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2011 Tour De France Route: Race Heads South From Aurillac To Carmaux

Cyclists in the 2011 Tour de France pick up the race on Tuesday with a flat Stage 10. They will begin at Aurillac and will then ride one of the shorter segments of the race, ending at Carmaux. In total, riders will cover a 198-km (98 mi) stretch as they make their way to the southern coast of France over the next few days.

This will be Aurillac's seventh time as stage town, but just the first for Carmaux. In between the towns, there will be a twisted track, but flat for the most part. The sprint comes early at Maurs, 34.5 km into the race. After that there will be four climbs, two each in Categories 3 and 4. None will be as tough as those over the weekend, but even the sprinters will have tough time for most of the race.

Thomas Voeckler holds the lead now after the first two mountain stages. Thor Hushovd lost the maillot jaune on Sunday and fell all the way back to 24th overall. Here is the top 10 leaderboard and select other racers:

Place Rider  Time  Gap
1 Thomas Voeckler 38h 35' 11"   
2 Luis-Leon Sanchez 38h 37' 00"  + 01' 49"
3 Cadel Evans 38h 37' 37"  + 02' 26"
4 Frank Schleck 38h 37' 40"  + 02' 29"
5 Andy Schleck 38h 37' 48"  + 02' 37"
6 Tony Martin 38h 37' 49"  + 02' 38"
7 Peter Velits 38h 37' 49"  + 02' 38"
8 Andres Kloden 38h 37' 54"  + 02' 43"
9 Philippe Gilbert 38h 38' 06"  + 02' 55"
10 Jakob Fuglsang 38h 38' 19"  + 03' 08"
11 Ivan Basso 38h 38' 47"  + 03' 36"
16 Alberto Contador 38h 39' 18"  + 04' 07"
17 Tom Danielson 38h 39' 33"  + 04' 22"
24 Thor Hushovd 38h 40' 24"  + 05' 13"
28 David Millar 38h 40' 43"  + 05' 32"
36 Levi Leipheimer 38h 42' 27"  + 07' 16"
131 Mark Cavendish 39h 20' 53"  + 45' 42"
158 Danny Pate 39h 31' 19"  + 56' 08"

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