Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

Km 216 - Port de Balès for a start

See you22.07.2014Stage 16- Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

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.

Recent history showed that the man reaching the top with a margin over his rivals managed to keep it all the way down to the finish line. It is reason enough to try hard on the 11.7-km climb with an average declivity of 7.7 pc since a stage victory is at stale. Thomas Voeckler knows how to do it as he won in Luchon in 2012.

For Thibaut Pinot, this is the first key moment of the Pyrenees: "Everybody is talking about Hautacam but seirous things start with Port de Bales on Tuesday," he said.

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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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