Primoz Roglic retains the yellow jersey and retains the lead over Tadej Pogacar, but German Lennard Kamna takes his first Tour de France victory in stage 16
- Lennard Kamna won stage 16, but nothing has changed at the top
- Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey and his lead over Tadej Pogacar in the 1940s
- A 23-man breakaway pulled away at the top of the penultimate climb
German Lennard Kamna won stage 16 of the Tour de France from a breakaway in Villard-de-Lans, while Primoz Roglic retained the yellow jersey.
Kamna accelerated away from Richard Carapaz at the top of the penultimate climb of the 164km La Tour-du-Pin stage to take his first Grand Tour victory of his career.
The main contenders, happy to let a 23-man breakaway enjoy their lead, rolled in more than 17 minutes later, with Roglic and second-place Tadej Pogacar teamed up to keep the 40-second gap between them.
German Lennard Kamna took his first Grand Tour victory in stage 16 of the Tour de France
Primoz Roglic kept the yellow jersey and kept the gap to Tadej Pogacar second
There was no change at the top of the general classification, with Rigoberto Uran third ahead of fellow Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez fourth and Briton Adam Yates fifth, taking Wednesday’s stage from Grenoble to the Col de la Loze above Meribel is expected to prove to be more decisive. .
Last year’s winner, Egan Bernal, dropped out of the race when he was at a distance on the Grand Colombier on Sunday, was out of pace again and drove home in the grupetto alongside the sprinters and other stragglers down the mountain, at least in it managed to smile and joke. while he did.
Ineos had instead pinned their hopes for a stage win, with Andrey Amador and Pavel Sivakov joining Carapaz in a large group that was allowed to hit the road.
There was no change at the top of the general classification, with Rigoberto Uran still in third place
That group broke up decisively during the ascent of the Montee de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, a little over 20 km from the line, with Carapaz attacking first, but able to follow Kamna and then accelerate away on the valley road to the last ramp to the line.
Kamna, 24, took a stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine last month before taking second place ahead of Dani Martinez on Friday in stage 13 of the Tour.
“I feel great,” Kamna said. ‘Now is an absolutely wonderful day for me. It was a fight from the start and I knew I had to make it to the finish on my own. When I saw Carapaz increase the speed I thought, ‘Now is the time to go’ and I just pushed all in until the end.
‘It’s a great, great, great relief for the team and for me. I can hardly imagine. The step I took this year has been huge and I am so happy to have won today. ‘
Nicholas Roche, whose father Stephen took the yellow jersey in Villard-de-Lans in 1987, was also at half time and came home on the podium eighth.
Stage 16 of the Tour de France is a 164 km ride from La Tour-Du-Pin to Villard-De-Lans
“You start the stage with the dream of winning another stage in the Tour de France, but you shouldn’t be too greedy either, you will compete against some of the best riders in the world,” said the Irishman.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but Lenny showed today that he was the strongest on the climb. We’ve seen he’s been strong since the start of the Tour, so he’s a well-deserved winner. ‘
Neither Sam Bennett nor Peter Sagan made it through the early bouts, so Bennett stays 45 points ahead of the former world champion in the fight for green, but Matteo Trentin won the intermediate sprint to take 20 points and close his own gap to Bennett to 60.