Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

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After Rafal Majka in the Alps, another of Alberto Contador's domestiques claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France. Michael Rogers managed to get rid of the Europcar duo formed of Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier to arrive solo in Bagnères-de-Luchon. In the yellow jersey group, Thibaut Pinot took a significant advantage over direct rivals Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet while Vincenzo Nibali comfortably retained the overall lead.

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News from the sick bay…22.07.2014

Pneumothorax for Hollenstein

Swiss Reto Hollenstein (IAM), who crashed after one kilometer in the stage, was seriously injured in his right side and suffers from a pneumothorax, the Tour medical service said.

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Most aggressive rider.

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Winner of the last two Tour stages held in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Thomas Voeckler (EUC) came close to the hat-trick today. But the Frenchman had to be content with second place behind Michael Rogers.

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Tejay Van Garderen was one of the favourites who lost the most on Port de Bales, finishing 3:36 behind the other leaders to find himself 6th overall, 9:25 behind Vincenzo Nibali and four minutes outside of the podium.  

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Analysis22.07.2014

FDJ's perfect strategy

At the service of Thibaut Pinot in the climb to Port de Bales, Arnold Jeannesson helped his leader seize the third place overall and the white jersey for the best young rider. He then handed the baton to Jeremy Roy, gone in the day's break, who waited for his leader in the descent to escort him to the finish line.

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Left 1:50 behind Thibaut Pinot in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Romain Bardet is now 5th overall, 6:40 behind Vincenzo Nibali and 1:34 behind Pinot.

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Off the bus quotes22.07.2014

Ledanois: "There will be a battle"

BMC and Tejay Van Garderen's team director Yvon Ledanois is convinced the battle of the Pyrenees will start for good in this long stage between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, an especially in the Port de Bales, the final climb, and its long descent towards the finish line.

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The of the town22.07.2014

Five for two seats

While everybody seems to admit that Vincenzo Nibali is in a class of his own on this Tour de France, there are at least five riders competing for the two other spots on the podium and all believe they are well placed to earn them.

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Few debutants on this Tour de France have had it as good as Ben Gastauer. Part of a thriving AG2R team, with two riders in the top 10 and a stage win for Blel Kadri in Gearmder, he is aware of his luck.

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The main goal of Team Movistar at the start of the Tour de France was to help Alejandro Valverde to the podium in Paris and their manager Eusebio Unzue, who led Nairo Quintana to the second place last year, is confident it will now be the case.

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The milestone to nail down in this stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon is undoubtedly at kilometre 216 at the top of Port de Bales.

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Sporting stakes22.07.2014

The longest day

After a well deserved rest day, the 170 riders remaining in the Tour de France will have to spend their longest day on the saddle. It'll take them about eleven hours to bridge Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon, via the Portet d'Aspet, the col des Ares and the Port de Balès. It's the first of three stages in the Pyrenees but it's definitely not a standard mountain stage. In the modern editions of the Tour de France, there's usually one stage finishing downhill, as “mountain” doesn't...

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