Thursday, May 21, 2009

Giro Stage 11: Cavendish wins, Leipheimer Falls, Horner retires [+ Lance's VIDEO]

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SHOOT: Chris Horner is out after pulling a tendon during stage 10. Leipheimer fell today but apparently is okay. The big test is tomorrow. Leipheimer ought to wipe out his deficit of 1-40. He is in 4th place and should bump himself up after tomorrow.

Lance had this to say about stage 11 (on Twiiter): St 11 done. Pretty uneventful except for 2 things. @levi_leipheimer had a pretty nasty spill and it was hot. I think Levi will be ok tho.Tomorrow is the big/long time trial so let's hope he recovers well. It is a VERY difficult and technical tt.
Mark Cavendish Giro 2009 stage 11
Mark Cavendish gave himself an early birthday present when he won his second stage of the Giro d'Italia in Arenzano.

On roads that will have been familiar to him following his victory in Milan-San Remo in March, Cavendish cruised off the wheel of his Columbia-Highroad team-mate in the final 200 metres to beat Garmin's Tyler Farrar.

It was Columbia's fifth stage win of this race, following victory in the team time trial and early wins for Cavendish in Milan on Sunday and before that Edvald Boasson Hagen and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Columbia and Garmin had things under control as they came into the final kilometre and the sprint finish was as close to routine as these things get. Cavendish, who has ditched the bright, white Oakleys in favour of a more subdued pair in black, was all smiles as he clinched the ninth Grand Tour stage win of his career.

Levi Leipheimer lost his Astana team-mate Chris Horner, who was unable to start the stage having crashed yesterday.
Giro d'Italia 2009
Giro d'Italia 2009
Giro d'Italia 2009
Giro d'Italia 2009
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