he was brought to the line in determined fashion by Australian lead-out man Mark Renshaw.
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"Cavendish sprints to third win of this year's Tour de France

(CNN) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish put his previous day's disappointment behind him to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France in commanding fashion Wednesday.

It was the Manxman's third stage win of this year's race and his 18th overall in cycling's most prestigious race, moving him to seventh on the all-time list.

The HTC-Columbia star had lost out to former teammate Andre Greipel in the sprint finish to stage 10, but reversed the placings after the 167.5km from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur." Read more from CNN International...

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