Monday July 20th, 2015

Stage 16Bourg-de-Péage / Gap

Start 12h40 (Local time)

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Stage summary20.07.2015

Ruben Plaza tames Sagan

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...

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"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." 

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"I knew the descent from two years ago and from seeing it on television with the Beloki crash. I was again very close. I'm glad because I was going for second place. No, I'm joking. I really don't know what I should do better. I tried everything. I knew I had to try as hard as I could in the descent even if it meant dying. I was the one pulling in the climb because nobody wanted to race with me. When the Lotto went, nobody chased behind him while they all went after me."

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"It's never nice to hear that one of your team-mates crashed, especially when it's Geraint Thomas, who gave everything for me since the start of the race and is a GC contender in his own right. But he's OK, he's a tough cookie and he'll be back in the next couple of days. It was unfortunate to lose Peter Kennaugh He had a tough last couple of days with illness and spent a lot of energy trying to stay in the race yesterday. We saw the GC teams attack in the climb, Tinkoff Saxo attacked and...

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"I joined team Lampre at the request of Rui Costa, whom I knew from Movistar. I dedicate this victory to my family but also to Rui, as his withdrawal was a harsh blow for the team. At 35, you appreciate a victory more than at 25. My last victory on a grand Tour was on the 2005 Vuelta, and it was a time trial. It's nice to win a stage like this too. I knew that Sagan was coming back and I know how good he is in descents but I had a comfortable enough lead at the top, about 50 seconds, not to...

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The Europcar team director foresees a stage in two acts between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap.

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Sporting stakes19.07.2015

Spectacle in the downhill

The sprinters have had their say in Valence, now it's up to the attackers on the way to Gap where the Tour de France can't be won but can be lost. The downhill of the col de Manse just before the finish in the prefecture of the Hautes-Alpes is a spectacular one. By experience, Alberto Contador knows how to use this terrain to put his rivals into trouble as he did to Andy Schleck in previous editions. Chris Froome is aware of the danger. He's clearly worried about crashing the day before the...

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