2016 Tour de France Stage 16

Today Mark Cavendish established himself as one of the most successful Tour sprinters of all time. He has now won enough stages that he only trails the legendary Eddy Merckx in Tour wins. This is an amazing accomplishment and one he can be proud of. Cav also has returned to prominence as one of the best sprinters of his time.

Today was a relatively flat stage of 208.5km. The wind was a straight up head wind for the better part of the day. The teams managed to hold things mostly all together with only 3 men going clear near the beginning. These men were reeled in with about 8km to go and the teams of the sprinters started to form up at the front. 

In the finale all the heavy hitters were present and accounted for. Kittel's lead out train went first and Cav managed to tag onto the wheel of Kittel and came around him in the last meters. Sagan, Kristoff with Katusha and Degenkolb with Giant all appeard also. 

Today was called by Christian Vandevelde with race commentary a transition stage. This means we are moving from one set of mountains to another. Tomorrow brings a stage of only 160km but contains some very nasty climbs. With 10 spikes in the race profile the climbers will almost certainly find their way to the fore and the sprinters and also rans will just have to tough it out to the finish. Look for one of the GC men or a pretender to win the stage. Tomorrow will be one of the toughest days of this Tour de France and I expect we'll see a big shakeup in the GC men lying outside the first 2. 

PS. Do you think Cav came across Kiittel in the sprint today? 

Photo is tomorrows stage (Sunday the 17th). I do not own this photo. (Cyclingnews.com)