The finish in today’s 11th 2009 Tour de France stage in Saint-Fargeau could present some challenges for Mark Cavendish in his bid to win a fourth stage this year.

With a much more pronounced uphill gradient in the final kilometre than yesterday’s stage finish, which the Manxman won, the slight climb may make it more favourable to other sprinters like Oscar Freire (Rabobank) or Thor Hushovd (Cervélo) than the Columbia-HTC rider.

Just to add to the excitement, the uphill run-in twists and turns and it’s narrow as well. Just as well that it is dry, or there would be a risk of crashes.

To put things into perspective, the final rise to the finish is nowhere as difficult as in Barcelona, where points leader Hushovd won.

But the finish is no flat wide boulevard, either, and could present a challenge to Cavendish.

Full stage report, results and photos from today’s Tour stage later

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Stage 10: Cavendish spoils Bastille Day party to take third stage win



Stage nine: Third French win as contenders content with ceasefire


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Stage seven: Feillu wins at Arcalis, Nocentini takes yellow, Contador leap-frogs Lance



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Stage five: Voeckler survives chase to win his first Tour stage



Stage four: Astana on top but Armstrong misses yellow by hundredths of a second



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