Vuelta a España
Stage 16: Graus - Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal - Stage Details

Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) claimed his second stage victory in an exciting finale to the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España. The 21-year-old attacked out of the day’s break on the lower slopes of the final climb. He slowly established his advantage until Rigoberto Uran (Sky) bridged across to him.  It looked as if Uran had squashed Barguil’s chances until Barguil glued himself to Uran’s wheel and outkicked him in the sprint.

Both Barguil and Uran emerged from a breakaway of 27 riders that solidified in the final hour of racing. Christian Meier was part of the winning move and matched the tempo of his breakmates until the final 10km of racing. Although Meier fell off the pace of the stage winners, he had enough in the tank to hold off the chasers that jumped from the peloton. He ultimately finished in 15th place on the stage, 1’29 behind Barguil.

“It was a strong group. We worked well together. Everyone started attacking each other in the last 10km. It was a bit hard to go with all the moves at that point. I had been riding in the group comfortably, but I couldn’t really follow each of the accelerations. I know the team initially reported I was caught by the bunch. That actually never happened. The break split up, but I managed to finish in front of the overall contenders. This is the best I’ve felt nearing the end of a Grand Tour.” - Christian Meier


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Warren Barguil (Fra) - Team Argos-Shimano 3:43:31
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) - Sky Procycling ST
3 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) - Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:03
4 Dominik Nerz (Ger) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:08
5 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) - Movistar Team 0:00:20
6 Mikael Cherel (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:37
7 Maciej Paterski (Pol) - Cannondale Pro Cycling ST
8 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:40
9 Amets Txurruka (Spa) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:42
10 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:45
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
15 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:29
72 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:08:26
107 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:17:53
143 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:17:59
144 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST