Thomas Voeckler of Team Europcar, climbs away from all the other top riders in the Pyrennes to win stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France. Out of the saddle, over the pedals, Voeckler also danced away with the polka-dot-jersey again. On his eleventh year as a professional racer, Voeckler has won numerous stages in the Tour de France and has held the maillot blanc (youngest rider) and the maillot jaune (yellow jersey) for consecutive stages in the Tour over the last 10 years. Voeckler likes to dance on his bike and he likes to win. With one day of climbing in the four days left in the Tour, Voeckler will have competition. In Stage 17, the first climb in the Alpine Mountains has been part of the course since 1971-- the Col de Menté. This will be followed by the Col des Ares and the Port de Balès.
Riding into the Alps in Stage 10 of the Tour, Bradley Wiggins defended his yellow jersey. With Sky Team mate’s support, Wiggins rode through the 194.5-km ride from Macon to Bellegarde sur Valserine and retained his lead of one minute 53 seconds over defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia. Thomas Voeckler of Team Europcar rode away on the final kilometer to finish 3 seconds in front of Michele Scarponi of Lampre-ISD.