Mark Cavendish Fires on all Cylinders Winning Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2011
Today's rainy and chilly 167 kilometer stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France developed as classic sprinter stages usually do.
us here at Roadcycling.com who want to experience the GC contenders show true courage in early attacks - even if they lead to failure in the end.
"At Luz Ardiden, I think that everyone will be waiting. Someone has to open the race, especially the Schleck brothers but until we see how the stage develops we cannot really say anything. Also, the weather will have a great influence."
Contrary to the opinion of many pro cycling analysts Contador reiterated that other GC favorites will have to take the initiative during the stage "I'm still recovering from the crashes from the first week and my time will come a little later, but I guess the Pyrenees and the Alps are equally important."
Asked about the condition of his injured knee Contador told Roadcycling.com "My knee is responding well, so I'm obviously very happy, but keep in mind that today I didn't climb the Tourmalet. I have to see how it responds and on that basis I will take a decision how to do the race on the last climb of tomorrow's stage."
For the first time in many days the Tour peloton fortunately experienced no serious crashes. This in spite of the seriously bad weather and huge quantities of rain in the final hectic kilometers.
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