Tour de France Stage 11 turns into 'gladiator arena'
Tour de France Stage 11 finished in a wild sprint, with Mark Cavendish claiming his third stage win. But his HTC-Columbia teammate was disqualified for head-butting another rider.
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After a mostly uneventful day of racing – SaxoBank’s Andy Schleck maintained the yellow jersey and the peloton caught the day’s breakaway with around 14 miles remaining – supporters at the finish were excited to have any action to watch.Skip to next paragraph
In Pictures Scenes from the 2010 Tour de France
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As Renshaw hit Dean, one fan shouted, “Zizou, Zizou,” the nickname of former French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was famously ejected for head-butting an Italian defender during the 2006 World Cup final in Germany.
This was not the first incident of violence between riders in this year’s Tour de France. During Stage 3, Garmin-Transitions’ Robbie Hunter, who dropped out of today’s race with a fractured right elbow, punched SaxoBank’s Jacob Fuglsang.
After today’s stage, Tour de France officials were quick to go on the PR offensive.
“This is a bike race, not a gladiator's arena,” said race director Pescheux.
Overall standings after Stage 11:
Top US riders:
IN PICTURES: Scenes from the 2010 Tour de France