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Le Tour 2016 – Stage 20

Tour de FranceMegève to Morzine-Avoriaz

Distance: 146.5 kilometers.

The last mountain and truly competitive stage of the Tour. Four climbs and a long downhill finish. The climbs are the Cat 2 Col des Aravis, the Cat 1 Col de la Colombière, the Cat 1 Col de la Ramaz, and the HC Col de Joux Plane. After cresting the Col de Joux Plane there is a breakneck twisting flight to the bottom on bikes geared for hard, slow climbs to the top. A little rain and all bets are off.

At the end of the stage the Jersey wearers are all breathing easier. Froome maintained a lead of over 4 minutes on the challengers; Bardet and Quintana are still on the podium; Sagan and Majka of Tinkoff won the Green and Polka Dots, respectively; in spite of the dire possibilities of the Alps it was a whimper, not a bang.

Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 ) [Yellow] 86h 21′ 40″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( SVK – TNK – 032 ) [Green] 440 points
Polka Dot Jersey Rafal Majka ( POL – TNK – 037 ) [Polka Dot] 209 points
White Jersey Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) 4 [White]

Team: Movistar Team ( MOV – 011-019 ) [Yellow numbers]
Stage winner: Ion Izaguirre ( ESP – MOV – 017 )
Combative: Jarlinson Pantano ( COL – IAM – 079 ) [Red numbers]

Top Ten:

1 Christopher Froome ( GBR – SKY – 001 )
2 Romain Bardet ( FRA – ALM – 041 ) + 04′ 05″
3 Nairo Quintana ( COL – MOV – 011 ) + 04′ 21″
4 Adam Yates ( GBR – OBE – 209 ) + 04′ 42″
5 Richie Porte ( AUS – BMC – 091 ) + 05′ 17″
6 Alejandro Valverde ( ESP – MOV – 012 ) + 06′ 16″
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver ( ESP – KAT – 141 ) + 06′ 58″
8 Louis Meintjes ( RSA – LAM – 157 ) + 06′ 58″
9 Daniel Martin ( IRL – EQS – 184 ) + 07′ 04″
10 Roman Kreuziger ( CZE – TNK – 036 ) + 07′ 11″

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on Le Tour 2016 – Stage 20