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.