With the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde climbs, this was a day that begged for an attack. And Thomas Voeckler duly delivered. He led over every pass and claimed his second stage victory in a week. The top five of stage 16 is:
1. Thomas Voeckler (FRA) EUC 197km in 5h35'01" (35.3km/h)
2. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN) STB at 1'40"
3. Gorka Izaguirre (ESP) EUS at 3'22"
4. Alexandre Vinokouorv (KAZ) AST at 3'22"
5. Brice Feillu (FRA) SAU at 4'06"