He took a chance, brought the escape to a victorious end. German Lenard Kämna won the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France. He managed the last tens of kilometers very well, at the end of the introductory alpine act of the 107th year of the famous cycling race he also passed the climber Ricardo Carapaz from Ecuador. Swiss Sebastian Reichenbach finished third. Slovenian Primož Roglič also made a big loss in the group of biggest favorites. However, he safely defended the yellow jersey 40 seconds in front of his compatriot Tadej Pogačar and will ride in it tomorrow for the eighth day in a row.
After the second free Monday, the race entered the final third week today. The 16th stage from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans, 164 km long, was waiting for the peloton. It was the first of three challenging alpine series in a row.
And according to experts, ideal for a large escape. The assumptions were met. Strong stables and favorites for the overall championship were left by a large group, from which Kämna was the first to reach the finish line in Villard-de-Lans. At the age of 24, he won his first victory on the Tour. It was the premiere triumph this year for the Bora-hansgrohe stable
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The main peloton did not arrive until almost seventeen minutes late. The captain of the Jumbo-Visma Roglič team lightly watched the yellow jersey in the lee, and the others also saved their strength for Wednesday’s most difficult climb of the whole year. It will finish on the Col de la Loze at an altitude of 2304 meters after a 20-kilometer descent.
With a loss of more than 27 minutes, the group arrived with Jan Hirt or the defending champion of the Colombian Egan Bernal, just behind them Roman Kreuziger came as one of the last.
All 156 remaining cyclists can continue to Paris, where the destination will traditionally be on Sunday. The organizers announced that all 785 tests on covid-19 performed on riders and escorts during Sunday and Monday were negative. No competitor has been positive since the start of the Tour on August 29th.
|Tour de France – 16th stage: La Tour-du-Pin – Villard-de-Lans (164 km):|
|1. Kämna (Germany / Bora-hansgrohe) 4:12:52|
|2. Carapaz (Ekv./Ineos Grenadiers) -1: 27|
|3. Reichenbach (Switzerland / Groupama-FDJ) -1: 56|
|4. Sivakov (Rus./Ineos Grenadiers) -2:34|
|5. Geschke (DEU / CCC) -2: 35|
|6. Barguil (Fr./Arkea-Samsic) -2:37|
|7. Benoot (Belg./Sunweb) -2: 41|
|8. Roche (Ir./Sunweb) -2:47|
|9. Pacher (Fr./B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) -2:51|
|10. Alaphilippe (Fr./Deceuninck-Quick Step) -2:54|
|137. Hirt (CR / CCC) -27: 27|
|147. Kreuziger (CZE / NTT) -27: 49|
|1. Roglič (Slovin./Jumbo-Visma) 70:06:47|
|2. Pogačar (Slovenian / SAE Team Emirates) -40|
|3. Uranium (Col./EF Pro Cycling) -1: 34|
|4. López (Kol./Astana) -1:45|
|5. A. Yates (Brit./Mitchelton-Scott) -2:03|
|6. Gate (Austr./Trek-Segafredo) -2: 13|
|7. Landa (Sp. / Bahrain-McLaren) -2: 16|
|8. Mas (Šp. / Movistar) -3: 15|
|9. Dumoulin (Niz./Jumbo-Visma) -5: 19|
|10. Quintana (Kol./Arkea-Samsic) -5:43|
|80. Hirt -2:53:10|
|105. Kreuziger -3:32:29|