Thomas Voeckler won his second stage at the Tour de France and pulled on the polka-dot jersey as leader of the mountains competition with yet another emotional-fueled and courageous ride.
Voeckler went on the attack early in the stage with the decisive breakaway group. While other faltered in the heat and on the climbs, he seemed inspired and produced the performance of his career. He eventually broke clear with fellow Frenchman Brice Feillu and then attacked hard on the Col du Peyresourde. He went on to win alone in Bagneres-de-Luchon, almost in shock after his inspired performance.
Thanks to being the first over each of the four major mountains in the stage, Voeckler also pulled on the iconic polka-dot jersey and leads the Tour de France climber’s competition by four points. With just some lesser climbs to cover during the final stages of the race, Voeckler is the favourite to win the climber’s competition in Paris on Sunday.
It was the Frenchman’s second stage victory in this year’s Tour de France and the third win for Team Europcar and Colnago. Voeckler used his special Colnago C59 Team Edition bike during the stage, confirming it is the perfect bike for racing in the mountains.
“I can’t really understand what I’ve done. It’s the kind of thing I watched on television as a kid but today it was me who did it, said Voeckler after his stunning victory.
“I raced as if each climb was a separate race. I know every metre of the climbs from training here in this region. That really helped me. Even so, I’m finding it hard to comprehend what I have done. Winning in Bellegarde was special but this is something else. Now my priority is to defend the polka dot jersey.”