Tour de France: Caleb Ewan Wins the 16th Stage, Julian Alaphilippe Still in Yellow

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Australian Caleb Ewan wins the 16th stage of the Tour de France on July 23, 2019.

Australian Caleb Ewan won in the sprint the 16th stage of the Tour de France Tuesday 23rd July 2019 in Nimes. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe keeps the yellow jersey

And two! Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) once again won the sprint on the 16th stage of the Tour de France on 23 July 2019 after a loop of some 175 km around Nîmes, in stifling heat. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck) keeps his yellow jersey.

The Australian, already winner of the 11th stage last Wednesday in Toulouse, has preceded on the line the Italian Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma). The green jersey, the Slovak Peter Sagan, took 4th place.

First Tour for the Australian

The Australian, with a small and muscular size (67 kg for 1.65 m), participates for the first time in the Tour de France, at the age of 25 years. He is the first sprinter to win two stages since leaving Brussels.

The breakaway of the day in this hot 174 kilometre stage has always been held on a tight leash by the sprinters’ teams (Ewan, Groenewegen, Kristoff).

The five riders left early, well before crossing the Pont du Gard, a marvel of Roman antiquity, only got a little over two minutes in advance. But the French Alexis Gougeard and Stéphane Rossetto, joined by Denmark’s Lars Bak, Poland’s Lukasz Wisniowski and another Frenchman, Paul Ourselin, held out for a long time. Up to 2400 meters from the line.

Read also: Tour de France: Alaphilippe still yellow, Pinot in good shape, Ineos in ambush

A small collar on Wednesday

Britain’s Geraint Thomas, Alaphilippe’s runner-up in the overall standings, fell after about 50 kilometres. The outgoing winner scraped left elbow, left quickly after the third fall since the start.

Less fortunate, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang was forced to retire after a fall 28 kilometres from the finish, in the crossing of Uzès. The winner of Dauphine had already fallen on the first day of the Tour, which was far from matching his expectations. At the start of the stage, he was 9th in the standings.

Wednesday, the 17th stage is offered to the fighters, before three days in high mountains. The course, 200 kilometres long between Pont du Gard and Gap, has a small pass in the last 10 kilometres.

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