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11th stage of Tour start in light rain

Updated: July 13, 2011, 07:35


Johnny Hoogerland of The Netherlands adjusts the best climber's dotted jersey on the podium of the 10th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 158 kilometers (98.2 miles) starting in Aurillac and finishing in Carmaux, south central France, Tuesday July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

LAVAUR, France (AP) Frenchman Thomas Voeckler has the overall lead in the Tour de France as the riders set off under light rain in the 11th stage.

The flat, 104.1-mile route Wednesday from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur favors sprinters such as Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel, the winner of the 10th stage Tuesday.

Defending champion Alberto Contador and main rival Andy Schleck will look to stay safe in the main pack before riders hit the high climbs in the Pyrenees on Thursday.

French rider John Gadret of the AG2R team didn't start the stage.

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