Pierrick Fedrigo won the 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France from Samatan to Pau and there was no change in the General Classification with Bradley Wiggns still leading by 2.05.
After the dramas yesterday with an apparent protest involving tacks being thrown on the road causing multiple punctures, stage 15 passed without controversy. Having been in the minority who survived the attempted sabotage yesterday, Wiggins suffered an early puncture but it did not affect the overall race positions.
Today's stage had the potential to be one for the sprinters or a break away. After a few early attempts, it was a final group of 6 riders that stamped their authority on the 158km stage. With the highest placed rider some 56 minutes down on the General Classification, the peloton, controlled by Team Sky, had no interest in chasing down the group of riders. With under 6km left, Pierrick Fedrigo of FDJ and Christian Vande Velde of Garmin launched an attack which took them clear of the 4 other break away riders. It then came down to a one v one sprint finish into Pau with Fedrigo doing enough to claim his fourth career win on the Tour.
It was then left for the rest of the peloton to roll in to the finish over 10 minutes behind the stage winner with no change in the General Classification positions.
With the second and final rest day tomorrow before the final push to Paris, the dream is very much alive for Bradley Wiggins.