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TDF – Stage 11: Go Tell It in the Mountains

Lannemezan – Foix
Another doper caught:
Spain’s Moises Duenas Nevado (Barloworld) tested positive for the blood boosting drug EPO after the fourth stage and was immediately withdrawn from the race by his team. The 27 year old rider is the second Spaniard in less than a week to fail a drugs test. I tellya – it’s that Spanish clinic thing again!

Cadel Evans begins the day in yellow. However, the mountains almost always shake out the sprinters while the climbers get into their zone. CSC has been, for the most part, leading the charge and chasing Oscar Pereiro – who nearly flies off the road!

Moinard (Cofidis) appears poised to take the stage. But, this *is* the Tour, anything can happen. The riders have already climbed a Cat 3, the Cat 1 at Col de Portel, and have another Cat 3 at Col del Bouich before the finish at Foix.

COL DE BOUICH: 1. Moinard, 2. Ballan, 3. Arvesen, 4. Velo (perfect name)

CSC and Silence Lotto lead the peloton as the riders are nearing the end of the downhill run toward flatter ground into Foix. Moinard holds his lead by 17 seconds; but, there are about 12km to go.

The peloton swallows Pereiro and spits him out!

Moinard lost his scant 5 second lead and the new leaders, Elmiger and Arvesen, need to figure out who’s going to help whom. 2km to go…can Arvesen hold on? YES!

No change in GC

Stage results
1 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC – Saxo Bank 3.58.13 (42.19 km/h)
2 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
3 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre
4 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 0.02
5 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole 0.11
6 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.14
7 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas
8 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
9 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
10 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram

GC standings
1 001 EVANS, Cadel AUS SIL 46:42:13 00:00:00
2 017 SCHLECK, Frank LUX CSC 46:42:14 00:00:01
3 191 VANDEVELDE USA TSL 46:42:51 00:00:38
4 115 KOHL, Bernhard AUT GST 46:42:59 00:00:46
5 131 MENCHOV, Denis RUS RAB 46:43:10 00:00:57
6 011 SASTRE, Carlos ESP CSC 46:43:41 00:01:28
7 041 KIRCHEN, Kim LUX THR 46:44:09 00:01:56
8 173 COBO ACEBO ESP SDV 46:44:23 00:02:10
9 171 RICCO, Riccardo ITA SDV 46:44:42 00:02:29
10 104 EFIMKIN, V RUS ALM 46:44:45 00:02:32


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