Lennard Kämna takes solo victory in Tour de France stage 16
Sep 15 2020 11:41 pm CET

Lennard Kämna takes solo victory in Tour de France stage 16
Lennard Kämna takes solo victory in Tour de France stage 16
Tour de France

Bora-hansgrohe's Lennard Kämna has taken his maiden stage victory at the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

The last week of La Grande Boucle started with a mountainous stage of 164 kilometres between La Tour du Pin and Villard de Lans over a profile that included two climbs of the second category, one of the first category and a climbing finish on a third-cat ascent. A big group formed the escape of the day and included Julian Alaphilippe, Andrey Amador, Sebastian Reichenbach, Lennard Kämna, Richard Carapaz and Quentin Pacher, among others.

During the first ramps of the penultimate climb, Pacher attacked and was soon caught by Carapaz, Reichenbach, Alaphilippe and Kämna and meanwhile, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) attacked from the peloton with his teammate Nicolas Edet. During the last part of the ascent, Carapaz attacked and the only rider that could keep to his wheel was Kämna.

The German rider attacked in the last metres of that climb and descended on his own, building fast a good gap with the Ecuadorian. The 24-year-old crossed the finish line on his own, taking his maiden victory in the French race, after earlier in the season he had also won in the Criterium du Dauphine.

Carapaz and Reichenbach completed the top-three of the stage.

The peloton arrived more than 15 minutes later and Tadej Pogacar -second in the overall classification- tried first a long attack and then again the last kilometre but Primoz Roglic managed to stay at his wheel. That change of pace managed to leave Nairo Quintana behind.

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez launched a last metres attack and crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the pack. Roglic maintained the lead of the General Classification for another day.




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