Jelle Vanendert of Belgium won the biggest race of his career after the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider won stage 14 of the Tour de France, the 168.6-kilometre ride from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille. AP
Thomas Voeckler took a massive stride towards overall in victory in the 2011 Tour de France as he held on to the leader's yellow jersey, with Belgian Jelle Vanendert claiming the win on the 14th stage ride on Saturday.
Vanendert took advantage of an indecisive pack to breakaway with 7km remaining and reached the top of Plateau de Beille on his own, ahead of Spains Samuel Sanchez and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.
But the real winner of the day was French rider Thomas Voeckler who retained the leader's yellow jersey and must now surely be considered among the favourites for overall victory.
"I wanted to hold on to the jersey," he said. "But I didn't think I'd manage to keep it by more than a few seconds."
Instead, Voeckler now holds a lead of 1min 49sec over Frank Schleck of Luxembourg.
"I was suffering today," Voeckler told reporters after he finished seventh in the 168.5km stage from Saint Gaudens.
"But I believe it was the same for everybody."
In the US, the tour will be shown live on Versus, with repeats and highlights being aired on NBC. The entire event is also available online. NBC is selling a Tour de France all access pass for $29.95, which provides HD video of every stage of the race all the way through to the final leg, when cyclists reach Paris on 24 July. Read more at NBC, via GigaOm.
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