Tour de France 2019 stage 16: Nîmes > Nîmes

Now the second block of the Tour is over after significant changes in the overall - even though only Porte is out of the top-10 and Landa has entered it, time gaps in the top-10 has changed. There is almost 3 minutes between 6th place occupied by Buchmann (Bora) and 7th, while inside this split is somewhat smaller. Gap between 1st and 6th is just above 2 minutes, while gaps between 7th and 10th is 40 seconds. Now, tomorrow is a restday. The GC riders can perhaps take 2 days of rest, because the first stage after the rest day tomorrow is a mostly flat stage, which starts and finishes in the city of Nîmes.



After 65 kms an intermediate sprint will be contested by Sagan and his competitors.



Nîmes is a city inhabited by approx. 150.000 people. It was a colony of the Roman Empire back in the day, known as Nemausus. It grew important enough to be declared capital of Narbonne by the Empire. The Roman influence in Nîmes is so significant, that the city is called the French Rome. Just look at Maison de Carrée, which embodies that notion:



The city's most recognizable landmark though is the Roman era amphitheatre Arena of Nîmes:



The very same Arena of Nîmes became a part of the city's defenses as the Empire weakened and grew more unstable, and was left mostly destroyed along with the city by a Frankish raid party, when the Nîmes was under brief Muslim rule from 725-752. Either way, at that time the city was a shadow of its former self, and it was after the French Wars of Religion, which ended in 1598, that the city began to prosper again. The Arena was a residential quarter until it was restored just before the French Revolution.

Nîmes has hosted the Tour 13 times, most frequent just after World War II and in this century. It has also hosted another Grand Tour, la Vuelta a España, when it laid ground to a TTT and the first road stage in 2017. Latest visit was in 2014, when Alexander Kristoff won in front of Heinrich Haussler, Peter Sagan and André Greipel.



Profile



General classification on the eve of the second rest-day:


1. Julian ALAPHILIPPE (DQS)
2. Geraint THOMAS (INEOS) + 1'35''
3. Steven KRUIJSWIJK (Jumbo) + 1'47''
4. Thibaut PINOT (FDJ) + 1'50''
5. Egan BERNAL (INEOS) + 2'02''
6. Emanuel BUCHMANN (Bora) + 2'14''
7. Mikel LANDA (Movistar) + 4'54''
8. Alejandro VALVERDE (Movistar) + 5'00''
9. Jakob FUGLSANG (Astana) + 5'27''
10. Rigoberto URAN (EF1) + 5'33''

Green jersey competition:

1. Peter SAGAN (Bora) 284
2. Sonny COLBRELLI (Merida) 191
3. Michael MATTHEWS (Sunweb) 187
4. Elia VIVIANI (DQS) 184
5. Caleb EWAN (Lotto) 148

Polka-dot jersey competition:

1. Tim WELLENS (Lotto) 64
2. Thibaut PINOT (FDJ) 50
3. Thomas DE GENDT (Lotto) 37
4. Julian ALAPHILIPPE (DQS) 33
5. Giulio CICCONE (Trek) 30

Youth classification:

1. Egan BERNAL (INEOS)
2. David GAUDU (FDJ) + 12'29''
3. Enric MAS (DQS) + 33'16''

Weather at the finish line

 
Re:

Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
It would be poetic if Pinot gains time back in crosswinds.
 
Re:

Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
So it is written Nimes-Nimes, allright - but when is it, that it should only be "Nimes"? Time trials that start and finish in the same place? (e.g. Nimes). Its just that I've seen that format before.
 
Apr 12, 2017
98
5
1,695
Re: Re:

SHAD0W93 said:
Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
It would be poetic if Pinot gains time back in crosswinds.
And which team is going to help him with that?
Imho, the only teams capable of pulling this off would be Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Jumbo-Visma or Ineos ;-)

Unless any of those teams could surprise one of the other 2, which seems highly unlikely, I don't see echelons happen.
 
Nov 20, 2018
42
0
80
Re: Re:

Valanga said:
SHAD0W93 said:
Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
It would be poetic if Pinot gains time back in crosswinds.
And which team is going to help him with that?
Imho, the only teams capable of pulling this off would be Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Jumbo-Visma or Ineos ;-)

Unless any of those teams could surprise one of the other 2, which seems highly unlikely, I don't see echelons happen.
What about BORA?
 
It's unusual that the strongest sprinter teams are also among the strongest GC teams:

DQSt: Alaphilippe + Viviani
Jumbo: Kruijswijk + Groenewegen
Bora: Buchmann + Sagan

The question is who'll be willing to work to bring the bunch back for a sprint.
 
Re:

Pantani_lives said:
It's unusual that the strongest sprinter teams are also among the strongest GC teams:

DQSt: Alaphilippe + Viviani
Jumbo: Kruijswijk + Groenewegen
Bora: Buchmann + Sagan

The question is who'll be willing to work to bring the bunch back for a sprint.
Interesting. This could mean that it's only Lotto who want to chase.
 
Re:

Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
There won't be Mistral, with the high pressure centered in the area the only wind we could expect is some breeze from the sea in the afternoon due to the temperature gradient between the sea and inland.

Anyway they are lucky to be near the coast tomorrow and then on the Alps, in most of mainland France the temperatures will likely exceed 40°C in the coming days.
 
Ewan for the win. But it will be interesting to see the size of the break and how much time they are allowed. Probably a stage where not many teams will want to chase with what's to come. How much chasing will Quickstep do ? But the second last sprint stage will mean there should be enough help for Lotto.
 
Re: Re:

Nirvana said:
Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
There won't be Mistral, with the high pressure centered in the area the only wind we could expect is some breeze from the sea in the afternoon due to the temperature gradient between the sea and inland.

Anyway they are lucky to be near the coast tomorrow and then on the Alps, in most of mainland France the temperatures will likely exceed 40°C in the coming days.
Funny, I have heard LA and Rolf Sørensen talking about the Mistral on that particular stage. Then again I probably shouldn't listen to anything Sørensen has to say. :D
 
Sep 4, 2017
174
16
1,860
Unless a sudden howling gale develops this will be a pure snooze fest without even the usual excuse of being a transitional stage to get the whole circus from one mountain range to another given it starts and finishes in the same place.
 
Re: Re:

Valv.Piti said:
Nirvana said:
Valv.Piti said:
Its Nimes-Nimes.

What does that mean? There WILL be crosswind at some point, question is how hard the mistral blows. Another interesting thing about the stage would be the heat.
There won't be Mistral, with the high pressure centered in the area the only wind we could expect is some breeze from the sea in the afternoon due to the temperature gradient between the sea and inland.

Anyway they are lucky to be near the coast tomorrow and then on the Alps, in most of mainland France the temperatures will likely exceed 40°C in the coming days.
Funny, I have heard LA and Rolf Sørensen talking about the Mistral on that particular stage. Then again I probably shouldn't listen to anything Sørensen has to say. :D
It is the area where Mistral blows, and many tend to call any kind of wind there by that name.
From the sea to the land (south in general) it's Marin. The contrary could be Mistral or Tramontane.
Unfortunately, the forecast for tomorrow doesn't say it's gonna be strong enough wind. But neither it was to Albi...
 
Re: Re:

Funny, I have heard LA and Rolf Sørensen talking about the Mistral on that particular stage. Then again I probably shouldn't listen to anything Sørensen has to say. :D
Lol, I think you're right. :)

I agree with those who think that the heat will make it a slow uneventful stage.
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY