Thomas Voeckler of Team Europcar won Stage 16 on Wednesday with a time of 5 hours 35 minutes 2 seconds, edging Chris Anker Sorensen by 1 minute 40 seconds.
The Frenchman is now the top climber with 107 points.
Brit leader Bradley Wiggins finished 12th on the day, retaining the yellow jersey, and he now has a 2 minute, 5 second lead on Christopher Froome, his teammate at Sky Procycling.
As for defending champion Cadel Evans, he dropped from fourth place overall to seventh place on Wednesday, finishing 35th on the day. He is now over eight minutes behind Wiggins.
American Tejay van Garderen, 23, continued a remarkable showing this year, retaining the white jersey with a 15th-place finish on Wednesday and staying in seventh place overall, just under eight minutes behind Wiggins. He is 3 minutes 48 seconds ahead of his primary challenger for the white jersey, Thibaut Pinot.
Radioshack-Nissan leads the team competition by 17 minutes 18 seconds, with Sky Procycling second.
General Classification Leaderboard
1. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Procycling, 74:15:32
2. Christopher Froome, Sky, +02:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale, +02:23
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto-Belisol, +05:46
5. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre, RadioShack-Nissan, +07:13
6. Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing, +07:55
7. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing, +08:06
8. Janez Brajkovic, Astana, +09:09
9. Pierre Rolland, Team Europcar, +10:10
10. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ-Bigmat, +11:43
Here's a look at Stage 16 on Wednesday, courtesy of UCI World Tour.
The riders embark on Stage 17 on Thursday, a stage complete with plenty of grueling ascents and dangerous descents as they make their way from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes. The maximum gradient in Stage 17 is a whopping 11 percent, which should see the true climbers race well. Frank and Andy Schleck have called the final descent of the 143.5-kilometer stage as "fatally dangerous," per UK.Eurosport.Yahoo.com.
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