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Voeckler Wins Tour de France Mountain Stage; Wiggins Leads

July 18, 2012

Thomas Voeckler of Europcar won the 16th stage of the Tour de France with a breakaway in the Pyrenees mountains.

The Frenchman finished the 197-kilometer (122-mile) course over the Tourmalet and three other climbs in 5 hours, 35 minutes and 2 seconds. Chris Anker Sorensen of Saxo Bank finished second.

Bradley Wiggins of Britain kept his lead in the overall tour, finishing with second-placed teammate Chris Froome and third-placed Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas as they crossed the line together, 7 minutes, 12 seconds behind Voeckler. Last year’s winner Cadel Evans lost time on the top three, and fell three places to seventh after the stage between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon.

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