On Monday, July 20, will be held on the 16th stage of the Tour de France by 2015. This is a step by the central mountains. The start is in Bourg-de-Peage, and aim in Gap. What course of this ride will? That climbs to presented to drivers? What are the Favorites to win this stage?
Starting point: Bourg-de-Peage
Bourg-de-Peage is located in the Rhone-Alpes region. The municipality of Bourg-de-Peage is about 10,000 inhabitants and is situated on the river Isère. This site exists thanks to a bridge across the Isère, built by monks during the middle ages. Travelers had to pay a toll to use this bridge. When the bridge was therefore built a House for tolbeambte. The monks also made sure that there is a chapel and a small hospital at this junction was built for travellers. This settlement eventually grew into a city.
Bourg-de-Peage was once before a tour scene: 2010 went to this place the tenth driver to the start of the Tour de France, ending in Mende. Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez victorious in the leg.
Finish Location: Gap
Gap is the capital of the Hautes-Alpes Department. Point Gap has around 40,000 inhabitants. This city has a long history and was founded many years before the Christian era.
Gap in the Tour de France in Gap have been 22 times before the ending date of a tour stage. The first time was in 1931. When the Belgian Jef Memysere Gap won the 11th stage of the Tour. Two times a Dutchman won a stage in the Gap. The first time was in 1953, when Wout Wagtmans which triumphed in the 17th stage. The second time was in 1989, when Jelle Nijdam won the 14th stage. New winners of the Tour stage in Gap is the Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo, Portugal Sergio Paulinho, Norwegian Thor Hushovd and Portugal’s Rui Costa.
Route and time schedule
This is a phase that will pass through the central mountains. There are two mountains from the other category is included in this stage: Col de Cabre and Col de Manse. The inception of this phase is to 12h40 in Bourg-de-Peage. After 86.5 km course riders in place that presented the intermediate sprint.Sprint will take place on schedule around 14h40.
The first major climb of the day, the Col de Cabre. The upper part of the col is located at an altitude of 1180 meters. From the top still 71 kilometres to the finish line rates. The second climb at this stage is the Col de Manse. The peak lies at an elevation of 1268 meters. What makes this ascent of particular importance is the fact that the Summit in this upgrade is only 12 kilometers from the finish. The finish on this trip is around 5:15 expected. After this stage, the rider can enjoy a well deserved rest day.
Probably, this is a step in which a group of attackers have the chance to fight for the stage victory. Firstly, because the trail a bit too heavy for many sprinters, make several sprinters teams on this day will make some effort to get in a breakaway. In addition, During this trip may not sufficiently heavy for a fight between the favourites in the general classification, so will also act in the general classification riders not too much effort to get back on the attacker.
What are the favourites for this stage victory? On paper, certainly Peter Sagan is one of the major contenders. He can win either an attack or by a sprint of the peloton. The big question though is whether he in this tour get enough freedom to fight for the stage win, or that he is guilty in this stage of the team management to stay with their team leader Contador. Another rasaanvaller who is a contender to stage victory, the Frenchman Voeckler.
Skin rash and report
The stage was won by Spanish rider Ruben Plaza. He was part of an early breakaway. Plaza attacked on the last major climb of the day, and eventually he came over the finish line solo. Second was Peter Sagan, who was also a member of the Group of early escapees. The Lord rode in semi-final a very rapid decline, but eventually stalled half a minute behind the Plaza.
More than 18 minutes behind the stage winner, came the Group of main classification riders across the finish line. It was missing two riders in the top ten: Thomas and Gallopin. Geraint Thomas lost 38 seconds at the second classification riders, due to a crash on the descent. Frenchman Tony Gallopin was fired during the climb and lost more than three minutes, and he fell from the top ten in the general classification. After this trip is Gesink and Mollema seventh ninth. Froome retained the yellow Jersey and starting Wednesday, Jul 22, on Alpine stages with a lead of three minutes and ten seconds Quintana.
Live on TV
This phase will be broadcast live on television from both the Dutch NOS Studio Sport, the Flemish VRT/Sporza and Eurosport. The live broadcasts start at around 14h10.
The next stage: the 17th stage
After the 16th stage, riders on Tuesday July 21, a well deserved rest day. Then enter on Wednesday, July 22, the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France spot: the 17th stage Digne-les-Bains-Pra Loup.