Stage 16 from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Pau was a very challenging course with two category one climbs and two Hors catégorie climbs. The lead riders on the climbs have changed a bit from the prior stages. Lance Armstrong is right up there having gained points on every climb.
Armstrong finished both category one climbs in fifth place netting five points per climb. He received 14 points on the first Hors catégorie climb, the Col due Tourmalet, as the fourth place rider. He fell back to fifth place with 24 points on the second and last Hors catégorie climb, the Col d’Aubisque. He received a total of 48 points putting him in 14th place.
The stage finished with two sprinting opportunities that continued to be exciting for Armstrong fans. He acquired the third place points for the first sprint.
PAU, FRANCE – JULY 20: American Lance Armstrong with team RadioShack
rides in a breakaway during stage 16 of the Tour de France on July 20, 2010
in Pau, France. Armstrong started the ride between Bagneres-de-Luchon and
Pau in 31st place. French rider Pierrick Fedrigo won the stage while Alberto
Contador retained the yellow jersey. The iconic bicycle race will include a
total of 20 stages and will cover 3,642km before concluding in Paris on July
25. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Armstrong made a strong showing in today’s stage and finished in sixth place just behind RadioShack teammate and fellow American Christopher Horner. Armstrong finished in the same group as BBox Bouygues Telecom’s Pierrick Fedrigo of France who won the stage, so no additional time was added to his overall ranking.
Alessandro Petacchi is in the green jersey lead by only two points over Thor Hushovd. BBox’s Anthony Charteau gained 28 points in the climbing race putting him in a 15 point lead over Christophe Moreau for the King of the Mountain jersey. Charteau has 143 points. Jérôme Pineau has 92 points and is in fifth place.
Alberto Contador and Andy Shleck finished in the same time in 22nd and 21st places, respectively. Contador will hang on to the yellow jersey with an 8 second lead over Schleck. Levi Leipheimer remains in seventh, five minutes, 25 seconds behind Contador. Armstrong improved his time and place in the race for the yellow jersey. He moved up to 25th from 31st. He shortened his time to the yellow jersey from 40 minutes, 31 seconds to 33 minutes, 46 seconds.
⇐ Schleck loses the yellow jersey to Contador in stage 15 of the Tour de France
Michigan cyclist’s guide to the 2010 Tour de France
Schleck wins stage 17 of the Tour de France from Pau to Col du Tourmalet ⇒