On today’s flat transition stage before the alps, Caleb Ewan took his second stage victory of this year’s Tour de France on stage 16. He out sprinted Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) to be the first man to the line.
“To be honest I felt so bad today during the day. I think the heat really got to me,” Ewan said. “I was suffering so much I almost told Max [Monfort] to get off the front. But I had extra motivation today. My daughter and my wife were here so I was so happy I could win for them.”
No changes for the GC battle today as Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) finished safely in the peloton to retain his overall race lead. That said, what should have been a drama-free day for everyone, saw Geraint Thomas (Ineos) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) both crash in separate incidents. Thomas was back on the bike quickly, but Fuglsang was less lucky and was forced to abandon the 2019 Tour de France with a suspected broken clavicle.
💥 Crash! Several riders have taken a tumble, and particularly @jakob_fuglsang! The Danish rider is forced to abandon.
💥 Chute ! Plusieurs coureurs sont tombés à terre, notamment Jakob Fuglsang ! Le Danois est contraint à l'abandon.#TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/6YHn1HgkJv
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 23, 2019
The race heads to the alps tomorrow, time for the GC battle to light up for this final week!
Summary – Stage 16 – Tour de France 2019
2019 Tour de France Results
Stage 16 results
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 3:57:08
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 NiccolÃ² Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
8 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
10 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert
General classification after stage 16
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 64:57:30
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos 0:01:35
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:47
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:50
5 Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos 0:02:02
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:14
7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar 0:04:54
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:05:00
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:05:33
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:30