Tour de France

Fedrigo wins 15th TDF stage

2012-07-16 17:44
Pierrick Fedrigo (AFP)

Pau - French rider Pierrick Fedrigo gave the hosts their fourth win of the Tour de France when he beat American Christian Vande Velde to win the 158.5km 15th stage between Samatan and here on Monday.

Race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain and the main peloton came over the finish line nearly 12 minutes behind a five-man breakaway that had fought hard to form in a frantic opening to the race.

Wiggins, who took the race lead at the end of stage seven, came under no threat during the undulating stage from the Gers department to the foot of the Pyrenees where the peloton will spend the race's second rest day Tuesday.

The Team Sky leader still has a 2min 05sec lead over team-mate Chris Froome, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali in third at 2:23 and Australian Cadel Evans fourth at 3:19.

Fedrigo attacked with 6.5km remaining and after being countered by Vande Velde he dominated the Garmin rider in a two-up sprint for the finish.

It is the 33-year-old's fourth victory in the race, but first since 2010 and his return to cycling after a six-month spell on the sidelines. It is also the second for his FDJ team after Thibaut Pinot won stage eighth in Porrentruy, Switzerland.

"It's unbelievable," said Fedrigo, whose last win on the race was in Pau in 2010.

"The last time I won on the Tour was here. When you're racing the Tour, you need luck. And some days you just get the feeling it can be your day.

"The closer we got to the finish line, the more I believed in my chances."

After that victory, the Frenchman - who is a keen hunter - came down with Lyme's disease, keeping him off the Tour and off the bike for six months.

"I caught Lyme's disease, a virus which is caused by a tick. You can catch it in the fields or in the woods. I came back to cycling determined to find my level again."

The race resumes on Wednesday when the mountainous 197km 16th stage takes the peloton over two unclassified and two category one climbs to a downhill finish in Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Results of 15th stage of Tour de France, a 158.5km ride from Samatan to Pau on Monday:

1. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) 3hr 40min 15sec
(average speed: 43.2 km/h)
2. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) at 0:00.
3. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 0:12sec
4. Nicki Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:12.
5. Dries Devenyns (BEL/OPQ) 0:21.
6. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) 1min 08sec
7. Andre Greipel (GER/LTB) 11:50.
8. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 11:50.
9. Peter Sagan (SVK/LIQ) 11:50.
10. Kris Boeckmans (BEL/VAC) 11:50.
11. Borut Bozic (SLO/AST) 11:50.
12. Sbastien Hinault (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
13. Koen de Kort (NED/ARG) 11:50.
14. Jonathan Cantwell (AUS/SAX) 11:50.
15. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
16. Roy Curvers (NED/ARG) 11:50.
17. Jrgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 11:50.
18. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
19. Michael Schar (SUI/BMC) 11:50.
20. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 11:50.
21. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 11:50.
22. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) 11:50.
23. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 11:50.
24. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 11:50.
25. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
26. Nicolas Roche (IRL/ALM) 11:50.
27. Sebastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
28. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
29. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 11:50.
30. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 11:50.
31. Anthony Roux (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
32. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 11:50.
33. Egoi Martinez (ESP/EUS) 11:50.
34. Michael Morkov (DEN/SAX) 11:50.
35. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 11:50.
36. Michael Rogers (AUS/SKY) 11:50.
37. Andreas Kloden (GER/RSH) 11:50.
38. Julien Simon (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
39. Kristjan Koren (SLO/LIQ) 11:50.
40. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 11:50.
41. Maxime Monfort (BEL/RSH) 11:50.
42. Frank Schleck (LUX/RSH) 11:50.
43. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 11:50.
44. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 11:50.
45. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 11:50.
46. George Hincapie (USA/BMC) 11:50.
47. Denis Menchov (RUS/KAT) 11:50.
48. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 11:50.
49. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
50. Jrome Coppel (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
51. Brice Feillu (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
52. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 11:50.
53. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
54. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
55. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE/AST) 11:50.
56. Johnny Hoogerland (NED/VAC) 11:50.
57. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 11:50.
58. Peter Velits (SVK/OPQ) 11:50.
59. Danilo Hondo (GER/LAM) 11:50.
60. Kevin De Weert (BEL/OPQ) 11:50.
61. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/RAB) 11:50.
62. Christian Knees (GER/SKY) 11:50.
63. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR/KAT) 11:50.
64. Federico Canuti (ITA/LIQ) 11:50.
65. Davide Malacarne (ITA/EUC) 11:50.
66. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 11:50.
67. Bert Grabsch (GER/OPQ) 11:50.
68. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 11:50.
69. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
70. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/SAU) 11:50.
71. Mathieu Sprick (FRA/ARG) 11:50.
72. Albert Timmer (NED/ARG) 11:50.
73. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 11:50.
74. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
75. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 11:50.
76. Anders Lund (DEN/SAX) 11:50.
77. Nick Nuyens (BEL/SAX) 11:50.
78. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 11:50.
79. Eduard Vorganov (RUS/KAT) 11:50.
80. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY) 11:50.
81. Sandy Casar (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
82. Mark Cavendish (GBR/SKY) 11:50.
83. Francis de Greef (BEL/LTB) 11:50.
84. Simone Stortoni (ITA/LAM) 11:50.
85. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ/AST) 11:50.
86. Simon Gerrans (AUS/GEC) 11:50.
87. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 11:50.
88. Baden Cooke (AUS/GEC) 11:50.
89. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/MOV) 11:50.
90. Rubn Plaza (ESP/MOV) 11:50.
91. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (ESP/MOV) 11:50.
92. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 11:50.
93. Sergio Paulinho (POR/SAX) 11:50.
94. Daryl Impey (RSA/GEC) 11:50.
95. Ruben Perez Moreno (ESP/EUS) 11:50.
96. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 11:50.
97. Romain Zingle (BEL/COF) 11:50.
98. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 11:50.
99. Maxime Bouet (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
100. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 11:50.
101. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 11:50.
102. Stephen Cummings (GBR/BMC) 11:50.
103. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR/RSH) 11:50.
104. Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS) 11:50.
105. Dominik Nerz (GER/LIQ) 11:50.
106. Marco Marcato (ITA/VAC) 11:50.
107. Karsten Kroon (NED/SAX) 11:50.
108. Jelle Vanendert (BEL/LTB) 11:50.
109. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 11:50.
110. Jorge Azanza (ESP/EUS) 11:50.
111. Laurens ten Dam (NED/RAB) 11:50.
112. Ivan Basso (ITA/LIQ) 11:50.
113. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
114. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 11:50.
115. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 11:50.
116. Pieter Weening (NED/GEC) 11:50.
117. Andre Kashechkin (KAZ/AST) 11:50.
118. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 11:50.
119. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM) 11:50.
120. Martin Velits (SVK/OPQ) 11:50.
121. Sylvester Szmyd (POL/LIQ) 11:50.
122. Patrick Gretsch (GER/ARG) 11:50.
123. Amal Moinard (FRA/BMC) 11:50.
124. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 11:50.
125. Grega Bole (SLO/LAM) 11:50.
126. Jrme Pineau (FRA/OPQ) 11:50.
127. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
128. Joan Horrach (ESP/KAT) 11:50.
129. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ) 11:50.
130. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 11:50.
131. Jan Ghyselinck (BEL/COF) 11:50.
132. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/RAB) 11:50.
133. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/MOV) 11:50.
134. Vladimir Gusev (RUS/KAT) 11:50.
135. Levi Leipheimer (USA/OPQ) 11:50.
136. Daniel Martin (IRL/GRM) 11:50.
137. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/EUS) 11:50.
138. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF) 11:50.
139. Rafael Valls (ESP/VAC) 11:50.
140. Stuart O'Grady (AUS/GEC) 11:50.
141. Julien Fouchard (FRA/COF) 11:50.
142. Matthew Goss (AUS/GEC) 11:50.
143. Michael Albasini (SUI/GEC) 11:50.
144. Daniel Oss (ITA/LIQ) 11:50.
145. Juan Jos Haedo (ARG/SAX) 11:50.
146. Marco Marzano (ITA/LAM) 11:50.
147. Yann Huguet (FRA/ARG) 12:20.
148. Jens Voigt (GER/RSH) 12:21.
149. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 12:21.
150. David Zabriskie (USA/GRM) 12:21.
151. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 12:21.
152. Bram Tankink (NED/RAB) 12:33.
153. Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ/AST) 12:35.
154. Christophe Kern (FRA/EUC) 12:35.
155. Sebastian Langeveld (NED/GEC) 12:37.
156. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/LIQ) 15:31.

Did not finish

Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/FDJ)
Kenny van Hummel (NED/VAC)
Vincent Jerome (FRA/EUC)
Brett Lancaster (AUS/GEC)
Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA/EUC)
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/OPQ)

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