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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 16

Tour de FranceNîmes > Nîmes

Distance: 177 kilometers.

A “Flat” stage, except for the category 4 climb, and a sprint finish.

  • Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Pin 96 km (cat 4: 1.8km @ 4.2%)

The intermediate sprint is at 93.5 km, Vallérargues.

Caleb Ewan won his second stage on a stage that is best described as hot… HOT! With air temperatures at least in the upper 90s, people on bicycles really should find some shade and park them. Ewan is Australian, so he’s familiar with hot and he said he wasn’t feeling 100% in the temperatures. He joins Alaphilippe and Yates as a double stage winner in the second half of the Tour.

The General Classification has stayed stagnant for some time, but the race is now headed to the Alps, and mountains have a way of changing things. The sprinters will have to hang on until the final stage for another chance at glory.

Note: A quick weather check shows that tomorrow’s stage will be in an area with an “Excessive heat alert”. Not ideal circumstances for a bicycle race.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 64h 57′ 30″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 309 Points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 64 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 5

Stage winner: Caleb Ewan ( Aus – LTS – 161 )
Combative: Alexis Gougeard ( Fra – ALM – 036 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Movistar ( MOV – 061-068 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30 below the fold

1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 35″
3 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
4 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 01′ 50″
5 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 02′ 02″
6 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 02′ 14″
7 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 04′ 54″
8 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 05′ 00″
9 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 05′ 33″
10 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 06′ 30″
11 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 07′ 22″
12 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 09′ 30″
13 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 11′ 39″
14 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 12′ 06″
15 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 13′ 42″
16 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 14′ 15″
17 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 15′ 33″
18 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 27′ 33″
19 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 28′ 25″
20 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 30′ 33″
21 Sébastien Reichenbach ( Swi – GFC – 057 ) + 00h 32′ 17″
22 Rudy Molard ( Fra – GFC – 056 ) + 00h 34′ 11″
23 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 35′ 18″
24 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 37′ 54″
25 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 39′ 23″
26 Jack Haig ( Aus – MTS – 103 ) + 00h 43′ 10″
27 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 44′ 02″
28 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 46′ 01″
29 Jesus Herrada ( Spa – COF – 154 ) + 00h 46′ 24″
30 Tanel Kangert ( Est – EF1 – 094 ) + 00h 48′ 43″

Did not start:
Wilco Kelderman ( Ned – SUN – 146 )

Withdrew:
Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 )

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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