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(AP) - Thomas Voeckler won the 16th stage of the Tour de France over four huge climbs in the Pyrenees, while defending champion Cadel Evans dropped out of title contention Wednesday.

Evans, who started the day fourth overall, struggled on the last two climbs, while Bradley Wiggins wore the yellow jersey a little more comfortably.

Voeckler dominated the 123-mile course from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, the Frenchman leading a breakaway for his second stage victory of the Tour. He also won Stage 10.

Denmark's Chris Anker Sorensen was second, more than 1 1/2 minutes behind Voeckler. The top title contenders - Wiggins, Sky teammate Christopher Froome of Britain, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy - finished over 7 minutes back.

Overall, Wiggins leads second-place Froome by 2:05 and third-place Nibali by 2:23.

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Stage 16 Results
1. Thomas Voeckler - Team Europcar - 5:35:02
2. Chris Anker Sörensen - Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank - 0:01:40
3. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti - Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:03:22
4. Alexandr Vinokourov - Astana Pro Team
5. Brice Feillu - Saur - Sojasun - 0:03:58
6. Jens Voigt - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:04:18
7. Daniel Martin - Garmin - Sharp - 0:06:08
8. Simone Stortoni - Lampre - ISD
9. Giampaolo Caruso - Katusha Team
10. Laurens Ten Dam - Rabobank Cycling Team - 0:06:11


General classification after Stage 16
1. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 74:15:32
2. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling - 0:02:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:02:23
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team - 0:05:46
5. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:07:13
6. Tejay Van Garderen - BMC Racing Team - 0:07:55
7. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:08:06
8. Janez Brajkovic - Astana Pro Team - 0:09:09
9. Pierre Rolland - Team Europcar - 0:10:10
10. Thibaut Pinot - FDJ-Big Mat - 0:11:43


Full results here..




Jersey Standings:
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Bradley Wiggins
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Peter Sagan
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Thomas Voeckler
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Tejay van Garderen





Photos by CorVos

Tomorrow's Stage 17 Route -

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