Sixteen stages down. Two rest days complete. Three mountain stages fast approaching. After enjoying a splashed-filled rest day in Nimes, the peloton returned to their life on the road for stage 16 of Tour de France 2019, on the final sprint day before Paris, battling a heatwave that has hit Europe along the way.
Aussie pocket rocket Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) flamed his way to a second stage win in his Tour debut, making him the most successful sprinter of this year’s race. Newly discovered climbing sensation Elia Viviani benefited from yet another near-perfect lead out from the Quicksteppers to claim second whilst JumboBee Dylan Groenewegen came home in third. No change at the top of the GC.
On a quiet day for the GC, perhaps in anticipation for the mountains tomorrow, Stage 11 of Tour de France 2019 was all about the sprinters. Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan finally gets his Tour stage win (completing the grand tour set) with a photofinish against Jumbo-Visma’s Dylan Groenewegen, with Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Elia Viviani taking third. There was no change at the top of the GC standings – Julian Alaphilippe wears the maillot jaune for another stage.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) delivered the double after his team delivered him to the uphill finish with pinpoint precision. In a sprint that seemed to go on for minutes into the cross-headwind, the Aussie pocket-rocket surged around Pascal Ackermann‘s (BORA-hansgrohe) with ease. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished strongly to place second, snatching the maglia ciclamino from Ackermann in third. The GC remains unchanged on the eve of the first climbing test on stage 12. Continue reading