The paper profile for Tuesday’s stage 16 suggested a straightforward re-entry into racing following the second rest day at the Tour de France. Instead a windswept route and an intensified battle for the green sprint jersey made for a nervous affair from start to finish. Throughout the afternoon, Cannondale-Drapac rode with Rigoberto Uran’s general classification ambitions in mind.
“I knew it would be hard today,” said Pierre Rolland. “On the paper, it’s really easy but I was 100% sure it would be a hard stage with lots of nerves and splits in the bunch. A goal for the team is that Rigo takes time on other GC riders. I knew some special points in the race, and I pushed him in the good place, in the good moments.
“The team did a really, really good job for Rigo today,” Rolland added. “I’m happy I could push for the first time in the Tour to make my contribution for him. For me, it’s a good stage and the team rode perfect.”
Uran made no gains on Tuesday, but he solidified his hold on fourth place wth Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Louise Meintjes (UAE) missing a critical late race split. The Colombian remains 29-seconds off the yellow jersey and six-seconds off the overall podium as the Tour heads toward the Alps.