The Tour de France heads back to flat land on Sunday after three days in the mountains. Stage 15 is for the sprinters, and comes before a rest day leading up to the final mountain stages that will decide the 2011 Tour de France now. As it stands, Thomas Voeckler is in the yellow jersey, with many wondering when he'll fade and relinquish his lead. It hasn't happened yet, and barring a disaster Voeckler will be in yellow for at least two more days -- Sunday's flat stage and Monday's rest day.
Stage 14 saw no major changes in the general classification, a surprise to many who expected the contenders to make a move in the final Pyrenees stage. Voeckler kept his lead, with Alberto Cantador, Cadel Evans and Andy Schleck all staying on each other's wheels until near the finish line. Schleck did break away momentarily near the end, taking two more seconds from Contador.
Here is the general classification ahead of Stage 15.
|1.||VOECKLER Thomas||181||TEAM EUROPCAR||61h 04' 10"|
|2.||SCHLECK Frank||18||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||61h 05' 59"||+ 01' 49"|
|3.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||61h 06' 16"||+ 02' 06"|
|4.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||61h 06' 25"||+ 02' 15"|
|5.||BASSO Ivan||91||LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE||61h 07' 26"||+ 03' 16"|
|6.||SANCHEZ Samuel||21||EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI||61h 07' 54"||+ 03' 44"|
|7.||CONTADOR Alberto||1||SAXO BANK SUNGARD||61h 08' 10"||+ 04' 00"|
In the race for the green jersey, Mark Cavendish is in the lead, holding a 13 point advantage over Jose Joaquin Rojas.
|1.||CAVENDISH Mark||171||HTC - HIGHROAD||264 pts|
|2.||ROJAS Jose Joaquin||88||MOVISTAR TEAM||251 pts|
|3.||GILBERT Philippe||32||OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO||240 pts|
|4.||HUSHOVD Thor||51||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||192 pts|
|5.||GREIPEL André||33||OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO||164 pts|
|6.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||159 pts|
|7.||FARRAR Tyler||54||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||106 pts|
In the race for the polka dot jersey, Vanendert holds a slim lead over Samuel Sanchez, with the two holding a considerable advantage over the rest of the field.
|1.||VANENDERT Jelle||38||OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO||74 pts|
|2.||SANCHEZ Samuel||21||EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI||72 pts|
|3.||ROY Jérémy||138||FDJ||45 pts|
|4.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||28 pts|
|5.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||26 pts|
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