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Voeckler is king of the Pyrenees

Wiggins grows more comfortable in yellow as Evans falls off the pace
All eyes were on Thomas Voeckler during Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Wednesday – 122.4 miles from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, over four mountain passes. “I did what many young riders dream of doing – leading everyone over all four summits,” the stage winner said.
Bradley Wiggins wore the yellow jersey a little more comfortably – gaining ground on some key pursuers. Overall, Wiggins leads second-place Christopher Froome by 2:05 and third-place Vincenzo Nibali by 2:23, while defending champion Cadel Evans said, “It’s pretty much the Tour de France over for me.”
A 17-year Tour de France veteran, George Hincapie crashed during Stage 16, then got back on his bike to help teammate and defending Tour champion Cadel Evans across the finish line. With Evans fading in the Pyrenees, his young teammate Tejay van Garderen – the top American at this year’s Tour – is ready to take over.
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BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France – A brief look at Wednesday’s 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: A hot day high in the Pyrenean mountains. Cyclists first scaled the Aubisque and Tourmalet passes – two of the toughest climbs in cycling – followed by the category-1 Aspin and Peyresourde passes. The last peak was almost 10 miles from the finish before a long descent.
Winner: Thomas Voeckler of France, who dominated the 123-mile course from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon. The Frenchman led a breakaway for his second stage victory of the Tour. He also won Stage 10, raising his career total to four stages.
Yellow Jersey: Bradley Wiggins of Britain retained the race lead ahead of Sky teammate Christopher Froome, who is 2 minutes, 5 seconds behind. Italian climber Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:23 off the pace.
Stat of the Day: 4:47 – the time conceded by defending champ Cadel Evans to Wiggins during Wednesday’s brutal stage.
Quote of the Day: “It’s pretty much the Tour de France over for me,” said Evans, conceding his hopes of winning back-to-back Tours.
Today’s Stage: An 89-mile trek over four categorized climbs, including the beyond classification Port de Bales, and finishing with the unprecedented summit finish at the Peyragudes ski resort.

Voeckler is king of the Pyrenees

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All eyes were on Thomas Voeckler during Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Wednesday – 122.4 miles from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, over four mountain passes. “I did what many young riders dream of doing – leading everyone over all four summits,” the stage winner said.
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Bradley Wiggins wore the yellow jersey a little more comfortably – gaining ground on some key pursuers. Overall, Wiggins leads second-place Christopher Froome by 2:05 and third-place Vincenzo Nibali by 2:23, while defending champion Cadel Evans said, “It’s pretty much the Tour de France over for me.”
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A 17-year Tour de France veteran, George Hincapie crashed during Stage 16, then got back on his bike to help teammate and defending Tour champion Cadel Evans across the finish line. With Evans fading in the Pyrenees, his young teammate Tejay van Garderen – the top American at this year’s Tour – is ready to take over.
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