Lto time that was going to be decisive to decide part of this Tour de France I started with two bad news. I received the first Movistaraccustomed to receiving them in recent times.
Matteo Jorgenson, one of his main assets to take a stage in the remainder of the Tour, could not be at the start due to injury. A fiber tear in the left thigh, as well as pain in the perineal area, were to blame.
The cyclist, who next season will not run with the telephones and who was close to success in one of the stages of this ‘Grande Boucle’, returned home leaving the others behind. Eusebio Unzú with half the force.
The other not very positive news, which could affect everyone, was the appearance of a cursed curve that caused the falls as soon as the day began. Renard, Degenkolb, and Eekhoff.. Luckily the rest, already warned, took greater precautions. Others, like Welsford, you arrived late. But without the same consequences Parrot in Luxembourg.
The strategy, key
A demanding time was expected from 22.4km with the doubt of how they removed the bodies after the day of rest, where there are always surprises. The choice of the developments and the strategies of the different teams were going to have their relevance when facing that last wall, where nobody wanted scares ‘a la Roglic’ in the past Turnwhere the chain jumped on the single chainring.
Vingeaard makes history about the goat
The duel of the colossi had a clear winner: Jonas Vingegaard. The Dane showed his most aggressive side from the first second. Taking risks and filing time in each curve to consolidate his yellow.
In the first sector I already put 16 seconds and 31 in the second set. Pogacar changes bike at the first ramps of Domancy. 2 kilos less of a frame to try to iron out the 31 seconds that the Dane was putting into him, more violent than ever after the rest day. There was nothing to do.
The third sector, and without changing bikes, Jonas was putting 1:05 on Tadej. The Jumbo radio was on fire cheering on the, now yes, great favorite for the final triumph. In the end, the destruction of the Dane was consumed, who puts 1:38 into his great rival and begins the third week with a margin of 1:48
Carlos Rodrguez falls off the podium
the spanish carlos rodriguez he was unable to retain his third overall position in the Tour de France. The man from Ineos finished the time trial with a time of 36:12 (37.1 km7H on average) and finished the stage five seconds behind adam yates that apapa to the third place of the drawer with two days of high mountain ahead.
The best Spaniard of the day was Pello Bilbao who signed a brilliant time trial finishing in fourth position after stopping time at 35:31. The Basque remains seventh overall.
Classification of the 16th stage of the Tour de France
General classification of the Tour de France
This Wednesday the great mountain returns to the Tour
Stage 17: Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc – Courchevel, 166 km (Wednesday, July 19)
With more than 5,000 meters of accumulated unevenness we attended the queen stage of the Tour de France 2023. The extensive alpine block closes with the ascent to the Col de la Loze that exceeds 2300 meters of altitude after 28 kilometers of ascent at 6%.