(AP) - France's Thomas Voeckler led a five-rider breakaway to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France as the race entered the Alps on Wednesday.
Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead.
The 120.9-mile ride from Macon-sur-Valserine marked a return to racing after a tumultuous rest day in which a Cofidis rider was suspended by his team following his arrest by police in a doping probe.
Voeckler, the Europcar rider who wore the yellow jersey for 10 days last year, got his third Tour stage victory from a decade in cycling's premier race.
With a few miles to go, Voeckler dusted off the breakaway group, beating runner-up Michele Scarponi of Italy by 3 seconds. Jens Voigt of Germany - at 40 the oldest rider this year - was third, another 4 seconds slower.
Overall, Wiggins leads second-placed Cadel Evans, the defending champion, by 1:53. Wiggins' Sky teammate Christopher Froome was third, 2:07 back.
For the first time in the Tour, the peloton scaled the 10.9-mile Grand Colombier pass - classified as one of the hardest climbs in pro cycling in part for two tough patches with steep, 12 percent gradients.
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Stage 10 Results
1. Thomas Voeckler - Team Europcar - 4:46:26
2. Michele Scarponi - Lampre - ISD - 0:00:03
3. Jens Voigt - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:00:07
4. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil - Rabobank Cycling Team - 0:00:23
5. Dries Devenyns - Omega Pharma-QuickStep - 0:00:30
6. Sandy Casar - FDJ-Big Mat - 0:02:44
7. Egoi Martinez De Esteban - Euskaltel - Euskadi
8. Pierre Rolland - Team Europcar
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team
10. Dmitriy Fofonov - Astana Pro Team - 0:02:52
General classification after Stage 10
1. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 43:59:02
2. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:01:53
3. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling - 0:02:07
4. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:02:23
5. Denis Menchov - Katusha Team - 0:03:02
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:03:19
7. Maxime Monfort - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:04:23
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team - 0:04:48
9. Nicolas Roche - AG2R La Mondiale - 0:05:29
10. Tejay van Garderen - BMC Racing Team - 0:05:31
Full results here..
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"Voeckler wins stage as Wiggins defends yellow
By Justin Davis (AFP)
BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France - Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey on the first day of the Tour de France in the Alps Wednesday as France's Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage.
Voeckler, of the Europcar team, capped an impressive game of cat and mouse with several rivals in the closing kilometres to claim his first victory of this year's race and third of his career.
Italian Michele Scarponi (Lampre) finished second at 3sec with German veteran Jens Voigt (RadioShack) third at 7.
Wiggins retained his 1min 53sec overnight lead on BMC leader Cadel Evans, with Sky teammate Chris Froome still third overall at 2:07 and Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at 2:23.
Nibali was one of two riders, along with Belgian Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto) to try and attack Wiggins in a bid to close their respective deficits." Read more from AFP...
"French hero Voeckler wins 10th stage as Wiggins holds on to yellow
(CNN) -- The indefatigable Thomas Voeckler gave home fans a boost by winning the 10th stage of the Tour de France in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine Wednesday.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins comfortably repulsed a series of challenges to hold on to the race leader's yellow jersey, but few will begrudge Voeckler his moment of glory.
The Europcar rider finished a battling fourth on last year's Tour, but has suffered a series of setbacks in the build up to this year's race and nearly did not start.
His misfortunes did not end there as he was caught in a series of crashes in the first week and also injured his knee.
But all that was forgotten as he burst clear of a small breakaway group and held on to win by three seconds from Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), with veteran Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) in third." Read more from CNN International...
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