Movistar's fast pace in the Pyrenees drops Tour de France contenders

Alejandro Valverde's team's pace-setting on stage 16 was too much for Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet

22 July 2014
101st Tour de France
Stage 16 : Carcassonne - Bagneres-de-Luchon
NIBALI Vincenzo (ITA) Astana, Maillot Jaune, at Port de Bales
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Movistar took charge of the Tour de France on Tuesday and left behind two of Alejandro Valverde's rivals en route to Bagnères-de-Luchon. Up the final Port de Balès climb, American Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) fell behind.

"Movistar just made an insane tempo. It was just too hard," van Garderen said.

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