Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nocentini leads, Armstrong 3rd as stage 11 begins

VATAN, France (AP) — Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy was wearing the yellow jersey as riders headed out on the 11th stage of the Tour de France, a largely flat route again favoring sprinters.

Nocentini held a lead of six seconds over Alberto Contador and was eight seconds clear of seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong at the start of Wednesday's 119.3-mile trek from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau.

Mark Cavendish, the British sprinter who won Tuesday's 10th stage, was expected to challenge for a fourth stage win.

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