Mikel Astarloza of Euskaltel Euskadi timed his sprint just right to break away from his group and take the win at stage 16 of this year's Tour de France. Accelerating away from Sandy Casar and Pierrick Fedrigo who ended up second and third. Nicolas Roche ended up fourth, not too far behind.

Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong finished the stage together and remain first and second.

Near the finish, Jens Voigt of Saxo Bank crashed unexpectedly and was taken away by ambulance to a local hospital. It's unclear what caused the accident.



Stage 16 Results
1 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 4:14:20
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux - 0:00:06
3 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
6 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas - 0:00:11
8 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel - 0:00:59
10 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana





General classification after stage 16
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 67:33:15
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:01:37
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:01:46
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - 0:02:17
5 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:02:26
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:02:51
7 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux - 0:03:09
8 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank - 0:03:25
9 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team - 0:03:52
10 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:03:59


Full results here..



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"Evans loses big on St. Bernards

Euskaltel-Euskadi relishes the challenge of the mountains, and Mikel Astarloza continued that fine tradition with a win in Bourg-Saint-Maurice this afternoon. Following a tough 160km over the two Saint Bernard ascents, the seasoned Euskaltel-Euskadi rider timed his decisive attack perfectly to provide the Basque boys with a well-deserved victory.

Euskaltel-Euskadi had promised to throw its weight around during the third week of racing and was living up to its prediction. Three of its riders were part of the day's main break, including Astarloza, and the end result was a stage triumph in the gorgeous Alpine town" Read more from CyclingNews...

"Contador, Armstrong stay 1-2 at Tour in Alps
By JAMEY KEATEN (AP)

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France - Alberto Contador kept the overall lead in the Tour de France on Tuesday after another ride in the Alps, with teammate Lance Armstrong clinging to second place.

Mikel Astarloza of Spain won the 16th stage, a 99-mile route from the Swiss town of Martigny to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Contador and Armstrong finished in the main pack behind Astarloza and other breakaway riders.

Armstrong, a seven-time champion, had to catch up to Contador after several attackers burst ahead in the second of two long climbs." Read more from the AP...

"Armstrong clings on to leader Contador's tail

(CNN) -- Alberto Contador maintained his 97-second lead over Astana teammate Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France as Mikel Astarloza claimed his first stage victory on Tuesday.

Astarloza, captain of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, finished six seconds clear of Sandy Casar and Pierrick Fedrigo after breaking free near the end of the 159-kilometer 16th stage from Martigny to Bourg St Maurice.

Contador was near the head of the 17-man peloton in 10th place, 59 seconds back from his fellow Spaniard, with seven-time champion Armstrong registering the same time in 12th.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained third place as he finished right in behind the American veteran Armstrong." Read more from CNN International...

"Dispirited Evans admits it's over

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France - Australia's two-time runner-up Cadel Evans said Tuesday he had no chance of finishing on the Tour de France podium.

Silence rider Evans had nothing to give when Luxemburger Andy Schleck's attack split the yellow jersey group on the 22.6km climb to the summit of the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard on the race's 16th stage.

Evans eventually finished the stage 3:55 down on stage winner Mikel Astarloza of Spain, and nearly three minutes behind a group containing all the big contenders including race leader Alberto Contador." Read more from the AFP...