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There was was no fairytale Tour de France ending for Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) on Monday in Berne, the Swiss rider’s hometown, as Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took the Stage 16 victory out of a select group, in a photo finish.
The peloton had to navigate a technical finale on stage 16 with a cobblestone-lined climb coming in the final kilometres. The peloton split dramatically on the climb with the classics riders of the peloton coming to the fore. The world champion captured the victory with the bike throw, his third stage victory of this year’s Tour. Kristoff later admitted he’d misjudged the line, due to shadows on the finishing straight.
“I was not waiting for the results, I thought I was second until they came and told me I had won,” Sagan said after the stage. “It’s unbelievable. After so many times finishing second… the wheel turns. I want to thank my team for the work they did all day. Then it was a crazy finale, very technical. Everyone wanted to be in my wheel. I think Kristoff made a mistake in the sprint. He jumped very late and that’s how I won.”
Read the full stage 16 race report, highlight video and results here.