The 2011 Tour de France is two-thirds of the way through as the it reaches its second and final rest day today, Monday July 18. Ahead lies a tough final week in the Alps and a weekend finale with the race’s only individual time trial on Saturday and traditional finish in Paris on Sunday, July 24.

After an incident-packed opening week, the race settled down into more of a rhythm in the Pyrenees. Although the remaining overall contenders largely cancelled each other out in the high mountains, there were still plenty of surprises along the way.

One thing hasn’t changed in the past seven days – the man in the overall race lead is still Thomas Voeckler (Europcar). The Frenchman has defied expectation to defend the yellow jersey with commendable vigour. He lies ahead of second-placed Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) by 1-49, with Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) in third at 2-06.

British sprint star Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) won his fourth stage of the 2011 race on Sunday, and wears the green jersey of points classification leader. If he continues to wear it all the way to the podium in Paris, he’ll become the first British rider to have won it.

Thanks to Cavendish, Britain is so far the nation with the most stage wins – four. Belgium, Norway and Spain have two apiece. Eight of the 22 teams have won stages. HTC-Highroad have four, and Garmin-Cervelo and Omega Pharma-Lotto have three each. 

Here we take a look back at the winners and losers at the end of the second week of the 2011 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2011: The race so far
Stages completed: 15
Stages to go: six
Kilometres completed: 2,641km
Kilometres to go: 789km

Tour de France 2011: Current classification leaders (after stage 15)
Overall (yellow jersey): Thomas Voeckler (France) Europcar
Points (green jersey): Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) HTC-Highroad
KoM (polka dot jersey): Jelle Vanendert (Belgium) Omega Pharma-Lotto
Youth (white jersey): Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) Sky

Tour de France 2011: Yellow jerseys awarded
Thomas Voeckler: Eight
Thor Hushovd: Seven
Philippe Gilbert: One

Tour de France 2011: Stage wins by team
HTC-Highroad: Four
Garmin-Cervelo: Three
Omega Pharma-Lotto: Three
BMC Racing: One
Euskaltel-Euskadi: One
Movistar: One
Rabobank: One
Sky: One

Tour de France 2011: Stage wins by nation (excl team time trial)
Great Britain: Four
Belgium: Two
Norway: Two
Spain: Two
Australia: One
Germany: One
Portugal: One
USA: One

Tour de France 2011: Withdrawals
Riders left in race: 170
Riders withdrawn from race: 28
Team with least amount of riders left in race: Radioshack (five)

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Tour de France 2011: Stage winners and jersey holders

INFO FOR STAGES ONE TO NINE>>

Andre Greipel wins, Tour de France 2011, stage 10STAGE 10
Tuesday, July 12
Aurillac to Carmaux, 158km

Stage top three
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad
3. Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Philippe Gilbert
KoM: Johnny Hoogerland
Youth: Robert Gesink
Stage report>>

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Mark Cavendish wins, Tour de France 2011, stage 11STAGE 11
Wednesday, July 13
Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, 167.5km

Stage top three
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad
2. Andre Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
3. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Mark Cavendish
KoM: Johnny Hoogerland
Youth: Robert Gesink
Stage report>>

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Samuel Sanchez wins, Tour de France 2011, stage 12STAGE 12
Thursday, July 14
Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden, 211km

Stage top three
1. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
2. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
3. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Mark Cavendish
KoM: Samuel Sanchez
Youth: Arnold Jeannesson
Stage report>>

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Thor Hushovd wins, Tour de France 2011, stage 13STAGE 13
Friday, July 15
Pau to Lourdes, 211km

Stage top three
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Garmin-Cervelo

2. David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
3. Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Mark Cavendish
KoM: Jeremy Roy
Youth: Arnold Jeannesson
Stage report>>

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Jelle Vanendert wins, Tour de France 2011, stage 14STAGE 14
Saturday, July 16
Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille, 168.5km

Stage top three
1. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
2. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3. Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Mark Cavendish
KoM: Jelle Vanendert
Youth: Rigoberto Uran
Stage report>>

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Mark Cavendish wins, Tour de France 2011 stage 15STAGE 15
Sunday, July 17
Limoux to Montpellier, 192.5km

Stage top three
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad
2. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Cervelo
3. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD

Classification leaders after stage
Overall: Thomas Voeckler
Points: Philippe Gilbert
KoM: Johnny Hoogerland
Youth: Robert Gesink
Stage report>>

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Tour de France 2011: Latest news

Cavendish joint seventh in all-time Tour list

Weather wreaks havoc in Etape du Tour

Basso back for Tour de France win

Garmin-Cervelo celebrate third Tour win

Geraint Thomas: “I had goosebumps on the Tourmalet”

