Tour de France 2016: Stages 14-21 Final KM

A lot can happen in the final week of the Tour. There are career defining stage wins and jerseys up for grabs. GC ambitions to be improved or jealously guarded, and for sure suitcases of courage to be dipped into. It’s been a wild and emotional ride so let’s take a look back on the final week of Tour de France 2016.
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Tour de France 2016: Stage 17 – Zakarin zips the win at Finhaut Emosson

Bedecked in more gold than your average pirate, Ilnur Zakarin stomped his way to a magnificent solo victory at the Emosson Dam. The Russian launched a series of stinging attacks to distance first Rafal Majka and then Jarlinson Pantano, just about managing to zip his jersey before collapsing over the line into the arms of the catchers. Chris Froome tightened his grip on the maillot jaune as Nairo Quintana was distanced.

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Giro d’Italia 2016: Stage 16 – Bala bounces back, Dutch domination continues

Don’t you just love these short, frenetic, aggressive mountain stages? Much was expected today as hostilities recommenced at the start of the third week of racing, and it delivered in spades. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), part of a final three-man break containing the race leader Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL Jumbo) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), easily won the dash for the line to take his maiden Giro victory and move onto the podium. Kruijswijk finished second to cement his race lead – it’s looking increasingly likely he’ll become the first Dutchman to win the Giro d’Italia.
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