Lennard Kaemna.

Germany’s Kaemna wins Tour de France 16th stage, Roglic retains lead

Lennard Kaemna claimed his first Tour de France victory when he outwitted Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz to win the 16th stage, a 164-km trip from La Tour du Pin on Tuesday. The 24-year-old German took benefit of Ecuadorian Carapaz’s momentary lack of focus on the high of the final climb of the day to go solo and completed one minute 27 seconds forward after charging down within the descent.

Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the tempo as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the general chief’s yellow jersey.

Defending champion Egan Bernal, whose hopes of successful the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the primary bunch within the ascent to Saint-Nizier, affected by again pains.

Bernal mentioned compensating for his again led to some discomfort in his knee.

“I want to ride to Paris,” he added.

It was a day to overlook for Ineos-Grenadiers as Carapaz needed to accept second after two brutal assaults from the breakaway group within the decisive climb had left his rivals within the pink.

But Kaemna, who narrowly missed out on a stage win final week when he misplaced a two-man dash towards Colombian Dani Martinez in Puy Mary, went solo simply when Carapaz was recovering from his effort on the high.

“I didn’t want it to be another two-man sprint so when I saw Carapaz struggling a bit I thought I had to go full gas,” mentioned Kaemna, who had additionally misplaced a two-man dash for victory on the 2017 Under-23 world championships.

“When I saw that I was gaining a few seconds it boosted my confidence and I knew I was going to win.”

All 22 groups had been cleared to proceed the race on Tuesday in spite of everything riders and workers members returned unfavorable coronavirus exams.

Tuesday additionally marked the return on the race of Tour director Christian Prudhomme, who had examined positive within the earlier spherical of testing.

Thursday’s 17th stage is a brutal mountain trek within the Alps, over 170km and ending in Meribel on the high of the Col de la Loze, 2,304 metres above sea degree.

(All the LIVE motion from Stage 17 Grenoble – Meribel Col de la Loze EI of Tour de France will be watched on Eurosport and Eurosport HD from 04:00 PM IST onwards on September 16, 2020.)