Thursday, July 19, 2007

Stage 11 - Thursday, July 19: Marseille - Montpellier, 182.5km

South African Robbie Hunter is elated at finally getting the stage victory that has eluded him.
French national champion, Christophe Moreau, is clearly disappointed at losing over three minutes.
Just a little bit of scenery on the way to Montpellier.
American champion George Hincapie turns the screws to the rest of the peloton.

Robert Hunter stomped the remaining sprint competitors in the finale of stage 11 to Montpellier and in the process has given South Africa its first ever stage win and Barloworld its second in the Tour de France. The 30 year-old rider kept on top of the bunch out of the final right hander on Avenue d'Heidelberg to claim glory over Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) and Murilo Fischer (Liquigas) while super-sprinter Tom Boonen was left behind in a crash at 800 metres to go. Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) continues to hold the Maillot Jaune after a tough and hot transitional stage that saw overall-favourite Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prévoyance) lose over three minutes due to echelons formed at 72 kilometres out.

Stage 11
1. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld, 182.5km in 3:47:50
2. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, same time
3. Murilo Fischer (Brz), Liquigas, s.t.
4. Filippo Pozzato (I), Liquigas, s.t.
5. Allesandro Ballan (I), Lampre-Fondital, all s.t.
6. Paolo Bossoni (I), Lampre-Fondital, s.t.
7. Claudio Corioni (I), Lampre-Fondital), s.t.
8. Philippe Gilbert (B), Française des Jeux, s.t.
9. William Bonnet (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
10. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile, s.t.

1. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 53:11:38
2. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse D'Epargne, 2:35
3. Iban Mayo (Sp), Saunier Duval-Prodir, 2:39
4. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 2:41
5. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 3:08
6. Carlos Sastre (Sp), Team CSC, 3:39
7. Andréas Klöden (G), Astana, 3:50
8. Levi Leipheimer (Usa), Discovery Channel, 3:53
9. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile, 5:06
10. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 5:20

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