The pace was such that more than half of all riders finished so far behind Schleck that they would normally have been disqualified. But Tour organizers invoked a rule that allowed them to keep competing with a penalty.
The penalty lopped off 20 points from the stragglers in the competition for the green jersey for best sprinter. Britain's Mark Cavendish saw his tally fall to 300 points - just 15 ahead of Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain.
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