July 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Fédrigo Pierrick was bitten by a tick a year ago. He got Lyme disease and suffered pretty bad from it, but he was treated properly and recovered to perfection. As an interesting note, Lyme disease transmits the bacteria known scientifically as Borrelia Burgdorferi.
The three climbs today came between kilometers 109 and 129. They were, in order, categories 4-3-4.
162 riders finished the stage yesterday. Only seven teams still had their full number of riders: BMC, Europcar, Liquigas, Lotto, FDJ, Saxo Bank, and Orica-GreenEdge. Rabobank is the hardest hit, with five riders gone. Euskaltel, Lampre and Vacansoleil have lost four riders each.
Fedrigo Pierrick wins today’s stage, he is 33, and this is his second Tour stage win. His first win was two years ago.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 15
GBR 1 WIGGINS, Bradley (SKY PROCYCLING) 68:33:21
GBR 2 FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING) + 2:05
ITA 3 NIBALI, Vincenzo (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 2:23
AUS 4 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) + 3:19
BEL 5 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) + 4:48
ESP 6 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 6:15
USA 7 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) + 6:57
SLO 8 BRAJKOVIC, Janez (ASTANA) + 7:30
FRA 9 ROLLAND, Pierre (EUROPCAR) + 8:31
FRA 10 PINOT, Thibaut (FDJ-BIG MAT) + 8:51