FDJ-BigMat Rider Pierrick Fedrigo Wins Stage 15 In Two-Man Sprint

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French rider Pierrick Fedrigo collected his fourth career Tour de France stage victory on Monday and his second in Pau. The 158.5km (99-mile) Stage 15 from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat, leading most race followers to believe that sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel would be racing for the stage victory. This wasn’t the case however; as a lead group of six riders (not including the aforementioned sprinters) went out from the get go, ultimately leaving Fedrigo and Garmin-Sharp’s Christian Vande Velde to fight it out for the sprint finish. With 200-meters to go, Fedrigo took off and Vande Velde could not counter.

“It’s incredible … the stars need to be aligned,‘’ said Fedrigo, whose last Tour stage win was also in Pau two years ago. "There are days when things go like that.’’

Fedrigo and Vande Velde left the group of six riders with about 6.5km left in the race and never looked back. By crossing the finish line first on Monday, Fedrigo became the fourth French rider to win a stage at this year’s Tour de France.

The main pack finished roughly 11 minutes behind Fedrigo, which had no effect on the general classification standings. Oakley’s Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky remains in the yellow jersey. Fellow Oakley rider, of Team BMC, Tejay Van Garderen will also begin Stage 16 in the white jersey, a jersey he has donned almost the entire Tour. The riders will enjoy a rest day on Tuesday before taking the two-day trek through the scathing Pyrenees mountain range. Wednesday’s Stage 16 features 197km of heavy climbing, taking the riders from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Congratulations to Pierrick on his impressive Stage 15 sprint victory and best of luck the rest of the tour. Stay tuned for constant updates and Tour de France news as the riders make their way towards Paris on July 22nd.

Overall Individual Time Classification

1. GBR WIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY PROCYCLING 68h 33’ 21’’ OAKLEY
2. GBR FROOME Christopher 105 SKY PROCYCLING 68h 35’ 26’’ + 02’ 05’’OAKLEY
3. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo 51 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 68h 35’ 44’’ + 02’ 23’’
4. AUS EVANS Cadel 1 BMC RACING TEAM 68h 36’ 40’’ + 03’ 19’’ OAKLEY
5. BEL VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 111 LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 68h 38’ 09’’ + 04’ 48’’
6. ESP ZUBELDIA Haimar 19 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 68h 39’ 36’’ + 06’ 15’’ OAKLEY
7. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 68h 40’ 18’’+ 06’ 57’’ OAKLEY
8. SLO BRAJKOVIC Janez 181 ASTANA PRO TEAM 68h 40’ 51’’ + 07’ 30’’ OAKLEY
9. FRA ROLLAND Pierre 29 TEAM EUROPCAR 68h 41’ 52’’ + 08’ 31’’ OAKLEY
10. FRA PINOT Thibaut 146 FDJ-BIGMAT 68h 42’ 12’’ + 08’ 51’’
11. GER KLÖDEN Andréas 15 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 68h 42’ 50’’ + 09’ 29’’ OAKLEY
12. LUX SCHLECK Frank 11 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 68h 43’ 06’’ + 09’ 45’’OAKLEY
13. IRL ROCHE Nicolas 79 AG2R LA MONDIALE 68h 44’ 10’’ + 10’ 49’’
14. FRA COPPEL Jérôme 91 SAUR-SOJASUN 68h 44’ 48’’ + 11’ 27’’
15. USA HORNER Christopher 14 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 68h 46’ 02’’ + 12’ 41’’ OAKLEY

Author

John Ohail

Date

July 16, 2012

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