07/23 10:46 CDT Caleb Ewan posts 2nd Tour stage win in suffocating heat
Caleb Ewan posts 2nd Tour stage win in suffocating heat
NIMES, France (AP) --- Caleb Ewan beat his sprinting rivals in suffocating heat
to win Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, with Frenchman Julian
Alaphilippe keeping the race leader's yellow jersey.
With temperatures soaring as high as 40 C (104 F), Alaphilippe and his main
rivals did not attack each other over the 177-kilometer mainly flat stage in
the Nimes rural hinterland.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas crashed about 40 kilometers after the race
started from the Roman city but escaped largely unscathed, with a few scratches
on his left elbow.
Ewan, a Tour debutant, edged Elia Viviani and Dylan Groenewegen to post his
second stage win.
Thomas, who is second in the overall standings, had already been caught in
pile-ups during the first and eighth stage of the three-week race. Danish rider
Jakob Fuglsang, who stood ninth overall, also fell with 28 kilometers left and
abandoned the Tour.
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