Tour picks up speed down­hill

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RAC­ING down­hill at break­neck speeds, Ruben Plaza Molina rode tri­umphantly into Gap as the solo win­ner of a treach­er­ous Stage 16 on Mon­day that saw a team­mate of race leader Chris Froome crash into a tele­phone pole and Peter Sa­gan fin­ish sec­ond for a fifth time. Froome’s Sky team­mate Geraint Thomas ( pic­tured), who is sixth over­all, suf­fered a ter­ri­fy­ing crash on a hair­pin bend af­ter another rider col­lided into him. Although Thomas re­mounted, rode on and fin­ished, the hair­rais­ing ac­ci­dent showed how tricky the end of Stage 16 was, with a long, wind­ing down­hill that riders tore down at speeds of 70km/ h or more.

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