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Stage Stats: Stage 11 by the numbers

Weather Partly cloudy in morning to sunny and partly sunny in afternoon, highs in mid-20sC Stage winnerDenis Menchov (Rabobank), 6h06:25, 33.814kph – Russian Menchov timed his downhill sprint perfectly to finish ahead of Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) and Floyd Landis (Phonak). The 2005 Vuelta a Espana winner claims his first career Tour stage win in Race leader Landis, 2,057.1km, 41.723kph – Landis became the fifth American to wear the maillot jaune thanks to time bonuses. By finishing third in the stage, Landis picked up eight seconds in bonuses, the difference now between him and overnight

Stage 11, Tarbes to Pla-de-Beret, Spain, 206.5km

By Andrew Hood

Menchov wins

Menchov wins

Photo: Graham Watson

Weather
Partly cloudy in morning to sunny and partly sunny in afternoon, highs in mid-20sC Stage winner
Denis Menchov (Rabobank), 6h06:25, 33.814kph – Russian Menchov timed his downhill sprint perfectly to finish ahead of Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) and Floyd Landis (Phonak). The 2005 Vuelta a Espana winner claims his first career Tour stage win in Race leader
Landis
, 2,057.1km, 41.723kph – Landis became the fifth American to wear the maillot jaune thanks to time bonuses. By finishing third in the stage, Landis picked up eight seconds in bonuses, the difference now between him and overnight leader Dessel. There were major shakeups in the overall standings, with Menchov moving into third at 1:01 back and Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) fourth at 1:17 and Carlos Sastre (CSC) fifth at 1:52. Green jersey
Robbie McEwen
(Davitamon-Lotto) actually widened his hold on the green jersey by winning the first points sprint at 17.5km, marking the first intermediate sprint he’s even contested in this year’s Tour. He now leads Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Innergetic), 217-188. King of the Mountains
Thursday’s five-climb stage had lots of points up for grabs and David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) made a big effort in the day’s main break to take points on three climbs and second in another to grab the KOM jersey, moving 18 points ahead of overnight leader Dessel. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) followed, now third at 61 points with last year’s defending champion Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) fourth at 49 points. Best Young Rider
Marcus Fothen
(Gerolsteiner) saw his hold on the white jersey grow from 58 seconds to Thomas Lovkvist (FDJeux) to now 12 minutes to Damiano Cunego (Lampre). Best team
Gerolsteiner was best team on the day and moves into second at just 46 seconds behind T-Mobile. Most aggressive rider
De la Fuente
wins the honors from the eight-man panel of judges for his courage. Lanterne Rouge
Sebastian Joly
(FDJeux) improved to second-to-last, with Wim Vansevenant (Davitamon-Lotto) now holding up the rear in 165th at 1h41:34 The peloton
165 riders – 3 DNF, Giovanni Lombardi (CSC), bad stomach; Wilfried Cretskins (Davitamon-Lotto), Iban Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) Medical reportSamuel Plouhinec (Agritubel) left knee pain Isaac Galvez (Caisse d’Epargne) right knee pain Steven De Jongh (Rabobank) digestive problems Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) cuts to face Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner) breathing problems Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre) right knee problems Arnaud Coyot (Cofidis) digestive problems Thomas Lovkist (FDJeux) headaches Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) cuts to right elbow and fingers Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r) muscular cramps

Jury decisions
Marcus Fothen, Georg Totschnig and Fabian Wegmann (all Gerolsteiner); Ivan Parra and Rik Verbrugghe (both Cofidis), all fined 100 Swiss francs for missing sign-inIban Mayo (Euskaltel), fined 200 SF for incorrect behavior in front of television. Forecast
Mostly sunny or sunny, highs in high 20sC, low 30sC

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