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Voeckler wins Stage 15, Contador wears yellow

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voeckler wins stage 15 contador wears yellow 300x293   Voeckler wins Stage 15, Contador wears yellowIn Bagneres du Luchon this afternoon, stage 15 of the Tour de France was solely won by Bbox Bouygues Telecom rider, Thomas Voeckler. The relentless drama between Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) on its boiling point never bothered the Frenchman a bit as he cherished his stage 15 win of the Tour de France, his second year in a row.

Voeckler admitted that he nearly abandoned the Tour, “I worked hard for this stage win. It has been a really difficult race for me and, if there had been crosswinds on (the stage during) July 14 instead of a headwind, I would almost certainly have pulled out. In the past three days I’ve been feeling much better.”

Voeckler, nicknamed, “le chouchou” or “France’s darling” was in no doubt to be the strongest among the breakaway group of 10 riders halfway through the 187 km…

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BBox Performance at Paris-Nice Pleases Bernaudeau

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Team BBox managed to get two thumbs up from team boss Jean-René Bernaudeau for its performance at the 2010 Paris-Nice event, but team leader Thomas Voeckler earns a “disappointed” vote from Bernaudeau as he suffered yet another run of bad luck.

Bernaudeau says that he is “hugely satisfied” by Team BBox’s performance overall. “It’s been a beautiful week. We’ve proved that we’re a great team, that we’re better than last year. I’m really proud of the boys,” adds the team boss. Bernaudeau’s spirits were obviously lifted by his rider William Bonnet’s stage victory at Limoges, plus the outstanding performance of 22-year-old rider Cyril Gautier in the climbs, which strongly boosted his position from 70th to 18th overall.

However, Team BBox leader Thomas Voeckler failed to share in the spotlight as he suffered a string of unfortunate mishaps that cost him dearly. His hopes of a strong top-10…

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