Rain-soaked Le Tour stage 16 presents opportunity for breakaway

Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 16 of the Tour de France, taking the win with a strong solo effort into Saint-Gaudens from the early breakaway.

Stage 16 of the Tour de France got off to a cold and wet start from El Pas de la Casa, as the peloton descended out of Andorra and back toward the Pyrenees mountains.

As with many of the previous Le Tour stages, there was again a big battle to try and make the break of the day, with riders knowing today’s 170km route provided a great opportunity to take the win from the breakaway. Team Qhubeka NextHash were in on the action from the start, with Sean Bennett, Carlos Barbero and Sergio Henao all having a go and attacking.

The wet roads and initial fast descent made it difficult for a group to get away though. It was only after the first major climb of the day, the Col de Port, which peaked 54km into the stage that a few riders managed to put some distance into the yellow jersey group.

A total of 14 riders managed to slip away, unfortunately without any Team Qhubeka NextHash riders present. Patrick Konrad, the Austrian champion, showed he was a class above the rest though. Firstly by riding across a 40 second gap to 3 others on the Col de la Core, only to leave them all behind on the penultimate climb of Col de Portet-d’Aspet and soloed to victory.

The main peloton, which included the 5 Team Qhubeka NextHash riders, came home some 14 minutes down on the stage winner, Konrad. Tadej Pogacar (Team UAE-Emirates) retained the overall lead of the race.