Lennard Kamna gained the roller-coaster Stage 16 that includes 5 categorised climbs after pulling away from a gaggle of breakaway riders because the race entered the Alps on Tuesday.
Villard-De-Lans: After coming near a primary Tour de France stage win final week, Lennard Kamna didn’t miss his second probability.
The 24-year-old German rider gained the roller-coaster Stage 16 that includes 5 categorised climbs after pulling away from a gaggle of breakaway riders because the race entered the Alps on Tuesday.
Kamna was overwhelmed by 4 seconds for the stage win by Daniel Martinez on Stage 13.
“It was a struggle from the start on and I knew I needed to make it to the end alone,” mentioned Kamna, who additionally gained a stage final month on the Criterium du Dauphine.
There was no important change within the general standings forward of Wednesday’s mammoth summit end within the excessive mountains as yellow jersey holder Primoz Roglic saved his 40-second lead over second-place Tadej Pogacar intact.
The Slovenian pair loved a quiet day within the pack of primary contenders and crossed the end line 16 minutes, 48 seconds behind the stage winner, who shouldn’t be a risk within the general standings. Rigoberto Uran of Colombia remained in third place general, 1 minute, 34 seconds off the tempo.
Pogacar examined Roglic’s legs on the ultimate ascent however couldn’t achieve time on his rival.
“It was a great warm-up for tomorrow, the queen stage of the race,” Pogacar mentioned.
Pogacar, a 21-year-old Tour rookie, may have one other probability to unsettle Roglic throughout Wednesday’s Stage 17 — arguably the hardest — that includes the Col de La Madeleine and the Col de La Loze, the best level this yr at 2,304 meters. The final six kilometers (four miles) of the climb are notably tough, with very steep sections and sharp turns.
“There will likely be gaps and a mix-up on the GC (common classification),” Pogacar continued. “We see everyone is exhausted.”
The 24-year-old Kamna, who rides for the Bora-hansgrohe staff, made his decisive transfer on the penultimate ascent to drop former race chief Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz and Sebastien Reichenbach, three rivals with a robust pedigree.
Kamna was a part of a gaggle of 15 riders who broke away from the peloton early within the 164-kilometre (102-mile) trek.
Among them, Frenchman Quentin Pacher additionally tried a solo escape however his effort was brief lived as he was simply caught after which dropped by Alaphilippe, Carapaz, Reichenbach and Kamna. Carapaz, the Giro d’Italia champion, made Alaphilippe and Reichenbach crack with a few biting assaults however couldn’t reply when Kamna countered earlier than the summit.
The German was quicker than his remaining rival within the downhill and on the flat sections as he sped towards Villard-de-Lans to put up the most important win of his profession.
“When I saw that Carapaz was dropping the speed, I thought now it’s the time to go and went all in to the end,” Kamna said. “It’s a big relief also for the team and for me. I can almost not imagine it. The step I made this year is huge and I’m so blessed to win today.”
After dropping greater than seven minutes within the Jura mountains Sunday, defending champion Egan Bernal went by one other day of hardship in the back of the race, getting dropped by the principle contenders within the 11.1-kilometre steep climb the place Kamna constructed his success.
The remaining 156 Tour de France riders have been authorised to start out the stage after the UCI and race organisers introduced that every one 785 COVID-19 assessments on Sunday and Monday of riders and employees members of the 22 groups returned adverse,
No rider has examined optimistic because the race began on 29 August in Nice. The newest screening across the race’s second relaxation day was the fourth because the starting of the Tour, and the final one earlier than the peloton reaches the Champs Elysees on Sunday.
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