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2011 Tour De France Results: Mark Cavendish Beats Andre Greipel Head-To-Head On Wednesday

Raining on and off throughout the race, it started to come down heavily as the cyclists reached Lavaur to end the day's racing. Unlike the close finish on Tuesday, Mark Cavendish overcame Andre Greipel this time around and by a bike length at 3:46:07. This is Cavendish's third win in this year's race and his 18th overall at the Tour de France. That is fifth best in the history of the race, with fourth-place at 22.

Cavendish also gained the green jersey after this race with 251 points. Jose Joaquin Rojas and Philippe Gilbert are behind by 16 and 20 points, respectively. Thor Hushovd is fifth with 163 points.

Tyler Farrar of Team Garmin-Cervelo came in third and received the same time as Cavendish, as did most of the racers. Mickael Delage took the intermediate sprint in this race and the second climb, while Lars Boom won the first climb at Côte de Tonnac.

Thomas Voeckler still has the yellow jersey with an overall time of 45:52:39. Luis-Leon Sanchez is still in second with a 1:49 gap to make up on Voeckler. Tom Danielson is still in 17th place with a time of 45:57:01. He is the top American in the race, though teammate Christian Vande Velde is two spots and 31 seconds behind him.

The race enters the Pyrenees on Thursday.

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