Stage 16 was raced in the Tour de France, which had the Pyrenees as its section. Nairo Quintana cycled with the favorites throughout the tour without missing minutes and on the contrary, he moved up two places, finishing fourth in the general classification at 4h15 from Dane Jonas Vingaard, leader of the competition.
Canadian Hugo Houle (Israel-Premier Tech) won the 16th stage of the Tour de France, this Tuesday with arrival in Foix (south), arrived alone after having participated in the breakaway of the day.
Houle’s was the second Canadian victory in the history of the ‘Grande Boucle’.
Dane Jonas Vingaard (Jumbo) retained the yellow jersey after this first stage in the Pyrenees where he crossed the finish line at the same time as his rival Tadej Pogacar, who came to attack the leader up to three times, all in vain.
The main victim of the day is the Frenchman Romain Bardetremained in the port of Lers, the first of the two first category climbs on the menu of the day.
On the wall of Péguère, the little Gallic climber was definitely out of the woods, which allowed the Colombian Nairo Quintana to climb to fourth place overall.
In the fight for the stage victory, Houle beat Frenchman Valentin Madouas by more than a minute, Canadian Michael Woods and American Matteo Jorgenson.
Swell, 31 years old, signed the first international victory of his professional career, started in 2013.
The only previous Canadian victory was in 1988, when Steve Bauer, now one of Houle’s sports directors, won at Machecoul.
“This victory is for my brother”, Houle said, showing off the cross that hangs around his neck in memory of his brother, accidentally died.
Pogacar attacked Vingaard in the port of Lers for half a hundred kilometers to Foix, twice up and once down. Without managing to make the yellow jersey eat time, which retains its advantage of 2 minutes 22 seconds overall.
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