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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 16

Tour de FranceMoirans-en-Montagne to Bern

Distance: 209 kilometers.

Officially this is a sprint stage, but the profile is a bit hilly and there is the Cat 4 Côte de Mühleberg before the cobblestones of Bern. Dry cobblestones are a bit iffy, but wet ones are a definite hazard to rider and bikes.

Peter Sagan took his third stage win, but it required some high tech equipment to decide and he thought he was second to Alexander Kristoff. The picture on the web looks like a tie.

Tomorrow is a rest day before the Alps.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 72h 40′ 38″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 405 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 127 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 3 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 )
Combative: Julian Alaphilippe ( FRA – EQS – 182 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Bauke Mollema ( NED – TFS – 061 ) + 01′ 47″
3 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 02′ 45″
4 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 02′ 59″
5 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 03′ 17″
6 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 04″
7 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 04′ 27″
8 Tejay Van Garderen ( USA – BMC – 099 ) + 04′ 47″
9 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 05′ 03″
10 Fabio Aru ( ITA – AST – 021 ) + 05′ 16″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 05′ 24″
12 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 05′ 48″
13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 05′ 54″
14 Sébastien Reichenbach ( SUI – FDL – 126 ) + 08′ 40″
15 Sergio Luis Henao ( COL – SKY – 002 ) + 12′ 24″
16 Geraint Thomas ( GBR – SKY – 009 ) + 12′ 47″
17 Pierre Rolland ( FRA – CDT – 081 ) + 13′ 03″
18 Warren Barguil ( FRA – TGA – 111 ) + 19′ 15″
19 Mikel Nieve ( ESP – SKY – 005 ) + 27′ 00″
20 Alexis Vuillermoz ( FRA – ALM – 049 ) + 28′ 23″
21 Emanuel Buchmann ( GER – BOA – 131 ) + 28′ 38″
22 Haimar Zubeldia ( ESP – TFS – 069 ) + 33′ 18″
23 Damiano Caruso ( ITA – BMC – 094 ) + 35′ 05″
24 Stef Clement ( NED – IAM – 072 ) + 36′ 17″
25 Tanel Kangert ( EST – AST – 025 ) + 38′ 12″
26 Daniel Navarro ( ESP – COF – 191 ) + 40′ 00″
27 Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) + 43′ 41″
28 Frank Schleck ( LUX – TFS – 065 ) + 46′ 58″
29 Ilnur Zakarin ( RUS – KAT – 149 ) + 48′ 05″
30 Wilco Kelderman ( NED – TLJ – 051 ) + 48′ 23″

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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