Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

Voeckler: "Extremely disappointing"

interview22.07.2014Stage 16- Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Winner of the last two Tour stages held in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Thomas Voeckler (EUC) came close to the hat-trick today. But the Frenchman had to be content with second place behind Michael Rogers.

"It's extremely disappointing. Some might be satisfied with second place but it's not the case for me. I reached the top in second position with Serpa and Rogers. We worked together well and then they attacked me in turn. Then Cyril (Gautier) came back and went in the descent. When Rogers countered, he didn't have the strength to take the wheel. It was real close. To outnumber the rest in a break can be a handicap in a downhill finale like this. If Cyril had been able to follow Rogers, he would have done it. But he's as disappointed as I am. There were two of us at the front, we have to consider this as a failure. Since the start of the Tour, I didn't make any feat. I was not far today."   

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    After Rafal Majka in the Alps, another of Alberto Contador's domestiques claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France. Michael Rogers managed to get rid of the Europcar duo formed of Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier to arrive solo in Bagnères-de-Luchon. In the yellow jersey group, Thibaut Pinot took a significant advantage over direct rivals Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the overall lead.

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