TOUR’21 Stage 16: Konrad Captures His Stage Win!

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Stage Report: Two-time Austrian national champion, BORA-hansgrohe’s Patrick Konrad, soloed the final kilometres for his first Tour stage win and first pro win outside of Austria. The peloton was on a second rest day and was 14 minutes down. No change on the GC.

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Patrick Konrad won a lack lustre stage 16

– The final kilometre of Stage 16 and read our full report and pics below:-

Patrick Konrad won the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France solo. The Austrian champion of BORA-hansgrohe was the best from an early break after a transition stage of 169 kilometres through the Pyrenees, finishing in Saint-Gaudens. The peloton, led by the team of yellow jersey Tadej Pogačar, gave the attackers plenty of room to fight for the stage victory.

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Stage 16 profile

Tour boss Christian Prudhomme describes stage 15: “The Yellow Jersey contenders could enjoy a moment of truce and the hilly stage profile seems to favour breakaway riders who will still be fresh enough in this third week of racing. They will have to shake up the race if they don’t want to miss out on one of the last clear opportunities of shining.”

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All rested after Monday

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Stop for more warm clothes

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Too cold on the down hill start

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Early attack by Kasper Asgreen

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Jan Bakelants (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies) and Christopher Juul-Jensen (BikeExchange) started the next split

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Mark Cavendish managed to hang on to the peloton for a long time

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Sonny Colbrelli had Fred Wright to help him in the ‘break of the day’

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BORA-hansgrohe’s Austrian champion Patrick Konrad attacked

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Konrad looked good for the win

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The peloton wasn’t too interested at 14 minutes

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Patrick Konrad – First in Saint-Gaudens

Stage winner, Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe): “This is my first win in the WorldTour and it comes at the world’s biggest cycling race. I’m speechless. This one is for my family, for my friends, for all my believers, for Bora-Hansgrohe. The team always gave me the trust. I fought for this win. It comes at the right moment as I’m in the Austrian champion’s jersey. I already made three breakaways at the Tour. Every time I was waiting for the finale and it was not always the best decision. I saw it when Matej Mohoric went early. The same happened with Bauke Mollema. I told myself that if it happened one more time, I’d be the guy to try early. I’m happy I had the legs to make it to the finish. The last kilometre was uphill and it was painful again but I had some time to celebrate. I believed in my win with 500 metres. I’m super happy. I can enjoy this moment.”

Tour de France Stage 16 Result:
1. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:01:59
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 0:42
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange
4. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis
5. Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
6. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
7. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo at 0:45
8. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:47
10. Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux at 1:03.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 16:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 66:23:06
2. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo at 5:18
3. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 5:32
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) INEOS Grenadiers at 5:33
5. Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën at 5:58
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BORA-hansgrohe at 6:16
7. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech at 7:01
8. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar at 7:11
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis at 8:02
10. Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious at 10:59.

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