The stage that will be remembered as the one in which Chris Froome surprised everyone when he challenged for the points on top of the last climb of the day – then he simply continued at full pace on the downhill into Bagneres-de-Luchon – at a top speed of close to 90km/h to win his first stage of the 2016 tour and collect the Yellow Jersey.
The stage from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon over a distance of 184 kilometres was won by Christopher Froome from team Sky in a time of 4h57m33s at an average speed of 37.1km/h. He was followed by Daniel Martin from Etixx_Quick Step and Joaquin Rodriguez from team Katusha both 13 seconds behind the winner.
The Yellow jersey is now on the shoulders of Chris Froome from team Sky who leads Adam Yates from Orica-Bikeexchange and Joaquin Rodriguez from tea Katusha, both by 16 seconds.
The Polka Dot Jersey competition is now lead by Rafal Majka on 31 points followed by Thibaut Pinot from team FDJ on 30 points. Christopher Froome from team Sky is in third place on 22 points.
The Green Jersey remains with Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data still leading the competition on 204 points from Marcel Kittel from Ettix-Quick Step on 182 points. Peter Sagan from team Tinkoff on 177 points is in third place.
The White Jersey competition is still lead by Adam Yates from Orica-Bikeexchange. He is now followed by Louis Meintjes from team Lampre-Merida only 18 seconds back. Warren Barguil from team Giant-Elpecin is in 3rd place 1m35s behind the leader.
The team competition is still lead by BMC Racing followed by Team Sky in second place now only 1m34s back with Movistar in third place 4m54s behind the leaders.
Louis Meintjes from Lampre – Merida moved up to 13th place now only 34 seconds behind the Yellow Jersey while Daryl Impey from Orica-Bikeexchange moved up to 44th position (28m2s behind the leader). Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg from Dimension Data dropped to 109th position and is now 1h8m37s behind the leader.
The tour suffered its first abandonment when Michael Morkov from team Katusha could not continue. He suffered severe injuries when he fell during stage 1 but battled on up to the mountain stage in the Perynees. In the process, he contributed to a new record for the tour in that all starters completed the first seven stages of the Tour. The Tour has now completed 1585 kilometres at an overall average speed of 40.42km/h.
The last placed rider is now Sam Bennett from team Bora-Argon 18 who is 1h53m20s behind the leader.
The next stage over a distance of 184.5 kilometers from Vielha Val D’Aran to Andorre Arcalis starts with a Cat1 climb and will finish on the summit of an Out of Category Climb – expect for some further classification changes. The stage also includes a further two Cat1 climbs and a Cat2 climb.
By Herman Steyn