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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.

 

 

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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