Happy return for Fedrigo in Pau

PIERRICK Fedrigo left a rotten season behind him overnight when he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Pau, the site of his last major victory two years ago.

The Frenchman outwitted his breakaway companions to ride the last six kilometres with American Christian Vande Velde, whom he easily outsprinted in the final stretch.

Fellow Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, winner of the 10th stage, finished third in the short 158.5 kilometre ride from Samatan, in which the peloton anticipated Tuesday's rest day by taking it leisurely in the finale after a nervous start.

Briton Bradley Wiggins retained his overall leader's yellow jersey ahead of compatriot Chris Froome and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali.

For Fedrigo, the victory came as a huge relief after he missed most of the 2011 season with Lyme disease.

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