Sagan pips Kristoff for third 2016 Tour stage win

Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:25pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

BERN (Reuters) - World champion Peter Sagan claimed his third 2016 Tour de France stage victory when he pipped Alexander Kristoff on the line at the end of the 16th stage, a 209-km ride from Moirans-en-Montagne on Monday.

Norway's Kristoff (Katusha) celebrated after crossing the line, but it was Slovak Sagan (Tinkoff) who actually finished first after throwing his bike in timely fashion, strengthening his grip on the green jersey for the points classification.

Another Norwegian, Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling), took third place.

"I thought I was second, really," said Sagan, who now has 405 points to Briton Mark Cavendish's 291 and looks set to win a fifth green jersey in Paris.

Briton Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after finishing in the leading pack in a twisting course finale in the Swiss capital.

"There was never a quiet moment, it's good to have another day ticked off," said Froome, who leads Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) by 1:47 and fellow Briton Adam Yates (Orica-Bike Exchange) by 2:45.

Fans, officials and riders observed a minute's silence at 1200 local time, shortly before the start of the stage, in memory of the victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice.


Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 209 km (129.8 miles) Stage 16 from Moirans-en-Montagen, France to Berne, Switzerland - 18/07/2016 - Tinkoff team rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia reacts on the podium after winning the stage.  REUTERS/Juan Medina