Le TOUR’19 Stage 16: Another Stage For Caleb Ewan!
Stage Report: Caleb Ewan gave his Lotto Soudal team his second stage win in the Tour de France. The Australian was the fastest sprinter on the streets of Nîmes, beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). The yellow jersey remains on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), although Geraint Thomas (Ineos) crashed and Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang had to abandon.
The fastest man in Nîmes – Caleb Ewan
The Tour started the final week with a relatively flat stage in and around Nîmes, with the only obstacle being the Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Pin. Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani would again be there for the stage victory.
Can Julian Alaphilippe hold on to the yellow jersey? Today, yes
Stage 16 Route:
177 kilometres out and back from Nîmes with just one Cat. 4 climb, the Côte de Saint Jean du Pin (1.8km at 4.2%), after 96 kilometres. Should be one for the sprinters, but in this Tour you never know. Groenewegen, Ewan, Viviani or maybe one for the green jersey, Peter Sagan?
Hot stage 16 – Tony Martin had his ice jacket on at the start
Alaphilippe still has time for the fans
Łukasz Wiśniowski, Lars Bak, Paul Ourselin, Alexis Gougeard and Stéphane Rossetto took only 6 kilometres before they rode away from the peloton. The ‘break of the day’ got a maximum lead of just 2 minutes, as Jumbo-Visma and Lotto Soudal wanted the sprint finish with Groenewegen and Ewan. So it was a very controlled stage, in which very little happened.
Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), Łukasz Wiśniowski (CCC), Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Lars Bak (Dimension Data)
125 kilometres from the finish in Nîmes, 2018 tour winner, Geraint Thomas crashed on a sweeping left hand bend. He was delayed for a little time and had a cut to his knee. The Welshman quickly rejoined the peloton as the pace was not that high. The pace did accelerate in the town of Vallérargues for the intermediate sprint.
Cut knee for Geraint Thomas
There will be a lot of bottles handed out to day
With just over 50 kilometres to go, the pace suddenly went up, as the wind started to blow a little harder. The GC riders did not want any surprises from echelons, so there was a fight for a good position. As a result, the lead of the five escapees became smaller and smaller. Bak, Gougeard, Rossetto, Wiśniowski and Ourselin were still one minute ahead of a nervous peloton.
“What did the Romans ever do for us?”
The peloton passes the Pont du Gard near Nîmes
Fuglsang out of the Tour
The wind was not strong enough to break the peloton into echelons, but there was a crash in the peloton and the biggest victim was Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang. The leader of the Astana team started as one of the top favourites in this Tour, but luck has not been with him this year: Exit Fuglsang.
Hot day for everyone – George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) takes a shower
Cees Bol was also involved in the crash, but the Sunweb sprinter managed to regain its place in the peloton, where the pace was increased by the men of Bora-Hansgrohe for Peter Sagan and Katusha-Alpecin for Jens Debusschere. Because of this, the five front runners were caught in good time, as the sprint started in the streets of Nîmes. Groenewegen, Ewan, Viviani… All the top sprinters were present.
Not much for KOM, Tim Wellens to do today, but the Lotto Soudal team would need to work for Caleb Ewan later
Ewan takes his second
It was a fairly chaotic sprint, with no team managing to control the rush to the line. Lotto Soudal tried to pilot Ewan for the win, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step took over with 500 metres to go. Michael Mørkøv and Maximiliano Richeze hit the front for Viviani, but it was Ewan who proved to have the fastest legs.
A bit of sprint chaos
This was the 25-year-old riders second victory in this Tour, after being the fastest in Toulouse. Viviani had again to settle for second place, with Groenewegen in third. Little changes in the overall, although Richie Porte ‘benefits’ from the loss of Fuglsang.
Tour stage No.2 for Ewan
Stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “To be honest, I felt so bad today. The heat really hit me but I had some extra motivation with the presence of my wife and my daughter. I was not in the ideal position with 1km to go but I followed Quick Step pretty well and came from behind. I don’t realise what’s happening to me. It’s a dream to be here at the Tour de France. It was already such a big dream to win one stage, now I won two but I can’t believe it.”
Tour de France Stage 16 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal in 3:57:08
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Niccolò 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
11. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
12. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
13. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
14. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
15. André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa Samsic
16. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
17. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
18. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic
19. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC
20. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
21. Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
22. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert
23. Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
24. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar
25. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 16:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step in 64:57:32
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Ineos at 1:35
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma at 1:47
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:50
5. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos at 2:02
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:14
7. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar at 4:54
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 5:00
9. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 5:33
10. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 6:30
11. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 7:22
12. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 9:30
13. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 11:39
14. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data at 12:06
15. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert at 13:42
16. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 14:15
17. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 15:33
18. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale 0:27:33
19. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert at 28:25
20. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 30:33
21. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 32:17
22. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 34:11
23. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 35:18
24. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 37:54
25. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana at 39:23.