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by Dane Cash
September 16, 2020
Photography by Cor Vos
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Lennard Kämna won stage 16 of the Tour de France out of the breakaway on Tuesday, soloing clear of a strong collection of escapees on the day’s penultimate climb and holding on to get the win.
2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz came across the line for second with Sébastien Reichenbach taking third.
Race leader Primoz Roglic and the rest of the top GC contenders finished over 16 minutes down. Despite a flurry of late attacks and counterattacks inside the last kilometer, there were no time gaps for any of the top contenders.
After the latest round of testing did not turn up any positives for COVID-19 in the Tour de France peloton, the race resumed after its second rest day with stage 16, a 164-kilometer trek from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans. A fierce battle to get off the front in the early goings saw one big group get away first and then a collection of chasers catch on after several kilometers in pursuit. A Jumbo-Visma-led peloton was content to give breakaway move plenty of space, with the gap growing up over 10 minutes with 90 kilometers to race.
Pierre Rolland attacked the breakaway over both the Col de Porte and the Côte de Revel to earn mountain points, but the battle for the stage began to heat up inside the last 35 kilometers, where the one-two punch of the Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte and the Côte 2000 brought the climbers to the fore. Rolland’s B&B Hotels-Vital Concept teammate Quentin Pacher attacked a break that was steadily losing riders on the run-in to the penultimate climb and built a decent advantage, but the gap fell quickly once the action began in earnest on the ascent, while behind, Egan Bernal dropped back to the gruppetto.
With some four kilometers still to climb, a select group comprising Kämna, Carapaz, Reichenbach, and Julian Alaphilippe sailed past Pacher to battle amongst themselves. Carapaz then put in a big surge that only Kämna could follow, but follow he did, and then Kämna attacked going over the top of the first-category climb, opening up a gap on the gradual descent that followed.
From there, Kämna only extended his advantage on the run-in to the third-category final climb. He held on on the way up the ascent to the finish to take a convincing win 1:27 ahead of Carapaz, with Reichenbach taking third 1:56 back.
Well behind Kämna and the rest of the breakaway riders, there was some action in the yellow jersey group in the last kilometer as Tadej Pogacar and Miguel Ángel López both tried to find some time, but none of the top GC contenders managed to open a gap. Tom Dumoulin, however, moved into ninth overall as Nairo Quintana dropped to 10th.
Top 10, stage 16
1 KÄMNA Lennard (BORA – hansgrohe) 4:12:52
2 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers) 1:27
3 REICHENBACH Sébastien (Groupama – FDJ) 1:56
4 SIVAKOV Pavel (INEOS Grenadiers) 2:34
5 GESCHKE Simon (CCC Team) 2:35
6 BARGUIL Warren (Team Arkéa Samsic) 2:37
7 BENOOT Tiesj (Team Sunweb) 2:41
8 ROCHE Nicolas (Team Sunweb) 2:47
9 PACHER Quentin (B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM) 2:51
10 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2:54
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 70:06:47
2 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:40
3 URÁN Rigoberto (EF Pro Cycling) 1:34
4 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 1:45
5 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 2:03
6 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo) 2:13
7 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren) 2:16
8 MAS Enric (Movistar Team) 3:15
9 DUMOULIN Tom (Team Jumbo-Visma) 5:19
10 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 5:43
| Vos wins stage 5 of the Giro Rosa
Marianne Vos took her second Giro Rosa stage win in three days on Tuesday, sprinting to victory on stage 5.
The 110-kilometer stage in and around Terracina featured a big climb around the midway point of the day that helped whittle down the peloton, but after the pack closed down a late attack by Elisa Longo Borghini, things held together for a reduced sprint for the stage win.
Vos proved fastest in the final kick, taking the win ahead of Lotte Kopecky and Lizzie Deignan. Annemiek van Vleuten finished safely in the peloton to retain her overall race lead.
