Thomas Voeckler, a Frenchman from Team Europcar riders, won the stage 16 in the 2012 Tour de France at his amazing performance in the 197 km stage of the road race.
After crossing the finish line quickly in a period of 5 hours, 35mins 2secs, he was classified as one of the race favorites.
Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) went down to the second spot, and Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi) fell on the third spot.
Voeckler could hardly believe his triumph. He even mentioned that it was something he only watched on television when he was a kid, but one day it was himself who did it.
He also said that his training in that region made him become more familiar with every meter of the climbs. All the 197 kilometers, he knew them by heart.
The competition in the overall classifications continued between Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian finished first, ahead of Wiggins, his British rival. Nibali attained the 11th position while Wiggins secured the 12th spot.
Wiggins led the overall category, with a margin of 2mins 5secs over Christopher Froome, his teammate. Wiggins commented that the teams were incredible that day and despite the hot weather, everyone responded differently to it.
Nibali, being 18 seconds behind, was at the third position; Jurgen Van Den Broeck secured the fourth position, and Haimar Zubeldia got the fifth position.
Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) came first in the Intermediate sprint, but Thomas Voeckler succeeded to take the entire four ascents of the race.
Voeckler said that winning the stage was truly special since they had criticism prior to the Tour, and that it really hurt him.
The RadioShack-Nissan team led the 16-stage classification with teams Sky Procycling, Astana, BMC, and Europcar filling up the next four spots.