2010 Tour de France photos - Stage 15

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Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti - Editor: Pete Geyer


2010 Tour de France Stage 15:  A breakaway group rides by fields of sunflowers.
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The peloton in close pursuit
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The breakaway that finally succeeded included Alessandro Ballan (BMC), Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Transitions) and Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom).
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French national champion Voeckler
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The peloton
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Race leader Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) rides by the monument to Fabio Casartelli (Motorola) on the descent of the Col de Portet-d'Aspet.  Casartelli died here when he crashed during the 1995 Tour.
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) gets a water bottle from his team car.
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Voeckler, who outlasted his breakaway companions on the ascent of the Port de Bales, descends the mountain.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) took advantage of an Andy Schleck dropped chain near the summit to distance himself from the yellow jersey.
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Schleck on the descent.
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Thomas Voeckler takes a well-earned victory.
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Alessandro Ballan takes second place ahead of Aitor Perez Arrieta (Footon-Servetto).
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Schleck races to the finish line but he lost the yellow jersey to Contador for 8 seconds.
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Voeckler and PowerBar podium girls.
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Contador and LCL TDF podium girls.
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Points leader Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and the PMU podium girls.
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Schleck and Skoda podium girls including American Laura Antoine, left.  Schleck remains best young rider but couldn't hide his disappointment at losing the yellow jersey.
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- More Stage 15 photos to come