Tour: Cavendish wins stage; Voeckler keeps lead

July 17, 2011 - 11:59 AM
Cycling Tour De France

Mark Cavendish of Britain, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, crosses the finish line ahead of Daniel Oss of Italy, right, to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 193 kilometers (120 miles) starting in Limoux and finishing in Montpellier, southern France, Sunday July 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — British sprinter Mark Cavendish edged American Tyler Farrar to win his fourth stage at this Tour de France, while France's Thomas Voeckler kept the yellow jersey.

Sunday's mostly flat, 120-mile route through vineyards from Limoux to Montpellier favored sprinters, giving them a chance to shine again after three days of tough climbs in the Pyrenees.

Voeckler, who rides for the Europcar squad, first took the overall lead in the crash-marred ninth stage and surprisingly held it through the mountains.

Cavendish and Farrar were followed in third place by Italy's Alessandro Petacchi. For his career, Cavendish has won 19 Tour de France stages.

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MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Mark Cavendish of Britain has won the 15th stage of the Tour de France and Thomas Voeckler of France has kept the yellow jersey as riders approached the Mediterranean Sea.

Sunday's mostly flat, 120-mile route through vineyards favors sprinters, giving them a chance to shine again after three days of tough climbs in the Pyrenees.