07/18/2012 11:10 EDT | Updated 09/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Voeckler wins Tour de France 16th stage over 4 climbs in Pyrenees, Evans out of contention

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Thomas Voeckler won the 16th stage of the Tour de France over four huge climbs in the Pyrenees, while defending champion Cadel Evans dropped out of title contention on Wednesday.

Evans, who started the day fourth overall, struggled on the last two climbs, while Bradley Wiggins wore the yellow jersey a little more comfortably.

Voeckler dominated the 197-kilometre (123-mile) course from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, the Frenchman leading a breakaway for his second stage victory of the Tour. He also won Stage 10.

Denmark's Chris Anker Sorensen was second, more than 1 1/2 minutes behind Voeckler. The top title contenders — Wiggins, his Sky teammate Christopher Froome of Britain, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy — finished over 7 minutes back.

Overall, Wiggins leads second-placed Froome by 2:05, and third-placed Nibali by 2:23.

The Tour was riding under a new doping cloud after RadioShack team leader Frank Schleck was expelled from the race on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned diuretic.