Top 10, stage 5
1 VOS Marianne (CCC – Liv) 2:47:27
2 KOPECKY Lotte (Lotto Soudal Ladies) ,,
3 DEIGNAN Elizabeth (Trek-Segafredo Women) ,,
4 RIVERA Coryn (Team Sunweb) ,,
5 BRENNAUER Lisa (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) ,,
6 JACKSON Alison (Team Sunweb) ,,
7 ALONSO Sandra (Cronos Casa Dorada Women Cycling) ,,
8 PIETERS Amy (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team) ,,
9 ERIC Jelena (Movistar Team) ,,
10 GUAZZINI Vittoria (Valcar – Travel & Service) ,,
1 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek (Mitchelton-Scott) 15:23:00
2 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Canyon SRAM Racing) 1:56
3 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team) 2:03
4 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) 3:03
5 HARVEY Mikayla (Équipe Paule Ka) 4:21
6 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Trek-Segafredo Women) 4:32
7 MOOLMAN Ashleigh (CCC – Liv) 4:34
8 GARCÍA Mavi (Alé BTC Ljubljana) 4:38
9 VOS Marianne (CCC – Liv) 5:19
10 CHABBEY Elise (Équipe Paule Ka) 5:36
| Giro Rosa organizers respond to criticism over lack of television broadcast
As Cyclingnews reports, Giro Rosa organizers have responded to criticism over not having live television coverage of the race, attributing the lack of a broadcast to the challenges of running a race during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are fully aware of the importance, we could even say of the need, of live television broadcast of our race. This urgency has been in our thoughts since the first day we planned this year’s race and the same live broadcast should have happened,” Giro Rosa organizers said, according to Cyclingnews.
“However, the situation that the whole world is experiencing in recent months does not escape anyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has put every possible human activity in check, upsetting the plans of every workplace. Added to this is a great difficulty, known to all insiders, to find space in the television schedules. For this reason, with deep regret, we are unable to ensure the live television of the race.
“Having to choose, we have decided to protect the women’s cycling movement and give up on live coverage; allowing the women to compete, which they absolutely need, especially in light of the many other canceled races.”
| Brailsford defends Ineos Grenadiers’ Tour roster selection
As the Ineos Grenadiers ride into the final few stages of the 2020 Tour de France without any riders still in contention for yellow, team principal Dave Brailsford has defended the team’s Tour roster selection.
Shortly after last month’s Critérium du Dauphiné, Ineos announced a Tour roster that did not feature Chris Froome or, more surprisingly, Geraint Thomas. Thomas’s strong performance at the recent Tirreno-Adriatico has raised questions over the the decision to leave him out of the Tour lineup, but Brailsford noted that critics of Ineos’s Tour lineup selection are “not privy to the facts that I’ve got,” according to The Guardian.
“It was a good decision, regardless of what anybody else may think,” Brailsford said.
On the other hand, he did acknowledge that his team faces a challenge moving forward as Jumbo-Visma has emerged as a dangerous rival in the Grand Tours.
“Jumbo have been building that team for three or four seasons and it’s great to see it. I admire what they have done, and they’ve got my utmost respect,” Brailsford said. “Have we got to go back to the drawing board? Totally – and that’s quite exciting in some respects. We’ve got to put together a team and a coaching staff that can deliver and try and win the race again.”
| Groupama-FDJ extends five
The Groupama-FDJ team announced contract extensions for five riders on Tuesday.
Miles Scotson has signed a one-year extension to ride on with the team into 2021, while Antoine Duchesne, Tobias Ludvigsson, Matthieu Ladagnous, and Sébastien Reichenbach will all stick with the French squad for a further two seasons.
| Ulissi wins Tour de Luxembourg opener
Diego Ulissi took stage 1 of the Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg, which came down to a reduced sprint on Tuesday.
After 133.5 kilometers of racing, Ulissi bested Amaury Capiot and Eduard-Michal Grosu to nab his first win of the season and the first race leader’s jersey in the UCI ProSeries race.
| Israel Start-Up Nation signs De Marchi
Alessandro De Marchi will join Israel Start-Up Nation next season on a two-year deal.
The 34-year-old Italian, a three-time stage winner at the Vuelta a España, will come aboard after six seasons with the CCC/BMC organization.
| Coming up at the Tour
Stage 17 should be a decisive one as the Tour peloton takes on two hors categorie climbs. The 8.4% gradient of the Col de la Madeleine will put some serious hurt into the legs before the Col de la Loze takes riders to the highest elevation reached at the 2020 Tour.
| Power analysis: The 20 minutes that dropped Egan Bernal
Giancarlo Bianchi’s latest power analysis takes a closer look at the hard day that dropped the 2019 Tour de France champion.
| What do you think: Can Pogacar overhaul Roglic in the Tour’s final week?
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| What these charts can tell us about the second week of the Tour de France
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| Peter Sagan is selling a US$21,000 commemorative medal
As Matt de Neef writes, if you’ve got $21,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can own a limited edition Peter Sagan commemorative gold medal.
Today’s featured image of Lennard Kämna winning stage 16 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.