French cyclist Pierrick Fedrigo denied 7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong a stage win in his final Tour appearance on Tuesday.
Fedrigo beat out a pack of nine sprinters in a group that included Armstrong, who had been pressuring from the start of Tuesday’s Stage 16. The 124 mile stage from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Pau was completed by Fedrigo in 5 hours, 31 minutes, 43 seconds.
Fedrigo finished ahead of fellow Frenchman Sandy Casar, with Ruben Plaza of Spain in third place.
Armstrong finished sixth in the stage. He moved up six places to 25th overall after today’s 124- mile stage, 33 minutes, 46 seconds behind Contador.
Among the overall Tour standings, there were no notable changes. Defending champion Alberto Contador, who maintained an 8 second lead, was jeered by some fans for a second straight day when he put on the yellow jersey in today’s podium ceremony. Yesterday the Spaniard gained a lead when previous leader Andy Schleck was interrupted by a bike chain malfunction on the Port de Bales climb. Cyclists will often stop or slow when a rival has a mechanical problem or crashes.
Tour cyclists were treated to several famous ski resorts along the way during Stage 16. At approximately 42 miles in Stage 16, the Tour crosed through La Mongie, a hotspot for cycling and alpine skiing alike. The resort has held alpine skiing World Cup races previously in 1985. La Mongie forms with Bareges the most important ski area in the French Pyrenees with over 42 lifts.
Stage 17 will begin on Thursday, July 22nd, as tomorrow is a rest day before the final Pyrenean stage. The race wraps July 25th in Paris.