Cyril Dessel of France won and led a four-man breakaway, clocking 4 hours, 31 minutes, 27 seconds, to beat France’s Sandy Casar in second and Spain’s David Arroyo in third. Each had the same time.
Yellow Jersey: Frank Schleck of Luxembourg retained the yellow jersey for a second day. He leads Bernhard Kohl of Germany by 7 seconds and Cadel Evans of Australia by 8 seconds.
Christian Vande Velde’s took a dive when he crashed coming down the beyond-category descent off the Col de la Bonnette.
Vande Velde, who started the day fifth overall at 39 seconds back, lost contact with the yellow jersey group about midway up the 25.5-kilometer climb as CSC-Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck set a menacing pace.
The Garmin-Chipotle leader clawed closer to the leaders, however, thanks from help from teammate Ryder Hesjedal coming over the Bonnette summit.Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters instructed Hesjedal to drop back from the lead chase group to pace Vande Velde, and the pair held their gap to the GC rivals at 35 seconds over the top of the Bonnette.
He finished 26th at 4:04 behind race winner Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and lost 2:36 to race leader Frank Schleck
Results, Stage 16
1. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r 4:31:27 (34.703kph),
2. Sandy Casar (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 0:00.
3. David Arroyo (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 0:00.
4. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Silence-Lotto at 0:03.
5. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia at 0:24.
6. Nicolas Portal (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne at 0:24.
7. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 0:24.
8. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner at 1:03.
9. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC at 1:28.
10. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 1:28
1. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 68:30min16sec
2. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 0:07.
3. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 0:08.
4. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 0:49.
5. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 1:13.
6. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 3:15.
7. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia at 3:23.
8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 4:11.
9. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 4:38.
10. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 5:23.
Riccardo Ricco tried to flee anti-doping officials after the fourth stage.
Pierre Bordry, the head of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), said Tuesday the Saunier Duval rider avoided an anti-doping official after the time trial on July 8.
“When he knew he was going to be tested, he went off, and it is the escort who caught him,” Bordry said. “He found himself blocked off. There was a traffic jam of cars and he could not get through the cars.”
Bordry said AFLD staff demanded an apology from the Italian rider.
“We asked him to apologize to the agency and the staff, which he did along with his team director,” Bordry said. “We told him that, because of his behavior, we were now going to test him after each stage. He put a target on himself.”