Tour de France 2011 Live: Stage 6, Mark Cavendish Takes Maximum Points From Intermediate Sprint

On Stage 5, Mark Cavendish was blocked on the intermediate sprint by Jose Joaquin Rojas and Tom Boonen. They were bumping and banging while using some questionable tactics, and the Tour de France race referees showed some consistency by disqualifying both of them from the sprint, just like Cavendish and Hushovd were disqualified from the intermediate sprint on Stage 3. This took the green jersey off the the shoulders of Rojas and put it back into the shoulders of Phillipe Gilbert, but perhaps more importantly, it put Cavendish and Tyler Farrar back into contention for green.

Stage 6 has seen a five-man breakaway open up a good gap on the pack, so the intermediate sprint was for sixth place. Cavendish got a brilliant lead-out from his team on the sprint and didn't even have to exert maximum effort to win, holding off Rojas as he coasted across the line with maximum points. Gilbert and Farrar were two of the other riders who picked up points, so the shake-up in the green jersey race was minimal. 

Thanks to the work of guys like Dave Zabriskie at the front of the pack, the peloton is cruising and should be able to catch the breakaway exactly where they want to, which could set up a sprint finish with all of the pure sprinters for the stage win.

If you're looking for live coverage and updates online, be sure to stay with our 2011 Tour de France StoryStream. Get geared up for the 2011 Tour de France with Podium Cafe's five storylines to watch. Also be sure to check out the full route and schedule for this year's race.

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