Thomas Voeckler takes first race win since 2013

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler wins the first edition of the Tour La Provence after claiming stage one and defending lead

Thomas Voeckler wins the 2016 Tour La Provence

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Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) won the inaugural edition of the Tour La Provence in France on Thursday, having held the overall race lead since winning stage one.

The 36-year-old Frenchman soloed to win the opening stage of the three-day race on Tuesday to put himself into the leader's jersey. He then stayed safe in the peloton on the two subsequent sprint stages to claim the top spot on the podium.

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