Tour de France: Germany’s Lennard Kamna wins Stage 16

Paris, September 16

German teen Lennard Kamna received the Stage 16 of the Tour de France after attacking over the summit of the penultimate climb to distance fellow escapee Richard Carapaz of Ecuador.

Exactly one month after his first professional win on the Criterium du Dauphine, and 4 days after he narrowly missed out within the Massif Central, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Kamna put in an emphatic show of energy and finesse within the Vercors Massif to take a maiden Grand Tour stage win from a big group of 23 riders.

Carapaz reduce a lonely determine as he crossed the road 1’27” all the way down to take second place for Ineos Grenadiers, who additionally noticed the Russian Pavel Sivakov take fourth place behind Switzerland’s Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ).

By inserting three riders within the day’s break, Ineos Grenadiers displayed aggressive ways because the British group seemed to show a web page following the collapse of defending champion Egan Bernal on the Grand Colombier in Stage 15. For his half, the Colombian positively checked out of the GC battle by coming dwelling in a gruppetto over 10 minutes behind the yellow jersey group.

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was known as on to place out a small hearth after compatriot Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) lit up the ultimate climb to Villard-de-Lans with an explosive assault. The group of most important favourites had been finally led dwelling by Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) nearly 17 minutes down on Kamna as Roglic retained his 40-second lead over Pogacar forward of Wednesday’s queen stage within the Alps.

The 164-km stage from La Tour-du-Pin initially noticed Bora-Hansgrohe work for Peter Sagan in his bid to slash his deficit on inexperienced jersey Sam Bennett of Deceuninck-Quick Step. But after the Slovakian was unable to infiltrate the day’s break, the main focus shifted to the stage spoils with Italy’s Daniel Oss working laborious to pave the way in which for Kamna.

But the 24-year-old Kamna had the measure of the present Giro d’Italia champion, dropping Carapaz close to the summit of the Montee de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte with 20km remaining earlier than stretching out his lead on the descent and lengthy drag to the foot of the ultimate rise to the end.

“I’m feeling great – it’s an absolutely awesome day for me,” Kamna mentioned after the largest win of his profession. “It was from the beginning and I knew I’d have to make it to the finish alone, so when I saw that Carapaz was dropping the speed I thought ‘now is the moment to go’. It’s big for me and a relief for the team. The step I’ve made this year is so huge and I’m blessed to win today.”—IANS

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