It's a family affair atop the general classification of the 2011 Tour de France as Andy Schleck made his move and captured the yellow jersey on Friday. His brother, Frank Schleck, sits just behind, 53 seconds off the pace and in second place in the overall standings. The two are followed closely by Cadel Evans, who is just four seconds behind Frank Schleck and 57 seconds off the pace.
For Alberto Contador, the road to a Tour de France victory is now an uphill battle, with 3:55 separating him from the yellow jersey and only Saturday's time trial ahead as a chance to gain ground. Barring something spectacular, it looks like the fight for the 2011 Tour de France will come down to the Schlecks and Evans as they race against the clock for 26 miles in Grenoble.
Here is the general classification after 19 stages of the 2011 Tour de France.
|1.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||82h 48' 43"|
|2.||SCHLECK Frank||18||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||82h 49' 36"||+ 00' 53"|
|3.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||82h 49' 40"||+ 00' 57"|
|4.||VOECKLER Thomas||181||TEAM EUROPCAR||82h 50' 53"||+ 02' 10"|
|5.||CUNEGO Damiano||161||LAMPRE - ISD||82h 52' 14"||+ 03' 31"|
|6.||CONTADOR Alberto||1||SAXO BANK SUNGARD||82h 52' 38"||+ 03' 55"|
|7.||SANCHEZ Samuel||21||EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI||82h 53' 05"||+ 04' 22"|
|8.||BASSO Ivan||91||LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE||82h 53' 23"||+ 04' 40"|
|9.||DANIELSON Tom||52||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||82h 55' 54"||+ 07' 11"|
|10.||ROLLAND Pierre||188||TEAM EUROPCAR||82h 57' 40"||+ 08' 57"|
Mark Cavendish is still in green as the leader of the sprint points competition, though his lead sits at 15 points ahead of Saturday's time trial and Sunday's ride into Paris to complete the Tour de France.
|1.||CAVENDISH Mark||171||HTC - HIGHROAD||280 pts|
|2.||ROJAS Jose Joaquin||88||MOVISTAR TEAM||265 pts|
|3.||GILBERT Philippe||32||OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO||230 pts|
|4.||HUSHOVD Thor||51||TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO||195 pts|
|5.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||191 pts|
In the race for the polka dot jersey, given to the Tour de France's best climber, Samuel Sanchez is assured of riding into Paris atop the standings. With no climbs remaining, he has already locked up the best climber title with 108 points, 10 more than Andy Schleck.
|1.||SANCHEZ Samuel||21||EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI||108 pts|
|2.||SCHLECK Andy||11||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||98 pts|
|3.||VANENDERT Jelle||38||OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO||74 pts|
|4.||EVANS Cadel||141||BMC RACING TEAM||58 pts|
|5.||SCHLECK Frank||18||TEAM LEOPARD-TREK||56 pts|
|6.||CONTADOR Alberto||1||SAXO BANK SUNGARD||51 pts|