Voeckler gives hosts taste of Tour de France glory

PERPIGNAN, France - Thomas Voeckler gave the host country its first victory in this year's Tour de France on his lucky day, winning the fifth stage from Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan on his own yesterday.

PERPIGNAN, France - Thomas Voeckler gave the host country its first victory in this year's Tour de France on his lucky day, winning the fifth stage from Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan on his own yesterday.

Five years ago to the day, he shot to fame in France by seizing the yellow jersey and kept the lead for 10 days.

"I waited for so long for this to happen I had almost ceased to believe in my chances of winning a tour stage," the 30-year-old Bouygues Telecom rider said.

Voeckler's early season form has been excellent - he also won the opening Etoile de Besseges and Trophee des Grimpeurs in the spring - but he has been hampered by the broken collarbone he sustained in April. - Reuters

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