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2012 Tour de France Results: Thomas Voeckler Dominates Way To Stage 16 Victory

Thomas Voeckler has won his second stage in the 2012 Tour de France with a Wednesday victory on Stage 16 (he won Stage 10 on July 11). The last time a Tour stage ended in Bagnères-de-Luchon was in 2010, and Voeckler won that stage. Voeckler finished the stage in 5:35:02, +1:40 ahead of Chris Anker Sorensen. Voeckler pretty much sealed the race on the ascent up the Col de Peyresourde.

Bradley Wiggins, Christopher Froome and Vincenzo Nibali remain in the top three spots in the general classification, respectively, with Wiggins holding a +2:05 lead over Froome. All three of them finished +7:09 behind Voeckler on this stage.

Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour winner, lost several minutes on this stage and is over eight minutes behind Wiggins. He is effectively out of the yellow jersey competition.

Here is how the top 15 finished on the stage:

Pos. Rider Times Gap
1 Thomas Voeckler 05h 35' 02''
2 Chris Anker Sorensen 05h 36' 42'' + 01' 40''
3 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti 05h 38' 24'' + 03' 22''
4 Alexandre Vinokourov 05h 38' 24'' + 03' 22''
5 Brice Feillu 05h 39' 00'' + 03' 58''
6 Jens Voigt 05h 39' 20'' + 04' 18''
7 Daniel Martin 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
8 Simone Stortoni 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
9 Gianpaolo Caruso 05h 41' 10'' + 06' 08''
10 Laurens Ten Dam 05h 41' 13'' + 06' 11''
11 Vincenzo Nibali 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
12 Bradley Wiggins 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
13 Christopher Froome 05h 42' 11'' + 07' 09''
14 Nicolas Roche 05h 43' 09'' + 08' 07''
15 Tejay Van Garderen 05h 43' 09'' + 08' 07''

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