Côte de Mühleberg is a 1.2 kilometres climb at 4.8%, yet this hill is crested with 25.5 kilometres remaining, so it will not have an influence on the results. That’s a different story in the final five kilometers, especially the last 2.5 kilometers are perfect to detonate the fireworks. First, a 250 metres climb at 7%, and shortly afterwards the asphalt comes with a 6.5% grade for 600 metres. The likes of Van Avermaet, Sagan and Matthews will be smiling in advance.
Probably the World Champion will be flashing the broadest smile. In stage 2 Sagan powered to the win on a short and steep closing climb, outsprinting Alaphilippe and Valverde on the line.
Favourites 16th stage Tour de France 2016:
*** Peter Sagan, Grag Van Avermaet, Michael Matthews
** Alexander Kristoff, Julian Alaphilippe, John Degenkolb, Sep Vanmarcke
* Petr Vakoc, André Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen
Tour de France 2016 stage 16: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
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