Look­ing back

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

A brief look at Tues­day’s 16th stage of the Tour de France: Stage 16: The 124-mile route was one of the Tour’s most im­pres­sive, tak­ing rid­ers up five steep Pyre­nees as­cents, in­clud­ing the Peyre­sourde, Aspin, Tour­malet and Au­bisque.

Win­ner: Pier­rick Fedrigo of France edged coun­try­man Sandy Casar by the length of one bike, in 5 hours, 31 min­utes, 41 sec­onds.

Who’s in yel­low: De­fend­ing cham­pion Al­berto Con­ta­dor of Spain re­tained the over­all lead de­spite fin­ish­ing 6 min­utes, 45 sec­onds off the Stage 16 pace. He has an 8-sec­ond cush­ion over sec­ond-place Andy Sch­leck of Lux­em­bourg.

Where’s lance?: Arm­strong hoped to claim his 23rd ca­reer stage win, but faded in the fi­nal 10 miles and fin­ished sixth. He’s in 25th place over­all, 33 min­utes, 46 sec­onds be­hind Con­ta­dor.

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