The second week of the Tour de France was supposed to be about the mountain stages and the GC riders going for it. It turned out different. A little Frenchman, Thomas Voeckler, is still in the Yellow Jersey, the main GC riders didn’t leave each other’s side for fear of something only they know about, Mark Cavendish added two more stage wins to his impressive tally and is now also the wearer of the coveted Green Jersey, riders still fell off their bikes, but less so. The most impressive feat of the second week was World Champion and former sprinter Thor Hushovd winning a mountain stage in an almost solo ride. Deep respect for the powerhouse from Norway for that. The riders are enjoying their second rest day today and start pedaling to Paris tomorrow. Hopefully the Alps can bring to this year’s Tour what the Pyrenees didn’t.

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Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador of Spain is surrounded by media at the end of a press conference in Murat during the rest day of the Tour de France July 11, 2011. Contador, nursing a troublesome knee problem, has crashed twice since the race started on July 2 but on Monday was enjoying the first rest day of the three-week race as the Tour prepares to head towards the fearsome Pyrenees climbs. The Tour de France 2011 cycling race will restart tomorrow from Aurillac to Carmaux. REUTERS/Stringer

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler (L) of France, wearing the yellow jersey, shakes the hands of Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert of Belgium at the start of the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The pack rides during the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Omega Pharma-Lotto riderAndre' Greipel of Germany celebrates on podium after the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. Greipel won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands wears the climber's jersey on the podium after the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Andre Greipel of Germany won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France wears the leader's yellow jersey as he checks a wheel at the start of the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain waits outside the anti-doping medical testing facility after the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The pack rides during the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Andre Greipel (R) of Germany is flanked by HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish (L) of Britain during the final sprint in the tenth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Aurillac to Carmaux July 12, 2011. Greipel won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain (C) celebrates winning the 11th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler (2nd L) of France, wearing the yellow jersey, rides with the pack during the 11th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye Les Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britian won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the yellow jersey. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain kisses the best sprinter green jersey on the podium after the 11th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Rabobank rider Robert Gesink of the Netherlands smiles on the podium with the best young rider's white jersey after the 11th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland (R) of the Netherlands rides next to his compatriot Rabobank rider Robert Gesink during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye Les Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the yellow jersey. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Rabobank rider Lars Boom (L) of the Netherlands rides next to Eskatel Euskadi rider Ruben Perez Moreno of Spain during a break away in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Blaye Les Mines to Lavaur July 13, 2011. HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the yellow jersey. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Vacansoleil rider Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands, wearing the climber jersey, is reflected in the sunglasses of HTC Highroad rider Mark Cavendish at the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the yellow jersey, checks his tyre at the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A pack of cyclist rides past rows of sunflowers during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain smiles after winning the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race, a 211-km mountainous trek from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France wears the leader's yellow jersey as he rides on a mountain during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Voeckler retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A group of riders pedals during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The shoe of Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain is seen next to an award presenter as he celebrates on the podium after the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Sanchez won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Saxo Bank-Sungard team rider Alberto Contador of Spain reacts after the finish line of the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A rider climbs the mountain during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Liquigas rider Ivan Basso (C) of Italy climbs next to BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans of Australia (R) during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Bernard Papon/Pool

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland (R) of Netherlands climbs followed by Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel of France during the 12th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden July 14, 2011. Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Joel Saget/Pool

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Garmin-Cervelo rider Thor Hushovd of Norway celebrates at the end of 13th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Pau to Lourdes July 15, 2011. Hushovd won the stage. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The pack of riders cycles during 13th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Pau to Lourdes July 15, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Jelle Vanendert of Belgium celebrates winning the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A pack of riders cycles during the 14th stage from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille at the Tour de France 2011 cycling race July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Saxo Bank-Sungard rider Alberto Contador of Spain speeds down during the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Astana rider Remy Di Gregorio of France rides during the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011, as fans cheer him on. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

BMC rider Cadel Evans of Australia (R) cycles ahead of Leopard-Trek rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (2nd R), Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France, Liquigas rider Ivan Basso of Italy (2nd L) and Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador of Spain during the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bernard Papon/Pool

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Omega Pharma-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert of Belgium speeds down during the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Quick Step rider Sylvain Chavanel of France speeds down during the 14th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille July 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A pack of riders cycles past Carcassonne' castle during the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Sky Procycling rider Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain attends the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The pack of riders cycles during the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish (L) of Britain celebrates winning the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

HTC-Highroad rider Mark Cavendish (R) of Britain is congratulated by a teammate after the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. Cavendish won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Quick Step rider Niki Terpstra (R) of Netherlands rides ahead of Katusha rider Mikhail Ignatev of Russia during the break away in the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

A Euskatel Euskadi rider rests in the team coach before the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

The bicycle chain of Euskatel Euskadi rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain is seen the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Team Sky bicycles are seen the start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Limoux to Montpellier July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Tour de France 2011: Week 2

Tour de France current leader Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France poses with his yellow jersey at his team hotel during a rest day in Valence July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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