Tour de France 2019 Favourites stage 16: Sprint fest in Roman city

Peter Sagan - Tour de France 2019 Favourites stage 16:Following the Pyrenees' torture and the well-deserved rest day, the sprinters are likely to come to the fore in a relatively easy race with start and finish in Nîmes. (Slideshow route/profile)

The route is far from flat, yet the only classified climb is the Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Pin. The length (1.8 kilometres) and the slope (4.2%) of the Saint-Jean-du-Pin say it all: the red carpet is rolled out for the fast finishers in the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

So the outcome is next to certain, but the sprinters who are still in the mix – that is something else entirely. Last year’s Tour de France ventured into the Alps in the second week to leave the mountain range without Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Fernando Gaviria, André Greipel and Dylan Groenewegen.

But, let’s assume all sprinters are still on board. In that case, Groenewegen, Viviani en Ewan are the sprinters to watch. They all won one stage in this Tour.

The first sprint on this year’s Tour de France was marred as Groenewegen went down inside the last 1.5 kilometres. Surprisingly, his lead-out Teunissen took the reins and outgunned Sagan in a millimetres sprint, while Ewan finished in third. When Groenewegen wasn’t able to fight for the day honours in Albi, Van Aert stepped up and he outgunned Vivani and Ewan. Jumbo-Visma is on a roll with three different sprinters winning three out of five bunch sprints on the Tour de France.

Favourites 16th stage 2019 Tour de France

*** Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan
** Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff
* Michael Matthews, Jasper Stuyven, Cees Bol, Sonny Colbrelli

Take a look at the route of the 16th stage on the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2019 stage 16: profile and finale

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