Tour of Spain – Mads Pedersen the 16th stage.. Roglic attacked and fell

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Disputed between Sanlucar de Barrameda and Tomares (189.4 kilometres), the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain saw the victory of Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), this Tuesday. At the end of a stage where not much happened, except for the last 15 kilometers, the former world champion won in the sprint ahead of Pascal Ackerman (UAE-Team Emirates). The end of the stage was marked by the attack of Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) two kilometers from the finish. The Slovenian crashed in the final sprint. Hit all over the place, the 32-year-old runner recovered 8 seconds to Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) but may have lost a lot more with his fall… For his part, the Belgian suffered a puncture in the last three kilometers.

Video – Mads Pedersen the 16th stage… Primoz Roglic has fallen!

Two runners in the lead, Ander Okamika and Luis Angel Mate in the breakaway

Let’s go for the third and last week of the Tour of Spain 2022, which begins with a disputed 16th stage between Sanlucar de Barrameda and Tomares (189.4 kilometres). The latter is first animated by two Spanish runners, Ander Okamika and Luis Angel Mate. Forming the morning breakaway, the rider of the Burgos-BH and that ofEuskaltel-Euskadi quickly take the field vis-à-vis a peloton who knows that the day is going to be long. These are the teams Trek-Segafredo and Cofidis which set the pace of the peloton, Mads Pedersen and Bryan Coquardstill looking for a first victory this Vueltabeing two of the favorites of the day.

The peloton controls the gap with the leading men

As the kilometers go by, the situation remains the same: the breakaway is always made up of two men – Ander Okamika and Luis Angel Mate – which obviously pose no danger to the leader Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team). The highest ranked runner is Luis Angel Mate which points to 61st place in the general classification, almost two hours from the red jersey (1h51’17”). The peloton thus controls the gap. The different formations interested in victory in Tomares set the tempo. elsewhere always the same stables at the head of the peloton – Trek-Segafredo and Cofidis – who are sometimes helped by other formations.

The breakaways resumed at 13 kilometers, Mads Pedersen wins the 16th stage

To 45 kilometers, the two leading men have nearly two minutes in advance. The gap begins to drop as we approach the last 30 kilometers despite the effort of the two breakaways, Ander Okamika and Luis Angel Mate. The advance of the leading men melts like snow in the sun. 17 kilometers from the finish, judged in Tomares, the breakaway is 20 seconds ahead of a peloton led by the formation of the red jersey – Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team – and by other teams (Trek-Segafredo, Cofidis, Team BikeExchange-Jayco…). The various contenders for the stage victory take their place as they approach a small bump. The breakaways are caught 13 kilometers from the finish. Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel – Euskadi) tries to set off alone just after the junction, but without success.

He was swallowed up by the peloton two kilometers after his attack. The peloton accelerates in the end of the day. Victim of a puncture, Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), winner of a stage, is therefore not in a position to play for the win. And somewhat to everyone’s surprise, Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) set up an offensive two kilometers from the finish. During this time, Remco Evenepoel suffers a puncture. The former Slovenian champion is followed by five riders in the final, including Pascal Ackerman (UAE-Team Emirates) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). The Dane wins on the 16th stage. But the final sprint was marked by the fall of Primoz Roglic who may have lost much more with his fall…

Andy Engels, Primoz Roglic’s sports director at the finish of the 16th stage of La Vuelta!

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