Tour leader believes he has ‘zero’ chance

Yellow jersey of overall leader, France's Thomas Voeckler, waits for the start of the 192,5 km and fifteenth stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race run.

With a week left in the Tour de France, only one person is convinced Thomas Voeckler can’t win the race in Paris.

Voeckler himself.

The unlikely yellow jersey-holder, who stayed with the Tour’s expected contenders through the Pyrenees climbs, is being touted as a possible champion by his rivals.

But Voeckler’s unsure.

“It’s flattering, but I don’t believe it for a second,” he said. “I’m going to fight for sure, but I can’t be dishonest: I believe I have zero chance to win the Tour de France.”

Adding more pressure for the 32-year-old is the fact that he’s aiming to become the first French rider to win the Tour in 26 years. In 2004, Voeckler led for 10 days before losing the yellow jersey to Lance Armstrong in the rugged Alpine mountain stages. 

Yesterday was the second and final rest day of this year’s race. Four Alpine mountain stages begin today, starting with a 101-mile ride in the foothills. The Tour ends on July 24 in Paris.
metro/reuters


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