Thursday, March 30, 2017

TDF News

Lotto Soudal Active in Stage 16 Break

The sixteenth Tour stage took the riders from Bourg-de-Péage to Gap. As predicted the Col de Manse was a crucial point on the course. The peloton let a large front group take lots of advantage. Lotto Soudal had two riders in front: Thomas De Gendt and Adam Hansen. Rubén Plaza won today’s stage.

Soon after the start 29 riders escaped the peloton, twelve of them left the others behind. Thomas De Gendt was one of the men in the front group. In the second group some riders were dropped and twelve others were left, among them Adam Hansen. The two groups melted together with 95 kilometres to go. Only one missed out. As expected the peloton didn’t chase and the leaders got almost twenty minutes advantage.

 

 

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BMC's Stage 16: Close Call For Van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team narrowly avoided a crash on the descent to the finish Monday at the Tour de France to remain third overall heading into the race's second rest day.

Warren Barguil (Team Giant-Alpecin) collided with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in front of van Garderen while negotiating a right-hand turn in the final kilometers of the 201-km race. The pair was part of a group of 10 riders chasing Italian national road champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), who had attacked a kilometer from the summit of the Col de Manse.

 

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Sagan 4th in Valence

Peter Sagan was once again proactively seeking the win on stage 15 to Valance, as he took part in the breakaway of the day, where he also scored maximum points in the intermediate sprint before being caught by the chasing peloton. In a hectic sprint, Sagan took 4th place behind main green jersey rival André Greipel and now leads the points classification by 44 points.

 



Peter Sagan took his 10th top five result of this Tour with a fourth place on stage 15. After the stage, Sagan notes that he wanted to pursue his possibilities in the breakaway.

 

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2015 Tour de France Stage 16 Preview

Stage 16 of the 2015 Tour de France runs 201kms from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap and favors those willing to take risks on a big descent. 

 

 

The intermediate sprint occurs at 86.5kms in Die, right before the two big climbs of the day.  The sprinters will be keen to contest this as they will probably be no one near the front of the pack at the finish with two cat-2 climbs on deck.

  • Km 130.0 - Col de Cabre (1 180 m)9.1 kilometre-long climb at 4.6% - category 2
  • Km 189.0 - Col de Manse (1 268 m)8.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 2

This is also the last transition day before the Alps.  The riders luckily will have a rest day tomorrow to recover a little, so the day’s break riders may try extra hard to take risks and get victory, especially if they’re from a team that has yet to taste success.  The GC men will be keen to prevent time loss, however, so on the final descent, it is possible for someone to sneak away.  Everyone should be careful though, as on these roads, Tours have been lost (Andy Schleck) and careers have ended (Joseba Beloki).  It is very technical and not to be taken lightly! 

André Greipel strikes again

The fifteenth stage in the Tour brought the riders from Mende to Valence. Over 183 kilometres, the riders had to cover a sloped course with four ascents. The early breakaway never got much advantage, so the stage ended in a bunch sprint. André Greipel appeared to be the fastest and he obtained his third victory in this Tour de France. Froome maintains the yellow jersey, Gallopin is still ninth in the GC.

 

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