A swashbuckling Peter Sagan again played the leading role in the 201-kms 16th stage of the Tour de France between Bourg de Peage and Gap, but had to be content with his 5th second place in the race this year behind Spanish opportunist Ruben Plaza, who went in the final climb to claim victory. The veteran Spaniard launchd a timely attack on Col de Manse, 15 kms from the finish line, to keep Sagan at bay by 30 seconds. It was a career topping for the Lampre rider, who avenged the withdrawal of...
"Of course, we'll try to attack in the Alps but I won't attack on my own, we will try to attack with Alejandro as much as possible. Today was Colombia's national day so it was special. Two years ago it was even more special because I had won on national day. It was not possible on a stage like this but it was still a special day."
The stage in videos
- On-board camera
- Landscape of the day
- Buzz of the day
- The Flamme rouge - The last kilometre
- La minute maillot jaune LCL
- [Official Teaser] Tour de France 2015
- Stage Analysis by Gilles Maignan...
- Safety 2015
- Le Vercors
The stage in pictures
Tour de France 2015 - 20/07/2015 - 16ème Etape - Bourg de Péage / Gap - 201 km - Nairo QUINTANA (MOV) Maillot Blanc © ASO/B.Bade
A sporting view
The first visit of the Tour de France to Bourg-de-Péage was back in 2010 for a stage that was heading to Mende. The former capital of the felt hat had however already welcomed the elite of road cycling on the occasion of the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2006, for a time-trial claimed by David Zabriskie. Before that, in 1994, in the twin city of Romans, the man of the day was Chris Boardman. Several weeks later, the Brit established a record that still stands (55,152 km/h) on the prologue of the Tour de France in Lille.
10 300 inhabitants
Chef-lieu de canton of the Drôme (26) area
At the bottom of the mountains, this city is for the Tour de France travelers a perfect doorway to the Alps. Men attempting long breakaways have often triumphed, like Jean-François Bernard clinching his first stage victory in 1986 or Pierrick Fédrigo twenty years later. On the last two visits, the finishes in Gap crowned a World Champion in 2011, Norway's Thor Hushovd, and two years later a future rainbow jersey wearer, Portuguese Rui Costa.
Prefecture of Hautes-Alpes (05)
Specialities: tartes de Champsaur (prune tart), cheese, pâtés, tourtons (beignets), oreilles d'âne (spinach gratin), Gap ravioli, lamb, golden delicious apples
Economy: services, tourism, construction
Sports: Rapaces de Gap (ice hockey), Gap FC (CFA)
Personalities: Guillaume Farel (protestant notable), Baron de la Doucette (prefect, MP and writer), Gilles Grimandi (footballer), Sébastien Ogier (world rally champion)
Festivals: International Festival of Folk Dances, Mountain Cinema Festival, Amateur Theatre Festival
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