Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma didn‘t run into any problems in the 16th stage of the Tour de France. The Slovenian did not see his yellow jersey endangered in the final of the stage. Lennard Kämna took the win of the day and with it his revenge: earlier this Tour de France he had just grabbed a stage win.
UAE, the team of Roglic’s great challenger, Pogacar, tried to increase the pace in the final kilometres, but Roglic didn‘t give a shrink. In the last kilometre, Jumbo-Visma took another blow and some of the general classification riders couldn’t keep up. Especially the birthday boy Wout van Aert (26) impressed again.
Jumbo-Visma dominated the head of the peloton again at those moments when it had to be ‘old-fashioned’. The direction of the breakaways and possible escape attempts was in the hands of the yellow-black formation of watchman Roglic.
After several attacks and escape attempts a leading group of 21 strong emerged, including Julian Alaphilippe and Tiesj Benoot. After hours of fighting and toil the five strongest riders of the leading group remained: Richard Carapaz, Lennard Kämna, Sébastien Reichenbach, Quentin Pacher and Alaphilippe.
However, an acceleration of Ineos rider Carapaz became too powerful for the Frenchman, so he had to fit on the flanks of the Moucherotte. Juju‘ clearly does not have the legs of last year’s Tour de France. He did seem to suffer from his back. In the backfield, defending champion Egan Bernal fell completely through the ice. The Colombian lost a lot more time.
The Ecuadorian only got Kämna, who was runner-up in a stage earlier in the Tour, when he just had to beat Daniel Martinez uphill. The Bora-hansgrohe rider decided to jump away from Carapaz, looking for revenge. And that revenge came, because the last ten kilometres he went faster than his pursuers. Hard enough to put his hands in the air for a nice victory in the Tour of 2020.
With Kämna another young rider won a stage in the Tour de France. The German rider celebrated his 24th birthday last week and fits into the ranks of Pogacar (21) and Marc Hirschi (22); also riders of a new generation who impress. “It was a great day for me and for the team”, said the stage winner after the stage in Villars-de-Lans.
His team Bora-hansgrohe had not yet won a stage in this Tour and saw Peter Sagan fail in recent days to narrow the gap with green jersey rider Sam Bennett in the points classification. It seemed to frustrate the Slovak and his team, but on Tuesday it turned out to be a party anyway. “We wanted to try something today. So it was good that I was in the breakaway. When Richard Carapaz accelerated on the penultimate climb, I knew I had to jump along. I shouldn’t arrive in a group.” He lost Carapaz on the descent and then, as a recognised time trial rider, drove the last 10 kilometres to the finish.
Kämna was already part of the team in 2017 with which Sunweb – including Tom Dumoulin and Sam Oomen – won the world title in the team time trial. He has been riding for Bora since 2020, for which he booked his first individual pro victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné last month.
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