Lennard Kämna lastly emerged because the strongest rider on stage 16 of the Tour de France 2020, driving to a emotional solo victory in Villard-de-Lans.
The 24-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider has been preventing for a stage victory all through the primary two weeks of the Tour, solely to be denied.
However Kämna’s second lastly got here on stage 16, when escaped into the breakaway and countered an assault from Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) on the penultimate climb of the day to trip 20km alone to the road.
Regardless of an assault from Tadej Pogačar (UAE Workforce Emirates) within the dying metres of the stage, the GC favourites caught collectively and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) holds his race lead into the pivotal stage 17.
The way it occurred
The return to racing after the primary relaxation day on the Tour de France 2020 seemed to be a transparent alternative the breakaway riders – with sufficient climbs to problem the sprinters however simply not sufficient for GC assaults, significantly with an enormous climbing day to return on stage 17.
Stage 16 was a 164km stage from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans, with 5 categorised climbs to sort out on the best way.
The primary climb was a fourth class climb which got here at 13km, with two second class climbs following over the following 80km.
Then into the ultimate section of the race and riders must recover from the primary class Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte at 130km earlier than a simple run into the uphill end – the third class, 2.5km-long climb to the end.
The primary a part of the stage was a speedy battle to get into the breakaway with a number of assaults being closed down earlier than greater than 30 riders lastly received away and led up the primary categorised climb of the day.
However that transfer was closed down and extra assaults got here instantly, which leads to a 15-rider group lastly making the escape after 30km of racing.
That group included the likes of Kämna, Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Fast-Step), Matteo Trentin (CCC Workforce) and Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), and so they pulled out a 90-second benefit over the bunch with plenty of riders making an attempt to chase up in between.
Finally the group swelled as Pierre Rolland (B&B Inns-Very important Idea) and others bridge throughout from the peloton to the break, which then resulted in assault from Rolland with just below 100km left on the Col de Porte, taking the utmost KoM factors on the summit.
The break then got here again collectively shortly after, having swelled to 23 riders with the peloton now greater than 10 minutes behind – it was beginning to change into clear the stage victory would come from this entrance group.
Rolland attacked once more on the Côte de Revel to change into joint chief within the mountains classification with Benoit Cosneyfroy (AG2R La Mondiale) with two climbs left to sort out.
On the slopes of the penultimate climb and it was Rolland’s team-mate Quentin Pacher who took off from the breakaway to trip solo on the entrance of the race, because the escapees had been whittled down to simply 9 chasers.
With 4km left to the highest of the Moucherotte, Pacher was swept up by a four-rider chasing group of Alaphilippe, Carapaz, Kämna and Sébastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), with Pacher getting dropped shortly after.
Approaching the highest of the climb and Carapaz launched a stinging assault with Alaphilippe, Kamna and Reichenbach all in a position to observe, however Alaphilippe blew and dropped off the again in a short time.
Reichenbach additionally misplaced contact beneath Carapaz’s tempo, however Kämna was then sturdy sufficient to launch his personal assault on the climb and break freed from the Giro d’Italia champion, increase a 30-second benefit with 10km left to race.
Kämna solely continued to increase his benefit on the ultimate climb to the road, crossing the road to take his second profession win, 1-27 forward of Carapaz in second.
Reichenbach was an extra 30 seconds behind Carapaz to complete third.
Again within the peloton, the race was successfully neutralised for the second half of the stage, except for a speculative assault from Guillaume Martin from Cofidis on the Moucherotte, which got here to nothing.
However as Jumbo-Visma led the bunch onto the ultimate ramp to the end, Pogačar and his UAE Workforce Emirates companions David De La Cruz launched an assault nearly instantly, with Roglič in a position to observe first, with the remainder of his entourage in tow.
Jumbo took management as soon as agains with Wout van Aert hitting the entrance simply over kilometre from the road.
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Pogačar fired once more 400m from the road however Roglič was tied to his wheel, with Miguel Ángel López countering however unable to get away.
All of the GC favourites crossed the road collectively, led by López, and the race lead stays unchanged.
Roglič leads Pogačar by 40 seconds, because the race heads into arguably the hardest stage of the race to date – 170km from Grenoble to the summit of the Col de la Loze, 2,300m above sea degree.
Tour de France 2020, stage 16: La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans (164km)
1. Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 4-12-52
2. Richard Carapaz (European) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-27
3. Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-56
4. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers, at 2-34
5. Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Workforce, at 2-35
6. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic, at 2-37
7. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Sunweb, at 2-41
8. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Sunweb, at 2-47
9. Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Inns-Very important Idea p/b KTM, at 2-51
10. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, at 2-54
Common classification after stage 16
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, in 70-06-47
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Workforce Emirates, at 40s
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Professional Biking, at 1-34
4. Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana, at 1-45
5. Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 2-03
6. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo, at 2-13
7. Mikel Landa (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 2-16
8. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar Workforce, at 3-15
9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 5-19
10. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic, at 5-43