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Cycling: Michael Rogers wins Tour de France 16th stage

Australian Michael Rogers finally earned his first stage victory in his 10th Tour de France on Tuesday (July 22). 

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON: Australian Michael Rogers finally earned his first stage victory in his 10th Tour de France on Tuesday (July 22). The three-time world timetrial champion, riding for Tinkoff-Saxo, came home on his own at the end of the mammoth 237.5 km 16th stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

The wily veteran, who won two stages at the Giro d'Italia in May after coming back from a temporary doping suspension, outfoxed four escape companions to finish 9 seconds ahead of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who took second in a sprint finish ahead of Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus.

Further behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali held onto his race leader's yellow jersey, 4 minutes 37 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde, as he came home in a small and elite group of his closest rivals.

One of the big losers on the day, though, was 23-year-old Frenchman Romain Bardet, who was dropped on the hors category Port de Bales climb and lost 1:50 to his rivals for a podium finish. That promoted 24-year-old compatriot Thibaut Pinot from fourth to third with veteran 37-year-old Jean Christophe Peraud, another Frenchman, moving up from sixth to fourth.

Bardet dropped from third to fifth and is now 6:40 off Nibali but, more importantly having started the day 16 seondsc ahead of Pinot, he now trails his compatriot by 1:36. The other big loser amongst the leading pack was American Tejay Van Garderen who was dropped much earlier than Bardet and gave up around 3:30 to drop to more than four minutes off a podium spot.

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