Schlecks distance Contador in Tour mountain stage

Greipel gripes about ‘crazy’ Feillu

Tour de France Feed Zone (July 13)

Greipel’s first Tour stage win ‘extra special’

Greipel takes first win over Cav since HTC split

UCI defends its stance on tilted saddles

Kolobnev tests positive at Tour

Contador worried by knee injury

Tour rest day review (July 11)

Voeckler living the yellow jersey dream again

Hoogerland’s Horror crash

Crashes take toll on Tour’s favourites

Schlecks within striking distance of Tour’s race lead

Wiggins’ operation scheduled for Monday

Thomas leads Sky’s new focus

Analysis: Cav back on the train again

Sky devastated by Wiggins’ exit from Tour

Wiggins crashes out of Tour

Dan Lloyd’s busman’s holiday at the Tour

Wiggins saw Sky’s first Tour win coming

Tour bans motorcyclist after Sorensen’s crash

Cavendish’s race for the Tour green jersey

Cavendish surprises with Tour stage win and press conference

Tour de France 2011: Teams, riders, start list
Tour de France 2011: Official start list
Tour de France 2011: Who’s riding?
Tour de France 2011: Team guide

Tour de France 2011: Stage reports
Stage 15: Cavendish takes fourth stage win in 2011 Tour
Stage 14: Vanendert surprises the favourites as Voeckler holds on
Stage 13: World champ Hushovd takes well deserved solo Tour win
Stage 12: Sanchez wins at Luz Ardiden as Frank Schleck gains on other contenders
Stage 11: Cavendish moves into green after winning in Lavaur
Stage 10: Greipel beats Cavendish in Tour stage 10 sprint
Stage nine: Sanchez conquers day of crashes and climbs
Stage eight: Costa wins first mountain stage of 2011 Tour
Stage seven: Cavendish wins but Wiggins crashes out of Tour
Stage six: Boasson Hagen takes Sky’s first Tour de France win
Stage five: Cavendish wins in Cap Frehel
Stage four: Evans edges out Contador on the Mur-de-Bretagne
Stage three: Farrar sprints to first Tour victory in Redon
Stage two: Garmin win team time trial to put Hushovd in yellow
Stage one: Gilbert blasts to victory as Tour gets off to spectacular start

Tour de France 2011: Highlights videos

Stage 15 video highlights

Stage 14 video highlights

Stage 13 video highlights

Stage 12 video highlights

Stage 11 video highlights

Video: Feeding the riders at the Tour

Stage 10 video highlights

Stage nine video highlights

Stage eight video highlights

Stage seven video highlights

Stage six video highlights

Video: Erik Zabel’s role as Cavendish’s sprint advisor

Stage five video highlights

Video: The ride of Philippe Gilbert at the Tour de France

Stage four video highlights

Stage three video highlights

Stage two video highlights

Stage one video highlights

Tour de France 2011: Photo galleries

Stage 15 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage 14 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage 13 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage 12 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage 11 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage 10 photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage nine photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage eight photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage seven photo gallery by Graham Watson


Tour de France 2011 wallpaper gallery


Stage six photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage five photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage four photo gallery by Andy Jones

Stage four photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage three photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage two photo gallery by Andy Jones


Stage two photo gallery by Graham Watson


Stage one photo gallery by Graham Watson


Tour de France 2011 team time trial training photo gallery by Andy Jones

Tour de France 2011 team presentation by Andy Jones

Tour de France 2011 team press conferences by Andy Jones

Tour de France 2011 team presentation by Graham Watson

Tour de France 2011: Live text coverage
Tour de France 2011 LIVE: CW’s text coverage schedule
Stage seven live text coverage

Tour de France 2011: Archive videos
Video: 2003 Centenary Tour
Video: Lance Armstrong retrospective
Video: Behind the scenes at the Tour
Video: Guerini’s 1999 stage win
Video: Thrills and spills at the Tour
Video: Armstrong in 1999
Video: The Indurain years
Video: Ladies of the Tour
Video: Best of bizarre

Tour de France 2011: Archive articles

1999 Tour de France stage two: Passage du Gois causes chaos

Tour de France 2011: TV schedule
British Eurosport Tour de France 2011 TV schedule
ITV4 Tour de France 2011 TV schedule

Tour de France 2011: Related links
Tour de France: The jerseys, what they are and what they mean
Potted history of the Tour de France
The closest Tours in history
Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins
Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

Tour de France 2011: Related links

Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index


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  • Graham Galpin

    A big pat on the back for Cav, Tommy, the peleton for appearing to be (almost) drug free and Sky who have grown up in this edition of the tour.