Tour de France

“Brad’s biggest rival in this race is Brad, in his own head, and as long as he stays calm and focused, then he’s going to win it,” Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters said of Bradley Wiggins. Enlarge photo

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“Brad’s biggest rival in this race is Brad, in his own head, and as long as he stays calm and focused, then he’s going to win it,” Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters said of Bradley Wiggins.

PAU, France – A brief look at Monday’s 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France:

Stage: A flat 99-mile stage between Samatan and Pau featuring three minor hills in the last third of the race.

Winner: Pierrick Fedrigo of France led a two-man breakaway to claim his fourth career Tour stage victory. The FDJ-BigMat rider left a group of six riders with about 6.5 kilometers to go, with only Garmin-Sharp member Christian Vande Velde of the United States able to stay close. Vande Velde tried to outsprint Fedrigo in the last 200 meters, but the Frenchman accelerated to beat him easily at the line.

Yellow Jersey: Briton Bradley Wiggins retained the race lead ahead of Sky teammate Christopher Froome, who is 2 minutes, 5 seconds behind. Italian climber Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:23 off the pace.

Stat of the day:61 – number of tire punctures suffered by the 30 top-placed riders Sunday after someone threw tacks onto one section of the course.

Quote of the day: “Brad’s biggest rival in this race is Brad, in his own head, and as long as he stays calm and focused, then he’s going to win it.” Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters, of Boulder, about Wiggins.

Today’s Stage: Today is a rest day before two punishing days in the Pyrenees.

Associated Press