Tour de France 2022: Houle solos to victory, Vingegaard still leader

Hugo Houle - Tour de France 2022: Houle solos to victory, Vingegaard still leaderimage: Cor VosHugo Houle attacks from the breakaway in the run-up to the steep Mur de Péguère. He holds off the chasers and solos to triumph. Jonas Vingegaard keeps the maillot jaune, despite several Tadej Pogacar attacks. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 16th stage 2022 Tour de France

1. Hugo Houle (can)
2. Valentin Madouas (fra) + 1.10
3. Michael Woods (can) .t.
4. Matteo Jorgenson (usa) + 1.12
5. Michael Storer (aus) + 1.25
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
7. Dylan Teuns (bel) s.t.
8. Simon Geschke (ger) + 2.11
9. Mathieu Burgaudeau (fra) + 5.04
10. Damiano Caruso (ita) s.t.

15. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 5.54
16. Tadej Pogacar (slo) s.t.
17. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
18. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
19. Nairo Quintana (col) s.t.
23. Adam Yates (gbr) + 7.16
24. Tom Pidcock (gbr) s.t.
29. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 8.41
31. Enric Mas (spa) s.t.
36. Romain Bardet (fra) + 9.30

GC after stage 16
1. Jonas Vingegaard (den)
2. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 2.22
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 2.43
4. Nairo Quintana (col) + 4.15
5. David Gaudu (fra) + 4.24
6. Adam Yates (gbr) + 5.28
7. Louis Meintjes (rsa) + 5.46
8. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 6.18
9. Romain Bardet (fra) + 6.37
10. Tom Pidcock (gbr) + 10.11

10. Enric Mas (spa) + 12.45
12. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 14.10

Race report
Powless accelerates in the run-up to the Côte de Saint-Hilaire. Some 30 riders go with him. Among them KOM leader Geschke, Van Aert, McNulty, Martínez, Bissegger, Storer, Gilbert, Teuns, Vlasov, Van Hooydonck, Grossschartner, Honoré, Izagirre (Gorka), Jorgenson, Caruso, Le Gac, Madouas, Eekhoff, Velasco, Bouet, Owsian, Wellens, Gallopin, Burgaudeau, Houle, Woods, Barthe, and Gougeard.

Burgaudeau pushes on after the summit and Gougeard and Jorgenson join him. Gougeard continues alone before the Col de l’Espinas, but he stops his efforts with 125 kilometre remaining.

The leaders enter the Port de Lers 8 minutes ahead of the peloton. Caruso heads out alone, while Storer and Woods rejoin him 5 kilometres before the summit. Geschke, Van Aert, McNulty and Jorgenson make it across in the last kilometre of the ascent.

Mas attacks from the peloton with two team mates. He puts 1 minute into the GC group, but it goes down fast when Pogacar strikes several times.

Teuns, Vlasov, Houle, Madouas, Burgaudeau and Gallopin regain contact with the lead group on descent, while Pogacar strikes again once he reaches the top of the Port de Lers. Vingegaard is glued to his wheel. The others rejoin them later.

Houle goes solo in the run-up to the Mur de Péguère. He reaches the summit 30 seconds ahead of Jorgenson and Woods.

Majka and Pogacar up the pace on the steepest part of Mur de Péguère. Kuss, Vingegaard and Quintana follow the move. Yates, Thomas and Gaudu come clawing back.

When Majka drops back with a broken chain Kuss speeds up with Vingegaard and Pogacar in his wheel. Quintana regains contact before the summit, Thomas and Gaudu on descent.

Jorgenson hits the deck in the descent, making it easier for Houle to solo to the best triumph in his career. The GC group finishes almost minutes later and Vingegaard stays in yellow.

While Yates, Pidcock, Mas and Bardet lose time and drop down on GC, Vlasov reenters the top 10.

Another interesting read: route 16th stage 2022 Tour de France.

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