Wiggins stays clear in Le Tour

First published in Cycling

Pierrick Fedrigo claimed France’s fourth win of the Tour de France on stage 15 to Pau as the peloton opted for a day of respite.

Following an eventful race to date, including a 14th stage marred by sabotage, a six-man escape group contested the 158.5-kilometre route from Samatan and Fedrigo beat Christian Vande Velde. Thomas Voeckler was third.

The Tour resumes following today’s rest day with Wednesday’s 197km 16th stage from Pau to Bagners-de-Luchon, which is the first of two big Pyrenean days which will go a long way to deciding if Chorley’s Bradley Wiggins can become the first British winner.

The peloton rode in 11 minutes 50 seconds behind, with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) winning the dash for the line on his 30th birthday.

The contenders were safely among them and the top of the rankings were unchanged.

Wiggins retained the yellow jersey and a lead of 2mins 5secs over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome in second place.

Five days of racing remain, but Wednesday and Thursday’s Pyrenean stages and Saturday’s time-trial are set to determine the holder of the maillot jaune come the finale.

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