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Renshaw Booted From the Tour de France

Yesterday’s stage 11 finish of the Tour de France was your typical exciting sprint finish. Unfortunately drama unfolded during the last few hundred meters.   Mark Renshaw decided to use a head-butt followed by a blocking move in order to help his teammate Mark Cavendish take the lead and win the stage.  Youtube of the incident is below.

The result of Renshaw’s action was his disqualification from the tour.  Harsh but considering the danger of moves like that while a pack of riders is that large and moving that quick, it’s well deserved.  Couple that with Renshaw’s reputation of being a “dirty” rider and the judges saw it as cause to boot him from the competition.

Cavendish is a strong sprinter and there is no doubt in my mind that the stage was his, regardless of Renshaw’s actions.  Unfortunately it does overshadow his 13th stage win in only three tours.

The front group in the overall standings remained unchanged after stage 11 as all of the top riders finished with the same time within the main pack.  Tyler Farrar, an American rider for Team Garmin, finished third in his hunt for a first ever stage win.  Unfortunately during today’s stage 12 he dropped out of the race due a broken wrist sustained earlier in the event.

Today a slighty calmer although tougher stage 12 was completed.  Joaquim Rodriguez was able to take the win followed closely by Alberto Contador.  Andy Schleck finished 5th overall allowing Contador to cut the overall tour lead to just 31 seconds.  With plenty of more stages in the Pyrenees there will be multiple chances for one of these riders to distance themselves from the other.  With Contador being considered a better sprinter than Schleck, Andy will need that advantage in the mountains to go to him if he wants a good chance of winning the tour.

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