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Tour de France 2022 LIVE: Stage 16 updates as Jonas Vingegaard leads Tadej Pogacar in GC standings

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The Tour de France gets it’s final week of racing for 2022 started today as the riders travel the hilly route from Carcassonne to Foix. Belgian Jasper Philipsen claimed his maiden victory on the Tour when he won a bunch sprint in the 15th stage on Sunday beating compatriot Wout van Aert and Dane Mads Pedersen, who were second and third respectively.

Yellow jersey holder and GC leader Jonas Vingegaard suffered a bad day following a crash and the loss of teammates Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic but recovered to make it back into the peloton and still leads Tadej Pogacar by two minutes and 22 seconds. With temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius, race organisers had to spray parts of the road with water to cool down the melting tar before the riders passed.

Monday was the final rest day of this year’s race so the riders will be refreshed after a gruelling stretch of the Tour and it is likely that general classification contenders will attempt to save their legs ahead of the bigger mountain stages to come. Stage 16 features four categorised climbs – two at the start and a trickier pair near the end – that is likely to suit skilled climbers like Romain Bardet. Can he triumph as the French riders continue to search for an elusive stage win?

A bigger question, however, is how Vingegaard will fare after his crash and whether defending champion Pogacar feels the time is right to renew his attack for the yellow jersey. This Tour de France has been unpredictable on almost every stage so far and today’s race looks set to be no different.

Follow all the action from Stage 16 of the Tour de France:

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

85km to go: Marc Soler is really struggling today. The Tour de France is difficult work for a fully fit operator and Soler isn’t well at all. He’s trying to continue but doesn’t look as though he has any energy to finish the stage.

The peloton is 7’37” behind the leading group with Soler three minutes further back.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

89km to go: Will polka dot jersey holder Simon Geschke attack the final two category climbs of this stage to increase his lead in the KOM competition?

He spoke about his plans for the stage this morning saying: “We’ll see how the race develops! I mean, I have to be offensive now, I need more points, I think that’s clear.

“And yeah, but there are two more days with even more points coming, so we’ll see. I cannot be in the breakaway for three days in a row, I know my body well enough to say that.

“We have to see how the start goes, and who’s interested in going in the breakaway. Yeah, there are many factors.”

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

95km to go: Marc Soler has dropped away from the peloton needing assistance from the medical car. He’s thrown up due to a stomach bug apparantly.

The peloton is falling even further behind the breakaway now. They’re 7’19” back.

The next climb is still 25km away.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

100km to go: Here are the full results of the intermediate sprint:

3. Philippe Gilbert, 15 pts

4. Nathan Van Hooydonck, 13 pts

6. Michael Storer, 10 pts

9. Alexis Gougeard, 7 pts

10. Mikkel Honoré, 6 pts

11. Mathieu Burgaudeau, 5 pts

12. Neilson Powless, 4 pts

13. Stefan Bissegger, 3 pts

14. Gorka Izagirre, 2 pts

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

105km to go: Immediately after the sprint ends, Philippe Gilbert kicks into the lead of the breakaway to maintain their pace ahead of the peloton.

There’s another long, flat stretch before Port de Lers which is the first of two category 1 climbs at the back end of the stage.

In the breakaway group is Aleksandr Vlasov. The time gap of 6’39” has put him up to fifth in the virtual GC standings.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

110km to go: The intermediate sprint takes place in the town of Lavelanet. If Wout van Aert wins the sprint today and tomorrow he will mathematically win the green jersey providing he makes it to the end of the tour.

Van Aert comes second! He collects 17 points and not the maximum 20. Nils Eekhoff just pips him to the line.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

115km to go: Caleb Ewan has dropped off the back of the peloton due to a problem with his saddle but it get fixed quickly and he’s able to catch up without too much trouble.

The peloton are six minutes behind the breakaway which isn’t a massive lead but it’s comfortable enough for those at the front.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

120km to go: The intermediate sprint is 10km away. Wout van Aert is in the breakaway pack and will no doubt give it a go to collect the 20 points available.

Throughout the tour so far he’s taken most of the opportunities to add to his lead in the green jersey competition so today will be no different.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

125km to go: Gougeard is caught and dragged back into the breakaway group. It’ll be interesting to see how these 29 riders work out the rest of the stage.

There are two difficult cat. 1 climbs at the end of the route today and we’ve seen breaks from the breakaway form way before then on previous stages this year.

Things will burst into life after the sprint in Lavelanet.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

128km to go: The gap between Gougeard and the rest of the breakaway group has been cut to just 18 seconds now. In this group Felix Grossschartner has crashed but seems okay.

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