July 15, 2004
Moncoutie savors home win
"I knew that if I attacked on the last slight incline and managed to build a lead of 30sec on them I would manage to hold them off," said Moncoutie, who had tried several times early on to escape the clutches of the peloton.
"It's my best ever win, and it definitely helped the fact that it was in my region.
"Winning a stage on the Tour de France was one of my career ambitions, so you can imagine how I feel."
Defending yellow is starting to leave Thomas Voeckler green around the gills:
"I'm feeling okay, but not much better," Voeckler said after the stage. "Today the team did well again helping me to defend the jersey, but I'm beginning to feel the effects of the past few days of racing.
"I'm not looking forward to tomorrow (the climb to La Mongie) but who knows, maybe I'll feel better than I anticipate."
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