Lennard Kamna was proclaimed winner of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France, ending in Villard-de-Lans. The stage had enough mountainous content to hold some battle between the men in the general classification, but the favorites preferred to reserve for the very tough part of this Wednesday, ending at Col de la Loze. Only in the final third category climb, Pogacar and López tested the favorites, with an optimal reaction from all of them, including the Spanish Landa and Mas.
The day after the second and last rest in the Tour and, as in the previous week, the results of the PCR on cyclists, technicians and other members of the bubble would mark the continuity of the competition with total normality. Once all were approved, the starting gun for the last week of the race was given with an attractive route ahead, but the thought that the low hardness of the final section could make the favorites sheathe their swords while waiting for Wednesday.
The escape was going to have a great opportunity and Alaphilippe and Carapaz, the main names of the escape, joined the almost certain fight for the escape stage, mostly with a score of runners. Jumbo-Visma allowed the march and they opted for a calm pace more than ten minutes from the head of the race throughout the set, including the arrival of the first-class climb to Saint-Nizier, in which there was a single movement of weight, that of Guillaume Martin, with more heart than head and who returned to the peloton kilometers later.
Bernal, again in crisis, stayed with the group of sprinters, confirming his disconnection from the general classification while waiting for sensations that could allow him to fight for a stage. The interesting fight, however, existed and was on the run, where Carapaz led the ambush that screened the participants and blew up everyone, including Alaphilippe, except for the German Kamna, who had an ace up his sleeve.
Kamna wins, favorites respond
After Richard’s prolonged attack in the last two kilometers of Saint-Nizier, Kamna counterattacked him meters before the summit to launch himself on a brief descent and later flat, in which he made good his condition as a wheeler and was constantly multiplying the advantage . Carapaz, the hunted hunter, could not give Ineos the desired triumph.
The last two kilometers with the brief ascent to the classic Villard-de-Lans, confirmed as the just winner Kamna, with Carapaz and Reichenbach completing the partial podium. From behind, more than 16 minutes later, the favorites opened the jar of essences. Pogacar led a late, although explosive, attempt, but almost all the bosses responded without too much difficulty. Only Nairo failed, as in the Grand Colombier, and the aforementioned Bernal, who had already been eliminated. Miguel Ángel López continued an attack in the form of a sprint that did not give him any spoils, apart from showing his strength while waiting for the impressive alpine stage on Wednesday.