Cavendish wins his third stage as doping rocks Tour
Spaniard Carlos Sastre of the CSC team won the Tour de France in one of the closest finishes in the history of the 105-year-old race. A look at the stage-by-stage results:
|21||88.9||Gert Steegmans||Carlos Sastre|
|20||32.9 (time trial)||Stefan Schumacher||Sastre|
|16||97.6||Cyril Dessel||Frank Schleck|
|14||120.9||Oscar Freire||Cadel Evans|
|9||139.2||Riccardo Ricco||Kim Kirchen|
|4||18.3 (time trial)||Schumacher||Schumacher|
|3||129.2||Samuel Dumoulin||Romain Feillu|
|2||102.2||Thor Hushovd||Alejandro Valverde|
Cadel Evans held on to the yellow jersey as he maintained the overall race lead.
The stage started without the Saunier-Duval team, which pulled out of the race after it was revealed that Italian Riccardo Ricco had tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.
Cavendish led a group sprint to the finish, completing the 105-mile ride through rolling hills and plains from Lavelanet to Narbonne.
"Every time it's special," said Cavendish.
Cavendish, a Team Columbia rider who had never won a stage before this year, was followed by Sebastien Chavanel of France in second place, with Gert Steegmans of Belgium third.
Evans, trailing in the main pack, leads Frank Schleck of Luxembourg by 1 second and Christian Vande Velde of the United States by 38.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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