Michael Rogers Wins Stage 16


Published on July 23 2014 2:25 am
Last Updated on July 23 2014 2:25 am
Written by Millie Lange

Michael Rogers of Australia won Stage 16 of the Tour de France Tuesday, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali kept his stranglehold on the yellow jersey as the  overall leader of cycling's most prestigious event. Rogers finished the longest stage of this year's tour -- a 237.5 kilometer mountain trek from Carcassonne -- in a time of 6 hours, 7 minutes and 10 seconds, nine seconds in front of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler.

It was Rogers' first stage win in his 10 years of riding in the Tour de France. The group featuring Nibali was well behind the stage winner on the first of three days in the Pyrenees, finishing more than 8 1/2 minutes behind Rogers. Nibali placed 20th, two spots behind his nearest pursuer in the overall classification, Alejandro Valverde of Spain, and still owns a lead of 4 minutes and 37 seconds with just five days left in this year's Tour.