Tour de France #16: Lars Bak in the breakaway

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) picked up his 2nd Tour de France stage win, by taking the stage 16 mass sprint finish in Nimes. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) was 2nd and Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) finished 3rd.

Stage 16 of the Tour de France was a generally flat loop around Nimes. It was also the final opportunity before Paris, for the sprint teams to have a go at a stage win.

Lars Bak from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was hoping to catch the main sprint teams off guard and infiltrated the main break of the day. Bak and his 4 fellow escapees pushed the peloton all the way to the final 2.5km before they were eventually caught.

Edvald Boasson Hagen and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg then tried to take their opportunity in the sprint but the technical finish made it difficult to get into an opportune position, going up against the bigger sprint trains.

Boasson Hagen, slightly boxed in against the barriers, was not able to truly get his sprint going until it was too late and went on to cross the line in 12th position with Janse van Rensburg in 16th.

Unfortunately, a crash just outside of the 3km to go mark caught out Roman Kreuziger. Our Czech climber chased frantically to the line and would finish a minute down on the stage winner. However, due to Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana) crashing out of the Tour early on today, Kreuziger remains in 14th overall as we now head into the Alps.

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