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Tour Notebook Stage 15: Froome battles parasite, media cars expelled

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jul. 16, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM EDT
Froome, pictured at the Dauphiné, nearly missed the Tour after a bilharzia flare-up in the spring. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

The jerseys

Stage winner: Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ-BigMat) won his first Tour stage in two years ahead of Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Sharp).
Yellow jersey: Bradley Wiggins (Sky) maintained his lead with only five days of racing left.
Green jersey: Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) tightened his grip on the points jersey, now 102 points ahead of second-place challenger André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol).
Polka dot jersey: Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) continues to lead the climber’s competition ahead of Pierre Rolland (Europcar).
White jersey: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) pushed closer to Paris in the U25 jersey.
Best team: RadioShack-Nissan continued to hold its grip on the top team category.
Most combative: Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) won the red numbers for Wednesday’s stage.

The Peloton: Six lighter

Six riders didn’t make it to Pau. Vincent Jerome (Europcar), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Brett Lancaster (Orica-GreenEdge), Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar), Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) and Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) all abandoned.

Jury decisions

No in-race infractions. Police did, however, crack down on media cars driving on the race route. One media car was removed from the race for three days for driving too fast while three others were kicked off the race permanently for excessive speeds. Another media car was also removed permanently from the race after failing an alcohol test. The names of the media members were not released. (Thankfully, none of the offenders were VeloNews staff members. —Ed.)

Medical report

Julien Fouchard (Cofidis), knee pain
Bram Tankink (Rabobank), breathing difficulties
Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale), pain in right thigh
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), digestive troubles
Cedric Pineau (FDJ), digestive troubles

Tomorrow: Rest day

The peloton enjoys its second and final rest day on Tuesday. The 99th Tour de France resumes Wednesday with a monster climbing stage over the Col d’Aubisque and Tourmalet.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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