Tour de France 2013 Stage 16 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2013

GAP, FRANCE - JULY 16:  Rui Costa of Portugal and Movistar Team celebrates winning stage sixteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 168KM road stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, on July 16, 2013 in Gap, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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For the second time in his career, Portuguese rider Rui Costa has won a stage at the Tour de France. The 26-year-old made a late charge on Tuesday, pulling away from a handful of hungry riders to cruise to a Stage 16 victory, per BBC Sport:

Yellow jersey holder Christopher Froome finished 11 minutes and eight seconds back of Costa, as did Bauke Mollema, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde, among others.

The win marks the Movistar rider Costa's first Tour de France stage win since 2011, when he won a medium mountain stage from Aigurande to Super-Besse.

Prior to Costa's late surge, there was very little action in Stage 16.

Late in the race, the peloton, led by Froome, ran into some misfortune, as a passing train forced the pack of riders to wait, allowing the breakaway pack of 26 riders to increase its lead. Race officials determined that the situation was nothing more than an incident of the race and that nothing would be done as a result.

Charles Rotblut described the bizarre sight in one word: 

Following one of the stranger moments of this year's event, with 55 kilometers to go, the breakaway pack increased its lead to well over nine minutes over the peloton.

Shortly after, Thomas De Gendt won the intermediate sprint and claimed the €1,500 that goes to the winning team.

With just under 40 kilometers to go, Frenchmen Blel Kadri and Jean-Marc Marino began to sprint ahead of the breakaway pack. The tandem quickly built a 12-second lead over the breakaway group that they later increased to 25 seconds.

Not long after the leaders reached the 150-kilometer mark, Australia's Adam Hansen made an incredible push to join the leaders. Daniel Navarro, Rui Costa and Nicolas Roche all joined Hansen up front.

But as Hansen, Navarro and others quickly began to fade, it was Costa who pulled away, pushing his lead over the peloton to nearly 12 minutes.

Costa increased his lead over the chasing group to 36 seconds heading into the final descent, giving him a huge advantage. The Portuguese rider increased his lead to nearly a minute as he closed in on the finish line.

Aside from the late push at the front and the unfortunate train incident, Stage 16 proved rather uneventful, as the mountainous terrain failed to produce many exciting moments. 

Froome and some of the other riders who had their times hampered by the passing train won't be too happy with Tuesday's run, but know that they have a long way still to go.

Wednesday's Stage 17 marks the last of the three individual time trials at the Tour de France. On Thursday, the riders will pick back up in the mountains as we anticipate a furious race to the finish in Paris on Sunday.

 

Stage 16 Standings (via LeTour.com)

 

RANKRIDERTEAMTIMESGAP
1.COSTA Rui AlbertoMOVISTAR TEAM03h 52' 45'' 
2.RIBLON ChristopheAG2R LA MONDIALE03h 53' 27''+ 00' 42''
3.JEANNESSON ArnoldFDJ.FR03h 53' 27''+ 00' 42''
4.COPPEL JérômeCOFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS03h 53' 27''+ 00' 42''
5.KLÖDEN AndreasRADIOSHACK LEOPARD03h 53' 27''+ 00' 42''
6.DUMOULIN TomTEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO03h 53' 45''+ 01' 00''
7.ASTARLOZA MikelEUSKALTEL - EUSKADI03h 53' 46''+ 01' 01''
8.GILBERT PhilippeBMC RACING TEAM03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
9.MEYER CameronORICA GREENEDGE03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
10.NAVARDAUSKAS RamunasGARMIN - SHARP03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
11.VELITS PeterOMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
12.GAUTIER CyrilTEAM EUROPCAR03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
13.TROFIMOV YuryKATUSHA TEAM03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
14.DIDIER LaurentRADIOSHACK LEOPARD03h 53' 49''+ 01' 04''
15.DE GENDT ThomasVACANSOLEIL-DCM03h 53' 54''+ 01' 09''

 

Overall Standings (via LeTour.com)

 

RANKRIDERTEAMTIMESGAP
1.FROOME ChristopherSKY PROCYCLING65h 15' 36'' 
2.MOLLEMA BaukeBELKIN PRO CYCLING65h 19' 50''+ 04' 14''
3.CONTADOR AlbertoTEAM SAXO-TINKOFF65h 20' 01''+ 04' 25''
4.KREUZIGER RomanTEAM SAXO-TINKOFF65h 20' 04''+ 04' 28''
5.QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo AlexanderMOVISTAR TEAM65h 21' 23''+ 05' 47''
6.TEN DAM LaurensBELKIN PRO CYCLING65h 21' 30''+ 05' 54''
7.RODRIGUEZ OLIVER JoaquinKATUSHA TEAM65h 22' 47''+ 07' 11''
8.FUGLSANG JakobASTANA PRO TEAM65h 22' 58''+ 07' 22''
9.PÉRAUD Jean-ChristopheAG2R LA MONDIALE65h 24' 23''+ 08' 47''
10.MARTIN DanielGARMIN - SHARP65h 25' 04''+ 09' 28''

 

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