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Tour Notebook Stage 16: Voeckler rides four races to KOM jersey

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jul. 18, 2012
Voeckler attacked his way into polka dots on the Tourmalet. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

The jerseys

Stage winner: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) won his second stage of this year’s Tour.
Yellow jersey: Bradley Wiggins (Sky) bolstered his chances for overall victory after defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) lost five minutes to the yellow jersey group.
Green jersey: Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) continued his march toward Paris in green as no points were contested among the contenders.
Polka dot jersey: The big change of the day, Voeckler overtook Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) after riding to victory in the monster climbing stage, taking a lead of 107-103.
White jersey: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) widened his lead on the U25 jersey to 3:48 to Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat).
Best team: RadioShack-Nissan remains atop the classification despite the departure of Frank Schleck.
Most aggressive: Voeckler won the most combative prize for the second time today.

The peloton: Three exits

Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) and Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) did not finish. Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) did not start after failing a doping control, bringing the number of riders to 153 riders in the Tour.

Jury decisions

Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Maxime Bouet (Ag2r La Mondiale) both fined 50CHF, penalized 5 points and 10 seconds on GC.
Anders Lund (Saxo Bank) fined 50CHF and 20 seconds on GC for following too long behind vehicle.
Following riders fined 50CHF for “sticky water bottle”: Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Dominik Nerz (Liquigas), Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil-DCM), Grega Bole (Lampre), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol)
Ruben Plaza (Movistar) fined 50CHF for comportement incorrect.
Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis) finished four seconds beyond the time cut, but jury decided not to remove him from race — as a result, he moved “ahead” of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) as the Tour’s lanterne rouge.

Special prize

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) won the Souvenir Jacques Goddet 5000 euro prime for being first over the Tourmalet, this year’s high point for the Tour.

Medical report

Crash 39km: Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), trauma to left knee
Crash at 70km: Vladimir Gusev (Katusha), dislocated clavicle, transported to hospital; Romain Zingle (Cofidis), serious blow to right ankle
Crash at 128km: George Hincapie (BMC), heavy cuts and scrapes to left shoulder, back, thigh and leg
Crash at 130km: Into a ravine, Federico Canuti (Liquigas), light cuts and scrapes

On course:
Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur), coughing
Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto), trouble breathing
Julien Fouchard (Cofidis), suffering from old injuries
Luis Mate (Cofidis), breathing difficulties
Sebastian Hinault (Ag2r), insect bite
Stuart O’Grady (Orica-GreenEdge), insect bite
Borut Bozic (Astana), leg pain
Cedric Pineau (FDJ), pain and burning sensations
Manuel Quinziato (BMC), digestive troubles
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), digestive troubles
Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), pain in left thigh

Weather: Summer continues

Continued warm weather, with highs in the upper 80s F in the valleys, cooler at summits, gusting winds 10-20 kph and chance of afternoon showers.

Tomorrow’s stage: Final summit

The 99th Tour continues Thursday with the final summit finish of this year’s edition. There’s a lot packed into the short, 144km stage, with six rated climbs, including the HC Port de Balès at 111.5km and the summit finale to Peyragudes that comes after a climb and quick descent off the Col du Peyresourde. It’s ideal for Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) to try a risk-all raid, or will he ride conservatively to preserve third?

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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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