Rogers gets better of Voeckler for maiden stage win

Michael Rogers claimed a first Tour de France stage victory as he out-sprinted Thomas Voeckler.

Australia's Michael Rogers bows for cheering spectators as he crosses the finish line to win the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France . (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The former Team Sky rider followed up his Giro successes on his return from suspension by taking stage 16, the 237.5km run from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Rogers, cleared of wrongdoing in April after a positive test for clenbuterol, and Voeckler, who had Europcar team-mate Cyril Gautier for company in the closing stages, were part of a 21-man breakaway which took shape in three waves from 28km, and they were 12 minutes clear by the time they reached Port de Bales, 35km from the finishing line.

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But the Australian made his move 4.5km from the line and it proved decisive.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead for Astana with his advantage over second-placed Alejandro Valverde remaining at 4mins 37secs. But there was a reshuffling of the pack behind them as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot jumped to third place 29 seconds adrift, with compatriots Jean-Christophe Peraud and Romain Bardet in fourth and fifth respectively.

Today’s 17th stage of the Tour is 124.5km and will see the cyclists journey from Saints-Gaudens through to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet.