France — Garmin-Slipstream’s young American sprinter came one step closer to his first Tour de France stage victory, finishing just half a bike length behind Brit Mark Cavendish at the end of the 192 km Stage 11 from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau. It was Farrar’s fourth top-five finish in this year’s Tour. He’s also tied for third in the overall points battle for the green sprinter’s jersey, just behind Cavendish (first) and Thor Hushovd (second).
For the second straight day, the stage finished in a bunch sprint after Farrar’s Felt-sponsored Garmin-Slipstream squad helped lead the effort to chase down an early breakaway. A two-man break was finally reeled in with 5km to go, and that’s when Garmin-Slipstream helped set up Farrar for the uphill dash to the line.
The overall general classification was unchanged, with Italian Rinaldo Nocentini holding on the yellow leader’s jersey. Garmin-Slipstream riders Bradley Wiggins and Christian Vande Velde remain in the top-10 overall, sitting comfortably in fifth and eighth overall heading into Thursday’s Stage 12.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 11 RESULTS
Vatan to Saint-Fargeau, 192km
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), Columbia-HTC, in 4:17:55
2. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, same time
3. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr), Francaise des Jeux, same time
4. Oscar Freire (Spa), Rabobank, same time
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Cervelo Test Team, same time
OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 11
1. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita), AG2R, 42:28:59
2. Alberto Contador (Spa), Astana, at 0:06
3. Lance Armstrong (USA), Astana, at 0:08
4. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, at 0:39
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:46
8. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 1:24