VILLARD-DE-LANS, France – German rider Lennard Kamna won the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday after pulling clear of a group of breakaway riders, and Primoz Roglic kept the race leader yellow jersey.
There was no significant change in the overall standings ahead of today's mammoth summit finish in the mountains as second-place Tadej Pogacar remained 40 seconds behind Roglic.
The Slovenian pair enjoyed a quiet day in the pack of main contenders and crossed the finish line 16 minutes, 48 seconds behind the stage winner, who is not a threat in the overall standings.
Pogacar tested Roglic's legs on the final ascent, but could not gain time on his rival.
Pogacar, a 21-year-old Tour rookie, will have another chance to unsettle Roglic during today's Stage 17 – arguably the toughest – featuring the Col de La Madeleine and the Col de La Loze, the highest point this year at 2,304 meters. The last four miles of the climb are particularly difficult, with very steep sections and sharp turns.
The 24-year-old Kamna, who rides for the Bora-hansgrohe team, made his decisive move on the penultimate ascent to drop former race leader Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz and Sebastien Reichenbach, three rivals with a strong pedigree.
– Associated Press