With 16 stages under the belt, the 2016 Tour de France has already had quite a few memorable moments. Chris Froome of Team Sky is yet again showing he is a force to be reckoned with, remaining in the yellow jersey since stage 8, Peter Sagan of Team Tinkoff leading in the points classification (green jersey) with 405 points, and Movistar Team leading the team classifications. But with the Tour more than half way through, we spectators have been witnessed moments that will live on in the Tour memory books.
Stage 1 of the Tour de France saw Mark Cavendish take the first yellow jersey of his career, then winning two more stages (stage 3 and stage 6) therafter. This win also proving that Team Dimension Data were here to prove that the underdogs can compete against the worlds best. Stephen Cummings further emanated this sentiment on stage 7, where with 27km to go to the finish line, he broke away, and kept increasing his lead in the uphill, finishing solo at 01’05” ahead of Daryl Impey of Orica-Bike Exchange.
Many has high hopes for Alberto Contador for the 2016 Tour; however Contador started off the Tour de France crashing on the first two days; and then withdrawing from the Tour on the 9th stage due to a fever.
And lets not forget the day that the Tour de France became a duathlon. Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema collided into the rear of one of the motorbikes on route, leaving Chris Froome to run up Mont Ventoux after his bike was rendered unrideable. Fortunately, the service vehicle was able to supply Froome with a back up bicycle, albeit it be too small, allowing Froome to complete the stage and keeping him in the yellow Jersey.
With all the excitement of the 2016 Tour de France, let us see how the last few days pan out and whether any more memorable moments make it to the archives.