Vanendert, Cavendish Win Stages

Voeckler holds onto lead


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Mark Cavendish and Jelle Vanendert sprinted to stage wins in the Tour de France this weekend as Thomas Voeckler maintained his improbable run in the yellow jersey—although by a narrow and narrowing margin. Voeckler, who races for Europcar, was widely expected to lose his yellow jersey in the 14th stage on Saturday, but managed to keep up with the peloton. “I expected to lose some time today,” Voeckler said after the stage. He now holds a 1:49 lead over Frank Schleck. Cavendish won Sunday’s stage in a photo finish with Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi, notching his 19th Tour stage win, and his fourth stage this year. He now has an iron lock on the sprinter’s green jersey. Outside of the peloton, a new study has found that Tour de France riders tend to live longer than average. After comparing birth and death data among 834 cyclists and a control group, researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain found that the cyclists lived about 17 percent longer. The result is somewhat surprising, given the potential dangers riders face from crashes and overexertion.

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