Stage 16 of Tour de France 2022 takes place on Tuesday 19th July and the riders will begin the final week of the tour with two Category 1 climbs on the route to Foix
STAGE 15 UPDATE
Stage 15 was ridden in scorching hot conditions and the early breakaway of 3 riders which included Green Jersey, Wout Van Aert, wasn’t allowed much leeway. In the end a somewhat surprisingly large peloton rode into the finish together and it was Jasper Philipsen who finally got his first Tour de France win edging out Van Aert and Mads Pedersen who completed the podium. There were promising signs as well from Peter Sagan in 4th while Dylan Groenewegen would have been disappointed not to have delivered the win for his team who worked so hard to get him back after he lost ground on the final climb. There was no action amongst the General Classification contenders.
Vingegaard still leads Pogacar by 2 minutes 22 seconds, but he has lost a couple of key teammates in Roglic and Kruijswijk and there is no doubt that Pogacar will be looking for any opportunity to attack him. Geraint Thomas is a further 21 seconds back in 3rd and Vingegaard is now 9/20 to win the Tour de France with Pogacar 22/10 and Thomas 12/1.
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The Classification that looks like it could be the most exciting in the final week is the King of the Mountains where Pogacar is the 3/1 favourite ahead of Vingegaard at 5/1. At the moment Simon Geschke leads that competition on 46 points and there is only 11 points separating the Top 6 with some massive points on offer during this week.
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Tadej Pogacar 13/2
Thibaut Pinot 12/1
Daniel Martinez 12/1
Alberto Bettiol 12/1
Damiano Caruso 14/1
Bob Jungels 20/1
Lennard Kamna 22/1
STAGE 16 ROUTE AND PREDICTIONS
Stage 16 is 178.5 kilometres long and there are a couple of lower categorised climbs in the early stages and this should ensure that a fairly strong break gets up the road. With Vingegaard and Pogacar’s teams low on resources they will be quite happy to let a big bunch of riders go as long as none of them are within striking distance of the Yellow Jersey. After a 113 kilometres the riders begin the ascent of the Port de Lers, 11.4 kilometres at 7% and then there is a rapid descent before the final climb being the Mur de Péguère which is 9.3 kilometres at 7.9% with the last few kilometres in the double figure gradient. From here is a long descent almost all the way into the finish.
This looks like another stage for the breakaway to me as I don’t think that either Vingegaard or Pogacar will want to burn their teammates up early on. Daniel Martinez hasn’t been well in this Tour but he showed signs of good legs the other day and he is my selection for this week.
Daniel Martinez at 12/1
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