STAGE 16: Le Puy En Velay – Roman sur Isere, 165 km
Following a rest day, the 18th day of the Tour De France entailed a 165-km route from Le Puy En Velay to Roman sur Isere. With expected crosswinds during latter part of the race, and an intense climb to Côte de Boussoulet right at the start, the outcome of the day’s race was hard to predict. The approach to the climb had Marcel Kittel and Michael Matthews head to head, fighting for the green jersey. Kittel was in the lead for the jersey, with about 50 points on Matthews. With expected crosswinds, there were no breakaway riders, just two pelotons – goes to show the kind of crosswinds expected and the riders’ concern about them!
The end of the day saw Michael Matthews (Sunweb) make a powerful sprint to emerge victorious on stage 16 of the Tour de France, edging out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). The win marked Matthews’ second stage of the race and saw him regain 50 points on Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors) in the green jersey competition. And for the yellow jersey - Chris Froome had a relatively calm day and lead the race by 18 seconds from Fabio Aru (Astana) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) in third, a further five seconds behind.