It's yet another big day for the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, as the Englishman has sprinted his way to his fourth win in the 2011 Tour de France and the 19th Tour win of his career, out-sprinting the field to take Stage 15. Tyler Ferrar and Alessandro Petacchi gave him a run for his money, finishing in second and third and within a bike length of the winner. Cavendish, the green jersey holder, also significantly strengthened his lead in the points classification as Andre Greipel and Phillipe Gilbert were nowhere to be found in the top 10. Jose Joaquin Rojas finished in fifth place.
Gilbert attempted to mount an attack near the end of the race after the peloton caught the breakaway easily, but Gilbert was reeled back in and was ultimately a non-factor in the finish. Gilbert and Rojas are still well within striking distance of Cavendish's green jersey, and he will likely have to fight for it all the way to the Champs-Elysees.
With his win today, Cavendish moves into a tie for seventh for all-time stage wins in the tour. He's three behind Lance Armstrong's 22, which is a tie for fourth. Eddy Merckx holds the record for all-time stage wins with 34.