Cavendish wins stage 11

HTC-Columbia rider Renshaw led in the final stretch when New Zealand's Julian Dean, working for sprinter Tyler Farrar, tried to block his way.

Australian Renshaw head-butted the Garmin Transitions rider twice to keep him out of the way of Cavendish, who surged to his third stage win of this Tour. The Briton won ahead of Italy's Alessandro Petacchi, who took the green points jersey, while American Farrar was third.

“Renshaw's out. We saw the film once and it's blatant. He head-butted Dean twice like in a keirin race,” said Tour technical director Jean-Francois Pescheux.

The decision to rule out Renshaw did not affect the race result and Farrar conceded defeat. “Cav did a neat sprint,” he said.

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