Friday 26 December 2014

Michael Rogers win longest stage of Tour De France

Published 22/07/2014 | 17:13

Michael Rogers of Australia and the Tinkoff-Saxo team celebrates winning stage 16 of the 2014 Tour de France
Michael Rogers of Australia and the Tinkoff-Saxo team celebrates winning stage 16 of the 2014 Tour de France

Michael Rogers of Australia has won the longest stage of the Tour de France, leading a breakaway to a downhill finish as the race entered the Pyrenees mountains.

Vincenzo Nibali, several minutes back, reined in his top challengers and appeared set to retain the yellow jersey after Stage 16.

But the contest for the podium spots below him was shaking up: Thibault Pinot of France appeared set to rise in the standings, while Tejay van Garderen of the US was losing crucial minutes.

Rogers took a bow as he crossed the line after the 237.5-kilometer (147-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon featuring an ascent up the super-tough Port de Bales. 

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