Tour de France 2021: Patrick Konrad wins stage 16

Tour de France 2021: Patrick Konrad wins stage 16

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Patrick Konrad from Austria held off the chasing group to claim victory on stage 16 of the Tour de France.

He attacked out of a breakaway on the Col de Portet-d’Aspet, the penultimate climb of the 169km stage.

It is the 29-year-old’s first Tour stage and first professional win.

Tadej Pogacar retained the yellow jersey as the group of overall leaders crossed the line almost 14 minutes later with no significant changes at the top of the general classification.

It was another relatively stress-free day for the Slovenian as the race resumed following Monday’s rest day – with the damp conditions on the treacherous descent of the Portet-d’Aspet the main concern for the peloton.

Pogacar continues to lead by five minutes and 18 seconds from Rigoberto Uran going into Wednesday’s 178km stage to a summit finish on the Col du Portet.

Konrad resisted a counter-attack from France’s David Gaudu and Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli to deliver a second stage win of this year’s Tour for Bora-Hansgrohe.

More to follow.