Saunier Duval’s withdrawal from the Tour de France due to Riccardo Ricco’s positive for EPO has reshaped the overall top ten of the race.

Saunier-Duval squad members Juan Cobo and Ricco were lying in eighth and ninth spots respectively, Ricco also lead the King of the Mountains and Young Rider classifications.

Removing all Saunier Duval riders from the general classification, Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2r) moves up to take eighth overall, with Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) filling the ninth and 10th positions.

Germany’s Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) inherits the polka dot jersey, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) now wearing the white jersey of the best young rider. The points competition is unaffected – Oscar Freire (Rabobank) still leads.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION (AFTER STAGE 11)

1. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto in 46h 42m 13secs


2. Frank Schleck (Lux) CSC-Saxo Bank at 1sec

3. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Chipotle at 38secs

4. Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner at 46secs

5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank at 57secs

6. Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Saxo Bank at 1m 28secs

7. Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia at 1m 56secs

8. Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Ag2r at 2m 32secs

9. Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 3m 51secs

10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas at 4m 18secs

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

1. Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner

YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas

POINTS COMPETITION

1. Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank



TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage 11: Arvesen wins

Stage 10: Evans takes yellow jersey by one second

Stage nine: Ricco wins in the Pyrenees

Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse

Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage

Stage six: Ricco storms to win

Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win

Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead

Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break

Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint

Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Analysis: Tour de France rest day summary

Cavendish battles through Pyrenees

Evans suffers but takes yellow jersey [stage 10]

Analysis: Hautacam shakes up 2008 Tour

Ricco silences critics with solo attack in Pyrenees [stage nine]

Cavendish talks about his second stage win [stage eight]

Beltran heads home but doubts remain about other Tour riders

David Millar: the dope controls are working

Manuel Beltran tests positive for EPO at the Tour

Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit

Doping back in Tour de France headlines

Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]

Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]

Millar to go for yellow [stage six]

Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]

Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win

Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]

Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]

Who is Romain Feillu?

Cavendish disappointed with stage two result

Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey

Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?

Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec

Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win

Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

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