A guide to the Tour de France
18th July 2016
Peter Sagan won Stage 16 today, on a day when the Tour de France started on the rolling roads of the Jura, and finished in Bern, Switzerland.
An uphill drag away from the river in Bern reduced the size of the peloton, and left only the strong men in with a chance of victory. Sagan was well-placed in the final stages, and he pipped Alexander Kristoff to the line, with a bike lunge.
This video shows the end of the stage:
Earlier, the Etixx Quick-Step duo of Tony Martin and Julian Alaphilippe formed the day's breakaway. Their maximum advantage was about 6 minutes, and the were caught with 22km remaining. Rui Costa then made a solo bid for glory, but it came to nothing. That meant the race was back together for the finish in the Swiss capital.
Chris Froome was right up there at the end, so he lost no time in the GC race.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
This is the Stage 16 highlights video.
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 17 of the 2016 Tour de France is 184.5km from Bern to the Emosson dam, in Switzerland for the whole day. There are two Category 3 climbs in the Bernese Oberland, around the middle of the stage, then an intermediate sprint after 150km at Martigny. It's a tough end to the day's racing, with the climb of the Col de Forclaz (Category 1) closely followed by an hors catégorie climb to the finish at the Emosson dam. There could be a shake-up in the GC. Read about Stage 17, Tour de France 2016.
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