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July 16, 2006

Fedrigo fires for Stage 14

Fedrigo leads CommessoBouyges Telecom's Pierrick Fedrigo survived a long and hazardous breakaway, then outsprinted Salvatore Commesso and a charging Christian Vande Velde to give France its 3rd stage win of the 2006 Tour.

Rik Verbrugghe and David Canada were taken to a local hospital after crashing in a right-hand corner. Verbrugghe went over a guardrail, while Canada slid into it. T-Mobile's Matthias Kessler, who was trailing Canada, also went over the guardrail, but got back into the pack and finished the day's stage.

The Col de la Sentinelle was an anvil pounding the chasing peloton into a small thin pack of 34 that included all the Tour's contenders. In the final kilometer, CSC's Christian Vande Velde tried to launch across for the stage victory, but couldn't quite reel in Fedrigo and Commesso, finishing third on the day 3 seconds back.

Fedrigo celebratesCaisse d'Epargne holds the yellow jersey. There's very little change in the leaderboard, but there are lots of changes farther down, as almost 120 riders lost significant time over the final col.

Top 10:
1) Pierrick Fedrigo, Bouyges Telecom, France, in 4:14:23
2) Salvatore Commesso, Lampre, Italy, same time
3) Christian Vande Velde, CSC, USA, at :03
4) Christophe Moreau, AG2R, France, at :07
5) Georg Totschnig, Gerolsteiner, German, same time
6) Stefano Garzelli, Liquigas, Italy, s.t.
7) Cristian Moreni, Cofidis, Italy, s.t.
8) George Hincapie, Discovery Channel, USA, s.t.
9) Cadel Evans, Davitamon-Lotto, Australia, s.t.
10) Alexandre Botcharov, Credit Agricole, Russia, s.t.
Full results

1) Oscar Pereiro, Caisse d'Epargne, Spain, in 64:05:04
2) Floyd Landis, Phonak, USA, at 1:29
3) Cyril Dessel, AG2R, France, at 1:37
4) Denis Menchov, Rabobank, Russia, at 2:30
5) Cadel Evans, Davitamon-Lotto, Austrlia, at 2:46
6) Carlos Sastre, CSC, Spain, at 3:21
7) Andreas Klöden, T-Mobile, Germany, at 3:58
8) Michael Rogers, T-Mobile, Australia, at 4:51
9) Juan Miguel Mercado, Agritubel, Spain, at 5:02
10) Christophe Moreau, AG2R, France, at 5:13
Full standings

Posted by Frank Steele on July 16, 2006 in Christian Vande Velde, Stage results, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink