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Cadel Evans' repeat Tour hopes vanish in Pyrenees

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains on Wednesday, as Bradley Wiggins took another step toward taking the yellow jersey home.

French fan favorite Thomas Voeckler took a starring role into big climbs along the Spanish border, winning Stage 16 in a breakaway as Wiggins kept his big rivals a bay - or dusted them.

"It's pretty much the Tour de France over for me," Evans said.

The 35-year-old Australian fell from fourth to seventh overall, and trails Wiggins by 8 minutes, 6 seconds, …

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