Fedrigo takes Stage 15, Wiggins still leads with mountains ahead
Pau, France (Sports Network) - Pierrick Fedrigo of France won Stage 15 of the Tour de France on Monday, while the uneventful flat ride from Samatan to Pau left Britain's Bradley Wiggins with the leader's yellow jersey heading into the Pyrenees.
Fedrigo completed the 158.5 kilometers in a time of 3 hours, 40 minutes and 15 seconds, outsprinting American Christian Vande Velde to the finish line for his fourth career Tour stage win and second in Pau. Vande Velde was credited with the same time, while Frenchman Thomas Voeckler and Nicki Sorensen of Denmark were each 12 seconds behind.
There were no changes in the overall standings, as the peloton of 140 riders crossed 11 minutes and 50 seconds behind the stage winner.
Wiggins remained the leader of cycling's most prestigious event and owns an advantage of 2 minutes and 5 seconds over countrymate Christopher Froome with Italy's Vincenzo Nibali another 18 seconds behind and defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia 3:19 off the pace in fourth place.
Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, among the top three in the general classification early in the Tour, withdrew early in Monday's stage because of an illness.
After Tuesday's final rest day, the riders will begin two days of mountain racing in the Pyrenees. It starts Wednesday with a 197-kilometer trek from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, which features a pair of category 1 climbs and two steeper ascents of the highest category.
The Tour finishes Sunday with the traditional ride along the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
07/16 12:49:28 ET