Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

The longest day

Sporting stakes22.07.2014Stage 16- Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

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 only mean climbing. The race can be won in a descent as well as uphill. Among the GC contenders, the supposed-to-be best downhill racer is… Vincenzo Nibali! But the race can be lost elsewhere too. Port de Balès is the climb where Andy Schleck showed that he wasn't the best mechanic in the peloton as he couldn't put his chain back on after it dropped and Alberto Contador went on to take the yellow jersey over from him. An attack from very far out is expected on the longest day. Bagnères-de-Luchon is Thomas Voeckler's favorite town for winning a race, at the Tour de France or the Route du Sud, and he loves the Pyrenees more than the Alps…

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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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