Good lad! Did you see his “almost” crash though, tight right hander at pace, and his back wheel just said “see ya mate”!! Must have been something on the road though, when the Peloton followed, a big crash went down, although Voeckler hit the same patch and exercised some immaculate bike control, turning into the skid and executing a beautiful two wheel drift that Steve Peat would have been proud of!
It is apparantly the closest a Briton has been to taking a high mountain Tour stage since Robert Millar in 1989. I think we can expect big things from the Welsh lad over the years to come, i will be watching with anticipation!
Favourites Cadel Evans, Ivan Basso and the Schleck brothers piled on the
pressure, Contador all but crumbled on the final kilometre of the summit finish,
complaining of a knee injury that has dogged him since a crash on stage nine.
Thomas Voeckler successfully defended the race leader’s yellow jersey on Bastille Day, but defending champion Alberto Contador lost time to his overall rivals on the first mountain stage of the 2011 Tour de France.
Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finished ahead of Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek), who were second and third respectively, on the 211-kilometre 12th stage from Cugnaux to Luz-Ardiden in the Pyrenees.