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

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The Tour de France begins its final week of racing for 2022 today as riders complete the hilly route from Carcassonne to Foix. Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen claimed his first win of the Tour when he won a mass sprint on Sunday’s stage 15, beating compatriot Wout van Aert and Denmark’s Mads Pedersen, who finished second and third respectively.

Yellow Bib holder and GC leader Jonas Vingegaard suffered a bad day after crashing and losing his teammates Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic but recovered to get back in the peloton and still leads by two minutes and 22 seconds Lead over Tadej Pogacar. With temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, race organizers had to spray parts of the road with water to cool the melting tar before the riders passed.

Monday was the final rest day of this year’s race, so riders will be refreshed after a grueling stretch of the Tour, and it’s likely that GC contenders will be looking to save their legs ahead of the bigger mountain stages to come. Stage 16 features four categorized climbs – two at the beginning and a trickier pair towards the end – likely to suit experienced climbers like Romain Bardet. Can he triumph as French riders continue to search for an elusive stage win?

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

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

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

49 km to go: Tadej Pogacar just bombed out of the front group of the peloton and Jonas Vingegaard a bit off guard. Vingegaard lowers his head and dashes to the Slovenian’s steering wheel to parry the attack.

Geraint Thomas and Nairo Quintana also react, but Romain Bardet falls away.

Big move from Pogacar to Port de Lers.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

53.5 km to go: It’s going to be a decent race to the top. Geschke, Van Aert, Jorgenson and McNulty catch the three leaders in Storer, Caruso and Woods.

Aleksandr Vlasov has also been trying to join this new lead group but he’s still 24 seconds back and won’t catch them before the top of the climb.

Geschke leads the way in the final 300m, stepping up and looking behind him at Wout van Aert’s green jersey. He sets the pace and gets to cross the finish line to collect the 10 KOM points!

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

54.5 km to go: Enric Mas and Team Movistar move from the front of the peloton and are allowed to break away from Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.

It’s a decent move by Mas who could potentially move up the GC with a good run to the finish today.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

55 km to go: Wout van Aert, Matteo Jorgenson, Simon Geschke and Brandon McNulty chase after the leading trio and reduce their lead from over a minute to around 22 seconds.

There are still 2.3 km to climb this hill. Who gets to the top first?

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

59 km to go: Storer and Woods make a good attempt to bring Caruso in, they can see him up the road as he is only about 10 seconds ahead of them.

The rest of the breakaways are now over a minute behind, with the peloton 8’24” from the front of the race.

5.6 km to the top of Port de Lers.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

61 km to go: Michael Woods and Michael Storer both decide to tackle the climb as well, trying to close the gap on Caruso. The Italian has opened up a lead of around 30 seconds, which is a nice time for such a climb.

8 km to Port de Lers.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

64 km to go: Olivier Le Gac and Damiano Caruso have left the 29-man breakaway behind as they lead Port de Lers.

Several riders retired on this climb, including the experienced Philippe Gilbert. Caruso is looking good, picking up his own pace and continuing to drift in front of Le Gac.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

69 kilometers to go: Port de Lers was only climbed once in the 2019 Tour de France. It’s the only summit Romain Bardet climbed first this year, but he won the polka dot jersey in Paris.

The leading 29 riders approach the start of the classified climb.

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

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Tour de France 2022: Stage 16

80 km to go: The climb to Port de Lers starts a few kilometers away. It is a 20 km drive to the summit, but only 11.4 km of it are categorized. The average gradient is 7% so it’s a bit tricky, especially in this heat.

Let’s see if Simon Geschke makes a move from the breakaway group.

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