Stage 16 provided a different kind of challenge - with a bunch sprint, and not only with the sprinters. The BORA - ARGON 18 climber Patrick Konrad managed to secure his highest placing at the race so far, finishing just outside the top ten in 12th position.
(c) BORA - ARGON 18
Several hours earlier Patrick has emerged smiling from the team hotel looking fresh and ready for the challenge ahead. Contrast this with the shot ot Patrick looking sweaty and covered in road grime at the end of the stage. All the riders will appreciate tomorrow's rest day even more after another gruelling stage.
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