BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — A brief look at the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday:
Stage: The first of three high mountain stages in the Pyrenees, Tuesday’s 147.6-mile race was the longest of this year’s Tour. The route took the 169 riders still in contention out of the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne and over a series of small foothills before tackling the “beyond category” 7.3-mile ascension of the Port de Bales, 12.4 miles from the finish.
Winner: Australian Michael Rogers scored Tinkoff-Saxo team’s second stage win of this year’s Tour, dropping three breakaway comapanions in the final kilometers of the descent off of the Port de Bales into Bagneres-de-Luchon. It was Rogers’ first Tour stage win, and comes on the heels of a stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia.
Yellow jersey: Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained his tight grip on the overall lead. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde kept his 4:37 deficit to Nibali to remain in second place overall, while Frenchman Thibaut Pinot leapfrogged from fourth to third place, 5:06 behind.
Quote of the day: “It’s definitely disappointing. I had high hopes for a podium and now it looks like it’s taken a big hit.” U.S. rider Tejay van Garderen.
Stat of the day: 7: The number of 1st category and “beyond category” climbs that the riders will ascend during the three stages in the Pyrenees.
Next stage: Wednesday’s Stage 17 is the shortest road stage in the 2014 Tour at only 77.4 miles. Short, but far from easy. After leaving Saint-Gaudens, riders will go up and over three 1st category climbs including the Col de Peyresourde, before finishing with the terrible 6.3-mile uphill finale at Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet, where American George Hincapie gained his greatest individual Tour glory with a dazzling mountain stage win in 2005.