Frenchman Fedrigo wins stage, Wiggins retains yellow
Pierrick Fedrigo left a rotten season behind him on Monday when he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Pau, the site of his last major victory two years ago.other Updated: Jul 17, 2012 00:56 IST
Pierrick Fedrigo left a rotten season behind him on Monday when he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Pau, the site of his last major victory two years ago.
The Frenchman outwitted his breakaway companions to ride the last six kilometres with American Christian Vande Velde, whom he easily outsprinted in the final stretch.
Fellow Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, winner of the 10th stage, finished third in the short 158.5-km ride from Samatan, in which the peloton anticipated Tuesday's rest day by taking it leisurely in the finale after a nervous start.Briton Bradley Wiggins retained his overall leader's yellow jersey ahead of compatriot Chris Froome and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali.
For Fedrigo, the victory came as a huge relief after he missed most of the 2011 season with Lyme disease.
“The last time I won was here. I suffered much more last year by not riding the Tour than by riding it this year,” said the 33-year-old Frenchman, winner of three stages in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
“The first was important because it was the first. The second was special because it was in Tarbes, my hometown. The third, two years ago, was super special because it was the biggest Pyrenees stage, with all the mythical climbs,” he added.