Juul-Jensen & Nieve make the break on stage 16 at the Tour de France

Tue 15 Sep 2020

After another long battle, Chris Juul-Jensen and Mikel Nieve made the breakaway on stage 16 of the Tour de France, whilst Adam Yates maintained his fifth overall by finishing with the select group of favourites behind.

Making the break:
Post rest day legs were tested early as big groups of riders tried to form the breakaway of the day. The first attempt of 35 included Jack Bauer and Esteban Chaves, but the group was deemed too big for the bunch who shut them down.

Shortly after, a new group of 15 formed containing Juul-Jensen but with the main climbing of the stage still to come, Mitchelton-SCOTT sent Nieve in a chase group that eventually joined them on the Cote de Revel with 75km to go. 

Climbs make the difference:
The front group maintained a steady tempo until the penultimate climb of the day, the Montee de St-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, when they began to attack each other.

Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) put in an attack that could only be followed by Lennard Kamna (BORA-hansgrohe), who ultimately won the stage.

Nieve and Juul-Jensen lost touch with the front of the race and sat up to save their energy for two difficult mountain stages to come.

GC battle way behind:
Content to let the stage battle go on ahead, the peloton settled some 15minutes adrift. 

UAE Team Emirates took up the tempo on the final climb to the line,to shell the bunch to the general classifications, whilst Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) tried to put in a late attack, but the overall contenders remained together, bar Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) who lost more time.

Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“The initial breakaway certainly didn’t give the five chasers with Mikel an easy ride to get across, they spent 25km, which has obviously hurt them in the long run.

“Our guys did what they could, we got guys in the break, just not the right combination, but we’ll be back at it tomorrow.

“The GC guys looked pretty fresh on the wheels, barring Quintana who looks to be struggling after his crash, ready for a massive two days ahead.”

Tour de France – Stage 16 Results:
1. Lennard Kamna (BORA-hansgrohe) 4:12:52
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:27
3. Sebastien Reichenbach (Gorupama-FDJ) +1:56
26. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +16:48 

Tour de France – General Classification after stage 16:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 70:06:47
2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:40
3. Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) +1:34
5. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:03

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