Tour de France Stg 16 - Kämna conquers on climbs
German Lennard Kämna conquers with career best performance after a commanding win on Tour de France stage 16
It all unfolded for the 24-year-old in the climbs on the 164km stage from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans.
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Kamna made an epic solo break powering away on the penultimate climb, riding home to victory.
Tour leader Primoz Roglic held his overall lead. Finishing over 16 minutes later in a group of the main contenders, with Tadej Pogacar in second my just 40 seconds.
After the second and final rest day, it was straight back into the climbing on stage 16. From the drop of the flag at the start of this 164km stage, riders were climbing and making their way up a fourth category climb – one of five categorised ascents of the day.
While the summit finish was only third category, the first category climb immediately preceding it was going to decide who was going to be ready to challenge for the win. After a few attempts to break way fell flat, with 131km to go, the move of the day managed to split off from the peloton with fifteen riders – including Daniel Oss and Lennard Kämna – making their way up the road, with more riders adding to their number shortly afterwards.
Their lead going out to more than thirteen minutes, it seemed there would be no chance of the peloton catching them on such a rugged stage. The two second category climbs midway through the day made it tough for the escapees and several dropped off, with Daniel returning to the bunch after his hard work in the break had helped build an insurmountable lead over the peloton. The tough first category Monté de Saint-Nizer-du-Moucherotte was on the horizon, and Lennard went ahead with four others in pursuit of the win.
When the attacks came, the young German rider responded well, before going on the attack on the summit of the first category climb with 20km to go, quickly building a lead of thirty seconds with 10km to go and then a minute with 5km left.
Having picked the perfect time to get in the break and the perfect time to go on the attack, Lennard drew the best day of his career so far to a close, with his third day in the break finally delivering the first Tour de France stage win he so richly deserved.
"I'm feeling great right now, this stage victory at the Tour de France made it an absolutely awesome day! It was a fight right from the start and I knew I had to make it to the finish alone. When I saw Carapaz slowing down I said to myself it was the moment to go. I attacked and went on until the finish. This victory is also a very big relief for me and the team, I still cannot believe it. The step forward I made this year is huge and I'm so blessed to win today."
Stage 16 result
1 - Lennard Kamna (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) 4hrs 12mins 52secs
2 - Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers) +1mins 27secs
3 - Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi/Groupama-FDJ) +1mins 56secs
4 - Pavel Sivakov (Rus/Ineos Grenadiers) +2mins 34secs
5 - Simon Geschke (Ger/CCC) +2mins 35secs
6 - Warren Barguil (Fra/Arkea Samsic) +2mins 37secs
7 - Tiesj Benoot (Bel/Sunweb) +2mins 41secs
8 - Nicolas Roche (Ire/Sun) +2mins 47secs
9 - Qunetin Pacher (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) +2mins 51 secs
10 - Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step +2mins 54 secs
General classification after stage 16
1 - Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 70hrs 6mins 47secs
2 - Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +40secs
3 - Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +1mins 34secs
4 - Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 45secs
5 - Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +2mins 03secs
6 - Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 13secs
7 - Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +2mins 16secs
8 - Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 15secs
9 - Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +5mins 19secs
10 - Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +5mins 43secs