Fedrigo Wins Stage 16 of Tour de France 2010, Lance Armstrong Comes Up Short in Final Sprint
Lance Armstrong (Team RadioShack): "It's been a while since I've sprinted." Cervelo TestTeam's Thor Hushovd attacks solo on the "Thormalet" in beautiful and admirable fashion and later reclaims the green sprinter's points jersey.
until the peloton reached the top of the legendary climb. Hushovd finished today's stage in 10th place by winning the bunch sprint, thereby picking up enough points to reclaim the sprinter's points jersey.
"It was an important day. I knew it was a good chance to try to get some more points. The team did a great job helping me get over the climbs. With the break up the road, we knew there were some points waiting at the finish line. It's important to take many whenever you have the opportunity," Hushovd told Roadcycling.com after arriving in Pau.
Hushovd added "Petacchi is the most dangerous rival. I am feeling better as this Tour goes along. I think I have a good chance to win another stage. I would love to win on the Champs-Elysées. The green jersey always comes down to who is the strongest rider over three weeks."
Carlos Sastre said "I was looking again for the breakaway, like always. We went to the maximum, but it didn't work out. We went over two climbs, but the gap was hovering around 25-30 seconds, and no one really took enough digs to make a real difference. Finally, I decided to stop because I realized it would be difficult to stay away."
Team BMC Racing's World Champion Cadel Evans who is still in the race in spite of strugling with various injuries said after the stage "I haven't got the legs, but I would have like to have done something today," Evans said. "When it's uphill like this - and after the days we've had and the racing we've had in the last few stages - it's put a lot of people in a lot of difficulty. It's one thing to have a sore arm. But then when you get a sore back and a sore this, or a sore that, and you can only pull on one side - that's all part of it."
Cervelo TestTeam's speed machine Ignatas Konovalovas impressively managed to escape solo from the race favorites and join Armstrong, Horner, Moreau and the other riders in today's breakaway.
"It was a really tough ride today. I got to that group, we tried to jump four riders across, but (Carlos) Barredo set too hard of a tempo for me, so I decided to ride at my own pace. I was hoping to catch them, then I felt that I was not so good on the top of the last climb. After the first attack of Lance (Armstrong), I was already four minutes behind and could not catch them. Then I decided to wait for the bunch, and help Thor to try to get points," Konovalovas explained to Roadcycling.com.
Armstrong acknowledged that his career was very close to being at an end now.
"Lance Armstrong is over in about four days," he said in Pau after the finish.
Wednesday is a Tour de France rest day.
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