Stage 13, 2016 Tour de France
On Friday the riders will tackle the first individual time trial of the 2016 Tour. The 37.5km (23.3mi) route from Bourg-Saint-Andéol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc is not at all flat with 660m (2,165ft) of climbing, thus favoring a time trialist who can not only power on the flats, but can climb as well. The solo effort begins with a 7km drag out of town up the Cote de Bourg-Saint-Andéol. Perennial time-trial specialists Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) and Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) are favorites for the stage, along with Froome.
Date: Friday, July 15
Start: Bourg-Saint-Andéol, first-time stage city, population 7,500
Finish: La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, first-time stage city, population 2,300
Distance: 37.5km (22.3mi)
Elevation Gain: 660m (2165ft)
Weather forecast: Sunny weather, but still windy. The temperature will change from 20° to 26°C. The north wind will often blow at 60 km/h.
Comment from race director, Christian Prudhomme:“There’ll be a lot at stake for this first time trial of the Tour. Long enough to manage significant gaps, it won’t however exclude the climbers who will try to defend their positions on the roads overlooking the Gorges de l’Ardèche. The TV viewers around the world will have the opportunity to admire an incredible panorama.”
Chris Froome (Team Sky): “You always have to expect the unexpected at the Tour and I’ve said all along that this would be my biggest challenge yet. Now I’m just looking forward to tomorrow’s time trial”
Richie Porte (BMC Racing): “I crashed and now I’m sore. Tomorrow’s a crucial stage as well and it remains to be seen how I’ll pull up.”
Nairo Quintana (Movistar): “For me, and considering how things fared for me against Froome some days ago, it’s fine to be where I stand at the moment. I hope I can defend myself well in the TT.”