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Costa victory on the day that could have cost Contador dearly
The stage to Gap has a habit of creating several stories at the same time and it happened again in stage 16 of the 100th Tour de France. There were two races unfolding concurrently: one for the stage victory that was dominated by Portugal's Rui Costa - who outsmarted, out climbed and out paced everyone else on a fast, hot day of racing - and a second contest fought between the riders vying for the yellow jersey.
An escape had formed after an hour of attacking early in the stage and there were 26 men involved: Costa would prove to be the best of this group. He would savour a moment of success only a few days after slipping out of the top 10 while fulfilling his role as domestique on the Movistar team. He lost time while trying to help Valverde minimise his losses after an ultimately puncture in stage 13. But now there's the consolation: a stage win for Movistar and a moment to celebrate for Costa who started punching the Sky well before the line.
Meanwhile, however, the battle behind was providing the major story of the stage. The antics of Contador and Kreuziger were putting Froome into a position of having to chase every attack. It happened on the way up the final climb, the col de Manse and on the way down it almost ended in disaster. Contador was throwing the gauntlet down and Froome reacted. Around a sharp turn about 7.5km from the finish, the Spaniard lost control of his bike and the yellow jersey swerved to avoid him and ended up off the road. It was a scene similar to what happened en-route to Gap in 2003 but this time there was no riding over a field and the fallen Spaniard would remount his bike, race back to the other GC rivals and finish together.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over the world are going to be gathered together all across France for the always exciting Tour de France this summer. The 2013 edition of the race is going to be even more intriguing from an international standpoint, knowing that this is going to be the 100th time that this race has been run. Join us here at BookMaker Sportsbook, as we dive right into the ins and outs of Stage 16, as we have the best Tour de France betting coverage that you'll find on the internet!
2013 Tour De France betting action is set to take the world by storm this summer! On Tuesday, July 16th, the best cyclists in the world will get together for Stage 16 of the Tour de France, which will take run from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, France. Coverage for this and all of the stages can be seen on the NBC Sports Network in the United States.
The riders aren't all that far at this point from where they were in Stages 5 and 6 at this point, as they are going to be starting off this race just about 50 kilometers or so away from Marseille, which is to the south.
Prior to Stage 16, the riders will have earned an off day after the most horrifying stage of the competition. That's it for rest days though, as there are six straight days of racing lead up to the grand finale in Paris, and by the time Stage 16 rolls around, there might be very little to no doubt as to who is going to beat the Tour de France betting lines.
If there is a stage with which some time can be made up without having to test ones mental strength, this is the stage. The majority of the run from the Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap is trending uphill, but there aren't all that many major climbs in the upward direction. There is no climb that comes at more than a 5.6% incline, and that at least makes life a bit easier. The most aggressive riders are going to try to put up the fastest time possible in this stage instead of waiting it out in the trek in the mountains, which might make the Tour de France betting odds a bit closer after this day is said and done with.
Gap is one of the cities that is regularly visited in the Tour de France. This is going to be the 22nd time that a Tour has stopped in this city, and it is a town that is especially known for its love of the sport. The peak at the Col de Manse around the 160 kilometer mark is the height of the race, and it's all downhill from there. Just because that's the case though, doesn't mean that this isn't potentially treacherous for riders, particularly those that are in huge packs. There are some very narrow passes that are going to have to be taken at very high speeds down the hill, and if your favorite rider isn't careful, he could wipe out or be wiped out, which would make your Tour de France betting picks all the more precarious.
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