By road: the popular Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) accounted for an impressive effort on Monday when he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France. He went off on the slope of the Port de Balés and drove away solo to the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
The popular Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) accounted for an impressive effort on Monday when he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France. He went off on the slope of the Port de Balés and drove away solo to the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
After the stage got Alberto Contador (Astana) stepping up to the podium and pull on the yellow Jersey. He and Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) have challenged each other on mountain stages in this year’s Tour but that manages to create something but today Alberto Contador had luck on their side. Andy Schleck suffered a mechanical problem in Port the Balés, were after and lost all its lead to the Spaniard and eight seconds.
“I felt strong and determined through the entire stage and the team did everything that I would have a Department head position into the last pitch. When I did my second attack the chain got stuck so I had to jump off the bike and put it back. Then attacked them, explains Andy Schleck.
With two stages left in the Pyrenees can today’s event prove to be decisive for the whole end of the Tour de France. Andy Schleck has to run away from Alberto Contador to take up those eight seconds and he would need to have the time to go on when it pulls together for pace.
Tour de France-stage 15:
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4:44:51
2. Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:20
3 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto
4 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:50
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
6 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
8 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
10 Brian Vandborg (Dan) Liquigas-Doimo
35 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 5:44
A total of:
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 72:50:42
2. Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:08
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:00
4, Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 2:13
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3:39
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 5:01
7 Levi Leipheimer (United States) Team Radioshack 5:25
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 5:45
9. Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 7:12
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 7:51
16 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 12:09