Stage 16 - 177 km - Flat - Nîmes > Nîmes

For this year's Tour de France we've teamed up with The Velocast to share with you their nominated Conquistador of the Day. During their daily stage review podcast, Scott and John will announce the rider who they feel deserves a special mention for their efforts that day.

John Galloway of The Velocast has made Maxime Monfort of Lotto-Soudal his Conquistador of the Day Stage 16. 

 

Photo credit: A.S.O. / Pauline BALLET

 

“It’s an absolutely brutal choice today. I have got real difficulty choosing one today, but I’m actually going to go for a team player. I’m going to go for Maxime Monfort, because at a point where the entire thing could have gone south for Caleb Ewan Maxime Monfort just did the job that a domestique is supposed to."

 

Photo credit: A.S.O. / Pauline BALLET

 

"He didn’t have the glory, he didn’t even have the joy of leading his man out. He just worked hard at the front at a point where he had to work hard at the front to put Caleb Ewan in a situation where he had a chance. So, one of the unsung heroes – a domestique who just puts his head down and does the job.”

 

 

Photo credit: A.S.O. / Pauline BALLET

 

From Caleb Ewan, Lotto-Soudal:

“It was so hot today and I was suffering a lot. I thought about it to get Maxime Monfort off the front because I thought I wouldn’t be able to hang on until the end. On a few climbs, I was really struggling but eventually, I kept the good position. This morning, before the start in Nîmes, we did a recon of the final kilometre with the team, so we knew what to expect. A long home stretch is not always the most easy finish because timing as well as positioning are harder. Jasper De Buyst did a tremendous lead-out and afterwards, I was on the wheel of the other fast guys, so I decided to go early. In the end, it paid off.”

“The fact that my wife and daughter are at the race for the first time, makes it really special. It is incredibly beautiful to celebrate this victory together with them. It was difficult to keep the confidence after some second and third places. I finally got it right in stage eleven. Now, the next sprint chance immediately delivers a second victory, that is just amazing! If I am the best sprinter in this Tour? I think there are some really good sprinters here. Maybe, I proved to be the most consistent one, but in any case, today I showed to be the best.” 

 

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STAGE SUMMARY FROM A.S.O.

Caleb Ewan makes it two
July 23rd 2019 - 17:50

Following the path of Mark Cavendish, the last u26 rider to win at least one stage in each Grand Tour (in 2010), Caleb Ewan won in Nîmes after Toulouse like the Briton in 2008. The Australian outsprinted Elia Viviani and Dylan Groenewegen despite suffering the heat of southern France. Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.

Bak, Rossetto, Gougeard, Wisniowski and Ourselin in the lead

163 riders took the start of stage 16. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) was a non-starter due to back pain. Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) attacked in the first kilometre of racing. They were reinforced by Lukas Wisniowski (CCC), Lars Bak (Dimension Data) and Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) with 169km yet to be covered. Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) crashed by himself in the middle of the pack at Cavillargues (km 49) after the maximum time difference of 2’15’’ was recorded at km 41. The pace of the peloton was set mostly by three teams and three riders: Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) and Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal). Bak was first at the intermediate sprint at Vallérargues with 112km to go. The oldest rider of the peloton also crested the côte de Saint-Jean-du-Pin, 81km before the end, in first position.

Jakob Fuglsang crashes out

53km before the end, the risk of splits in the peloton because of the wind blowing from the right hand side forced the teams of the GC riders to speed up and the time gap went down to 25’’ before going back up again. However, it didn’t exceed 50’’ as the same teams – mostly Jumbo-Visma – kept the situation under control. With 28km remaining, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) crashed in the peloton and pulled out. He was ninth in the overall ranking.

Caleb Ewan, the fastest

With 20km to go, Gougeard, Wisniowski, Ourselin, Rossetto and Bak had 30’’ lead. Gougeard who initiated the move and kept it alive as long as possible was awarded the prize of most aggressive rider. The breakaway came to an end 2.5km before the finish. Deceuninck-Quick Step perfectly led Elia Viviani out but Caleb Ewan came from behind to pip the Italian on the line and become the first sprinter to win two stage of the Tour de France this year – Julian Alaphilippe and Simon Yates have also won two stages. The Australian was already the first Tour de France debutant to have collected five stage podiums in the first fifteen stages since Peter Sagan in 2012. He was also the youngest rider to have won at least one stage in every Grand Tour since Italy’s Nino Defilippis in 1956. After taking two stages in the Giro d’Italia this year, he has proven at the age of 25 that he’s now one of most consistent sprinters in the world.

 

A.S.O. VIDEO OF THE DAY

 

 

Conquistadors of the Day - Tour de France 2019

Stage 01 - Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team)

Stage 02 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 03 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 04 - Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 05 - Marcus Burghardt (BORA - hansgrohe)

Stage 06 - Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)

Stage 07 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo - Visma)

Stage 08 - Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

Stage 09 - Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 10 - Luke Rowe  (Team INEOS)

Stage 11 - Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe)

Stage 12 - Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Stage 13 - Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)

Stage 14 - David Gaudu (Groupama - FDJ)

Stage 15 - Thibault Pinot (Groupama - FDJ)

 

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